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The Trojan 200 & The Elva Courier


515_trojan_01515_trojan_02Trojan Heinkel 200

In 1959 Trojan was bought by Peter Agg and from 1960 to 1965 he built under licence Heinkel bubble cars selling them as the Trojan 200, the last vehicle to bear the Trojan name. The company acquired the rights to build the Elva Courier sports car in 1962, producing 210 cars between 1962 and 1965 when production switched from road cars to the Mclaren-Elva racing car.


The company existed as Trojan Limited (Company No 134254 having been incorporated on 27/02/1914) until 19/03/2013, though no longer operating from the Croydon factory which has been sold, on which latter date it was dissolved via "Voluntary Strike-off".

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Filed under: Automobiles, British, The fifties, The sixties Tagged: Elv Courier, Trojan 200

Grand-daddy’s Sauce – Part 24


All posts material: “Sauce” and “Gentleman’s Relish” by Ronnie Barker – Hodder & Stoughton in 1977

A Visit From The Doctor 


Doctor: I’m afraid I can find nothing wrong with you, madame. Quite frankly,
I think it’s due to drink.
Patient: In that case doctor, you’d better come back when you’re sober.
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Filed under: Humour, Illustration, Vintage Tagged: Doctors, Joke, Patients

The Lure Of The Mad Men – Part 4



The Mad Men always keep their ears close to the ground so as soon as there were women wealthy enough to by their own cars they started targeting car ads towards women. And the fact that wives had a say in what car the family should buy did not slip pass them either. They even went as far as having dresses designed specially for certain models. And vanity is a great lure – Ted

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Filed under: Advertising, Advertisments, Campaigns, Design, Photography, The fifties Tagged: Cadillac convertible 1954, Mad Men

Annette Kellerman – Australian Professional Swimmer, Vaudeville Star, Film Actress And Writer


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Annette Marie Sarah Kellerman (6 July 1886 – 6 November 1975) was an Australian professional swimmer, vaudeville star, film actress and writer. She was one of the first women to wear a one-piece bathing costume, instead of the then-accepted pantaloons, and inspired others to follow her example.

She is often credited for inventing the sport of synchronised swimming after her 1907 performance of the first water ballet in a glass tank at the New York Hippodrome. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

524_Annette Kellermann_02Swimming career
On 24 August 1905, aged 19, Annette Kellerman was the first woman to attempt to swim the English Channel. After three unsuccessful swims she declared, "I had the endurance but not the brute strength."

Kellerman was famous for advocating the right of women to wear a one-piece bathing suit, which was controversial at the time. According to an Australian magazine, "In the early 1900s, women were expected to wear cumbersome dress and pantaloon combinations when swimming. In 1907, at the height of her popularity, Kellerman was arrested on Revere Beach, Massachusetts, for indecency – she was wearing one of her fitted one-piece costumes."

524_Annette Kellermann_03The popularity of her one-piece suits resulted in her own line of women’s swimwear. The "Annette Kellermans", as they were known, were the first step to modern swimwear. It may be argued that the "Annette Kellerman" is the direct ancestor of the unitard.

Kellerman and Beatrice Kerr, who was billed as "Australia’s Champion Lady Swimmer and Diver", were keen rivals, although they never met in a competitive race.

In 1908, after a study of 3000 women, Dr Dudley A. Sargent of Harvard University dubbed her the Perfect Woman because of the similarity of her physical attributes to the Venus de Milo.

524_Annette Kellermann_04Movie career
In 1916, Kellerman became the first major actress to do a nude scene when she appeared fully nude in A Daughter of the Gods. Made by Fox Film Corporation, Daughter of the Gods was the first million-dollar film production. Like many of Kellerman’s other films, this is now considered a lost film as no copies are known to exist.

The majority of Kellerman’s films had themes of aquatic adventure. She performed her own stunts including diving from ninety-two feet into the sea and sixty feet into a pool of crocodiles. Many times she would play mermaids named Annette or variations of her own name. Her "fairy tale films", as she called them, started with The Mermaid (1911), in which she was the first actress to wear a swimmable mermaid costume on film, paving the way for future screen sirens such as Glynis Johns (Miranda), Esther Williams and Daryl Hannah (Splash). She designed her own mermaid swimming costumes and sometimes made them herself. Similar designs are still used by The Weeki Wachee Springs Mermaids, including her aquatic fairy costume first introduced in Queen of the Sea (1918).

Kellerman appeared in one of the last films made in Prizma Color, Venus of the South Seas (1924), a U.S./New Zealand co-production where one reel of the 55-minute film was in colour and underwater. Venus of the South Seas was restored by the Library of Congress in 2004 and is the only feature film starring Annette Kellerman known to exist in its complete form.

