‘…ICHT & SON / …ER ◇ GOT’ Such a tantalising message from seventeenth century Germany. What could it mean? Something about light, and God? That seems most likely, even though God’s lost one of his German Ts. But then no-one cared so much about spelling in 1600.
To me, fragments with hints of writing are always the most fulfilling to find, because it enables you to have a treasure hunt twice: first for the object, and then for its meaning - and this can be done at leisure, at home, in a comfy chair with a nice cup of tea. So far, the complete text has eluded me - what do you think it might read in full?
My son found this Westerwald fragment, when we were down by the river a couple of weeks ago. His eye was infinitely better than mine, and while I came away with a few pieces that made me happy, he came away with two that made us both excited. This is the one, and the other will have to wait for another summer Saturday. I was permitted to photograph them, but ownership remains firmly with the finder, and they are proudly displayed in his room. Today he’s having his birthday party, on the theme of red pandas, and skateboarding. I made a cake for him yesterday, which you can see up there👆🏼in the story. He wants the slice with the nose. That’s where the icing’s thickest.
It’s almost time for the Letchworth Vintage Festival! On the 28th and 29th July the town centre is the place to be, with retro fashion displays, free dance classes, music , classic cars, a land train and so much more!
We’re away on the Sunday, but join us on Saturday 28th July for some vintage inspired cakes and a display of vintage baking items - how many will you remember?
We’ll also have a retro circular jigsaw on the Community Jigsaw Table and we’re also planning a display of Wynd history from its beginnings over 100 years ago! Read about squalor in The Wynd in the 1920s, the major fire of 1928 and remember it in its many forms over the years.
It all happens on The Wynd!
⠀⠀ 'Get busy with the fizzy'! ⠀⠀
My grandparents had a sodastream. I remember the strange sub-aqua noise it made as it cranked up the bubbles and I also remember that it made rubbish watery drinks, like the 'cola', which definitely had notes of tarmac... ⠀⠀
But Sodastream wasn't invented in the 1980s. I was surprised to learn that it was, in fact, launched in 1903 by Gilbey's distillery to create a carbonated drink to be enjoyed with their gin. It was a large, unwieldy and expensive machine, so they were mostly installed in stately homes. Apparently, one of the very earliest was in Buckingham Palace. ⠀⠀
The first affordable carbonation machine that could actually fit in an average house came in the 1950s. This bottle is from the mid 1920s-1930s. I imagine it must have come from one of the local country house estates. I haven't yet been able to find any pictures of Sodastream bottles or the machines from this time, so imagine they don't turn up too often. ⠀⠀
This bottle was a nightmare to clean as it was filled with creosote when I pulled it out of the ground. Perhaps this was also one of the early flavours. 😄 🛢️ ⠀⠀
Please swipe for the classic plastic!
Negatives, Slides and Photo’s to digital files.
These vintage glass plate (circa 1900) and large format negatives were scanned and digitised at Crazy Raindrops.
We can do all format negatives, 35mm slides and photo scanning.
Transfer social history and family memories to your phone or laptop.
These two protest posters were on the desk, and then the owner decided not to sell. I probably expressed too much interest.
The posters were made for an anti-War protest in Vancouver 1968. The remnants of rusty nails that were used to attach the paper to wooden posts was tangible. The oil from the wood still visible.
But unfortunately the owner put them back in a sealed container and decided his storage unit was the best place for them to reside. As historical documents they deserve to be in a place where they stimulate conversation. But it’s a fool who gets between a collector and his collection!