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Your life stories are part of your Family Heritage... whether it's your
grandparents, your mum or dad, or an aunt or uncle, don't you love to hear them
tell stories about their experiences, the people they have known - and what
life was like when they were young? Here Digger talks to Mike Page about his
Family Heritage Video production company that offers a perfect way to capture
those family memories and stories for all time.
Growing up, Killian McNulty accumulated a vast
knowledge in the field of fine furniture and antiques almost
by accident, as he accompanied his father to various
antiques shops, fairs and auctions. Realising he had
inherited his father's passion for great and classic
furniture and accessories, as well as an in-depth expertise.
Killian established an antiques and furniture business.
Digger talked to Killian about his business and love of
these classic pieces of design.
Here Digger talks to David Hall
who runs Vintage Lorry Funerals.
David has introduced some innovative uses for a classic truck from
1950. You could arrive in style to some important event, have a
memorable ride as a Birthday Treat or in its prime use which is for
a most fitting dignified exit. David offers some individuality to
the personalisation of a funeral bringing a respectful element of
colour to what is normally a sad event. By offering a customised
unique send off for the deceased, carrying the coffin on a classic
Leyland lorry, this is truly a dignified and bespoke service. For a
funeral that evokes memories of the deceased, and creates a sense of
joy to the attendees, onlookers and passers-by, Vintage Lorry
Funerals provides a very personal undertaking.
Digger talked to Eddie Czestochowski about his
business selling vintage razors, shaving equipment and
accessories. Eddie is also offering a replating and
renovating service for razors that have seen better days.
Digger talked to Helen at Retrodec the Home of
Vintage, Retro and Rockabilly Lifestyle, Interiors, Gifts,
Collectibles, Toys, Jewellery and Retro Beauty.
Baim Collection/Baim Films
Harold Baim was a prolific British film producer, director
and writer of 35mm 'quota-quickies' and 'short features.'
His early films featured variety acts; his later films were
mainly colourful widescreen travelogues filmed in Great
Britain, Ireland, Europe, the Middle East and Asia with
commentaries by celebrated actors and broadcasters including
Telly Savalas, Nicholas Parsons and Terry Wogan. The Baim
Collection offers researchers and programme makers a
colourful window on the post-war period - especially the
fifties and 'swinging-sixties.' Here Digger talks to Richard
Jeffs who is the custodian of The Baim Collection.
Here, Digger talks to Valerie Thornton, proprietor of
Iconic, a vintage/retro shop nestling below the beautiful
Edinburgh Castle in The Grassmarket, about her, and partner
Robert's, love of curios, antiques, jewellery, glass,
ceramics, quirky collectables and retro items.
The Rails Signs
Here we find out about Off The Rails Signs, where proprietor
Phil can supply authentic-looking upvc versions of
those classic railway signs featuring any 'message' or
wording you care to include. Digger talked to Phil about
these signs and the other railway-related items he offers,
including DVDs and books.
Ed Ewing and his partner Frenesi run a VW Camper
business in Blakeney Norfolk (as well as a holiday homes
business.) Talula and Ruby – both imports from Australia –
are his two main vehicles, an early and a late bay from the
1970s. They have been refurbished, fitted out and re-trimmed
to the highest standard, and Ed’s mechanic – known as Doktor
Dub – keeps them in tip-top condition...
Here Digger, who remembers a lot of these patterns the first
time around, talks to Gary about UK Wallpaper who
offer a wide range of fab and funky retro-themed wallpapers.
HCF Contract Furniture have a great selection of retro-look
diner-style furniture on offer for Restaurants, Club, Bars, Hotels,
Cafes, Golf and Sports clubs, Night Clubs, Reception/ Waiting Rooms
and much more.
Here we find out about Viv and Terry's Retro China
Hire business which offers a full hire, delivery &
collection service of vintage china for any event, though
with the focus primarily on weddings.
