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A model 1015 jukebox of 1946.

The ten-fifteen jukebox of 1946-47, was the most successful jukebox ever.
This is one of the classic designs of Paul Fuller, with it’s eight bubble tubes and amazing revolving coloured cylinders.

A model 1100 Jukebox of 1948.

The last Wurlitzer Jukebox designed by their famous designer, Paul Fuller, complete with revolving cylinders, what more could you want ! Playing 24 selections on one side of 24 10″ 78s.

A Model 1700 Jukebox of 1954.

The first Wurlitzer to use the “Carousel” changer Mechanism specially designed for forty-five rpm records and played 104 selections from both sides of 52 records.

A Model 1448 Jukebox of 1955.

A Rock-Ola with all the right looks. Loads of chrome, stainless steel and aluminium. Great “clanking” mechanism with a great sound. Playing 120 selections on both sides of 60 45s.

A Model 1900 of 1956.

This model was designed in late 1955 and produced in 1956 for the centenary of the company founded by Rudolph Wurlitzer in 1856.
One of the most collectable 50’s jukeboxes with a great sound system featuring two bass speakers, a midrange speaker and a tweeter.

A Model 1455 Jukebox of 1957.

Here it is, the golden wonder of 1957. Sounds great too! Playing 200 selections on both sides of 100 45 rpm records.

A Model 1465 of 1958.

The Rock-ola Model 1465 of 1958 is a rare 200 selection machine. Rock-ola only made 200 selection machines between 1957 and 1962, they found that this was too many selections for the punters and went back to 160 selections!

A Bal-AMI Model J-200M jukebox of 1959.

In 1953 an Englishman Samuel Norman did a deal with the US Company AMI to supply and market/manufacture the American machines in the UK from his factory “Balfor Industries” in Ilford, Essex. These were known as Bal-Amis and here is a model “J” from 1959.
This machine has one of the best sound systems available in a Jukebox at this period.
It plays 200 selections from both sides of 100 forty-five rpm records.

A BAL-AMI Model K-200E of 1960.

An amazing “beast” has wonderful sound, is very reliable and has loads of chrome!
Playing 200 selections on both sides of 100 45s.

An AMi Continental Jukebox for 1961.

The Ami Continental, the new design for 1961 was advertised as:-
“A brilliant performer in the AMI tradition …… boldly designed to set a new standard of style. The silhouette is unmistakably distinctive … the lines clean and graceful … the illumination, soft and indirect, highlights the rich golden trim and soft subtle cabinet colors. The total effect is exciting … intriguing … dramatically compelling. Truly the style of to-morrow, for more play, today.”
This is a 200 selection version (on both sides of 100 45s) and has electric bush button play.

A Continental 2 jukebox of 1962.

The Continental 2 of 1962 is the last Ami produced by the firm before it was taken over and is basically the last really original design produced for a jukebox.

This first TV is a wonderful little 1939 HMV 904 with a 5 inch tube. the set was fished out of the rubbish pile at Exeter Recycling Centre a few years ago by one of the attendants. The TV screen had been covered up with paper (notice the rectangular sticky bits above and below the tube) and, presumably, the set had been used only as a radio.


The next set is a 1947 Pye model B16T. These sets were produced from 1946 and were the first TV that people could buy after the war.


This set is a 1949 Pye model LV20. It is a typical-of-the-age Pye 405 line TRF set. It uses a “Wedge” shaped chassis, loads of red Mullard EF50’s and a 9 inch Mullard tube.


The next set is a 1948 Ekco 9″ model TS46. The cabinet looks as though somebody has tried to tart it up a bit with liberal applications of wood “stopping” filler and varnish.


Next is a little 1949 Ekco 9″ model TS88. The tube emission is low, but it gives a very good picture, if a little dull. It’s best viewed in a darkened room.


This set is a 1950 single channel Ambassador model TV2. The set is a very unusual shape and was designed to fit into the corner of a room.


The next set is a 9″ Sobell T90 set.


This is a 1950 Bush model TV22.


Next is a 1953 Bush model TV24. The Bush TV24 was almost identical inside to the Bush TV22 (Above), although it had a bigger (12-inch) tube. When new, the TV24 was more expensive than the TV22, although now TV22s are very desirable and the poor old TV24s are not really worth anything…


The set is a 1958 Ferguson 306.


Next is a 1959 Philips 21-inch TV model 21TG100.


This next set is a Pilot from the mid to late 1950s.


This set is a 1966 HMV 2634 “Imp” and uses the Thorn 980 chassis, the last single-standard 405-line-only chassis. The set is identical in all but colour to the Marconi 4634 “Mini”, the Ferguson 3639 “Junior 12” and the Ultra 6641 “Cub”. The set works pretty well after a reasonable amount of work, although the scan coils are falling out of their enclosure causing the pincushion distortion shown in the picture.


Candlestick Phone

This is definitely one of the designs you’d think of when you thought about old fashioned telephones. It’s a classic 1920s piece, which needs two hands to operate and comes with an external bell set to alert you of any incoming calls.

French Porcelain Vintage Phone

These are the most decorative phones in existence – often laced with gold/gilt detailing, in a typically French manner, with lots of floral patterns. There are lots of good quality replicas out there, which look very expensive indeed, and are a quirky addition to your country home.
One of these will look perfect on a side table with a big bunch of flowers, stack of big photography books and a few pretty photo frames.

Antique Replica Coffee Mill Phone

The retro styled Coffee Mill phone combines modern features with nostalgic styling. These antique style phones are a great addition to any room. Die cast with antique designs, these beautiful telephones include elegant detailing and antique style.