Text: Wikipedia – Images: State Library of New South Wales on Flickr

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Filed under: Actresses, Article, Glamour, Models & starlets, The twenties Tagged: Annette Kellerman, Professional swimmers, Vaudeville star

Bike Factory



Found this picture on a message board and there was no text so I don’t know a thing about these bikes, but the look kind of post WWII German to me. Anyone of you guys out there who knows what we’re looking at here – Ted

Filed under: Motorcycles, The fifties, The forties Tagged: Bike factories

The Sunday Comic – A Badly Timed Flatulence

This Week’s Girlymag Articel – MM’s Doll Of The Month



It’s not often that a pretty figure model reports to work for an unknown artist, only to discover that the artist is even more lovely than she is. However, when this situation arose in Los Angeles recently, the artist happened to be Modern Man’s Doll of the Month, Erica Brodsky. How’s that for a switch?

Read the whole article and see
the naughty pictures

Warning: Nudity do occur in this article. If you are under age or live in a country where watching images of nude women for some reason  is against the law  I take no responsibility if you click the link above. In other words you’re flying solo from here on – Ted ;-)

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Filed under: Article, Glamour, Models & starlets, Nudes, Pinups, The sixties Tagged: 1967, Girliemags, Glamour models, Modern Man Magazine, Rica Brodsky

The Gresvig Moped-Scooter


From the ad text:

We have next to modern moped fabrication also taken up the manufacture of moped-scooters. Like the heavier scooter’s advantages over traditional motorcycles, this moped-scooter has a low centre of gravity, and in running position one can put both feet on the ground when needed. Thereby greater traffic safety, better stability and smooth running characteristics are secured.

The moped-scooter was produced in a small number in the late fifties and very few are left in running order to day. One can be seen at The Sandvik Collections at Lillehammer. Another moped factory Andreas Øgland’s mopeds enjoyed enormous popularity in Norway in the late fifties, early sixties so the competition was probably to great for this strange hybrid  – Ted

Scanned from my vast collection of old family- men’s- and news magazines


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Filed under: Motorcycles, Retro technology, The fifties Tagged: Gresvig moped-scooter, Mopeds, Scooters

3 Nordic Beauties


“Mickie” build in 1954 in a series of four at the Karlsro Boatyard in Roslagen.

“Mariona II” built at the Östhammars Boatyard in 1963.

”Marimba” built in 1956 at the Wilenius Boatyard in Borgå in Finland.

Images found in an old issue of the Swedish magazine Nostalgia

Filed under: Maritime history, The fifties, The sixties Tagged: Swedish plasure vessels

Victorian Inventions – Part 26


From “Victorian Inventions” by Leonard De Vries published by American Heritage Press in 1972

We illustrate one of the most novel types of swimming apparatus permitting the user to achieve a speed of between 4 and 6 miles per hour, according to the American inventor, Mr William A. Richardson. By means of a central, longitudinal shaft, the cranking movements of hands and feet are transferred to a four-bladed propeller allowing the swimmer to proceed rapidly and easily.

Since the bloke on the illustration seems to be rather off balance I guess that would be one of the problems with this lamebrain device. And since there doesn’t seem to be any floating arrangement on the thing, keeping afloat would be another. It makes one wonder what else was on the market if this was an improvement – Ted
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Filed under: Article, Facts, Retro technology, Vintage Science Tagged: Divces, swimming, Victorian inventions

XXth Century Health & Pleasure Resorts Of Europe – Part 11


From the 33rd edition of “XXth Century Health And Pleasure Resorts Of Europe” published in 1933



Flowers add greatly to the delights of travel. Unfortunately the right season for a certain flower is often missed.

The ALPINE FLORA is one of the charms of the higher regions. The season varies according to altitude. The "Alpenrose" (Rhododendron), so exquisitely beautiful midst glacier scenery, begins to flower in June at an altitude of about 4000 feet and can still be picked at 6,000 feet and over at the end of July. In medium altitudes the Alpenrosen are thus at their best in June; higher up they are found at the end of the month and in early July. In August they are practically over. Mountain Anemonies, including the beautiful saffron-coloured species, last from May to July, being at their best at an altitude of 4-5000 feet about the middle of May. The Spring Gentian flowers from April onwards and is found in the high alpine meadows as late as July. The stemless gentian (deep blue) can be picked from June onwards at about 4000 feet a.s.l., and up to 9000 feet until August. Edelweiss, a much over-rated flower, though often picked in seemingly inaccessible places, is sometimes found growing illus_009profusely in alpine meadows from about 6000 to 11,000 feet a.s.l. between July and September. The Globe Flower, a favorite; is found from May to July, sometimes fairly low down. The mountain Cyclamen flowers from July to October in wooded country. The Soldanetla, Auricula and Primula appear from May to June from 5000 feet upwards, the Primula being the last to go.

