Vintage Childhood #2 – Dinkys, Corgis & Lesneys

A small homage to the vintage childhood when imagination was more valued than the microchip.

Once long ago , before the invention of iPods and iPads and SuperMario Game Boys and Nintendos, my younger brother received for his birthday a very fine model garage.  It’s most distinguished attribute was a state of the art toy car lift with which cars could be transported from the garage forecourt to the upper showroom floor. We had hours of endless fun with this complicated mechanism, deciding the order in which our fleet of Dinky and Corgi cars were elevated to the display room and driven into position in the huge bay window overlooking the forecourt.  The mechanism in reality consisted of a small handle and a piece of string, the garage was made of hardboard, the bay window of floppy plastic and the method of driving the cars was to shove them along at the same time going ‘Brrmm Brrmm’.  Not a motor, nor a microchip in sight – we adored it.

PS The cars in the photos are actually very old and belonged to my father in law; they were made by a company called Lesney.  The miniature teddy bear is called Aloysius.  We still have lots of Corgis and Dinkys but we’ll save those for another post……….

ALL PHOTOS © JANE MORLEY

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  1. west517 says:

    Spectacular photos — I absolutely love the 🐻 !!! …and the cars are fabulous – my father has old toy trains from his childhood toy collection- I’ve thought of photographing them but can’t seem to “stage” them correctly 😀 Anyway- this is Beautiful!!

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    1. Thankyou west517 ! I was going to do the Dinky toys but these seem to have such charm dating as they do from the 30’s or 40’s! Delighted that you like them and the tiny bear – he is a very handy size! 🐻 🙂

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      1. west517 says:

        🐻 🐻

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  2. Jane, you never cease to amaze. I love hearing about the hours of entertainment spent with your brother–as it nearly identical to my own childhood capers. Those really were spectacular days. Thank you for stirring the memory pot.
    And how you manage to do your photo shoots–or I’m guessing this is just life in Jane’s World and no set up is necessary–is so fetching. Your style is always warm and enigmatic.
    And to see Enid Blyton stories in the mix? It cannot get any more perfect.
    You are a maven with true panache!

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    1. Thankyou as always Shelley, for your lovely comments! It’s one of the joys of discovering blogging how I keep stumbling accross memories and little inspirations I haven’t thought about in a long while! As for Enid Blyton, she was a huge part of my childhood! I remember being very upset to realise there were no more Famous Five stories to read! Such innocent days 🙂

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  3. Of course he’s called Aloysius :-)….I can see Sebastian hanging out of the Roller, holding the poor little fellow by the ear.

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    1. Quite so sh! and he doesn’t like it one bit o_O that’s why the car is now empty – sadly Aloysius could no longer up with it put and Sebastian is no more :/ best not to ask what happened 😦

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      1. Not surprising.
        Everyone got a bit cheesed off with Sebastian…..
        😦

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  4. elmediat says:

    Beautiful composition. Captures an emotional atmosphere of time & place. 🙂

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    1. Thankyou very much for saying so, much appreciated!

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  5. plaidcamper says:

    Wonderful! I have an old shoebox with a few Dinky and Lesney cars from when I was a boy. We’ve packed up and moved from UK to France and now Canada, often letting go and leaving possessions behind – but not that box! I’m more sentimental than I’d imagined…
    Lovely photos on your site! (I found my way here via Leanne Cole).
    Enjoy your day!

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    1. Glad you like the images plaidcamper! There just are certain things that mean too much to let go of aren’t there, for me it would be my teddy bears! Have a wonderful yourself and thank you for visiting!

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