Vintage Pram Fan

For Fans of Silver Cross and all Vintage Prams

  • Attaching a Pram Harness

    Several times recently I have been asked how to fix a baby’s harness to a coachbuilt pram. Hopefully these pictures will help anyone needing advice, these modern harnesses can be bought from Mothercare, Boots, E Bay and BabiesRUs. They are made from very strong webbing and are available in pink, blue, navy or multi coloured as shown in these pictures. When you buy the pram harness, or reins as they are sometimes called, the pack will contain the harness, a[…]

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    The ageless charm of a sun canopy

    Hopefully it won’t be long before we see some sunny days, times when babies need protecting from the strong rays of the sun. What better way to do this than to use a traditional canopy on your pram. If you have a vintage canopy that has seen better days, it is simple to make a new cover, even if you are not an expert at sewing. First of all unpick the stitching on the old cover and use it to[…]

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    Why use a pram canopy?

    The photo on left is of a 1930’s pram, (pic copyright Ell Brown) taken at Bletchley Park. What an amazing canopy! With our unpredictable British summers you may be wondering what is the point in buying a canopy for a vintage pram. The answer is simple – to keep the sun off the baby. As well as exposing it to ultra violet rays which can cause damage to a baby’s sensitive skin, strong sunlight can damage a baby’s eyes. Last[…]

Attaching a Pram Harness

Posted by Lucy On May - 24 - 2016 0 Comment

Several times recently I have been asked how to fix a baby’s harness to a coachbuilt pram. Hopefully these pictures will help anyone needing advice, these modern harnesses can be bought from Mothercare, Boots, E Bay and BabiesRUs. They are made from very strong webbing and are available in pink, blue, navy or multi coloured as shown in these pictures. When you buy the pram harness, or reins as they are sometimes called, the pack will contain the harness, a[…]

The ageless charm of a sun canopy

Posted by Lucy On May - 17 - 2016 7 Comments
berkeley 3

Hopefully it won’t be long before we see some sunny days, times when babies need protecting from the strong rays of the sun. What better way to do this than to use a traditional canopy on your pram. If you have a vintage canopy that has seen better days, it is simple to make a new cover, even if you are not an expert at sewing. First of all unpick the stitching on the old cover and use it to[…]

Why use a pram canopy?

Posted by Lucy On May - 10 - 2016 9 Comments
1930s pram bletchley park

The photo on left is of a 1930’s pram, (pic copyright Ell Brown) taken at Bletchley Park. What an amazing canopy! With our unpredictable British summers you may be wondering what is the point in buying a canopy for a vintage pram. The answer is simple – to keep the sun off the baby. As well as exposing it to ultra violet rays which can cause damage to a baby’s sensitive skin, strong sunlight can damage a baby’s eyes. Last[…]

Pram of the Month for May

Posted by Lucy On May - 1 - 2016 0 Comment
Portman

Pram of the Month for May is the Silver Cross Portman, from the seventies. This model is often confused with the Berkeley as they both have a chrome trimmed panel on the side, but if you look at previous posts about the Berkeley you will notice there is a difference in the design of the side panels.

Have you been to a pram event yet?

Posted by Lucy On April - 20 - 2016 6 Comments
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Hard to believe that it is now five years since I attended my first vintage pram event. This was at a park in the north of England and I went along with a friend as we were both interested in coachbuilt prams and thought it would be a good idea to meet people with a similar interest. We didn’t know anyone but just put my Kensington and my friend’s Carlton into the car and off we went, I do admit[…]

More Pram events for this summer

Posted by Lucy On April - 14 - 2016 1 Comment

I have been sent details of a pram event in Cumbria (details below). Also in an earlier post there is a list of other events throughout 2016. If anyone is organising a vintage event or pram walk then I will gladly publicise it on here for you if you send me details. A lot of events are advertised on various pram Facebook groups but not everyone is on Facebook so adding details on here is a good way to attract[…]

Who looks after Baby?

Posted by Lucy On April - 13 - 2016 3 Comments
pedigree baby

Looking through some old classified ads recently I was browsing the vacancies for nannies, most from well off families, some of them titled. It is nothing new that the aristocracy have always had a nanny, but is it now almost as common for “ordinary” people to use childcare instead of staying at home and caring for the children themselves? Or is it taken for granted that grandparents look after their grandchildren whilst the young parents work? These are excerpts from[…]

2016 Events throughout the UK

Posted by Lucy On April - 8 - 2016 1 Comment

This was sent out in February but as a reminder here are details again of pram events this year. Dates for your diaries of events throughout the UK for 2016 where you might like to take your vintage pram. For more information about the events shown please check on the relevant websites. UPDATE – Below is an e mail received about an event in May, if you would like to add any others please visit the website www.VintagePramFan.com and add[…]

Pram of the Month April

Posted by Lucy On April - 1 - 2016 4 Comments
nibs pushchair

Pram of the Month for this month is the Pedigree Nibs pushchair, pictured above. Apart from this being lightweight I really couldn’t see the attraction of this design. The child couldn’t lie down in it so what happened with a child who was tired and wanted to sleep? Or if it rained? In my opinion even today’s modern buggies are not as badly designed as this one! My aunt had one of these for my cousin in the fifties, he[…]

Dealing with rusty chrome

Posted by Lucy On March - 22 - 2016 3 Comments
old rusty pram

Any metal which has been allowed to rust badly will in time disintegrate,  to avoid your pram ending up like this then make sure you look after it properly! (photo copyright S Sevenfold) Prams that have been stored for a long time in damp conditions may have chromework that has rusted. If the chrome hasn’t deteriorated too much, it can probably be cleaned up to a reasonable shiny state. Pitting” means there are tiny spots of rust beginning to appear[…]