In the 1960’s Silver Cross brought out the Carnival folding pushchair, a model which proved very popular for many years. It had a fully detachable seat unit which was easy to clean, a two wheel adjustable brake and was on a steel frame with a fully sprung rear axle. When folded the pushchair was just over 2 feet in length, less than a foot in height and 19″ wide so was easily fitted into the boot of small cars or[…]
News of another vintage event has been e mailed to me today, this one is in Rotherham, South Yorkshire: Ola – I was really excited to find your website this morning. My colleagues and I organising a vintage event within Rotherham Town Centre on Saturday 11 July and we would be delighted to invite your members to come along and enjoy the day. Would it be possible to post the following information on your website? Rotherham’s Vintage Hop 11th July[…]
STOP PRESS – news just received via e mail, and another event just been added in the comments section. Good morning Lucy, If any of your group are interested Thanet at War is taking place on the 11th/12th July at Government Acre, Royal Esplanade, Ramsgate. Kent. Saturday is from 10.00-5.00pm and Sunday is from 10.00-4.00. Hopefully some of your ladies can come along. If you would like further details you can contact our chair Angela on 07782 222790 Regards Ann[…]
As we move into Spring I am featuring pushchairs over the next few weeks, starting with a price list from the 1970’s. Looking at the list below for Silver Cross pushchairs you can see that hoods and aprons were not standard on all models and these had to be purchased separately. If you didn’t want to buy a hood and apron, or perhaps couldn’t run to the additional cost, you could buy a rain cape. These were made of nylon,[…]
Pram of the month for March is the Mulliner, a graceful pram and another of my favourite models from the Silver Cross factory, marketed as a Wilson model. As mentioned in previous posts the Wilson brand was introduced in the 1950’s by the Chairman, Lawrence Wilson, of the Silver Cross company. Wilson prams were the same as Silver Cross but their fabrics were more luxurious and they were always priced in guineas rather than pounds. Pricing this way used to[…]
Earlier this year I added a list of Pram Events, or other events such as 1940’s, where you can take your pram. I am going to update this list so if you know of other events in your area can you please send details to me and I will add them to the updated list. If you can add the date, venue and a website link or contact details too that would be helpful. Please add a comment at the[…]
Continuing with the named prams, this one is the Iris, from Silver Cross in the 1930’s. The Iris is described as a pram that is “easy to manage and control for mother, whilst being comfortable for baby.” It was a small pram with a body size of only 30″ x 15″, and had nickel plated fittings with stove enamelled folding tubular handle with a white rubber grip. The price was 3 guineas.
Another pram with a girl’s name, this one is the Elaine made by Silver Cross in the 1930’s, quite a low pram but this was the style in those days, small wheels, mudguards and leathercloth upholstery. It is shown here in fawn, but other colours were available, including navy blue. Prams from this era had deep bodies and small wheels, they could almost be mistaken for a dolly pram.
A short while ago I wrote a series of posts on here about prams named after places. Over the next few weeks I will be featuring prams which were given girls’ names and the first of these is The Audrey. The Audrey model was made by Silver Cross in the 1930’s and the body was 40″ x 19.5″, with a leathercloth hood and apron. The interior featured three box cushions for maximum comfort and the fittings were made from stainless,[…]
Pram of the month for February is the Wilson Silver Shadow, first launched in 1967. I particularly love this pram because in February 1968 my sister announced that I was going to be an auntie for the first time as she was expecting her first baby. I was so excited! Being the youngest in the family I had longed for a baby to take out that was “ours” and not one borrowed from the neighbours. As soon as the news[…]