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Carter’s invalid chairs had some serious competition from a company called Leveson’s. There’s some serious looking buggies in this antique advertisement from the turn of the 18th / 19th century.  When I first started selling antique adverts I thought these ads with illustrations of invalid chairs and carriages would be really popular, but they’re not.  Personally I think they look really good.  Admittedly the scans I have here are not the best, maybe I should re-do them.  In the meantime they are a bargain, grab them while you can.

Source : The Graphic, 1900, 10 x 4.5 inches, £2.55

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One of the many things that attracted me to Antique Advertising in the first place were the illustrations. And this simple little ad is a beauty.  I hope you like it too.

Source : The Graphic, 1901, 5.5 x 5.5 inches, £2.25

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Enameling With Aspinall’s Is Pastime Passing Excellent

What a brilliant image.  A Victorian couple painting a chair in their best Sunday clothes.  To be honest I think this bloke has something else other than painting on his mind.

And check the tin of paint, see how it looks like its been opened like an old fashioned tin of bins, lid still attached?  Surely this can’t be the case.  From the second picture below it would indicate that the tins used were of the kind where the whole lid can be prised open and put down carefully on a piece of newspaper, as you do.

But back to the first pic, there’s a story to go with this.  I sold one of these to a man in Australia.  His surname was Aspinall.  He remembered his parents had this exact same advertisement framed and hanging up in the living room.  When he saw I had a couple of originals he just had to buy one :)   Nice man.

Source : The Graphic, 1889, 10 x 15 inches, £8.85

Source : Not Known, approx 1900, 5.5 x 7.5 inches, £1.75

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