1950s Diner Phone

This phone is just the best! So classic and retro but all of the functions are up to date! You don’t have to pay for calls obvoiusly but it can be used as a coin bank and even jingles as you insert your money…love it!

Skeletal Telephone

Skeletal Telephone made by L. M. Ericsson, circa 1892. It was used in the Head Office of the Victorian Government Department of Mental Hygiene, circa 1900.

1905s Dial Candlestick

This is the first dial telephone. The inventor, Almon Strowger, was an undertaker in Kansas City who got upset because the operators there kept putting business through to his competition. So he developed the first automated telephone switch and dial telephones. Strowger’s company was later bought out by Automatic Electric.

History of Coke Vending machines

In the early part of the 20th century, most corner grocery stores kept their inventories of bottled Coca-Cola cold by icing them in coolers. It was an age of serve-yourself, where all it took to ensure that a customer brought his bottle of Coke to the store’s clerk for purchase was to put a sign on the side of a cooler with the word “please.”

20121215-153159.jpgThe culture, however, was becoming increasing mechanical, which accounts for the introduction in 1910 of a coin-operated vending cooler designed expressly for Coca-Cola bottles. Georgia bottler George Cobb had the right idea when he introduced his Vend-all cooler, but it held only 12 bottles, making it impractical for retailers.

By the 1920s, numerous companies were making point-of-purchase coolers for Coca-Cola products. In the mid-1920s, Icy-O made one of the first Coca-Cola machines, whose tub-like design resembled a washing machine and featured a crank at the top that customers could turn to make their selection. Payment, however, was still on the honor system.

In 1928, Coca-Cola hired sheet-metal manufacturer Glascock Bros. to design and build a cooler that it could sell to retailers. Electric coolers followed in 1930 and in 1931 Glascock produced a coin-operated vending machine for Coke. While the benefits of these machines was clear, they were slow to catch on with retailers, in no small part because coin-op technology had not advanced far enough yet to prevent customers from “paying” for their bottles with a worthless slug.


During the 1930s, Westinghouse’s coin-operated Vendo Top coolers gave customers access to an ice-cold bottle of Coke for a nickel, but the biggest name in Coca-Cola machines came along in 1937, when Vendo of Kansas City, Missouri, was founded.

At first, Vendo filled a niche by making coin-op tops for traditional coolers produced by competitors like Westinghouse and Cavalier, but eventually Vendo would manufacture the entire machine. For example, its widely produced V-39, built between 1949 and 1957, is one of the most collected machines, thanks to its handsome, rounded top. Early all-red models featured the words “Ice Cold” embossed at the bottom of the machine; two-tone models made after 1955 had white tops.
20121215-154822.jpgBy the 1950s, Vendo was arguably the king of Coca-Cola vending machines—the Coke-supplied graphics on its Style Star machines of the late 1960s and early ’70s are familiar to anyone who visited a bowling alley or other public place with vending machines during that time. Indeed, Vendo was so successful that in 1979 it was able to buy out a competitor named Vendolater.

Other companies also prospered making vending machines for Coca-Cola, including Cavalier, whose small machines are especially popular with collectors. The C-27 from the late ’40s is a favorite thanks to its “ship’s wheel” handle, which was only produced for a limited amount of time. The wheel was replaced by an equally short-lived star-shaped handle, which itself gave way to a more standard lever or crank.
Another popular Cavalier machine was the C-102, which vended from two sides. Widely used throughout the 1950s, these machines had the unintended consequence of being tools of segregation—some machines were labeled “Whites Only” on one side and “Colored Only” on the other.

Finally, bottles were not the only way in which vending machines delivered Coca-Cola to thirsty customers. In the 1950s and ’60s, pre-mix machines dispensed a paper cup of soda, sometimes over crushed ice. Glasco is one of many manufacturers that produced these pre-mix machines, many of which also featured Coke’s classic Style Star graphics.

Gas Pumps

Posted: 10/12/2012 in Appliances
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Vintage gas pumps on Route 66, Dwight Illinois

Old Pure Gas Pump

Old Phillips 66 Gas Pump

Vintage Sinclair Dino Gas Pump


Old Super Shell Gasoline Pump


1950s Texaco Gus Station


Exa Ihagee Dresden


Kodak Brownie Starlet


Polaroid Land Camera


Argus C3 Match-Matic


Ferrania Zeta Duplex


Zorki 4k


Certo Super Sport Dolly 1937


Kodak Brownie Hawkeye


Crown Graphic


Voigtlander Vitessa 1773-74




Folding Camera – A folding camera uses a bellows (that weird accordion thing) to accomplish the feat of allowing the user to carry around a rather large camera in a fairly compact manner. When closed, the folding camera is very thin and easy to throw in a bag. It then expands to add focal length when unfolded.

Twin-lens Reflex Camera (TLR) – A TLR, as its name implies, is a camera with two lenses on the front. The lenses share the same focal length and are often connected to focus simultaneously. The reason for the additional lens is simply for the viewfinder system, which brought about several benefits (over single-lens reflex cameras) such as a continuous image on the finder screen, and a less-noticeable shutter lag. For our purposes today, TLRs are important because they make particularly attractive photographic subjects!

Instant Camera – An instant camera is one that has a self-developing mechanism so that your images are ready to view right away. Polaroid was obviously the most popular manufacturer of instant cameras and released the first commercial instant camera in 1948. This model was called the Polaroid Land Camera and can be seen in several variations in the collection below.


Kitchen appliances

Posted: 18/11/2012 in Appliances, Houses

The current vintage are also trend in interior decoration as well as the mixing different styles. If you want to make your home purchase a new and modern look, do not be afraid to incorporate retro time. Instead they bring a touch of personality to the decor.


Vintage Camera

Posted: 18/11/2012 in Appliances