Gadgets gadgets!… (2) ‘The notorious dripper’.

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s warthog is the one advertising Oil of Olay products.

Shall we take that old junk shop book, The 1954 Gadgets Annual, down from the shelf, blow the dust of it, and have another dip inside dear reader? I would have included a photograph of the book, but unfortunately it looks a bit too boring, just a red cloth-covered hardback with a cream coloured spine. I presume that it once had a nicely illustrated dust jacket, but sadly that is now missing. Still, here is the title page:

DSCN3900Ah, money was tight and times were hard back then, and it was only a few years since the end of World War II. Here in the 21st century we are constantly eager to throw things out and buy bright new ones, but people back then mended and repaired things when they went wrong; they had practical skills too; they could make interesting and useful things, and fiddle and tinker constructively in their garden sheds on a Sunday afternoon, and if you came up with a really super invention you could even send the plans off to Gadgets Magazine in the hope of publication…
How about this item?

‘Yes, my dear?’
‘Little Jimmy from next door came round this afternoon, he’d been playing the garden and had accidentally kicked his ball over the fence.’
‘Oh yes?’
‘He came round to retrieve it.’
‘Did he Madge?’
‘Yes, he did Albert. We couldn’t find it. You don’t know anything about it do you?’
‘No dear…’
‘Yes dear?’
‘This tea tastes a bit funny…’
‘Funny dear?’

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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