Posted on Leave a comment

A Love Story, Puttees, and me

WWII British Army Veteran

Ralph and Mary met at the Department Store ‘Binns’ in Newcastle. She worked in ladies wear and he was working in the basement setting up televisions and radios, and repairing them.

Read more

Posted on Leave a comment

Shanghai Doll Factory (SDF) Post WW2 Teddy Bear

Shanghai Doll Factory (SDF) Teddy Bear

As a committed arctophile (lover and collector of Teddy Bears), I was becoming really frustrated at not being able to trace the manufacturer of my better half’s childhood teddy ‘Dodo’ (as in the extinct bird): a moth eaten well loved bear, whose arms and legs became adrift and were sewn back on several times by my Mum-in-law. The only real clue I had to go on was the small red fabric tongue sticking out of it’s mouth; surely that must be a recognisable feature?

Read more

Posted on

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…

Read more

Posted on Leave a comment

Latest Royal Mail Posting Dates for Christmas 2017

Latest Royal Mail Posting Dates for Christmas 2017

Latest Royal Mail Posting Dates for Christmas 2017! Hi everyone! I hope you are all keeping well? I can’t believe how this year has flown by! Halloween and Bonfire Night have been and gone so here in the UK the next big holiday is Christmas! I know this isn’t quite the case everywhere in the World but my apologies for not listing all your special celebrations and holidays here, but I hope you all enjoy them anyway! Since some of you are usually very well (or is it ill?) prepared for the vagaries of the postal system around the festive…

Read more

Posted on Leave a comment

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…

Read more

Posted on Leave a comment

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Merry Christmas

Hi Everyone! Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year to you all! I can’t believe that a year has almost been and gone. Doesn’t time fly? Here at Mullard Antiques & Collectibles we are in the process of restocking our website with more vintage items ready for the New Year. We hope you will continue to visit us and read our blogs in 2017. Look out for our new coupon scheme which will, periodically, give you extra discounts. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers and blog readers for their business and support this year.…

Read more

Posted on Leave a comment

Collectibulldogs: More than just a passion for collecting!

Collectibulldogs: More than just a passion for collecting!

Collectibulldogs: More than just a passion for collecting! Another heartfelt guest blog from Eiffion Ashdown, as he explains to us why Collectibulldogs is more than just a passion for collecting. Thank you Eiffion. I know all our readers out there are keen to know what you have to say, so over to you! HI TO ALL MULLARD READERS Hi there to all of Mullard Antiques, (Karen’s) readers, I hope you’re all safe and well and let me just say what an honour it is to guest blog for Mullard Antiques! Guest blogging gives each other’s blog archives a bit of…

Read more

Posted on Leave a comment

Vinyl Record’s Manufacturing Process- Stage One: The Blank Acetate

Vinyl Record's Manufacturing Process

The article is from this week’s guest blogger, Steve, from ‘Mullard Magic’ and ‘The Magic of Mullard’. A really interesting and informative blog on Stage one of the Vinyl Record’s Manufacturing Process from polishing, degreasing, coating with lacquer, drying and inspection, to stamping the hole in the middle! No wonder vinyl is so expensive but you can’t beat the sound…..

Read more

Posted on Leave a comment

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.

Read more