Earlier this year our neighbour was having a clear-out and came across a few motoring related items that once belonged to her Uncle Joe who also used to live next door. Knowing my love of classic cars, she kindly gave me these and told me a little about him. He served in WWII and loved anything mechanical; being a big fan of both cars and motorbikes. Unfortunately he died the year before we moved in, so we never got to meet him, but I'm sure we would have got on well, what with my love of old cars and Husband's for motorbikes.
I was given an amazing pair of unworn leather motorcycling gauntlets, with a cosy sheepskin lining. I reckon these date from the 1950s, but alas, are too big for my hands. However, once Husband buys his dream bike of a classic Norton, Triton or similar, they'll be perfect for him.
But the gauntlets weren't the only thing, as she also gave me some car brochures from the 1930s. She thought I'd particularly love Morris one, as it contains Archie's predecessors!
These are absolute gems for a car nut like me. Their illustrations are outstanding, especially the ones in the Morris brochure. They show examples of all the social situations a Morris is suitable for...
|Running the morning's shopping errands|
|Visiting one's friends for a good gossip and afternoon tea|
|Cutting a dash in the capital for a night at the opera|
|Smuggling back contraband after one's trip to the South of France|
|Impressing the young chaps at the Masquerade Ball with the new car that Daddy's brought|
These brochures are written in the language of the time that reminds me of the Mr Cholmondley-Warner character on Harry Enfield & Chums TV show. See what I mean:
Because these brochures haven't seen the light of day for decades, they're in absolutely pristine condition. I bet today's automotive literature isn't a patch on these beauties.
Leather gauntlets: Uncle Joe
Flying goggles: Husband
Scarf: Jacqmar, 1953 Coronation headscarf
And finally, here's a Mr Cholmondley-Warner classic to end on...