When I Grow Up I Want My Own Record Shop

For any collector of recorded music, on whatever format, being given the keys to your own record shop sounds like a dream come true. But what’s it actually like when that dream drops in your lap, and how do you set about making a record shop work without compromising every principle that made the […]

Toys I Wanted More than a Johnny Seven Gun

It’s an unwritten law that any nostalgia kick from a boy growing up in the 60s and 70s has to include his unrequited ambition to own a Johnny Seven gun, that multi-purpose piece of juvenile military hardware lauded by Jonathan Ross and indeed out of Christmas wish list range for most of us as […]

The Land of Lost Content

It’s somehow fitting that an attraction dubbed ‘The Land of Lost Content’ should sit off the beaten track, and you can’t get much further off than Craven Arms in deepest Shropshire, at the gateway to the Welsh Marches. But a location like that has given Stella Mitchell, a devotee of domestic ephemera, a venue […]

So Farewell Vintage Magazine Store


Usually I craft each of these blog posts well in advance of publication, and schedule them so as not to flood the blog with new material each time we’ve been somewhere or when a subject crosses my mind, but sometimes time is just too short. And so it is with the news, spotted on […]

Vintage Cameras – Photos from the Past

Oops – I appear to have fallen victim to another collecting habit, this time involving vintage cameras from the 1950s and 60s. I put the blame partly on Mr Cad, the rather excellent camera and photography shop near to Victoria Station, whose proprietors tend to fill the front of their window with the stock […]

Guest Blog – Rob Holmes on a Vinyl Passion

Every so often, I’d like to feature a guest blog by someone whose outlook I admire, and who better to start with than my own brother-in-law whose devotion to the world of record collecting leaves me in awe. Here’s an article he wrote for his house magazine at work but which deserves another airing…

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A Short Drink from a Certain Fountain – in Margate…

In a far-off distant land called Kent, there’s a building where the childhood of small boys of the 1960s is preserved and cherished, and on a very soggy Monday in our August holidays, I made a long-awaited pilgrimage to worship at the shrine. This holiest of holies is the Hornby factory on the outskirts […]

Some Vintage Sussex Shopping

Whilst our week in Sussex wasn’t primarily intended as a shopping expedition, it’s always nice to think one is headed for an area where there are going to be some interesting shops to poke around in and bring back the odd ‘find’, and with places like Arundel, Worthing, Chichester and Brighton within striking distance […]

Ladybird by Design

After years quite literally on the shelf, suddenly it seems that Ladybird Books are rightly being feted everywhere as an iconic part of post-war British culture. Although the Ladybird ‘brand’ has been around for a century, it’s the uniform, 56-page, hardbacked little books that our midcentury generation associates with the name, each with its […]

New Lamps For Old

As a change from reporting on finds from the various vintage fairs and antiques shops that we happen upon in our travels, I thought I’d dedicate this post to a project to restore one of those finds that has been lurking at the back of the cupboard under the stairs, patiently waiting for a […]