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……….