Many 20th century designs and objects, formerly disposed of
as 'old-fashioned', are now recognised as great pieces of
design and solidly made to last. Those that remain are
highly-prized. The same is true for 50s, 60s and 70s
accessories such as lighting. Here Digger Barnes talked to
Nathan O'Driscoll at Retroworld Online about this
busy and thriving marketplace.
Here we find out about the origins and history of the much-loved
Mathmos lava lamps and about how this sixties icon has been kept
up-to-date. Digger talked to Cressida Granger, the MD at
Here Digger talks to Patrick at The Epstein House
Hotel about the former family home of the Beatles' manager
Brian Epstein. Ideally placed for music and football fans in
Liverpool's Anfield, the guest house offers Epstein
memorabilia and an insight into The Man Who Made The Beatles
(and many other musicians and singers) and who changed the
face of popular music for all time.
CD Card Company/A Card and a Gift
Here Digger talks to Sian Ellis-Thomas from The
CDCard Company about their unique greeting cards and how
they built a business on memories!
Here Digger talks to Kevin James at Printsplace
Online. Based in the historically significant grounds of
Bletchley Park, PrintsPlace Online is an online digital
archive of some 100,000+ (and growing) images. These are
available to order as prints and canvases of various sizes,
framed or unframed Worldwide.
Cara-Lee is a Liverpool-based photographer who is
inspired by fifties and sixties popular culture and style.
Cara-Lee creates photo shoots out and about on location,
looking at the world from her artistic perspective. Here
Digger talk to Cara-Lee about her inspirations and her work.
Donald McGill Museum
The Donald McGill Museum pays homage to Donald McGill, who
spent his life creating 'saucy' and satirical comic artworks
for the then thriving postcard industry.
Fisher's International It's A Knockout
Graham Fisher's International It’s A Knockout - without
doubt the biggest & most professional It's A Knockout
Here, Digger talks to Graham Fisher about his
original and best It's A Knockout company, now in its third
decade of operation...
Dub-Box is the two-berth, retro caravan that merges the best
in cool with the convenience of comfortable camping. Here,
Digger talks to Dub-Box creators Matt and Becky about
this innovational and inspirational merging of retro cool
and modern convenience camping.
Subbuteo was a mainstay of childhood, teenage, and often
adult, pastimes back in the pre-technology days of the
sixties and seventies and has remained popular to this day.
Be they football, cricket or rugby - Subbuteo is very
hands-on and interactive and provides a terrific platform to
satisfy people's passions for the game and for their
favourite teams. It also attracts huge collecting and
trading among the aficionados. Here Digger talks to Pete
at Subbuteo World about the world of Subbuteo and table
The Ball Chair and the Bubble Chair have become classic
design symbols of a time when people, such as their designer
Eero Aarnio, were experimenting with materials and throwing
away conventional views on what furniture should look like
and how it should be formed.
Here Digger talks to Pat Bloomfield, an East
Anglian-based photographer specialising in glamour, pin-up,
burlesque and boudoir photography. Pat's 'focus' is on the customer being thrilled with the results
of the photo shoot and on working towards making the photo
session a truly comfortable, special and enjoyable event.
Digger went up to Leeds to meet Conrad Davies at
Hammer Films Art. Conrad is producing beautiful mounted
prints of some of the most memorable images from the iconic
Hammer Horror movies. The quality of these prints has to be
seen to be appreciated - they are stunning and come from a
time when the publicity department at Hammer knew more than
a thing or two about lighting and photography. Conrad is
clearly passionate about this imagery and about producing
and offering the best possible quality reproductions of
these great shots from these Classics of the genre.
Bristol Camper Company
Terry and Gary were running a successful Jaguar
business and wanted something to complement the business
that would be fun. The VW camper has really dramatically
increased in popularity with tourers and festival-goers in
the last few years. Today, The Bristol Camper Company has
built up a fleet of Vdubs and other vehicles for the
fun-loving and retro-minded to enjoy. Here Digger talks to
Terry about the company and their iconic Vdubs.
