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Old 8th Oct 2018, 7:53 pm   #1
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Default What radio & TV shop advertising do you remember?

Dealers used to be provided with signs, badges, keyrings, ashtrays etc to promote the makes they sold.

I have attached a few photos of the sort of thing, but what do you remember, or have in your collection?

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Seen on Gibraltar.
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Old 8th Oct 2018, 8:28 pm   #3
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The Radio & TV shop I did my apprenticeship in was a Murphy and KB dealership.
On the wall outside the shop there was a very large painting of an Ocean Liner, canít remember which one, Queen ....?. It said as used on the Queen ?
Unfortunately Iíve never managed to find a picture of the painting.
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I think it was the Queen Mary, one of their ads said something like ĎKB and the RMS Queen Mary, both triumphs of British engineeringí.

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The Radio & TV shop I did my apprenticeship in was a Murphy and KB dealership.
On the wall outside the shop there was a very large painting of an Ocean Liner, canít remember which one, Queen ....?. It said as used on the Queen ?
Unfortunately Iíve never managed to find a picture of the painting.
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Anything like this one? (shame its obscured but its still there)

https://www.vintage-radio.net/forum/...d.php?t=149588

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Old 8th Oct 2018, 9:19 pm   #6
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I am sure Mike will have more information but this is from his web site.
http://kbmuseum.org.uk/kb_1948_catalogue.htm
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Old 8th Oct 2018, 9:22 pm   #7
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I remember Marple had an electrical shop that had an illuminated Murphy sign.

These seemed to be common for shops were they were an official dealer for a particular manufacturer.

In nearby Offerton there was a shop which was a Sharp dealer, complete with sign in the window.
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A couple of examples from here.

The Hacker sign is illuminated, and will be found hanging on the wall somewhere with an LED bulb in its standard bayonet fitting once we've moved.

It's a piece of fortune that I didn't break the Ever Ready panel when I bought it, as in the murk of a shop I'd taken it for enameled metal, and I only discovered when out in the light of day that it's actually of rear-printed glass - imagine a very large tuning scale but unusually thin at a sixteenth of an inch.

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The LED bulb is a good idea.
One sometimes has to put conservation ahead of originality. I do the same with screen-printed glass panels on 1960s-era coin-op machines. The heat otherwise would be too destructive.
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Yes John something like that, and yes Frank Iím sure he has. Its a pity that we never took a picture of all the staff standing outside the shop.
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Not an advertising as such but both sides of a postcard presumably sent to tell you that your wireless had been repaired, hopefully with Mullard valves.

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We were Bush agents and had the usual logos but I think I have a card somewhere with a picture of a bush baby on it.

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In our early days we were BRC and RBM dealers and I recall the set-top cardboard displays. I never thought to raid the stockroom when I left in 1990, pity. I did have a couple of small leaflets with a young couple (tasty female in knitted mini-dress I think) exclaiming 'FINE - It's a Ferguson!' but sadly these seem to have gone the way of all things.
Gosh, I wish I'd kept some.
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When I reflect on my days in the Radio & TV shop, I canít help but regret not trying to acquire some of the old Radios which were being stored in the basement of the shop, as well as a mountain of service manuals. Their were several dozen wartime models as well as some other well known brands, the boss of the shop had inherited the business, and didnít really do any stock taking as such. I moved on and often wonder what happened to all those old sets.
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I remember the TV ads for Wigfalls using the tagline "See you down at Wigfalls", sung to the tune of The Window Cleaner by George Formby.

Vallances, before Rumbelows bought them, had weekly adverts in the Leeds Weekly News in the 1980s.
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Back in the 70's we were a BASF tape wholesaler and were sent some promo items (10 large beer steins and several packs of promo cassette tapes and a large window display.

This promo was for the Munich 1972 Olympics. Following the terrorist attack, we were sent a "Most Urgent" telegram from BASF head office instructing immediate removal.

And the rest is history.
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My Dad used to own a shop in Cheadle in the Fifties, and when he closed we inherited a few items. One was an Ambassador - or was it KB? - calendar. It was brass with a square hole in the lower part to show the date. You turned the whole thing on a swivel through 180 degrees, and the next tile would fall into place. Of course it fell on the floor and all the tiles went everywhere, so we became quite adept at interleaving the metal flags, odd one side, even the other. I imagine it must still be somewhere!
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What was the TV-rentals chain that used Harry Worth as the 'star' in their TV ads in the 1960s, doing his standing-at-the-edge-of-the-window-and-lifting-his-arm-and-leg-so-the-reflection-made-it-look-like-he-was-flying act?

Civic??

Then of course there was Andre Previn (or Andrew Preview as Morecambe&Wise were apt to call him) abd his Ferguson 'probably the best picture of all time' ads in the late-1970s.
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Was there a Civic TV ad where there was a load of people doing a conga dance?
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I remember Rumbelows late TV advert "Don't Pay Any More Mrs Moore".
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