Exmoor Hunt Pipe Tobacco

Get lost? Well tobacco advertising certainly did get lost eventually. Some prices for a 1oz pouch and a 2oz tin allow us to make some comparisons here again, using the Historic Inflation Calculator. This advert is from July 1967.

At 6/6, the 1oz pouch would cost £5.00 in today’s money, whereas the 2oz tin, at 13/- would cost £10.00. Looking up today’s prices for pipe tobacco, it is surprisingly close. From the online store I found, the only pipe tobacco whose name I recognised (Condor) costs £5.88 for 25g and £11.71 for a 50g pouch.

Exmoor Hunt Pipe Tobacco
Exmoor Hunt Pipe Tobacco
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The Heybridge – Restaurant & Country Club, Ingatestone

This restaurant and country club appears to have become the Heybridge Moat House, and then in 1994 became the Heybridge Hotel, following a management buyout from Queens Moat Houses. It now seems to have disappeared without trace. Sadly the advert below contained no address.

I do like the bold statement just after the times…”Dress optional”. That must have meant something

The Heybridge Restaurant & Country Club, Ingatestone
The Heybridge Restaurant & Country Club, Ingatestone
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James Finch Ltd, Duke Street, Chelmsford

A strange advert, with the usual dodgy photograph thrown in. I’ve no idea what’s meant by the concept of an “itinerant foot-fitter”.

Sadly, although this retailer seems to have both a website and a Google+ page, the website does not work. A quick look on Google Streetview seems to show a shopfront that is in the process of being completely replaced – so it looks like this company is no more, though only relatively recently gone. The surrounding premises seem to be takeaways and charity shops, so seemingly Duke Street is somewhat away from the main shopping area.

James Finch Ltd
James Finch Ltd, Duke Street, Chelmsford
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Williams & Griffin, Colchester’s Newest Department Store

Williams & Griffin department store originally opened in Colchester High Street in 1963 – a merger of two independent stores founded in the 19th century. Since 2008, it has been one of Fenwick’s department stores.

Williams  & Griffin is seen below advertised in the July 1967 Essex Countryside magazine.

Williams & Griffin - Colchester's Newest Department Store
Williams & Griffin – Colchester’s Newest Department Store
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Walthamstow Building Society

Another mind-boggling building society advert from 1967. I think this is actually pretty much the same as saying 4.25% net interest. Though the language here almost implies that the saver receives the gross interest, and the building society, out of the goodness of their heart, pays the tax due.

If I understand this correctly, then tax at 8/3 in the pound is equivalent to 99 old pence in the old pound (240 pence) – which is equal to 41.25% income tax! So taking 41.25% of 7.25p does leave 4.25p or thereabouts.

As to the Walthamstow Building Society itself – well it seems that was taken over by Cheltenham & Gloucester in 1990, with C&G being taken over by Lloyds TSB in 1997. As a result of the de-merger of Lloyds TSB, any old Walthamstow Building Society accounts are now effectively held with the newly formed TSB.

Walthamstow Building Society

Walthamstow Building Society
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The Whirline Rotary Clothes Line

I guess we are all well aware what a rotary clothes line is. I don’t know when they first were invented, but this brand claims it was the original.

This is a July 1967 advert from Essex Countryside, and as with a lot of these old adverts, I find it fun to use an online inflation calculator to work out what such things would have cost back in those days. It helps to counter those comments about how cheap everything apparently was back then.

Using that calculator, the prices now equate to:

  • Standard model – £82.15
  • Supa Standard – £91.00
  • De Luxe – £121.21
  • Major – £137.56
  • Sun Canopy for Major – £137.37

Clearly rotary dryers haven’t held their value in line with inflation.

What’s particularly nice about this advert is that unlike a lot of them, it seems that the advertiser, F.W. Hipkin, is still in business, as a wholesale distribution company supplying plumber’s merchants. I don’t know if F.W. Hipkin actually manufactured these back then, or just supplied them as made by someone else.

Whirline Rotary Clothes Line
Whirline Rotary Clothes Line
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Cheshunt Building Society

People bang on about today’s financial products being difficult to understand – but I’m sorry – just take a look at this gobbledegook from July 1967 below. “Income tax paid by the society equal to £7/8/11% per annum”. So how does that work then?

The Cheshunt Building Society merged with the Bristol & West Building Society in 1992. Bristol & West was taken over by the Bank of Ireland in 1997, with it’s deposit accounts and retail networks being acquired by the Britannia Building Society in 2005. The Britannia became part of Co-operative Financial Services in 2009. In fact, many of Co-op’s woes came from the Britannia merger.

Cheshunt Building Society
Cheshunt Building Society
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Mellon’s of Kelvedon

There’s not a great deal to say about this old advert. It is sourced from the July 1967 Essex Countryside, and neither the company, nor the address are traceable today. There is a Mellon’s Limited, Kelvedon registered with Companies House, but I do not believe it to be related to this one.

Any info? Please submit a comment.

Mellon's of Kelvedon - Ornamental & Wrought Iron Gates
Mellon’s of Kelvedon – Ornamental & Wrought Iron Gates
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