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Tricia
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46 of 59  Tue 31st Jan 2012 7:43pm  
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A great collection Morgana. I used to have a couple of Stratton compacts. Thumbs up
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morgana
the secret garden
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47 of 59  Tue 31st Jan 2012 8:04pm  
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Thank you Tricia I just collect as so much history is being thrown away and forgotten, I gave all my grand daughter one each to chose for them selves, like ladies wind up watchs too they are not made any more either I have a few of them too, nowadays you have to pay for a battery need the tool or skill to open the back to get to the battery, or pay to have one fitted , years ago you just asked the time and wound them up I wonder are we going forward or backwards Wink Lol
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mayjan
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48 of 59  Tue 31st Jan 2012 8:47pm  
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Hi Morgana,fab collection. I remember having a Stratton compact mine had flowers on,wish I still had it,they were made to last. Thanks for showing us ladies such an interesting collection,regards Jan, Wave Thumbs up
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morgana
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49 of 59  Tue 31st Jan 2012 10:55pm  
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Thank you , If you would like one Mayjan you are welcome to one if you can collect it, I have a lovely one which you can't see with a beautiful Red Rose on it, also one with flowers let me know and I shall give you my address by pm.
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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50 of 59  Wed 1st Feb 2012 1:57am  
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On 31st Jan 2012 7:18pm, morgana said: FOR THE LADIES Stratton & Vogue Compacts some mother of pearl some engine turned old lipsticks, little Rouge case in the middle and perfume bottles
Lovely collection Morgana. My mother used to have a little piano loose powder compact (baby grand) and the little lid would open to reveal the powder. My daughter has it now tucked away somewhere. I should imagine there would be lots of those about. Wave
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morgana
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51 of 59  Wed 1st Feb 2012 8:49am  
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That sounds cute Dreamtime, I shall look out for one, I only pick these up when I use to go to car boots cheap, the lipsticks I found years ago fallen out of a dustbin. Smile
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K
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52 of 59  Wed 1st Feb 2012 12:57pm  
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Stratton jewellery was made by George Laughton and Co of Birmingham. In the late 1960s I worked for a time at Eddystone Radio, in Alvechurch Road, Birmingham, which was originally started by Laughton's (they made the silver-plated tuning capacitors for radio sets, and decided to make the leap into the sets themselves) and Laughton's had a factory on the site that made compacts and lipstick holders for Yardley. It was a typical old fashioned Birmingham sweat shop in those days - employing mainly girls, but also lads, straight from school, who were fired when they reached 19 or 20 and would have been eligible for the full rate of pay. They made some very nice things; I don't know if they still exist, but I doubt it now. The Eddystone site certainly doesn't. Laughton's paid very low wages; when they owned Eddystone, out of 300 people, only two people were able to afford a car. Even the Chief Engineer could only afford a bike!! The factory was in the old West Heath swimming baths, where they decamped to after being bombed out in central Birmingham in 1941.
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Mick Strong
Coventry
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53 of 59  Sat 14th Nov 2020 6:09pm  
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PS Anyone remember Izal toilet paper - it was like crunchy greaseproof paper. Blush
The toilet paper in the works toilets at Wickmans said "WICKMAN NEWCOL, NOW WASH YOUR HANDS PLEASE" in green ink
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Helen F
Warrington
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54 of 59  Sat 14th Nov 2020 7:24pm  
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As a school kid Mick. Horrible.
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Slim
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55 of 59  Sat 14th Nov 2020 10:11pm  
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I certainly do. As a young'un, it seemed to be the only name you thought of when toilet paper was mentioned. I can still picture rolls of it on shelves in our family shop, and boxes of it in the storeroom. Medicated was a new word to me. Mick, your description of it is spot on. When I worked in Birmingham, it was in all the company loos (not sure about the directors' toilet though!), described by some as sandpaper. By then, toilet tissue was on the market. Hard and horrible, Izal didn't do what it said on the tin. Not wishing to go into graphical description of its effectiveness, let's just say it was not fit for purpose. It appears it may still be on the market: Izal toilet paper Coronation Street’s original name was Florizel Street, but was quickly dropped when somebody at Granada realised it would remind people of bog paper and disinfectants.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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56 of 59  Sat 14th Nov 2020 10:27pm  
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We sold it in our shop in Sussex at the start of the 21st century, with a couple of customers who purchased it regularly Oh my
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Wearethemods
Aberdeenshire
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57 of 59  Sun 15th Nov 2020 11:06am  
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It was great at school for wrapping round a comb to create a makeshift 'Kazoo'!
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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58 of 59  Sun 15th Nov 2020 11:08am  
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My dad had a bone-handled cut-throat razor that just folded up the blade into a metal groove of the handle, and a leather strop hanging up by the side of a small mirror. He would strop for ages until he had a sharp edge, soap was Cussons washing soap, get a good lather then he would raise this razor to his throat and I would cringe and close my eyes. We all used Eucryl from a tin, and I still use it today. I could always crack cob nuts with my teeth, still can, always looked white and still have most, so it did me no harm. PS. The wooden backyard sit over bucket was our private reading room.
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Mick Strong
Coventry
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59 of 59  Sun 13th Dec 2020 6:30pm  
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Washing hands after a day’s work from working with cast iron. We are around the communal circular trough with running water, hands dipped in Boraxo powder. Rough stuff. We then had green paper towels to dry our hands on.
Mick Strong

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