Tartan Travel Rugs and other Nostalgic Motoring Accessories

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MikeT wrote:
28 Jul 2018, 21:59
You can still get them.
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Those, and PP3s, were ideal for sticking your tongue on the terminals :rofl2:

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MikeT wrote:
28 Jul 2018, 21:59
You can still get them.


The first one in its unaroused state looks too benign :-D

The second one shows more of the qualities of the batterries I remember....decent bit of leakage at the slightest provocation, but the prongs are a bit crumpled :)

Excellent effort though Mike :-D

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myglaren wrote:
28 Jul 2018, 22:07

At first sight I thought it was a carbide lamp.

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Carbide lamps : Smells like old farts, used by old farts. :lol:

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bobins wrote:
28 Jul 2018, 22:11
myglaren wrote:
28 Jul 2018, 22:07

At first sight I thought it was a carbide lamp.

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Carbide lamps : Smells like old farts, used by old farts. :lol:

You should smell our electric fork lift!

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That lamp has what was known as a 'fish-tail burner' - for obvious reasons. The same was used in the early days of gas lighting (for homes, streets and theatres) long before the gas 'mantle' was invented. The fishtail flame had a large surface area, which had advantages of light output. It got carried over in reduced form into oil lamps (like the hurricane lamp).

Strangely, the highly efficient gas mantle (similar to today's Tilley lamp) came too late to prolong the use of gas lighting; the electric incandescent (filament) lamp (courtesy of Joseph Swann, as well as Edison) got in first.

Why the mention of theatres? In London, it was common practice for theatres to generate their own gas supply from coal, on site, as well as to use open fishtail burners. At the time, it was said that the fate of most theatres was to burn down: it was only a matter of time.

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When we moved from Doncaster to Whitby in 1951, the house my parents bought had belonged to one of the two electrical companies owners and had only recently been wired for electricity.
There were still gas lamps in the bedrooms and staircase (not working unfortunately).

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My granddads house in Aston still had gas lamps until it was demolished in the 1960s, had mantles and chains hanging down to adjust the flow.

As an aside, in the 1940s bombing raids they had an incendiary bomb come through the roof, grandma took it out with her bare hands and dumped it outside before it went off.

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For sale Estimate £5,250 to £6,250 at Anglia Car Auctions this Saturday.

..and there it is, the heated rear window of my youth, much more modern-looking than the "plastic demisting panel" for want of a better description. Anyone fancy digging a pic out of a PDP for old times sake :?:

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...and the same car is also going to appear in Remember These All our Yesterdays within the next couple of minutes for one of its other features....but not an accessory.

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When is a motoring accessory not a motoring accessory?

when its a folding picnic table.

However, it gets in here simply because to actually use one, a pre-requisite is having a car to lug it round in :-D .

Four strangely uncomfortable and femmer seats, this little bit of 50's/60's nostalgia remained in use into the late 80's early 90's although no idea where it is now!

I give you the folding picnic table with seating
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for those of you keen on the close up forensic anatomy of a folding picnic table try this...
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We had the diesel version of that Cambridge in the '60s. Leopard skin patterned blankets were all the rage for putting over your seats in the '50s.

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You sure they were blankets? I recall that when the local Teds (in Harrow where Igrew up) replaced their Humber Super Snipes & Pullmans with Mk2 Zodiacs THEY had leopard print seat covers.

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They were blankets for the poorer among us, it was a cheap way of getting the 'leopard skin look' in my Vauxhall Cresta but yes the expensive cars had the real thing. My wife worked at a Rootes garage for a time and we had a Hawk and two snipes at very reasonable prices. The hawk had very tatty looking seat covers so I thought the seats were shot, I took the covers off to reveal what looked like brand new red leather seats.

Lovely cars those, I saw a couple at a classic car show a few years ago and they don't look out of place now.

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Couple of accessories on a Ford Consul Classic at Tanfield Railway today...

Proper wing mirror on the wing, and the tiger in your tank sticker!
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I remember them, the forerunner of the Capri I believe. My son had a proper Capri until recently, it had been parked on his drive for many years collecting holes, he got nearly £1,000 for it though.

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Ohh, the memories... I had several Esso tiger tails when I was a kid :)

Wish I still had them now...