Category Archives: 1970’s

Carlton Ware Money Box Snail for Sale

Carlton Ware Money Box Snail for Sale

Vernon is a snail with excellent manners.

He was the perfect subject to photograph.

Vernon’s pretty nifty with a top speed of 50 yards per hour.

Won’t get far with your cash, although he is quite strong, able to lift 10 times his own body weight.

Vernon was born in 1970, in Stoke on Trent. He’s pretty retro.

In super condition for his age, I thought he might make a rather lovely Christening present.

Preferable to silver plated egg cups and Winnie the Pooh plates?

Discerning purchasers can find Vernon by clicking on his photo. Be quick, he won’t hang around long!

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May 13, 2014 · 7:50 am

QE2 Washed Up

On this day, 5 years ago, the QE2 set off for her final voyage.

She now lies in dry dock in Dubai awaiting her fate. It’s not a happy ending.

Don’t tell teddy. He’ll only worry. He loved that ship.

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The QE2’s total power output was enough to light a city the size of Southampton.

The QE2 could sail backwards (at a full speed of 19 knots) faster than most cruise ships could sail forwards.

Cunard’s first ship, the Britannia, would have squeezed into QE2’s Grand Lounge.

The amount of fruit juice used annually on board the QE2 would fill the ship’s swimming pools nearly eight times over.

Beatrice Muller, from New Jersey,  used the QE2 as a retirement home for 14 years, having paid around £3,500 a month for the privilege.

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Altrincham Artisans

Charming Sunday Artisan Market at the old Market Place in Altrincham, Cheshire.

Smell: Cloves in cider and Farmer’s Wife sausages.

See: Leather suitcases and miles of bunting.

Touch: Hyacinth bulbs and ancient marbles.

Taste: Hot cheddar cheese and Rhubarb Flapjacks.

Hear: Vintage jazz and Pedro woofing.

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Polcini Pierrot

Polcini vintage brooch

Polcini vintage brooch

Ralph Polcini emigrated to the United States from Italy, establishing his first costume jewellery company in 1911. Originally called Leading Jewelry, the company changed its name to Ledo after World War II. In 1954 Ralph Polcini died, leaving his business to his son Damon. The name was changed at this time to Polcini. After Damon’s death in the mid 1980s the company was scaled down in size and eventually ceased operations. The jewellery produced by Ledo/Polcini is of extremely high quality, with excellent metalwork, high quality rhinestones, and “real look” designs. The styling is often Art Deco. These pieces are collectable and becoming very rare.

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