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Love Vintage Technology, Gizmos and Gadgets?

Love Vintage Technology, Gizmos and Gadgets?

Love Vintage Technology, Gizmos and Gadgets? We do here at Mullard Antiques and Collectibles! Have a look at the vintage technology currently in stock.

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X-RAY SPECS: A Guest Blog By Young Man Gone West

X-Ray Specs

X-RAY SPECS: A Guest Blog By Young Man Gone West Richard, blogger extraordinaire, going by the pseudonym ‘Young Man Gone West,’ (YMGW), has kindly allowed me to post his wonderful blog ‘X-Ray Specs’ for our Mullard Antiques readers. Some of you may recognise this Halsey USAAF X-Ray Warning Light from our website. YMGW purchased the light and has ensured that it is now in full working condition. The blog explains more about its fascinating history with some great accompanying images!  I think we can all say that YMGW has done a good job on the post and the light. Wonderful to…

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Your ‘Must Have’ Vintage Radios!

1960s Roberts R200 Transistor Portable Radio

Your ‘Must Have’ Vintage Radios! Why is there a revival in Retro Vintage Radios? And when I say vintage, I mean 20th Century! Well, to be honest for me the answer is easy. Yes, you can have a tiny iPod, (which are very handy and a genius of technology and engineering, but I mislay mine constantly due to it’s size!), but you can’t really beat a vintage radio for both substance and style. There are so many to choose from and, yes, some of the most iconic names were actually ‘Made in Britain!’ Even more amazing! 2MT On the 14th…

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Vintage Technology, Gizmos and Gadgets

Vintage Technology, Gizmos and Gadgets

Vintage Technology, Gizmos and Gadgets Well, what rotten weather we are all having! No wonder many of us like to pack our suitcases and head for sunnier climes! Instead, I’m sat here writing a blog for you on Vintage Technology, Gizmos and Gadgets, looking at the rain out of the window! However, there are those of us whom actually prefer, instead of soaking up the sun sat on a beach, to spend time at museums or adding to our collection of eclectic museum worthy objects! OK, this does happen to be mainly menfolk, for many of whom the thought of a…

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Ladies Love The Mullard Valve Tester!

Mullard Valve Tester

Ladies Love The Mullard Valve Tester! I asked Mr Mullard Antiques to write me a guest blog about Women working, in what was traditionally seen as a Man’s role, in the 1950s. I was a little bit worried, give Steve this level of freedom and who knows what he would write! Anyway, I’m pleasantly surprised! Thank you, Mullard Magic, for this lighthearted look at Women working at the Mullard Valve factory in the 1950s. Great images! According to Mullard (the manufacturer’s of thermionic valve products), ‘The Mullard High Speed Valve Tester was so simple to use anyone could use it’.  Mullard made…

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Radio Corporation Of America (RCA)

Radio Corporation Of America (RCA)

Radio Corporation Of America (RCA) Thanks to Steve of Mullard Magic for this interesting blog on the origin of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA). The Radio Corporation of America (RCA) was formed in 1919 by General Electric, AT & T and United Fruit with the encouragement of the US Federal Government which wanted to maintain US leadership in long distance communications. Post war American Marconi was bought by General Electric and transferred to RCA. General Electric and Westinghouse made RCA their exclusive marketing channel for receivers and tubes in return for cross licenses to their patents. In 1941 RCA had…

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The Origin Of The Humble Clothes Iron

Tilley Paraffin Pressure Domestic Iron

Where would we be without an iron these days? Love or loathe ironing, you can’t help but be impressed by the ingenuity of the inventors of the humble clothes iron!

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What Does Radio And Imitation Costume Jewellery Have in Common?

What Does Radio and ‘Imitation’ Costume Jewellery by Stratton of London Have In Common? 20th Century And Costume Jewellery Most of us own a piece of costume jewellery, whether it’s a watch; a ring or necklace made out of metal, plastic and semiprecious stones; a badge or pin. Even Monarchs, and other upper echelons of society, occasionally wore paste jewellery, as one wouldn’t want the ‘unwashed masses’ to steal our priceless jewels, would one? But when did costume jewellery become fashionable? Georgian Paste Jewellery Costume jewellery is not a new phenomena, it has been around since at least the 18th…

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What Do Radios and Ovaltine have in common? The Ovaltiney Radio!

Ovaltiney radio

What do radios and Ovaltine have in common? The answer is the ‘Ovaltiney’ radio or Philips 634A ‘Superinductance’ TRF set, produced from 1932/3. It was called Ovaltiney as it was used in nostalgic TV adverts for Ovaltine. The quality of this radio was superb. A replica of the radio was produced by ITC in 1984 to commemorate its 50th Birthday.

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A Design Classic? The Ericofon Cobra Phone

Ericofon Cobra Phone

Love it or hate it, the iconic design of the Ericofon Cobra phone is a must for any 1950’s-1970’s retro or vintage office, music room or living room! It is called a ‘Cobra’ or ‘Kobra’ due to its snake-like appearance. The Ericofon has a bit of a cult following amongst fans of 1960’s and 70’s fashion and design. Here’s why.

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