Digger talked to Will at Keep It Sweet about their popular
retro-themed sweets. These are bringing back happy memories
for parents and grandparents and creating new ones for the
Back in the day, just about everybody had a Mini. Peter
Sellers, John Lennon, George Best, Twiggy. Today, you can
take a tour around London in an iconic classic mini. Take in
the wealth of history and of popular culture London has to
offer in a nippy vehicle synonymous with the swinging
sixties and with an expert and friendly guide at the wheel.
Here Digger talks to smallcarBIGCITY founder Robert Welch
about the tours and his company.
Digger talked to Paul at The Canal Warehouse,
satisfying the big demand for canal memorabilia amongst
holidaymakers and aficionados of Britain's historic and
beautiful waterways, both in the UK and overseas.
Mike Daly specialises in the sale of used coaches and
buses worldwide. These retro coaches and buses are used for
all sorts of purposes, including as band buses and play
buses or for use for exhibitions and touring promotions.
Digger talks to Frenchman Gerard Simi, who knows 'the
Burlesque business' inside-out, having been the creative and
artistic force at London's famous Raymond Revue Bar and The
Windmill among many other roles. He later became the owner
of the Raymond Revue Bar for seven years. Gerard runs The
Burlesque Factory, and he is probably the most specialised
choreographer and Artistic Director of Burlesque and Cabaret
in Europe. Now after more than 25 years training exceptional
performers to perform in his Spectacular Revues all over
Europe and the World, he offers you the chance to learn,
develop and reach your full potential as a ‘Lady of
Classic Parts and HDM
Digger talked to Andy Anker who runs the family
businesses Halcyon Classic Parts and HDM. The core business
is founded on their keystone products - goggles, helmets and
mirrors. These products are popular with aficionados of
classic motoring and aviation - Halcyon are recognised for
their quality and design.
Furniture 4 U
David Friedman together with Ben Hazan runs
Classic Furniture 4 U, a north London-based company with
showrooms and a big Internet presence. As well as the UK,
the company has a big customer-base in the discerning and
quality-conscious European and Scandinavian market. With
faithful reproductions of classics such as the Barcelona
Chair or Ball Chairs, along with numerous other designs of
chairs, tables, lighting and other furniture and
accessories, Classic Furniture 4 U is a retro lover's
paradise. Here Digger talks to David about the
Digger talks to James at Silverbean Trailers who make
bespoke trailers that can make a powerful statement about
your business. Silverbean Trailers come in four different
lengths - 16ft, 18ft, 20ft and 23ft. Each one is handmade,
from the galvanised 'ladderframe' chassis right up to the
individually riveted aluminium panels. Inspired by the
vintage American Airstream trailer, the Silverbean has a
highly-polished exterior skin and unique curved end caps.
The 4 standard lengths mean James can provide you with a
unique and amazing eye-catching trailer, tailor-made (or
should that be trailer-made?) for Corporate Entertainment,
Events, Catering and more.
Traditional Sign Company
Brian Phipps runs The Traditional Signs Company, who
create a product that brings back the heritage of signage and
places it in the appropriate environment. Here Digger talks to
Brian about these beautiful and nostalgic signs and about the
Digger talked to Dean Smith. Based in Billericay, Essex,
Dean paints his favourite icons from our wealth of pop
culture. Elvis, Paul Weller, Hendrix, George Best, Michael
Caine, The Beatles. Dean also runs art courses for those
looking for a creative and relaxing remedy to the stresses
of modern life.
Classic Car and Retro Show
Digger met Tim and Jane Bussell who run The Pure
Nostalgia Classic Car and Retro Show event in Essex. Tim is
a devoted classic car enthusiast and Jane loves vintage and
retro fashion. Each year their main Classic Car & Retro Show
is held in June, at The Lawn Historic Country House,
Manchester and Liverpool have undergone dramatic
transformations in their roles, going from industrial
powerhouses to cultural, historical and cultural centres.