On the FRENCH and ITALIAN RIVIER the flowers increase in beauty from January onwards until early Summer. For new-comers the Mimosa tree in blossom has a great attraction. Violets, primroses and wild anemonies appear in February and the- fields of cultivated flowers are at their best from February to April.


SPRING FLOWERS in the lowlands of Switzerland and Savoy, chiefly primroses, violets, anemonies, lent lilies and narcissi, vary according to district and season. They are all particularly beautiful round about the Lake of Geneva and the Swiss-Italian Lakes in April and May. In the latter month the fields of Narcissi above Montreux are one of the sights of Switzerland. The "Féte des Narcisses" at Montreux is well worth seeing.

FLOWERING SHRUBS (camelias, wistaria, mimosa etc.), are at their best on the shores of the Italian Lakes in May and June, the Rhododendron and some others later, the roses throughout the Summer. A "Féte des Camelias " is held at Locarno.

ORCHARDS, most beautiful against the blue waters of Swiss and other lakes, should be seen in May.

The TULIP fields of Holland (best between Leyden and Haarlem) bloom during April and May.

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Filed under: Article, Facts, Holidays, The thirties, Traveling Tagged: 1933, Flora, Flowers

It Isn’t Often You Wish You Were A Pekingese Dog

Minties – The Universial Sweet


Minties is a brand of confectionery originating in Australia and manufactured in both Australia and New Zealand for their respective markets. They are a hard, white and chewy, square mint-flavoured lolly, which on chewing become so 527_minties_01sticky that they are notorious for causing fillings to come out. They were originally packaged in 5lb (around 2.2 kg) bulk tins or 3oz (around 85g) cardboard boxes, but now come in packs ranging from 150g – 1 kg. Minties are wrapped in waxed paper with a cartoon underneath the logo with the common caption "It’s moments like these you need Minties".

About 500 million are consumed each year.

A traditional party game is a competition in tearing the wrapper, which is square when laid flat, into the longest single strip.

Minties were invented in 1922 by James Noble Stedman (1860–1944), son of company founder (and Australia’s first confectioner) James Stedman (1840–1913). Minties were patented in 1926, and were manufactured by James Stedman — Henderson Sweets Limited at the "SweetAcres" factory at Rosebery, New South Wales. Other well-known lines made at Sweetacres were "Fantales", "Throaties" "Jaffas" and "Sunbuds", and were distributed by Nestlé from around 1930.


In 1968, Stedman-Henderson was taken over by Hoadleys, which was acquired in 1971 by Rowntree’s which was taken over globally by Nestlé in 1981. They are now sold as "Allens Minties" (Nestlé acquired the Allens brand in 1985).

In 1930 or 1931, a factory was set up in Auckland, New Zealand. Cadbury now manufacture the lollies as "Pascall Minties". In November 2009, Cadbury New Zealand announced they were moving production from Auckland to Thailand and changing to a softer formulation (less stressful on teeth and may be consumed more quickly). Curiously, the 200g packets sold in Australia as (Nestlé) Allens Minties in 2010 are clearly labelled "Made in New Zealand".

Depression, then wartime shortages
Newspaper advertising appears to have dropped off considerably, both in quantity and quality, between 1931 and 1940.

During World War II and until 1946, supply of confectionery was restricted; what output there was went to serving troops. Advertising resumed after cessation of hostilities, anticipating eventual availability. Rationing may have been on a state-by-state basis.


Filed under: Article, Food & drinks Tagged: Australian confectioneries, Confectioneries, Mint-flavoured lolly, Minties

The Music Player In The Right Column



I’ve added all the mp3’s that have been posted in the Favourite Female Singer Series to the Music Player and will continue to do so as new favourites get posted. Enjoy – Ted

Filed under: Information, Music Tagged: Music players

Moxie’s – Comic Strip Background – Part 5


Moxie’s Café’s Regular Patrons – Part 4

Claudia Eleanor
Stranden Grimerud
Runs A Net Shop
Offering Daring
Jehovah’s Witness
Nancy Nathalie
Gab Bitch
 Gutter Press
Aslaug Astrid

Romance Novel
Rebecca Rosemarie

French Citizen
Department Head
At The Municipal Treasurer

Click the figures to get to know thm better

Filed under: Comix, Humour, Illustration, Moxie's - background stories Tagged: Moxie's, Moxie’s Café, Regular patrons

This Week’s Softdrink – Roxo


493_roxo_02From Wisconsin-Stories.org:
"Arcadian Spring, later Roxo Bottling Co. was first developed in 1884. This ornate spring house and reception house were soon constructed. A limestone bottling plant was built across the street with the water pumped through pipes under the road from the spring to the plant. The plant expanded over the years to include the use of the spring water for the bottling 493_roxo_01of Roxo soda-water beverages. Arcadian and Roxo beverages were bottled until the 1960s."

