Vintage Pram Fan

For Fans of Silver Cross and all Vintage Prams

  • Marmet Perambulator Factory 1938-1955

    Following on from the recent post from Mr Osborn who worked at the Marmet factory, these are the memories of a lady who worked there during the war years, reproduced here by kind permission of Mr Osborn.   

  • Working at Marmet

    At last year’s Pram Event at the Wedgwood Museum, one of the speakers was David Osborn, a former employee of the Marmet pram company. I know we all found his Talk very interesting and afterwards I asked his permission to share this with visitors to my website who perhaps were not at Wedgwood that day. Mr Osborn very kindly sent me the following text, copyrighted, and has given me permission to share it with you. Enjoy!   TALK BY DAVID[...]

  • Beautiful dolls pram

    Have you seen this beautiful pram? Maybe you have recently bought one like this? This  pram had been lovingly refurbished and was sent via a well known national courier company but never arrived at its destination in Newcastle. Result – one very upset little girl who was looking forward to her new pram, an unhappy restorer who spent many hours transforming this, and a buyer who lost her money. The courier company claims the pram was handed to someone standing[...]

Marmet Perambulator Factory 1938-1955

Posted by Lucy On July - 24 - 2014 0 Comment

Following on from the recent post from Mr Osborn who worked at the Marmet factory, these are the memories of a lady who worked there during the war years, reproduced here by kind permission of Mr Osborn.   

Working at Marmet

Posted by Lucy On July - 16 - 2014 2 Comments

At last year’s Pram Event at the Wedgwood Museum, one of the speakers was David Osborn, a former employee of the Marmet pram company. I know we all found his Talk very interesting and afterwards I asked his permission to share this with visitors to my website who perhaps were not at Wedgwood that day. Mr Osborn very kindly sent me the following text, copyrighted, and has given me permission to share it with you. Enjoy!   TALK BY DAVID[...]

Beautiful dolls pram

Posted by Lucy On July - 9 - 2014 3 Comments

Have you seen this beautiful pram? Maybe you have recently bought one like this? This  pram had been lovingly refurbished and was sent via a well known national courier company but never arrived at its destination in Newcastle. Result – one very upset little girl who was looking forward to her new pram, an unhappy restorer who spent many hours transforming this, and a buyer who lost her money. The courier company claims the pram was handed to someone standing[...]

Pram Event of the Year July 2014

Posted by Lucy On July - 2 - 2014 2 Comments

There is still time to get tickets for Pramtasia 2014 THE PRAM EVENT OF THE YEAR   why not visit the website http://www.pramtasia2014.com/ and have a look at what is on at this pram event to be held on Saturday 12th July 2014 between 10 am and 6 pm at Chatham’s Historic Dockyard, Kent.   This event has been organised by three ladies, Beth, Frances and Christine, who between them have a wealth of knowledge about vintage prams and after the success[...]

Customise a doll’s pram quickly and easily

Posted by Lucy On June - 23 - 2014 0 Comment

PHOTO COPYRIGHT VINTAGE PRAM FAN Unauthorised copying pprohibitedthis I wrote about customising a pram some time ago, but as many people are new to the website and may not have seen this very quick and simple idea, I am putting this on again. It is three years since I last worked on this pram, my young granddaughter loved it so much I never got chance to finish it off. however this year she has a newer pram to play with[...]

Pedigree Prams

Posted by Lucy On June - 16 - 2014 15 Comments

Contrary to popular belief, not all prams were made by Silver Cross. One of the other popular pram makes was Pedigree. When I was 11 years old my aunt was expecting her first baby but unlike  nowadays pregnancy was not something people talked about, at least not publicly, until it was well advanced. One evening my mother and my aunt were discussing prams and a neighbour had a Silverdawne pram for sale. I heard my aunt tell my mum that[...]

Sun canopies

Posted by Lucy On May - 30 - 2014 5 Comments

After a very wet winter in the UK we have had some warm spring days, so now is the time to prepare your pram for summer.  Have you got a sun canopy  should we have another hot summer? With our unpredictable British summers you may be wondering what is the point in buying a canopy. The answer is simple – to keep the sun off the baby. As well as exposing it to ultra violet rays which can cause damage[...]

Prams through the decades – 1950′s

Posted by Lucy On May - 23 - 2014 2 Comments

By the early fifties  pram manufacturers were still recovering from the aftermath of shortage of materials and factories being commandeered for aircraft manufacturing. But lessons were learnt from the processes used in making aeroplanes and it was around this time that companies realised aluminium was a good alternative for pram bodies instead of the wood previously used. Aluminium was lighter and longer lasting and would not rot so more pram makers started to use it. In 1952  Silver Cross continued[...]

Prams through the decades – 1940′s

Posted by Lucy On May - 15 - 2014 1 Comment

In the 1940′s it was wartime and it was very difficult to find a new pram to buy, manufacturers ceased making as many prams and instead concentrated on the war effort. The Silver Cross factory in Guiseley, Leeds was taken over to be used for manufacturing parts for planes. Only a few miles down the road from Guiseley was the Avro Lancaster factory, situated near what is now Leeds Bradford airport. It seems likely the parts made at Guiseley would[...]

Prams through the decades – 1930′s

Posted by Lucy On May - 8 - 2014 1 Comment

Over the next few weeks I will be taking a look at how prams have changed throughout the decades and this post is about prams from the 1930′s. In the 1930′s prams were deep bodied with quite small wheels, these days they are often mistaken as being dolls’ prams when they come up for sale because in comparison with later models they seem much smaller. However, conversely when a more modern doll’s pram is for sale sometimes these are listed[...]