Ray Hoerty runs a number of diverse tours celebrating the
vast wealth of history, creativity and culture these cities
have to offer. From Oasis to The Beatles, from Lowry to
Liverpool FC, the cities provide a fantastic array of
interests and attractions. Here Digger talked to Ray about
his tours and about these two great cities.
Sell My Retro is an auction website dedicated to older retro
and vintage electronics and computers. The designers and
creators of these original machines could only have dreamed
about the computing power available to us today and the
functionality afforded to us via The Internet. Here Digger
talks to Rich Mellor, founder of Sell My Retro, whose
expertise and enthusiasm for these retro machines has
resulted in the creation of this targeted auction website
which brings together buyers and sellers of retro computers,
arcade games, calculators and electronics.
Digger talked to Sarah-Jane at Iconic Rental about
these Airstream trailers, so evocative of the fifties rock
and roll era and an iconic piece of Americana
Routemaster Hire offers iconic London Routemaster Buses and
VW campers for hire for special events - Birthdays,
Anniversaries, Parties, Tours, Events, Corporate Events,
Weddings and Vintage Bus Hire. Routemasters are "as London
as London can be."
Retro GT was inspired by founders Gary and Lawrence's
passions for Retro Gaming. Retro GT sells Gaming-related
T-shirts emblazoned with familiar Gaming imagery and text,
as well as other products and merchandise with a Retro
Gaming appeal. Here Digger talks to Gary about the business
and his love of Retro Gaming.
syoT Toys - metal pedal cars, trikes, planes and trains with a
traditional look and built to last. Here Digger talks to Brian
at syoT whose engineering background and love of classic
cars prompted him to set-up syoT - they are now established as
the leader in the field in Europe.
Here Digger talks Dave at one of Britain's most
established postcard and ephemera companies, Memories
Picture Library. The archive specialises in postcards of
London and the suburbs but virtually every geographical area
and genre is also catered for, from aviation to zoology.
Dave also runs the regular Bloomsbury Postcard and
Collector's Fairs and Memories publishes the authoritative
Picture Postcard Values guide.
Arabian Tent Company
Digger talks to Katherine Hudson at The Arabian Tent Company. With her
love of textiles and fabrics, and particularly William Morris designs,
Katherine has created the UK's leading business providing themed interiors
under canvas. Arabian, Raj, Moulin Rouge, English Tea, Bombay Boudoir, Purple
Palace, Cornish Cream and Katherine's beloved William Morris are some of the
themes on offer.
Digger talks to Lucy who, together with partner Enzo,
runs Brighton-based online furniture, vintage and modernist
store Lovely and Company, selling furniture, lighting and
homewares from the loft of their restored house.
Here Digger talks to Elliot at ES Promotions who have established
themselves as one of the UK and Europe's leading organisers of corporate
entertainment, corporate promotions, theme nights, company fun days and team
Digger talks to Mojo Fell at Airstream Facilities about
his business which now boasts over fifteen renovated iconic
Airstream Trailer/Caravans in its fleet.
Scalextric is a British brand that transcends the passing decades and
generations. At once a toy, but also taken seriously by grown-up enthusiasts,
Scalextric has steered a path through fashions, fads and technological
developments since its inception in the late 1950s. Here Digger talks to
Paul Chandler, who is in charge of the Scalextric brand at brand owners
Hornby, about the history of this slot-car icon, about the passionate
following it has and about its current developments.
Taddy Clown specialise in Nostalgic Cards and Prints,
including Mounted and Unmounted traction engine prints,
cigarette cards, vanity fair, cricket, golf, football and
trading cards. Here Digger talks to George at
Taddyclown about this hobby-turned-business.
