Vintage Pram Fan

For Fans of Silver Cross and all Vintage Prams

  • Pram interior

    In last week’s post I wrote about replacing the interior bed of a pram. I found this literature amongst my files of pram information, dated from the 1930′s it explains how the Silver Cross pram factory took great pride in upholstering their prams under hygienic conditions, describing how the finishing room is dust free. The company say they use only the finest materials in all their upholstery, standards which still apply today for professionally restored prams. Look at the picture[...]

  • refurbishing a pram

    When refurbishing an old pram it is vitally important to ensure it is safe for a baby if that is what it will be used for and not just for display. Prams that have been stored for years can accumulate lots of grime, mould and even insects which may be lurking underneath the interior bed. Some of the prams from the fifties and earlier were padded with horsehair, this will definitely need replacing if the pram is to be used[...]

  • New parents – what to look for in buying a...

    Vintage prams are experiencing a surge in popularity as more and more modern parents want to keep up with the latest trends for all things vintage. But what do you look for in purchasing a vintage pram which is to be used for a baby? First of all have a look around this site and at prams for sale or that have been sold on E Bay to find out about the different models, look in pram brochures from Silver[...]

Pram interior

Posted by Lucy On October - 21 - 2014 0 Comment

In last week’s post I wrote about replacing the interior bed of a pram. I found this literature amongst my files of pram information, dated from the 1930′s it explains how the Silver Cross pram factory took great pride in upholstering their prams under hygienic conditions, describing how the finishing room is dust free. The company say they use only the finest materials in all their upholstery, standards which still apply today for professionally restored prams. Look at the picture[...]

refurbishing a pram

Posted by Lucy On October - 14 - 2014 0 Comment

When refurbishing an old pram it is vitally important to ensure it is safe for a baby if that is what it will be used for and not just for display. Prams that have been stored for years can accumulate lots of grime, mould and even insects which may be lurking underneath the interior bed. Some of the prams from the fifties and earlier were padded with horsehair, this will definitely need replacing if the pram is to be used[...]

Vintage prams are experiencing a surge in popularity as more and more modern parents want to keep up with the latest trends for all things vintage. But what do you look for in purchasing a vintage pram which is to be used for a baby? First of all have a look around this site and at prams for sale or that have been sold on E Bay to find out about the different models, look in pram brochures from Silver[...]

Pram of the Month – October

Posted by Lucy On October - 1 - 2014 0 Comment

This month’s Pram of the Month is somewhat unusual, in that it is made entirely out of confectionery! I spotted this whilst visiting Ostend this summer and thought you might be interested in seeing how sweets, lollipops and marshmallows have been arranged to make this pram for the shop window display. This idea could be adapted for a Baby Shower or a child’s Baptism too, or even a birthday party. The display was really eye catching and they even had[...]

(Photo courtesy of Andyart http://theurbanglowlive.blogspot.com) This post has appeared at this time of year before, but once again I have been asked how to store their prams for the winter so I am repeating this advice for those new to the site and as a refresher for the rest of vintage pram fans. Before storing the pram, give it a good clean and get rid of any dirt on the tyres, polish the bodywork and chrome and brush the hood[...]

Answers to Quiz

Posted by Lucy On September - 15 - 2014 0 Comment

QUESTIONS – how many did you get right? 1  What year did Wedgwood make the Jasperware plaques for the Wilson Antibes pram body?  1959 2  What colours were the plaques?  Blue, green and lilac. 3  What year did Wilson launch the Silver Shadow?  1967 4   What was the name of the pram manufacturer in Warrington? Osnath     5.  Who made Ballerina prams? Lines Brothers/Pedigree 6   What was the make of pram that Lady Diana Spencer was photographed in[...]

Pram Quiz

Posted by Lucy On September - 8 - 2014 2 Comments

A while ago at one of our pram meets one member devised a quiz and has very kindly given me permission to share this with you. Send in your answers by visiting the website www.VintagePramFan.com and leaving a comment, let’s see how much you know about this fascinating hobby! (Thanks to Marie for sharing the Quiz with us). QUESTIONS 1  What year did Wedgwood make the Jasperware plaques for the Wilson Antibes pram body? 2  What colours were the plaques?[...]

September Pram of the Month

Posted by Lucy On September - 1 - 2014 3 Comments

This month’s Pram of the Month is one of my favourite models from Silver Cross, as this is the pram I had for my own babies. The Silver Cross Berkeley on a detachable chassis is still a pram I love, especially in the same colourway as mine was, navy and silver. I know we have all probably said at some time or other that we wish we had never parted with our own pram, but as our babies grew up[...]

1960′s accident involving a pram

Posted by Lucy On August - 25 - 2014 0 Comment

I recently came across a newspaper report where a coachbuilt pram had been involved in a road accident during the 1960′s. The accident happened near Bolton, Lancs and a nine week old baby boy had an amazing escape, mainly due to the sturdiness of his Silver Cross pram . The baby’s mother was wheeling the pram along the pavement when she stated it was knocked out of her hands by a car, she said it was knocked against a wall[...]

Workers’ memories of Silver Cross

Posted by Lucy On August - 16 - 2014 6 Comments
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This feature was published on here a while ago but I thought newer members may have missed this, so I have included it as part of the series about workers’ memories from their time in pram factories. I am sure lots of us would have loved to work in a pram shop, or factory, even for a short time, just so we could drool over the latest models and have an excuse to push one of them. Living not too[...]