Sunday, 22 December 2013

Vintage car advertisements found in 1970's football programmes

Rather scarily I don't seem to have posted in this blog since July 2013, some 5 months ago. I have been busy though, with a lot of focus recently being diverted to my psychogeography inspired, In Search of Space blog, which chronicles my various urban, rural and coastal wanders and features ghost signs, abandonment, decay and an assortment of other stuff too. Whilst I would love you to visit my other blog, I guess you've ended up here because of the content, vintage car advertisements, so with no further delay, here they are. All are sourced from football (soccer) programmes from the 1970's, in the days before managers were sacked after a handful of games for not being top of the table, before footballers used to appear in hair product adverts, and before the new owners of a club changed the club's name, shirt colour and culture.

First up with have a vintage advertisement for the 1973 Ford Capri, as driven by the late Lewis Collins, as Bodie, in the 1980's TV series, The Professionals.

Vintage advertisement for the 1973 Ford Capri
Vintage advertisement for the 1973 Ford Capri

Next up is a vintage advertisement for a garage rather than a specific car. This one, being on the back of a 1978 Wigan Athletic football programme, is for H.L.Gorner Ltd., in Bryn, Wigan.

Vintage advertisement for a garage in Bryn, Wigan, c.1978
Vintage advertisement for a garage in Bryn, Wigan, c.1978

From a Sheffield United football programme, we now have an advert for the Vauxhall Victor, coming in a choice of 2.3 litre of 1.8 litre.

Vintage advertisement for the Vauxhall Victor, c.1972
Vintage advertisement for the Vauxhall Victor, c.1972

And finally for this small selection, by far the cheesiest and quite possibly my favourite of the batch, is a vintage advertisement for the Vauxhall's bodywork, taken from the centre pages of the Football League Review which came free with a Southampton football programme.

Vintage advertisement for Vauxhall, c.1970
Vintage advertisement for Vauxhall, c.1970

And for anyone more interested in football than cars, I have a selection of vintage football programmes for sale in my Etsy store.

    

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Sepia Saturday 185 - rain

I'm quite glad that this week's Sepia Saturday theme is out of sorts as it's great to be finally enjoying summer, and it looks like it's here to stay. My submission however for this week is on theme and features a car in the rain, from a vintage advertisement for Girling Disc Brakes, from the March 1959 edition of Motor Sport magazine.

Vintage advertisement for Girling Disc Brakes, c.1959.
Vintage advertisement for Girling Disc Brakes, c.1959.

    

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Vintage maps

A slight deviation away from books and magazines today, but I've always been fascinated by maps, and the older they are the more I like them. However, I have only recently started collecting them. Ok, so collecting is a bit of a loose term here, and I don't have shelves stacked with 100's of them, but I do keep an eye open for these when I'm out and about and pick up any that are in reasonable condition, moderately priced and look interesting. One of the great things about these maps is that being from the 1930's to the 1960's, they show the pre-Beeching view of the railway lines and stations.

1954 Ordnance Survey, cloth map of Lowestoft, Suffolk
1954 Ordnance Survey, cloth map of Lowestoft, Suffolk

1963 Ordnance Survey, cloth map of Saffron Walden, Essex
1963 Ordnance Survey, cloth map of Saffron Walden, Essex

1946 Ordnance Survey, cloth map of Exeter, Devon
1946 Ordnance Survey, cloth map of Exeter, Devon

1953 Ordnance Survey, cloth map of Buxton & Matlock, Derbyshire
1953 Ordnance Survey, cloth map of Buxton & Matlock, Derbyshire

    

Keeping with the vintage theme, I also have a vintage postcards blog, and a web site where I have vintage postcards for sale and for a different perspective completely, my In Search of Space blog chronicles, amongst other things, my urban wanderings around London, on the look out for ghost signs, and other curious items.

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Sepia Saturday 176 - schools

No test tubes in my collection, but I did manage to stay on a scholarly theme for this week's Sepia Saturday with this page listing advertisements for schools and colleges, taken from a 1920's London guidebook. I wonder how many of these establishments are still running today? I particularly like the selling point of Sommerville House, St. Leonard's-on-Sea, with its bracing climate but am not sure what to make of the liberal diet offered at Quarndon House, Felixstowe.

Vintage schools listing from a 1920's London guidebook
Vintage schools listing from a 1920's London guidebook


Friday, 3 May 2013

Sepia Saturday 175 - vintage cigarette advertisements

I was in two minds about staying on theme for this week's Sepia Saturday, but as long as you all promise me that these vintage cigarette adverts won't make you take up smoking, then I think we're safe. All of these advertisements were taken from Air Mail magazine (the journal of the Royal Air Forces Association) from the early 1960's.

If I am allowed a favourite here, then it would have to be this first one, for Capstan cigarettes. An all together cheesy picture showcasing some of the golfing fashions of the day.

Vintage advertisement for Capstan cigarettes, c.1960's
Vintage advertisement for Capstan cigarettes, c.1960's

The next advert for Nelson cigarettes is less striking but it's not a brand I'd heard of so included it for interest reasons.
Vintage advertisement for Nelson cigarettes, c.1960's
Vintage advertisement for Nelson cigarettes, c.1960's

Finally, in the sepia selection, we have Woodbine, for those hard working, engineer types.
Vintage advertisement for Woodbine cigarettes, c.1960's
Vintage advertisement for Woodbine cigarettes, c.1960's

In the colour section, we have two adverts from the early 1970's, complete with sideburns, taken from the back cover of Drive magazine. The men in both of these adverts look familiar, but I have no idea if they are famous or just models. Does anyone know who they are?

