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    Re: Stamp Vending Machines

    A PB29 elliptical shaped pillar box with an in-built SVM round the back, located in Ealing. The letter slot is on the opposite side. The SVM is a B4 type, dating back to 1935, and in its latest...
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    Re: Stamp Vending Machines

    Making up values from a combination of stamps and annual price increases were in multiples of p. Take into account that post offices sell 1p stamps that are worth less today than a p stamp was in...
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    Re: What was cheaper in the 1970s?

    This is politically incorrect - cigarettes and tobacco.

    Prescription medicine charges. From 1971 to July 1979 the cost of a prescription was just 20p. The Thatcher government increased it to 45p,...
  4. Re: Fashionable names of people mostly in the 1970s and 1980s

    The answer to that is yes. Asian names change over the decades.
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    Re: Stamp Vending Machines

    In 1973 first class cost 3 p and second class cost 3p
    A 5p strip of stamps consisted of 2p, 1p, 1p, p, p

    In 1977 first class cost 8 p or 9p and second class cost 6 p or 7p
    A 10p strip of...
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    Re: Stamp Vending Machines

    The SVMs that dispensed books of stamps gave change in the form of a few low value stamps. The philatelic community will probably have the details of the exact composition of each book of stamps...
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    Re: Stamp Vending Machines

    My mother can remember the G3 SVMs back in the 1970s and the (very similar) H and J SVMs in the 1980s and 1990s.

    The G3 took 10p coins and dispensed a mixed value strip of 5 stamps. According to...
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    What names were associated with black people in the 1970s and 1980s?
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    Re: Stamp Vending Machines

    A detailed history of stamp vending machines

    http://www.stampprinters.info/v13%20British%20SVM%20History.pdf

    How many of them do you remember?
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    Stamp Vending Machines

    Stamp vending machines, attached to the side of pillar boxes or inset into the wall outside of post offices, were once commonplace during the 20th century but seemed to disappear shortly after 2000....
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    Re: What was cheaper in the 1970s?

    Some time ago I mentioned stamp vending machines. I believe that the machines in the 1970s took 10p coins and the 50p coin machines replaced them after 1980.

    I'm not sure whether the cost of...
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    Re: Britain in the 60s

    My mother told me a story about how her parents knew a landlord of the Rachman variety back in the 1960s who rented properties to immigrants. He used to drive a Triumph 2000 and he had a 'gold'...
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    Re: Britain in the 60s

    My mother told me that back in the 1960s there were extra costs with using a bank account.

    A tax of 2d was charged on every cheque. This was abolished when Britain changed to decimal currency.
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    What was cheaper in the 1970s?

    The 1970s was a decade characterised by high inflation but what was, on average, cheaper in the 1970s (after adjusting for inflation since 1979) than in more recent years?

    A few potential...
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    Re: Refillable Cigarette Lighters

    There are plenty of Ronson wick lighters from the 1940s and 50s on ebay and they rarely cost much unless they are a particularly rare or sought after model.

    For some reason or other there isn't...
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    Re: Refillable Cigarette Lighters

    A tip of advice for users of Ronson wick lighters that doesn't appear to be well published. Many models have screw in filler caps for the lighter fluid and the sealing gasket perishes with age, or...
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    Re: Maxpax drinks vending machines

    The drinks machines in Toolstation are Klix.

    Klix is a subdivision of Mars Confectionery.
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    Wakes week or May half term?

    There have been a few references to Wakes week in previous discussions

    Wakes week had its origins many centuries ago as a religious event, but in the 19th century it had become more of a secular...
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    Re: Refillable Cigarette Lighters

    That is a Ronson Varaflame Premier.

    Refillable butane lighters probably had attractive selling points in the late 1950s through to the early 1970s. Fill them with a shot of butane once a year or...
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    Re: Pan lids

    A few months ago I spent / wasted a lot of time searching for a decent set of saucepans with metal lids and found that almost all of them have glass lids. More recently I was looking through old...
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    Pan lids

    Have you noticed how difficult it is to buy a pan with a metal lid nowadays?! They almost always have glass lids.

    I was recently looking through the houseware and kitchen supplies sections of old...
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    Re: Refillable Cigarette Lighters

    One thing about Zippos is that if you have seen one you have seen them all as the basic design is identical for every lighter. They differ only by the images and logos on them.
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    Re: Refillable Cigarette Lighters

    It intrigues me why Zippo thrived and has been described as "a legendary and distinct symbol of America" yet Ronson which quoted itself as "World's Greatest Lighter" declined and faded before...
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    Re: Maxpax drinks vending machines

    They still have hot drinks vending machines in Toolstation. The drinks are free for customers and include vegetable soup and lemon tea.

    I suspect that hot drinks vending machines have declined...
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    Re: What car did you learn to drive in?

    At the same time I was driving an E30 BMW 320i but it had automatic transmission.
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