Archive for the ‘children’ Category

Maths Class

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

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'Let's Explore Mathematics' children's book cover

We bet there are quite a few of you out there for whom the words maths class (or double maths!) strikes fear into your hearts.

Number 2 illustration Number 8 illustration

Number 3 illustration Number 6 illustration

Would a gorgeous text book like this have made it any better?

'Let's Explore Mathematics' children's book

How many houses? illustration

We picked it up at the local market recently and were really taken by the interesting exercises set by the author LG Marsh – and even more so by the fabulous illustrations by Chris Hoggett.

Who is the tallest? illustration

How tall? illustration

Let’s Explore Mathematics dates from the 1960s and has a distinctive style from the period.

How much? illustration

Spotting numbers illustration

The graphics are captivating, charming, clever and colourful (how many Cs is that readers?)

Looking for triangles illustration

How many bottles? illustration

 This is Book 1 of 4, so there’s a lovely series to collect. If we have 1 of 4 books, what percentage do we own (stop it now!!)

How many rungs on a ladder? illustration

Eight soldiers illustration

It’s published by A & C Black Ltd; if you’re looking to track down some vintage copies – we noticed that there are a few on eBay & Amazon at the moment.

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!