Tag Archives: The 1954 Gadgets Annual

‘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 … Continue reading

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Backed with small tin reflectors…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s ancient Egyptian deity is the goddess Bat, with her human head, cow’s ears and horns, and body in the shape of necklace counterpoise (I have no idea what that means). Her associations are the celestial … Continue reading

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Noisy but amusing!…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s Raymond Chandler quotation is from the novel The High Window (1943): ‘Your powers of observation startle me’ I said. He looked surprised. He almost forgot to fingernail the ash of his cigarette. But not quite. … Continue reading

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“A quick dip will be almost as effective…”

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s elephant in the room is the one annoying everyone by trumpeting along with music on his headphones. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> This is one of the more interesting ones from my collection of cheap old junk shop books; … Continue reading

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‘Give the cone a personality…’

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s wrinkled old black and white snapshot is the one of me and Cary Grant drinking mugs of tea on the set of North By Northwest – look, you can just see the back of Alfred … Continue reading

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A handy shelf for pencils etc…

But first… Dulltown, Europe… Doh! – My hands still want to type ‘Europe’ in here… Let’s try again… Dulltown UK: Today’s colours are: rabid red, yawning yellow, gorgeous green, pork pink, moribund mauve, blithering beige, and orangutan orange. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> About … Continue reading

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…and you do not have to bend down…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s pencil sharpener is the one shaped like an alluring glance across a crowded bar. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Do you like gadgets? Everybody likes gadgets – they’re great! Especially now, but they were pretty good in the 1950s, … Continue reading

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