Archive for the ‘children’ Category

On Guard!

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

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detail from a vintage wooden child height measure in taking the form of a Grenadier Guard

We picked up this wooden child’s height measure up last week. It’s in the form of a guardsman in a smart red uniform and tall busby hat. It’s got centimetre & inch markings.

vintage wooden child height measure in taking the form of a Grenadier Guard

We don’t think its got any great age, but it’s got a good vintage look and rather charming. Perfect for a child’s bedroom or amongst a collection of London-related items  – especially if you’ve got one of those tricky, narrow walls that could do with a bit of decoration. It’s heading to our Picture House Antiques space, but we’re happy to post if you’re interested.

Marble Menagerie

Friday, July 20th, 2012

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vintage Merit "Marble Fun" game with illustrations by Kenneth Townsend from his Menagerie range

We bought this vintage marble game last week. It’s a simple little game which involves rolling marbles down the wooden shoot aiming at archways with different scores. We’ve done a little research and found that the game is called “bridgeboard”.

vintage Merit "Marble Fun" game with illustrations by Kenneth Townsend from his Menagerie range

What makes this version extra special are the fabulous illustations by Kenneth Townsend.

monkey detail from a vintage Merit "Marble Fun" game with illustrations by Kenneth Townsend from his Menagerie range

The animals will look very familiar to fans of the artist’s “Menagerie” tile series that we’ve blogged about before.

Pieced Together

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

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three vintage children's jigsaws: red London double decker bus, Magic Roundabout characters and Trumpton characters

We had a bit of a jigsaw bonanza at the market last week.

vintage children's jigsaw of a red London double decker bus

It started with this gorgeous London bus dating from the 1960s…

detail of vintage children's jigsaw of a red London double decker bus detail of vintage children's jigsaw of a red London double decker bus

…very Kenneth Townsend in style.

vintage children's jigsaw of Trumpton characters

Then we found a couple of classic children’s TV jigsaws.

vintage children's jigsaw of Trumpton character, Mickey Murphy vintage children's jigsaw of Trumpton character, Captain Snort

First up is Trumpton with Captain Snort, Doctor Mopp and Windy Miller to name just a few. Who remembers the firemen’s roll call? Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble & Grub!

Followed by The Magic Roundabout – Dougal, Dylan, Ermintrude and friends.

vintage children's jigsaw of Magic Roundabout characters

vintage children's jigsaw of Magic Roundabout character, Dougal vintage children's jigsaw of Magic Roundabout character, Ermintrude

Ahhhh… the memories come flooding back from our Watch with Mother days in the late 60s & early 70s.

‘Time for bed’ said Zebedee!

Ladybird, Ladybird, fly away Home!

Friday, August 5th, 2011

detail from the cover of the vintage 1959 Ladybird book, "Flight three, U.S.A. - A Ladybird Book of Travel Adventure"

Here’s a quick follow up to our recent blog post about vintage American road maps.

cover of the  vintage 1959 Ladybird book, "Flight three, U.S.A. - A Ladybird Book of Travel Adventure"

A few days after we bought them, we also picked up this lovely little Ladybird book.

page from the vintage 1959 Ladybird book, "Flight three, U.S.A. - A Ladybird Book of Travel Adventure" showing a Cadillac and other cars

It’s from the Flight series – this one being, “Flight Three – U.S.A – A Ladybird Book of Travel Adventure”.

page from the vintage 1959 Ladybird book, "Flight three, U.S.A. - A Ladybird Book of Travel Adventure" showing the Grand Canyon

This is a first edition, published in 1959.

page from the vintage 1959 Ladybird book, "Flight three, U.S.A. - A Ladybird Book of Travel Adventure" showing a cowboy on horseback rounding up cattle

Alison & John take a trip to the U.S.A where Dad sometimes goes on business trips.

page from the vintage 1959 Ladybird book, "Flight three, U.S.A. - A Ladybird Book of Travel Adventure" showing a car driving through the middle of a giant American redwood tree

They land in New York and spend a week there – then hire a car and take a a road trip.

page from the vintage 1959 Ladybird book, "Flight three, U.S.A. - A Ladybird Book of Travel Adventure" showing a car driving through the Empire State Building

As with most Ladybirds from this era, the illustrations are fabulous.

page from the vintage 1959 Ladybird book, "Flight three, U.S.A. - A Ladybird Book of Travel Adventure" showing a freeway with a railway line passing beneath

Other destinations in the series include Australia, Canada, Africa, India and The Holy Land.

If we ever manage to do an American road trip in a vintage camper van (or lovely, shiny Airstream!), we’ll have lots of vintage travel ephemera to accompany us… we suspect there might have been a few changes!

I is for… Ireland

Friday, October 15th, 2010

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detail of vintage book cover, "This is Ireland" by Miroslav Sasek

It’s been a while since we’ve done one of our alphabet blog posts – but the arrival of this book fitted in nicely with where we left off… so, I is for Ireland.

page from vintage book, "This is Ireland" by Miroslav Sasek featuring Irish green double-decker buses

The book is from the This is… series by Miroslav Sasek.

page from vintage book, "This is Ireland" by Miroslav Sasek featuring Irish pub interior

We’ve mentioned him quite a few times in blogs but, any excuse!!

page from vintage book, "This is Ireland" by Miroslav Sasek featuring rolling green fields and sheep

We absolutely adore his stuff!

page from vintage book, "This is Ireland" by Miroslav Sasek featuring shop frontage of Patrick O'Brien general store

This is Ireland, published in 1964, is no exception. He captured the quiet countryside and the hustle & bustle of town life with equal charm – the scenery, buildings, characters – day to day life.

page from vintage book, "This is Ireland" by Miroslav Sasek featuring the busy main thoroughfare, O'Donnell Street

It’s been added to our ever growing pile of Sasek books – a pile that shows no sign of abating. Each new book is greeted with the same excited anticipation.

collection of vintage books by Miroslav Sasek

There were two more arrivals this week – This is Israel and This is New York.

pair of vintage books, "This is Isreal" and "This is New York" by Miroslav Sasek

They’re both very welcome additions to our collection…

page from vintage book, "This is New York" by Miroslav Sasek featuring skyscrapers and pink stretch Cadillac

New York in particular lends itself to his stylised characters and distortions of scale – just wonderful! Page after page of classic illustrations. The accompanying words are very sweet too.

page from vintage book, "This is New York" by Miroslav Sasek featuring an all Ameriacan diner

We’ll post more illustrations from this particular book – they deserve a post of their own!