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Advertising in the Age of Innocence ?

Force Wheat Flakes Old Advertising SignMost of these are from the 1920’s. A few are earlier. They all come from the Bekonscot Model Village⇐.  You might notice that some of the claims are blatantly exaggerated, but I think I prefer that to the present day subtleties of spin.  More here ⇐.
Browns Motor Bicycle Old Advertising Sign.
Raleigh Motorcycle Old Advertising Sign

Ford Old Advertising Sign

Rolls Royce Old Advertising Sign
Wights Coal Tar Soap Old Advertising Sign


Bisto Old Advertising Sign

Guiness for Strength Old Advertising Sign

Fry's Chocolate Old Advertising Sign

The tonic wine might be more welcome.
Wincarnis Old Advertising Sign

Bekonscott Church Army Sign

I included this because I find it inspiring that so many such projects, both religious and secular, have stood the test of time.  They often work quietly in the background and have made a profound difference to the lives of vulnerable people over the decades.


A Very Model Village at Bekonscot

30 pictures. Bekonscot Model Village, near Beaconsfield rail station, just to the north west of London, is one of the most unusual places to photograph near London.

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Bekonscot Model Village Hotel

Of course, one stayed at the best hotel, as one does.

Bekonscot Model Village Train

Having arrived in style, as one does too.

Bekonscot Model Village Mansion

Then tea with the local squire and a tour of the town.

Bekonscot Model Village Railway Station

You might notice that they are keen to discourage running.  It’s for the benefit of the occasional giant.  Personally, I’ve never needed any discouragement.

Bekonscot Model Village Newsagent

Caught up on some local news.  The forecast was that there would be weather all day, so we strolled on.

Bekonscot Model Village Cottage

The local fireman in action.  Good show, what.
Bekonscot Model Village PubAfter all the excitement, a little libation seemed in order.  Then, on to the town center.

Bekonscot Model Village Shops

Of course, they do like their little joke.  Fruiterers U.R.A Peach,  Evan Leigh Soles and Lee Key Plumbers.

Bekonscot Model Village Street

Seems a bit quiet but they’re all  in the Royal Saracens Head.

Bekonscot Model Village Tavern

With such an open invitation, how could one refuse.  Thirsty work, all this walking about.

Bekonscot Model Village Tavern Entrance

After a drink or two, we thought we’d behave responsibly and refrain from driving.  So we borrowed the twin-engined job.   😀

Bekonscot Model Village AirportOf course Bekonscot does have a very good transport system.

Bekonscot Model Village Cable CarWe gave the jolly old castle a fly by.  They turned out the guard for us.  Actually, I think we were being shot at but I’m sure they didn’t mean it, just a bit of fun. 🙂

Bekonscot Model Village Castle


Bekonscot Model Village Church

A nice little church, right next to the fun fair.

Bekonscot Model Village Vicarage

And, another with a quite modern vicarage.

Bekonscot Model Village Cider Farm

The cider apple farm.  Almost landed for a sample, but thought we’d better press on. 🙂

Bekonscot Model Village Canal

Bekonscot is generally very industrious and the canal very busy.

Bekonscot Model Village Ruined Castle

The old castle ruins are very popular.   In the background one can see some of those giants I mentioned earlier with they’re plaintiff cries of “Don’t do that to your sister” and “How many times have I got to tell you”.  I believe their numbers are kept down by congestion charging.  😀

Bekonscot Model Village Harbour

The old fishing village.

Bekonscot Model Village College

The college is world-famous.  Mostly for its prodigious cider consumption.
Bekonscot Model Village Farm

Farming is strictly organic.  There’s a recital every day. 😀

Bekonscot Model Village Pier

Plenty of other entertainment though.  With the latest in performers.

It was from here that Sir Earnest Guzzelit embarked on his exploration of the Amazon rain-forest.  Nobody has had the heart to tell him that he’s been going round in circles for two years.

Bekonscot Model Village Ship.

Bekonscot Model Village Steam Roller

There’s Fred with his steam roller.   Known locally as Fearless Fred on account of not being scared of big flowers.

And, more local humour.

Bekonscot Model Village Grocer


Bekonscot Model Village Cake Shop


Bekonscot Model Village Coal Merchant

This one’s my favourite (W.E. Humpit and U Burnett).

There was a tiny bit of a crash landing. As luck would have it, quite close to this rescue center. 🙂

Bekonscot Model Village Inn.

Well there you have it, you see.  Not very big until you get right down to it.  🙂

Bekonscot Model Village

There’s more magic at Alice in Wonderland.  😀

Bekonscot is the oldest model village in the world and if you would like to know more about Bekonscot⇐.  It is worth checking the Admission Times and Prices.  For 2015 it is much cheaper after 3:30 pm (closes 5:30 pm).  If traveling by rail there is a signed foot path just outside the Beaconsfield station exit (cross the footbridge first, if coming from London – Waterloo).

And, there is also:-
The Elfin Oak,  Babbacombe Model Village (Devon) and nearby Kents Caverns,  Corfe Castle and more Model VillagesEnjoy and thanks for the visit.

The Secret of Vauxhall Park

Vauxhall Park, in SW London, is a small but pleasant area with a very nice little café and a secret.

On the way, there is a very aromatic field of lavender that hosts a number of visitors (please click here if you can spare a moment to help save the UK bees from insecticides) .    The lavender was harvested in the past, distilled into oil and made available for purchase -see the Friends of Vauxhall Park.

And, at the eastern end, adjacent to the children’s play area, the only model village in London.  Albeit small, it is quite charming.
Model Village - Vauxhall Park
Created by Edgar Wilson in 1949, the only other surviving by the same person being in Melbourne Australia.  This one was restored in 2001 by local resident Mr Nobby Clerk. 

Such places do give rise to imagination (my excuse for what follows).
Vauxhall Park Model Cottage
They’re both called Mini.  Would you Adam and Eve it.
Model Cottage Vauxhall Park

Professor Pelican teaches his Ducks to Cluck class, attended by Vera, Chuck and Dave (who knows where they were first mentioned ?).

And, there is also:-

The Elfin OakBekonscot Model Village and Railway (near London),  Babbacombe Model Village (Devon) and nearby Kents CavernsCorfe Castle and more Model Villages.  Enjoy and thanks for the visit.