Leisure Tab Caravans
The 'Tab' caravan was developed in Germany as an alternative to the big, heavy,
rectangular traditional touring caravans for people who want a lighter and more
stylish solution. Here Digger talks to John West at Springfield Leisure
about these Retro Chic Off-Road Tab Caravans.
White and Campervan Radio
Artist/Musician Kludo White produces artworks of
Movie Heroes, Cult, Music and Rock and Roll Icons, Comic
Superhero, Guitar & Classic Pop Art, VW and Campervan
Paintings and more. Here Digger talks to Kludo about
his career in art and music and about his love for Rock and
Roll, Campervans and VW's and for pop culture imagery.
Yesterdays Toys is a small Cottage Industry based in Waltham Abbey Essex, UK
and has been trading in Subbuteo, Vintage Toys & Board Games for some years
now. Here Digger & Greg talk about the business that started from
some items picked up at a boot sale and about their memories of toys gone by.
Digger talks to Mark at Chaucer Covers about their fifteen plus year-old
business that has evolved with the rise in Internet technology but still
caters for those who prefer more traditional methods. Dealing as they do
mainly in the past, Chaucer are nevertheless up-to-date with online auctions
and voice recognition technology to keep them at the forefront of the
collectables and autographs market.
Number 1 Customs
Jim has been a mechanic all his life and is now one of the last of the
breed of hands-on mechanics who know classic motorbikes and their parts
inside-out. Jim & Sam run Jim's Number 1 Customs, specialists in the sale,
repair and restoration of Harleys and classic British and American bikes and
trikes. Digger talks to Sam about what makes their business tick,
about Jim's wealth of experience, about the services Jim's Number 1 Customs
offer and about why these classic machines are so popular.
Digger talks to Kevin Kaye at Seal Military whose hobby
for US Militaria keeps him busy, buying and selling via The
Internet as well as at numerous events on the Vintage, Retro
and WWII calendars around the UK. Military uniforms, badges,
insignia, belts, caps, shirts, gloves, trousers, jackets, bags
& holsters are all available, either as original items or
Fountain Pens Inc.
Vintage Fountain Pens Inc. was established in 1976. Chris Robinson was
an avid collector who branched out into Vintage Fountain Pen restoration and
then into sales. Chris now offers a large variety of vintage fountain pens and
desktop items via the web and has built up a successful business based on her
love of vintage pens.
Here Digger talks to Jan Brown about this flourishing web-based vintage
and nostalgia business with a keen eye on 40s and 50s authenticity and on doing
its bit for the environment to boot!
Pirate Radio was hugely influential on Britain's popular culture, particularly
in the sixties. Here Digger talks to Chris Dannatt about Pirate
Memories, a site dedicated to the memory of these innovative and brave Pirate DJs
and selling Pirate Radio-related merchandise.
Since the 1930's, Carlight has specialised in creating touring caravans
oozing quality and style. Carlight today offers a range of new caravans and
motor caravans, caravan servicing, repairs, restoration of classic caravans
and vehicle customisation. Here Digger talks to John Gibbon at
Carlight about their history and also about their big plans for the future.
Mini Moderns is a range of interiors products, including beautiful retro-inspired
wallpapers and porcelain, designed & produced by London-based design
& branding agency, Absolute Zero Degrees. Digger talked to Keith
Stephenson at Mini Moderns about the brand and their products.
Digger talks to Michael Hold at AIRSTREAM EUROPE about these
American-style trailer/caravans with a strong European influence in terms of
build, design and components.
Porth Airstream Camping
Here, Digger talks to John Hutton about his creation - The Park Mawgan
Porth in Cornwall. This is an eco-friendly and totally new kind of holiday
experience for people of all ages. The park features Vintage Airstreams
and Yurt tents, among other forms of accommodation. All located in a beautiful
Very English Revolution
Steve Norris has written a new novel that will change your views on the
political stability of Britain forever. Already attracting a number of rave
reviews, Digger talked to Steve about the book and his writing.
