Archive for the ‘children’ Category

Meccano Machines

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

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Meccano bus, lorry and aeroplane

We picked up these gorgeous Meccano models at auction recently – a lorry, a bus and a plane.

red and green lorry

They’re very charming – a little play worn and full of character.

blue aeroplane

They’re pretty big actually – the largest measures 60 centimetres in length. They look great on a shelf – adding a playful, vintage industrial touch – to either a kid’s or grown-up’s room!

red and green bus

The lorry and aeroplane will be available on our website soon; the bus has found a free parking space in our lounge!

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!