Recently someone I know turned up with a Triang doll’s pram, it is in very poor condition and at some time I will restore it and then return it to the person who gave it to me for their niece and I hope she will enjoy playing with it. Triang prams were made by Lines Brothers, who also made Pedigree prams. Many of these prams have lasted through the years, I only wish I had my own doll’s pram from[…]
My previous post was about using a reborn baby in your coachbuilt pram, so if you are thinking of buying one here is more about these babies. Reborn babies are advertised on the internet, offered for sale on E Bay or on the artists’ own websites, and sold in some doll shops. There is a shop in York, which also has a branch in Leeds, with a display of reborn dolls for sale. I am sure there are others too[…]
It is now several years since I decided to find how many coachbuilt prams are still being used. Are they in danger of becoming a product which will be lost forever, or are they going through a period of revival? And what are these prams being used for? Are they museum pieces? Are they used for a baby? Who uses them? Modern parents? Or grandparents? Some people collect these prams for their sheer beauty and as examples of great British[…]
Pram of the month for November is a Silver Cross flat bottomed model from the seventies, the Rapide. The bodywork is quite different from other similar models, having a border all around the side instead of a coachline or chrome strip along the centre. Maybe you have had one of these at some time or perhaps you own one now? If so do visit the website www.VintagePramFan.com and leave us a comment.
With modern buggies I often wonder how parents carry their shopping, I know many have a storage compartment underneath the pram bed but I have always thought these are awkwardly placed, they seem to be very close to where the baby is sitting. When I used my coachbuilt pram I found the wire shopping tray, attached to the chassis, extremely useful, these trays hold a great deal of shopping and for those for smaller items a pram bag attached near the[…]
As autumn is here, I thought it might be useful to remind you of how to store your pram. Maybe you only use your pram throughout the summer months to attend events, in which case you need to know how to look after it when putting it away for the winter. Or maybe you are storing a pram until it is needed for another baby. Whatever the reason, you should find these tips invaluable. Before storing the pram, give it[…]
This coming weekend is the wartime event at Pickering in North Yorkshire and I am hoping to attend for the first time. Hopefully I will be taking one of my prams, probably the Wilsonette pushchair so if you are going please look out for me and make yourself known, I will have one of the www.VintagePramFan.com sashes! I think this will be the last event I attend this year, it has certainly been a busy year but now time to[…]
It is 67 years since the NHS was formed in the UK, in July 1948. This meant mothers-to-be no longer had to pay a midwife or maternity home for providing care for them when their baby was born. Prior to that having a baby could be a costly business. my mother often told us how she gave birth to my eldest sister at the local maternity home, she hated it there so much that when my brother was born a[…]
Pram of the Month for October is from the 1930’s, a Silver Cross twin pram called the Bedcar. This was a folding pram and cost just over 4 pounds! More information about the pram is shown beneath the photos.
I was very happy recently to be given two publications from the 1940’s which relate to babies, prams and rationing just after the end of WW2. These were very kindly passed on to me by an elderly lady who had kept them after having her own children and knowing my interest in vintage prams she thought I might like to have them instead of her throwing them out. What interesting reading they are! It is not only the articles that are[…]