Here, Digger talks to John at Homefront History, dedicated to keeping
alive the spirit of remembrance for the wartime generation. This relatively new
business has already made a big impact and a lot of friends on the forties
Digger talked to Matthew Savage who identified early on a worldwide
market for quality Betty Boop collectables. Betty Boop 4U provide a friendly
and highly-informed service on all aspects of Betty Boop collectables and the
largest range of items.
Hornby is a household name and is famous as the UK brand leader in the model
railway hobby. The company's founder was Frank Hornby (1863 - 1936) who applied
for a patent in 1901 to protect an invention he called 'Improvements in Toy or
Educational Devices for Children and Young People'. Nobody then could have
imagined how this product would influence the model railway hobby that we know
Europe - Belrepayre
Digger talks to Perry at Airstream Europe.com / Belrepayre - An Airstream
trailer/retro caravan park in a beautiful setting in France facing the Pyrenees
mountains. With a number of Airstreams to hire, each with a different Retro
theme, this is an perfect and real Retro holiday destination.
Retro Caravan Company
Digger talked to Neil Thomson about The Retro Caravan Company,
specialising in prop hire and promotional events but now also offering these
vintage caravans for hire to retro campers for weekends. The Retro Caravan
Company - The Place for Retro Cool, specialising in Classic-Vintage 1950's,
60's and 70's Camping and Leisure equipment.
VW Camper hire and repairs
Here, Digger talks to Karen at Outermotive about their Retro
camper/VW Beetle hire and repair service in the heart of England.
Here, Digger talks to Simon at GWRA Railwayana Auctions about his
business buying and selling railway and other transport-related memorabilia.
Everything from enamel signs to posters, clocks, nameplates, whistles and
Michelin have resurrected the iconic I-Spy brand and Digger caught up with
Ian Murray and Jana Khawam at Michelin to ask them about the history
of the I-Spy range and about this new incarnation of the series which features
24 titles with more planned.
The Moon Tents/Vintage Tents
Digger talks to James at Over The Moon Tents and Vintage Tents. The
Great British Outdoors and camping have undergone a rebirth in the last few
years, due to the impact of the festival culture and the increasing popularity
of retro and vintage. So much so, in fact, that Over The Moon have launched a
Vintage Tent service and website.
Here, Digger talks to Bob Harrop whose figurines company has established
itself as the market leader for iconic Collectable Figurines featuring
favourites from TV, Comics and Film as well as their famous Doggie People
Classic Bus Hire
Here Digger talks to Jason at London Classic Bus Hire - offering the old
fashioned London Routemasters, an iconic symbol of the best of London. Jason
has always had a passion for vintage buses and this turned into a business.
Today London Classic Bus Hire has a fleet of buses and coaches offering all
manner of services, tours and packages and is in demand for corporate events,
weddings, parties and film and TV work.
English Caravan Company
Richard Stark at The English Caravan Company is building stunning and
stylish caravans based on designs from the 30's through to the 50’s. Here,
Digger talks to Richard about his love of these old designs and
traditional materials and techniques blended with modern comfort and
Here Digger meets up with Becky and Glynis at Retro Bazaar. Retro Bazaar
offers original items of furniture, phones, clocks, radios and other Retro
paraphernalia, all in reconditioned and restored, and in the case of Retro
devices, fully-working, tip-top condition.
50s Furniture Warehouse
Here Digger talks to Bernard Brown, expert at the 50's Furniture
Warehouse, about the popularity of vintage and classic furniture. This spans
from the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian periods, the deco era and right
through from the forties to the seventies.
Digger talks to Glenn at Cameo Specialist Auctioneers about their
specialist film and music auction. Cameo started as a small family antiques
business and is now one of the main players in UK auctions.
Four Seasons Hotel
In 1964 The Beatles stayed at the Four Seasons Hotel on the banks of Loch Earn.
Now Beatles fans can follow in the footsteps of John, Paul, George and Ringo
and experience a memorable stay at the Four Seasons hotel and chalet.