Text from root-beer.org

Help Needed
I need your help visitors, both in suggesting sodas and soft drinks from around the world and in giving your opinion on the ones presented if you know the product. And you can start with giving your opinion on the ones posted already or reading what other visitors have written  – Ted

List of Soft drinks and sodas posted already
Visitors soft drinks and sodas suggestions and comments

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Filed under: Food & drinks, Soft drinks and sodas Tagged: American sodas, American soft drinks, Roxo

Is It?

The Ingenues – Vaudeville Style All-Girl Jazz Band


The Ingenues was a vaudeville style all-girl jazz band based in Chicago, which toured the United States and other countries from 1925 to 1937. Managed by William Morris, the group performed frequently for variety theatre, vaudeville and picture houses, often billed as the opening stage show before double features. They headlined the Ziegfeld Follies of 1927, Glorifying the American Girl, an act featuring 12 white baby grands as well as various combinations of brass bands, strings and woodwinds. The group specialized in jazz, Tin Pan Alley, light classical works and Dixieland. They were celebrated for their versatility as most members, including star soloist and "trick trombonist" Paula Jones, doubled on both novelty (accordions, banjos) and symphonic instruments. The group toured Europe, South Africa, Asia, Australia and Brazil (where they also recorded for Columbia Records). The band appeared in several film shorts including The Band Beautiful and Syncopating Sweeties (Vitaphone 1928) and Maids and Music (RKO, 1937). "Maids and Music" was produced independently by Milton Schwarzwald’s Nu-Atlas Productions and released as a 16mm home movie by Pictoreels. Sequences from this and other Schwarzwald short subjects were also re-edited into Soundies; in the case of "Maids and Music" the Soundies excerpt was titled "Ray Fabing’s Versatile Ingenues."

Text from Wikipedia

Filed under: Article, Jazz, Music, The thirties, The twenties Tagged: All-girl jazz bands, The Ingenues, Vaudeville style jazz bands

Round Britain By Railway Posters – Ingleton



Ingleton is a village and civil parish in the Yorkshire Dales in North Yorkshire, England. It is known for walking, hiking and caving. Popular walks are the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail and the climb up Ingleborough, which is one of the well known Yorkshire Three Peaks. The River Doe and the River Twiss join together in the town to form the source of the River Greta, which flows into nearby Lancashire.

The hamlet of Yarlsber lies south-east of Ingleton.


History and geography
Ingleton and the surrounding area was visited and settled by Celts, Romans, Angles, Vikings and Normans. The village sits at the foot of Ingleborough, from which it can be accessed directly. Ingleborough is 2,373 feet (723 m) high. Also in the area are the popular show-caves of Ingleborough and White Scar Caves along with the 365 ft (111 m) deep 541_ingleton_02cavern of Gaping Gill. Due to the 300 million year limestone rock that dominates the area, there is a labyrinth of more challenging potholes and caves.

Historically, mining and agriculture where the predominant industries in the area. Coal was extracted from the Ingleton Coalfield from the early 1600s, to the turn of the 20th century, eventually closing in 1936.

541_ingleton_03Ingleton had two railway stations at opposite ends of Ingleton Viaduct. Ingleton (Midland) station opened for ten months only in 1849, then reopened in 1861 until 1954. Ingleton (L&NW) station opened along with the Ingleton Branch Line in 1861, but such was the rivalry between competing railway companies that initially passengers were forced to walk between the stations across the Greta valley floor, despite the viaduct between them. The L&NW station closed in 1917. The nearest railway station is now Bentham, 3.5 miles (6 km) by road to the south of Ingleton. Ingleton Viaduct is a Grade II listed building.

Text from Wikipedia 

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The Smylie Family


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In Context:
It’s a little known fact that The Smylie Family’s awesome matching outfits and Junior’s supertight ‘fro briefly got them a slot as an opening act during Motorhead’s 1979 tour of Japan. Sadly, it all came to an end when Mrs. Smylie went on a Jack Daniels and qualude-fueled rampage in a Kyoto hotel, resulting in arson charges and a ten-year sentence in a Japanese prison. Pa Smylie and Junior Smylie carried on the family band without her, finding much critical acclaim for their searingly introspective albums such as "My Belt is White, My ‘Fro is Tight," and "Live at Kyosaka Women’s Correctional Facility!" Commercial success, however, eluded them, and Junior Smylie was recently promoted to Assistant Manager at the Blue Springs, Missouri KFC.

Text from Escape From the Scooby Doo Mansion

Filed under: Humour, Music Tagged: The Smylie Fanily