Accumulated over many years, the enigmatic collector of this book, "Granny," presents an exquisite selection of post-war goods, advertising, and kitchen ephemera. In Granny’s Cupboard you’ll find a remarkable array of British twentieth-century printed ephemera. From nylon stockings, boil dressings and chocolate wrappers to butane fuel and morphine syringes, this selection is an incredible collection of innovative advertising designs, odd curios that have long since been replaced by modern technologies, and recognizable old brands. In a period of time that followed Austerity Britain, consumerism boomed and these objects reflected the societal change that followed. Beautifully arranged throughout, the contents of this book reflect aspects of a long life, most of it lived in a single house in the Home Counties. The collection features old household brands such as Harrods, Johnson’s, Vaseline, Vicks, Elastoplast, the AA, Strepsils, W H Smith, Boots, Hoover, Happy Shopper and Lego, as well as miniature toy cars, vintage pastille tins, an apothecary of unusual medicines, odd household cleaners, and rifle cartridges.
|Publisher:||Pavilion Books, Limited|
|Product dimensions:||7.60(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
John Alexander’s mother, Jennifer Keitley, was born into an army family in the early 1920s. She lived a full life; spending her childhood in India and travelling throughout Europe before air travel became unremarkable. During the Second World War, Jennifer served in the WRNS, hopping on planes to London for the weekend from her naval airstation in the Lowlands. Afterwards, Jennifer had two stints working at Queen magazine in the 1950s. In 1960 Jennifer married and the following year moved into the house in Surrey where the contents of Granny’s Cupboard were brought to light more than 50 years later.