Forget ordinary caravans!! Now there's a super-cool alternative to buying just
another box on wheels ... Silver bullet. Here we talk to Peter Carrick
about these stunning retro caravans available in many sizes.
People these days are spending more of their time and money on restoring,
maintaining, conserving and looking after their older houses and period
properties. The Heritage Store caters for a need for traditional tools and
supplies as well as homeware and traditional-style home decorations to be
available in one place. Here Digger talks to Leanne at The Heritage
The Mountcutter Ltd is a company that specialises in making mounts, not just
for pictures and for hobbies, but for many other applications. Here Mark
and Sue tell us more about the business.
Darren West, artist and neon glass blower at
Icatchers neon, talks to Digger about his work. Darren's latest
additions to his portfolio include neon guitars and he has built up an
impressive list of clients and collaborations as a result of his amazing
bespoke neon artworks and sculptures.
Here we look at the history of tartans and find out how House of Tartan are
continuing to promote the great traditions of tartan and make it available to a
worldwide customer base.
Digger talks to Simon at Nostalgia Cars, where the classic and the modern come
together to create wonderful replicas of the famous Jaguar XK and C-Type
marques. These are available in component form for self-build or delivered
complete and ready to drive.
Founded in 1956 Corgi has captured the hearts of hundreds of thousands of boys
with its 60+ years history of manufacturing die cast toys. What were toys to
the children of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s are now high priced collectable
items, with some toys fetching thousands of pounds at auctions today. Corgi
still today produce both toys and collectables, with ranges of high quality
limited edition aircraft, trucks, cars, buses and TV and Film memorabilia.
Corgi's Martyn Weaver tells us more.
Battersea Pen Home
The Battersea Pen Home is run by Simon Gray and Sean Lovell - its
two founding partners and specialise exclusively in buying, selling and
repairing pens and pencils, both modern and vintage. Here, Digger talks to Simon.
Angela and Matt Whittaker got fed up with the bland look of their car
and so decorated it with flower stickers. From that small beginning has
developed a 'cottage industry' business that now looks as though it could end
up going worldwide...
Transport Original Signs
Haydn Brand has a passion for London Transport memorabilia and
collectables which you can share via his website. On offer are items of
original paraphernalia from the bus and tube networks and infrastructure,
including station name signs and roundels, indicator boards, directional signs,
bus and tube destination signs and many more.
Digger talked to Adam Stanley about his business, Camper4Hire.co.uk,
specialising in the hire of Retro VW Campers. Camper4Hire.co.uk now have 'a
fleet' of seven immaculate vintage campers available, each with its own unique
personality and specifications.
In 1964, or thereabouts, an unknown artist created four designs to be put
forward to the tobacco companies in the USA. This artwork, was designed for the
packaging of four of the leading varieties of Marijuana at the time. It was
hoped by the Flower Power Children that marijuana would be legalised in the USA
and sold over the counter. These designs were to form the branding for those
cigarette packs. These
designs were once lost to the world and only found some 37 years later. Here,
Digger talks to Rod Hedges who has made these wonderful prints available
Digger talks to Phil at Cool Britannia, the fab and funky store on
Piccadilly Circus in London where you can satiate your need for British iconic
products, many festooned with the red white and blue.
1940s and 50s Clothing Company
Here, Digger talks to Malcolm Wagner who runs The 1940s and
50s Clothing Company. Malcolm's vintage business started as a
hobby, as they invariably do, and now he runs an online shop
selling the clothes he loves to customers he often counts as
friends. When not running the business, Malcolm can be seen at
various 40s-themed events around the country.
Magic Dragon Toys is a family run company who supply the kind of
toys you had as a child. Traditional toys of good quality, which
have an educational value and are well manufactured. Here Digger
talks to founder Lesley about the business.
