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Alldays & Onions Advertising Card for 14/18 Model, 1911
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Iain P



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2020 5:46 pm    Post subject: Alldays & Onions Advertising Card for 14/18 Model, 1911 Reply with quote

I bought this antique advertising card for a pound this week in a vintage shop in Ramsey. I don't usually collect these but with a company name of Alldays & Onions I had to have it!

On the back is the date, 1911, but it's written in pencil so that may not be reliable.



A closer crop:

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Penman



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2020 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi
You may not have realised but there has been a long thread about Alldays and Onions.
https://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/forum/phpbb/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=3515&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=alldays+onions&start=0
It is that old that the photos may no longer show up if they fell foul of the Photobucket affair.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Back in the days before COV-19, my apprenticeship as an electrician with the National Coal Board included 3 months with each of the trades. In the blacksmith shop was an Alldays & Onions power hammer.

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The #1 Blacksmith, to whom I trained as a striker, had a party trick with this hammer. Wrap an old light bulb in a rag, place it on the block and with one strike, break the glass but leave the brass base untouched. On a really good day he could also leave that central glass piece of the bulb and filament holders intact..... allegedly. When the late Lord Robens visited the colliery he was shown this party trick, but it is said that there may have been some sleight of hand between the wrapped bulb leaving the hammer and a cracked but not completely shattered bulb reaching the VIP guest. Although strictly forbidden, I was taught how to use the hammer but reshaping the end of 1"1/2 round to something close to 1" square was more in the hands of the Gods rather than anything my foot could offer.
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Iain P



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2020 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great link John, shame so many of the photos have now gone. Peter that's a mean looking machine!
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mikeC



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Iain, 1911 seems a reasonable assumption for the date of your card; much earlier, and I would expect the front wings to have a flatter profile, whilst much later and there would have been a more flowing style to the scuttle.

Since my photos in Rdover's thread are now unviewable, here they are again, showing my grandparents and my mother in/on an Alldays and Onions motorcycle, taken around 1917/18:




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Iain P



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2020 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great pictures Mike.
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