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Petrol company receipts.
"Here are the fuel invoices I mentioned .. The Anning's garage at Hamstreet is interesting as it was on the opposite side of the road to Tippen's featured in your site already, about 200 yds down on the marsh side of the village, it outlasted Tippen's by a number of years and is still there though only as a repair and MOT garage - to think even this tiny village boasted two petrol stations.
Austins garage still survives but Bill Austin retired many years ago, and Phill Usher, who as a boy was apprentice mechanic there, now runs it and still sells fuel. Again Lydd once had three filling stations and now has one with two pumps only - its sad when one drives around the area where I have been all my life and see all the things transport-wise that have gone, progress eh!".
Thanks for sending them over Les. Old fuel receipts are just the kind of things that get chucked away, but can make for an unusual thing to collect in the world of motoring ephemera.
Tippen's Garage, that Les refers to above, features in the period motoring photographs section of the site, and is shown again below. It was run by relatives of someone I know, who supplied me with the pictures. They show a classic garage of a type that would have been seen up and down the UK back in the 1950s, complete with a range of petrol pumps outside, promoting different brands and blends of leaded fuel.
Tippen's Garage - 1950s picturesThese photos were sent over by David, whose relatives ran this garage cum filling station ..
If anyone out there has other petrol station memorabilia that they'd be willing to scan and send over, I'd like to feature it on this site somewhere please. Anything goes, whether old receipts like shown here, or photographs, books, or any other paperwork that still exists. I can be emailed via the contact page.
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