Vintage Pram Fan

For Fans of Silver Cross and all Vintage Prams

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    Coachbuilt prams – no need for raincover

    Over the summer we had a constant stream of visitors, one of them was a former colleague who now has a 7 month old baby.  Struggling  with the baby in its car seat, the young woman noticed my Kensington pram in the hallway. “My mum had one like that for my brother and I” commented the visitor looking somewhat scornfully at what she probably thought was “an old fashioned” pram. Like the younger generation in the family, she was no[…]

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    Painting and customising vintage prams

    Classical designs never go out of fashion, whether it is clothes or items for the home. The same can be said for prams, a coachbuilt pram will always have that classical look.  However  today’s young parents may like the style of the prams, but perhaps want to update them a little. With a coachbuilt the paintwork can be changed to a different colour and have a design painted on the sides. This extract (courtesy of Silver Cross) is from a[…]

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    November Pram of the Month

    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. 

Coachbuilt prams – no need for raincover

Posted by Lucy On November - 14 - 2017 1 Comment
mum and baby Super constance

Over the summer we had a constant stream of visitors, one of them was a former colleague who now has a 7 month old baby.  Struggling  with the baby in its car seat, the young woman noticed my Kensington pram in the hallway. “My mum had one like that for my brother and I” commented the visitor looking somewhat scornfully at what she probably thought was “an old fashioned” pram. Like the younger generation in the family, she was no[…]

Painting and customising vintage prams

Posted by Lucy On November - 8 - 2017 5 Comments
muffin 2

Classical designs never go out of fashion, whether it is clothes or items for the home. The same can be said for prams, a coachbuilt pram will always have that classical look.  However  today’s young parents may like the style of the prams, but perhaps want to update them a little. With a coachbuilt the paintwork can be changed to a different colour and have a design painted on the sides. This extract (courtesy of Silver Cross) is from a[…]

November Pram of the Month

Posted by Lucy On October - 31 - 2017 0 Comment
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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. 

Storing a coachbuilt pram

Posted by Lucy On October - 17 - 2017 50 Comments

As autumn is here, I thought it might be useful to remind you  once again 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,[…]

Marmet pram memories

Posted by Lucy On October - 9 - 2017 2 Comments
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I have received this interesting message from an American lady about Marmet prams, if anyone knows the date the factory closed please leave a comment. And if anyone happens to have a photo of the factory if you e mail it to me I will forward it to the lady who contacted me, my e mail is vintagepramfan@hotmail.com   “I am enjoying these stories about Marmet. I worked in the accounting department typing invoices in 1964 and 1965. It was[…]

Pram of the Month October – Swan pushchair

Posted by Lucy On October - 1 - 2017 4 Comments
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October’s pram of the month is a Swan pushchair, from the 1960’s. My sister had a  pushchair like this and in the seventies when we went on holiday I borrowed it, as my mother insisted the baby buggy I had would not be warm enough at the seaside for my little boy! To be honest at the time I thought this pushchair was old fashioned in comparison to my modern Maclaren buggy. But mothers know best don’t they and as[…]

Silver Cross Wilsonette pushchair

Posted by Lucy On September - 18 - 2017 5 Comments
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I received the following message from a gentleman in the States after he saw a recent post about Silver Cross Wilsonette pushchairs: “Sorry for the late reply to this older topic. A gentleman over here in the states was doing some home improvement work for us. When he found out I collected strollers and prams he brought over one he had purchased years ago secondhand for me to try and identify. From your posts I now know it is a[…]

Hints and tips

Posted by Lucy On September - 17 - 2017 7 Comments
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It is now several years since I started this website, primarily intended to help with restoration of coachbuilt prams, but as time has gone on it has evolved into a website with all kinds of information about prams. If you are new to the site and wish to find out about a certain topic it might take a while to trawl through all the previous posts. Therefore, if you want to look for something specific go to the website www.vintagepramfan.com[…]

Pram of the month for September is a vintage Silver Cross Corniche. The pram was bought new in the seventies from Babyland Boutique in Dudley and still has the original shop label attached. In 1977 the pram was sold secondhand to a lady who used it for her babies. It was then put it in storage until 1984 when it was passed onto a relative who used it for her baby son and her second child later on. Afterwards, once[…]

Choosing bedding for a coachbuilt pram

Posted by Lucy On August - 22 - 2017 0 Comment
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When it comes to choosing bedding for a coachbuilt pram for your baby be careful not to use too many covers as the baby can overheat easily and become very ill. When coachbuilt prams were used in the past we put a cotton or flannelette sheet over the mattress with another one covering the baby, then either a pram blanket or quilt. Babies were dressed in handknitted clothes which were kind to their tender skin and at the same time[…]