Vintage advertisement for Picadilly King Size cigarettes, c.1970's
Vintage advertisement for Piccadilly King Size cigarettes, c.1970's

Vintage advertisement for Picadilly King Size cigarettes, c.1970's
Vintage advertisement for Piccadilly King Size cigarettes, c.1970's

    

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Sepia Saturday 170 - vintage tea and coffee advertisements

I may have shared these vintage advertisements before, so apologies to those of you who have already seen them, but they do seem to fit rather well into this week's Sepia Saturday theme.

I love the words used in this first advertisement ... I wonder how many of us these days would used words like invigorating and wholesome to describe coffee. And what on earth does chaffless mean? Maybe it's referring to the tin, rather than suggesting that this particular brand of coffee won't give you a nasty chaffing.

Vintage advertisement for Blue Ribbon coffee
Vintage advertisement for Blue Ribbon coffee

I'm not sure I've ever had to apologise for my tea, but we have on occasions had to apologise for our water, as we live in a hard water area, and the odd limescale deposit can make its way into a cuppa every now and then.
Vintage advertisement for Blue Ribbon, Red Label tea
Vintage advertisement for Blue Ribbon, Red Label tea

More vintage advertisements can be found on my vintage advertisements flickr set and my vintage advertisements pinterest board

And if you like this blog, how about popping over to have a look at my vintage postcards blog or my In Search of Space blog ... the latter is probably my most active blog at the moment as it charts my urban wanderings through London, inspired by some recent psychogeography reads.

    

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Sepia Saturday 168 - falling in love (Ford Zodiac style)

I had planned to stay on theme for this week's Sepia Saturday, but on browsing through a few vintage magazines for a suitable image, I came across this advertisement. Admittedly I should have posted this in early February for a Valentine related theme, but I've missed that and next February is too far away. It's a vintage advertisement for the Ford Zodiac from the February 1959 edition of Motor Sport magazine.

Vintage advertisement for the Ford Zodiac, Motor Sport magazine, February 1959

They've discovered each other, and they're wonderfully happy ... as you will be, when you discover the Zodiac. Let your eye linger on elegant lines and lovely colours, single or two-tone ... the sumptuous interior, with soft leather seating, rich astrakhan carpets. Feel the power - fast, safe, and, if you wish, fully-automatic. Note the very reasonable cost and all the built-in extras. You'll know ... you and the Zodiac are made for each other!

    
More vintage magazines on my web site
 

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Sepia Saturday 164 - are you a leader?

Unfortunately only a few moments to participate in this week's Sepia Saturday, but I have managed to find something on theme, well the theme of peaked, military hats anyway. This is an advertisement from the March 1963 edition of Air Mail magazine and is reaching out for people to join the R.A.F. Volunteer Reserve.

Vintage advertisement from Air Mail magazine, March 1963.

    

More vintage magazines on my web site

Friday, 8 February 2013

Sepia Saturday 163 - vintage motor oil advert, c.1959

Well we seem to be clear of snow here in West Berkshire, for the moment at least, but not to miss out on the theme for this week's Sepia Saturday I found this vintage advertisement in the March 1959 edition of Motor Sport magazine. It's for BP Energol Visco-static motor oil, and the picture on the advert is of Mr McCarthy's Ford Zephyr after a night out in the New Zealand Alps. I particularly like the strap line of advert, "Snowed up in the mountains yet it started first touch". This feels very much like 1950's langauge to me and I can imagine someone like Leslie Philips saying this ... possibly followed by "ding, dong", or "woof".

Vintage advertisement for BP Energol Visco-static motor oil, c.1959

More vintage magazines can be found on my web site

    

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Sepia Saturday 158 ... i-Spy

Firstly a big HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone and welcome to my first vintage books and magazines blog post of 2013. Although this blog post is an entry for the current Sepia Saturday, I am not theming this week. Instead I have selected a few pictures from one of a small collection of I-SPY books I picked up when I was Christmas shopping a few weeks ago. I remember having several of these as a kid but alas they are long gone. For anyone not familiar with I-SPY books, they are pocket-size publications covering various locations and subjects, e.g. the street, the farm, pets, butterflies, etc., where the spotter was rewarded with points for spotting various things. I think my favourite as a child was called I-SPY on the Road which kept me from boredom on long car journeys. However, the one I have chosen to share today is called I-SPY in the Street. I particularly like the "Playing on Sundays is Forbidden" sign.

I-SPY in the Street

 I-SPY in the Street

 I-SPY in the Street, front cover
 I-SPY in the Street, back cover

What struck me about this book was the simplicity and innocence, which is definitely lost in many modern childhoods. It also made me wonder what an equivalent I-SPY in the Street book would include in today's world ... 5 points graffiti, 5 points for fast-food chain litter, 10 points for broken glass, and 20 points for a boarded-up show window perhaps. Although with all the gadgets and devices available now, I suspect many no longer even look further than their handheld device.

As usual, more vintage books and magazines and vintage postcards on my web site

    
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