Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Scary Doorbell

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Thursday, 8 August 2013

Kosmo Vinyl Kollages

1970s/80s music industry maverick Kosmo Vinyl is now an artist working under the pseudonym Andy Pepper and produces collages in New York based the football results of West Ham.

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Sunday, 30 June 2013

Children's Playing Cards

Some novelty playing cards found at car boot sale today to add to our collection.  Lovely printing process and colours.  Shame they are so battered!  They have obviously been well thumbed over the years.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Rowland Emmett

Rowland Emmett, a great British eccentric, cartoonist and automata maker . His machines featured in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and his Far Tottering and Oyster Creek Railway was a highlight of the 1952 Festival of Britain in Battersea Park.

Monday, 10 June 2013

Souvenir Leporellos

Found a big bunch of souvenir leporellos online and could´nt resist! They are gorgeous! The cutest are definitly the little ones (1 cent coin for size comparison). Now I can go snipping!

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Bonobo - Cirrus

Found a great “50ies-Collage-Music-Video” and would like to share with you:

Bonobo - Cirrus

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Found Photos

More photos from the boot sale last weekend bought for a few pennies.  The top one was taken in Egypt in 1944.  RAF  I am reliably told.  The bottom two are from the seaside but no info given.  I love all the hats and the casual way some are lolling about. Note also the boy with a sailing boat and the drying swimsuit in the bottom one.

Monday, 27 May 2013


I found a postcard-leporello from my grandfather – a souvenir from a trip to the Black Forest 1939.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Old Fruit Bags

I bought these at the auto-jumble in Llandudno over the Victorian Extravaganza weekend.  The weather was awful that day we went round the vintage vehicles just outside of town so we didn't stay as long as we hoped. We didn't see much of the old cars or motorbikes.  The rows and rows of chugging stationary engines are always fun to watch and it  amuses me ( and Hazel too ) how the owners sit very proudly behind them in their deckchairs - getting up occasionally to adjust a valve or pour water into a tank or tinker in some way.   The auto jumble is the most fun part for me - rummaging through piles of junk, mostly car parts, but also antiques of various kinds. Things you would never expect - like these packets pf old fruit bags from some dusty corner of a warehouse recently discovered  and bundled up to sell off cheap.  Well, not that cheap - the label said £5  but I got them for £3 - about 50p a bag.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Daresbury Steam Fair 2011

We love steam fairs and old steam engines etc. so we always try and go to one or two every year- weather permitting. Nothing like the sight and sound of dozens of fairground organs and traction engines battling it out in a big field somewhere!

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

More Old Found Photos

More photos from the pile I bought at the boot sale. Most seem to have been taken on the Isle of Man in 1954/55.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Found Photos

Found at a boot sale yesterday in Northwich.  Hazel bought some old birthday and valentines cards at the same stall.  I will try and upload some more soon.

Bicycle Built for Two

vintage photo, circa 1940s

Johnny Morris Flexidisc

 I found this flexidisc in a charity shop yesterday. Johnny Morris was a very popular  children's entertainer back in the 60's and 70's. Fond memories of his "Animal Magic" TV shows where he played the part of a zoo keeper at Bristol Zoo and did the voices of the animals. Also "Tales of the Riverbank" about Hammy The Hamster and friends which he also did the voices for. We had the pleasure to meet him once at a radio station foyer in Birmingham in the 90's when he must have been in his 80's. We were there to give an interview about our joint exhibition at Walsall art gallery  called "Weirdorama". A very amiable chap who was kind enough to sign Hazel's notebook which she was thrilled by.
Johnny does his usual  dulcit tones about Clarksons holidays and the trend for cheap package holidays in Spain, Greece and Italy etc. in the late 60's and early 70's.

Johnny Morris  -  Welcome To Sunshine  '71

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Peter Serafinowicz

Very funny Peter Serafinowicz  film spoof using old newsreel footage.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Slide Show Evening

A while ago Josef has been giving me a package of 500 slides ordered online, not knowing what´s inside. Nice surprise – in different meanings. We organised the other equipment (light table, slide projector, slide magazines) so we could start our first slide show evening after many years. That was great fun, especially because there were round about 150 cat-slides (yawn) and 150 slides with modification of buildings (so everyone has got his own hobby!). But afterwards there were some real beautiful landscapes and person pictures from the 80ies. A good start for a new collage project – maybe! I´m so glad, that my mother and my aunt gave me familiy-slides – they are waiting on beeing projected. We´ll wait and see what happens!


Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Yazoo 2011 - Live In London

I'd forgotten what a great catchy song this is and my how Alison Moyet has slimmed down - she looks younger now than did back in 1982 when this first came out!   Also an old interview on Charlie Gillet's radio show from around that time on my Boot Sale Sounds  blog.

Monday, 22 April 2013

Brett Domino - Gold

Great new song from the amusing Brett Domino - a homage to Marmite and everything gold and not gold.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Lennon Suit

I don't believe I have ever read that Lennon wore the same suit in two movies.  I was looking at his suit in the Magical Mystery Tour and realised that he wore that in the start of the Dick Lester movie from 1966 'How I Won the War' from memory it was the start of the film where the newly recruited soldiers were lined up in a yard.  I can't find a colour version of the suit in that movie, and I'm happy if proven wrong - I know it's not important but in these days of everything being noted and pulled apart I thought it strange that I've never read this.

If anyone knows any different then please let us know.

Get those Beatle books out.

Love and Peace.

Big Al

Saturday, 20 April 2013


I found an old pocket camera at my parents home – including a film and some flashlights.
That was a great finding for me because my very first camera was like that one and was called „ritsch-ratsch-klick“ – imitating the sounds it makes by using it. The only thing you can choose is: „Cloud“ or „Sunshine“ – so: easy to use!
Beside this I found an old photo taken by me. The image detail is gorgeous, isn`t it?! Haha!

Friday, 19 April 2013

Science Fair 130 Electronic Projects

Here's the 130 Electronic Project box I bought recently in a charity shop for a quid.  Fun for every boy and girl into making gadgets.  It makes all kinds of things from radios to burglar alarms.  We have only made the first four in the thick  156 page manual so far - one being The Chirping Bird.

Thursday, 18 April 2013


I accidentally found this vintage toy at the Rozelle markets in Sydney last year and gave it to a friend as a surprise. This friend had become so obsessed with the Morse code that he even sent me text messages and emails written entirely in dots and lines. I have no idea what they said! What I personally like about the set are the hand written notes and that it was made in Australia (probably in the early to mid 1960s).

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Shipbulding - Robert Wyatt

One of the greatest anti-war songs ever written by Elvis Costello. An antidote to all that's going on today.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Le Journal de Mickey

Vintage comics I bought at a market in Paris. They are from around the late 1960s/early 1970s.

Saturday, 13 April 2013

A walk for the lazy ones

This weekend I have to be very bussy – and I don´t like to!!! I would like to prefer going for a walk in the woods. That´s why I´m posting this little video „A walk for the lazy ones“ which I made a while ago .... To go for a walk is always very inspiring!

Friday, 12 April 2013

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Stereo Cards

A few of the stereo cards Hazel bought at the boot sale on Sunday. Some a bit faded and dull subjects like churches and landscapes but these are more interesting and look great in the stereo viewer we have.

Friday, 5 April 2013

'Ello Eckerslike


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