Collecting car-related memorabilia, or 'automobilia', needn't be an expensive pastime (although it often can end up being once you've started...!). Many of the unusual things featured in this motoring collectables section only cost a few £ to buy, the old desk blotter on this page being a classic example. It advertises Mobiloil, one of many oil brands that were available in the 1950s, and is still going strong today. Garages up and down the land would have been given freebies like this by roaming salesmen, keen to sign up new buyers for their range of motorcar oils. The advertising on this blotter makes a big claim for the 'carbon dispersing' qualities of Mobiloil, and its 'complete detergent, anti-oxidant motor oil' qualities. Unused blotters are quite hard to find, as they'd be used by the garage when writing out, by hand of course, invoices to their customers. This one cost all of £1.50 a few years ago.