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Lesney Matchbox Toys: Did you keep yours?

Vintage Moko Lesney Matchbox 7a Horse drawn milk float

The Lesney Matchbox toys were a great success; children loved their small size and could buy them with their pocket money. By 1960, Lesney was producing 50 million Matchbox vehicles per year!

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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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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…

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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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Mischievous should be plural for feline

Mischievous should be plural for feline

Mischievous should be plural for feline Thanks once again to my wonderful guest blogger, Eiffion, owner of https://www.collectibulldogs.com, for his light hearted blog about Noddy and Bonnie who really fit Eiffion’s blog title of Mischievous should be plural for feline. Eiffion is a dedicated collector of all sorts of things related to English Bulldogs, and also has an English Bulldog blog at collectibulldogs.com. His World class collection of Bulldog ephemera is museum listed and has even made its way into a display in Brighton Museum, UK. Quite a feat!  Eiffion isn’t just a lover of bulldogs, he is also pretty fond of felines…

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What do the Babcock Brothers, Evansville, Indiana & Thomas Goodfellow have in common?

Babcock Brothers, Evansville, Indiana & Thomas Goodfellow

What do the Babcock Brothers of Evansville, Indiana and Thomas Goodfellow, a Staffordshire potter, have in common? Whilst in the process of sorting through a box of pottery, belonging to my 87-year old Mum-in-Law, I came across a pair of shell-like cream antique dishes with the following back mark. Imported by Babcock Brothers, Evansville, IA.   We knew they had been in our family for at least 60 years but no-one knew where the dishes originated. We were pretty sure they were 19th Century (Victorian) and they had a the look of the Staffordshire pottery: ‘Adams Jasperware.’ Cobalt Blue Adams…

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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.…

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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…

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Collecticats- A love of Cats and Antiques

Collecticats- A love of Cats and Antiques

Eiffion from Collectibulldogs asked if I would write a guest blog for him, and considering his passion for Man’s best friend ‘the Dog’, in particular, Bulldogs, I thought I just had to write about the Dogs’ nemesis, namely Cats! In homage to ‘Collectibulldogs,’ I have called this blog Collecticats- A love of Cats and Antiques

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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…..

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