‘With a wire brush to promote early release…’

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s colours are: brackish black, porcupine pink, acrobatic azure, broom brown, voluptuous violet and ‘orrible orange.

Now, what’s this drab little book with the dark red cloth cover and the cream coloured spine – goodness me! It seems to be full of really interesting things! It’s the 1954 Gadgets Annual compiled from issues of Gadgets Magazine by W. N. Shaw.

Ah, 1954, only a decade after World War II, when money was short and instead of buying new things one was encouraged to ‘make do and mend‘. It’s a pity we don’t do a bit of this now, as our landfill sites are growing larger by the minute with all the crap that we buy and keep for a couple of years and then discard to buy new more stylish ones. Anyway I didn’t mean to go all green on you dear reader…
But back to the book. There are several items on each page, some with nice little drawings, some without.
Here are one or two picked at random: Small Gaskets for Every Job, A ‘Parachute’ Kite-Release Device, Using Up Pencil Stubs, Magnet Becomes Dumb Assistant!, A Self-Lighting Screwdriver, Novel Weatherproof Hanging Lanterns…
Let’s have a look at this interesting item on page 90:

‘Yes, dear?’
‘Why are you creeping around the living room like that?’
‘Creeping? Am I Madge?’
‘Yes, you are on tippy-toes, what do you think you are…?’
‘Shhh… Just keep quiet for a…’
‘Albert, what are you up to? Is this something from that silly magazine that came this morning?’
‘It’s not silly Madge! Will you just keep you mouth…!’
‘What in heaven’s name was that!?… Albert!… Something has got into the kitchen!”
‘Aha! Excellent!…’
‘Is this why you were asking earlier if we had any glycerine?’
‘Yes, indeed dear, isn’t it clever? I just triggered the dropping of that glass globe paperweight with Blackpool Tower in it two-feet-six-inches into that old enamel bowl on the kitchen floor.’
‘How wonderful… Did the globe break Albert?’
‘I don’t know Madge, I’ll go and have a look…’

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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7 Responses to ‘With a wire brush to promote early release…’

  1. Good grief, what on earth would you use that for? It would be a bit rubbish for catching burglars, or mice. Oh I know!! You could fix it onto the biscuit tin and catch anyone stealing your favourite chocolate bourbons!!

  2. Dana Doran says:

    Thanks for the Blackpool Tower link…that highlights riding donkeys on the beach. Reminds me of Tijuana. haha

  3. Jheron Bash says:

    Well well, a cat alarming device. What jolly good fun!

  4. David Manley says:

    using up pencil stubs…oh that would be useful…

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