Tuesday, 31 August 2010


Here's another nice old vintage magazine and this has some great photographs and illustrations. THE CORONATION OF HER MAJESTY APPROVED SOUVENIR PROGRAMME 2nd june 1953.

There are some wonderful black and white photographs & illustrations and this vintage copy is in a remarkable condition considering its 57 years old.
Published by Gracious Permission of Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II.
With a 'foreword' by His Royal Highness The Duke Of Gloucester.

A complete schedule of the Coronation Process and a map of the procession route on the centre pages.
What a wonderful old vintage magazine, I did read online that this is rare/valuable but you cannot believe all you read!
There's an article about the Coronation Ceremony by the Hon. Sir George Bellew, Garter Principle King Of Arms.
There's also a Genealogical Table showing the decent of the crown right back to William the Conqueror.

Talking of 'rare and valuable' that reminds me of one of my listings of photography books that sold earlier today, I posted some photos earlier for the winning bidder (an absolute star!), but that's another story. Its late and I need some sleep.

Thanks for looking!

Old 78rpm Records

Well, I have just sold a box of old 78rpm records and both happy and sad at the same time. I never did get to play them and my only consolation is that the winning bidder will be able to enjoy them. I am pleased to see them go to someone who will appreciate them because knowing me, they would probably of remained un-played for a long time. 

Saying that, you watch if I don't end up with a record player that plays at 33rpms! It happens, I will be at an auction or an antique fair and there will be one sat there asking to be bought. Hopefully it will be one of those old gramophones, the ones with the large horn and windup handle on the side, now that's got to be good for the planet!

The other month I was handed three boxes of old records, all 33rpms and all from the seventies and eighties. Its been a while since I have owned a record player and I was keen to listen to them because a lot of them, I can remember buying first time round.
I was looking forward to the 'trip down memory lane', I just needed a half decent record player!
Ok, I could of downloaded the music but its just not the same as a 'record'. I would not be without my MP3 player, don't get me wrong, but I was looking forward to playing some of these old records.
Week later and I am a proud owner of an old 80's twin deck, the sort used by DJ's at weddings? I was talking to a friend and telling him about the old records I have and he tells me 'hang on', and disappears into his garage. Next thing hes back with a large suitcase and says 'this is what you need'.
So, I have the record player and have been listening to some of the old records I enjoyed the first time round. Most play fine even with the 'odd' scratch or mark and there's even that glorious sound which I have not heard in a long time. You know, the sound of a record that has been played over and over again, the sound of age to me, wear to others.
Its been an experience and even my son has been listening to some and could not believe that is how we played music in the 'old' days. He's only 11 and I did tell him people still do and prefer playing records rather than the modern equivalent, he just looked at me and asked 'why'?
I can imagine my son in the distant future explaining to his children how he used to listen to music, maybe he will understand then? I don't think it would be the same though!

Well back to the grindstone, I still have a large collection of magazines and things to prepare. Hopefully, I will find a 78rpm record player because I do have a couple of old 78s left, a nice box set of six records, Gilbert & Sullivan opera 'The Mikado' sung by the 'Light Opera Company'.
I am not really an 'opera' fan, I like some but must admit I have never listened to one all the way through. I do remember singing some of the songs at school. Maybe I will get chance and the time, plus the record player, to listen to it before someone else owns it!, I guess I could always download it!
Thanks for looking!


Saturday, 28 August 2010


Here we have a copy of the Country Life magazine dated June 1953 with lots of photographs and articles about Queen Elizabeth II coronation. For a magazine that's is over 50 years old, its in a very good condition. There is some wear to the front and back covers  and some 'foxing' but the majority of the pages are in 'tip top' condition.
There are some beautiful illustrated, full page colour advertisements and loads of black and white photographs.
The vintage magazine has 192 pages, below are some photographs of a couple of the pages.


The Illustrated London News  Magazines are May 26th 1951 No. 5849 Volume 218 and June 6th 1953 No.5955 Volume 222.
There is a little something here for everyone, Royal Memorabilia Collectors, Ephemera Collectors, Advertising Collectors or those who just collect vintage magazines. If you are none of the above but enjoy an interesting 'read' then there is even something here for you.

The magazines feature lots of written news articles of the time, photographs both colour and Black & White, some beautiful colour illustrations and a plethora of advertising material. I even considered starting my own 'advertising ephemera collection' because there are so many. They are just too nice to cut up but I would imagine that is what will probably happen to them.

Its interesting to see how times and attitudes have changed, not just the tobacco adverts, everything seemed so 'Dandy' back then and 'ever so' right. Even the quality of the printing appears to be better but maybe that's just me.

They should of used these old vintage magazines in history lessons at school, I probably would of shown more interest at the time, much more fun than just learning dates. These days I find it all very fascinating and you can learn a lot about the past from these old magazines.
For instance, this old BP advert makes you think, 'how times have changed'? The world was a much different place back in the 50's.

I like to see the old tobacco and alcohol advertisements especially when they portray the use of them to be both 'cool' and 'sophisticated'. Obviously, attitudes have changed towards smoking and drinking and probably for the better but 'those were the days'.

Some of the illustrations are pieces of 'art' in themselves and would look great in a frame. Imagine some of these prints hanging on the wall, in the right place they would brighten up even the gloomiest of hallways.

The colours are very vibrant and there's very little signs of age,with the correct frame and border, they would make great gifts. I once framed an old advertisement, it was for a 'Sunbeam Alpine' sports car and gave this to my dad. He was very pleased because many years ago, he used to own a car like this, it was a trip down 'memory lane' for him.
Even the black and white adverts are interesting especially the illustrated advertisments. Some of the illustrations were created by some of the best and 'up and coming' artist of the times and identifying some of them would be a 'job' in itself.
If you collect ephemera, specifically anything to do with the Royal family then there are some excellent full page photographs and illustrations of Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the royal family.

If you do like what you see and wish to see more then please take a look at my other posts, I have many more vintage magazines. Most in the same condition as these and some are better, all are vintage and most are over 50 years old.

They will all be listed for sale by auction on my Ebay and all will be starting at 99p plus P&P. For multiple purchase there is a substantial discount for shipping additional items and always ship within 24 to 48 hours of payment.

The last thing I would wish for is you to be disappointed, if you are not delighted with any of your purchases then you can return them for a full refund.

Thanks for Looking!