Whether you are a keen collector of old toys or just want to
recapture some childhood memories, John at Tortoys offers a
constantly-changing selection of vintage diecast vehicles and
constructional toys, mainly made before 1970.
Style Gifts and MeggyMoos
Digger talks to Debbie who runs Vintage Style Gifts and
MeggyMoos, two websites specialising in retro and vintage-style
and shabby chic accessories for the home.
Digger talks to Lorna at Rock Artist Studios. Lorna offers you
Vinyl Vehicle Decals and Waterproof Vinyl Stickers for customising
Custom Bike Tanks and other Vehicles. Skateboard Stickers, Helmet
Stickers, Guitar Decals and more. And Lorna has big plans for Rock
Artist Studios, including some exclusive art and books.
Alter Ego Portraits - Boudoir and 1950s Vintage Pin Up
Photography Experiences believe that every woman is glorious,
feminine and gorgeous regardless of shape, size, age or weight.
Their photo shoot experiences are designed to flatter and inspire
confidence and leave you feeling simply amazing!
2 The Forties.com
We look at back2theforties.com where you can buy
Forties-themed music, clothing, movies, gifts and much more. The
site is relatively new and they are adding to their ranges
all of the time so it is worth popping in and popping back regularly.
Bearman's Themed 70s and 80s Visuals
Digger talks to Phil Bearman who has produced various
Themed Visuals on DVD, designed for themed parties & events.
Supplied on an auto-looping DVD for unattended continuous
playback. These include Hollywood, Spy, Casino, Seventies,
Patriot, Salsa, Kids Party, Eighties and many more.
Digger talks to Rupert Whyte at Historic Car Art about the
business and the popularity of historic motoring art in all it's
forms - posters, paintings, etchings, drawings, prints and
sculptures. These items are not only great to look at but are
proving to be good long-term investments. These days Historic Car
Art has established itself as the leader in the field.
Comet Miniatures for Model Kits, Gerry Anderson, Bond, Doctor Who,
Star Trek, Collectibles, Weaponry, Rocketry, Star Wars, Lord of
the Rings, Airfix, Corgi
Digger talks to Ian Pycroft whose company Black Knight
Historical provides fascinating and impressively ambitious,
authentic and well-researched costumed interpretations of
historical events and characters spanning the last 2,000 years of
Retro 36 - Bringing you cool stuff & groovy gear since 1974,
baby! Retro36 were pioneers in the retro shopping world, starting
in the early 70s when The Internet and SatNav were things you
might see in a science fiction movie. John and the team run
a friendly and helpful business and are proud to have many loyal
clients from all around the world looking for funky, wacky or fun
retro stuff. Here, Digger talks to John at Retro36.
Digger talks to Brian Davey who runs Nostalgia Amusements.
The TV and Film industries and a large number of corporate clients
and events rely on Brian and his vintage amusements equipment
company to help make their productions go with a flourish and to
provide that authentic vintage look. All of his machines are in
full working order. You will certainly have seen Brian's slot
machines, juke boxes and amusements on a number of TV productions
over the years.
Toys & Games
The Internet is a great place to locate items that bring back
memories of your youth. That's what Nigel at Vintage Toys
and Games discovered and very quickly his collecting hobby turned
into a business - one that now makes him a living and provides him
with an enjoyable reason to get up in the morning.
Classic & Vintage Plates
Here, Digger talks to Ash Waller at Tippers Classic &
Vintage Plates about the business which was established in 1932.
Classic, Vintage and Veteran cars demand that finishing touch -
the authentic number plate, and these days cars from the sixties
and even the seventies are candidates for That Tippers Touch.
Digger talks to Kevin Eames at Chester Ghost Tours. Chester
is one of the cities that claims the 'most haunted' title and here
Kevin explains why Chester is the perfect place to visit and why a
tour with Chester Ghost Tours is a must as part of your stay.
Hourglass - The Pinup Experience
Digger talks to Nicole at The Hourglass. As a stylist and
photographer, Nicole recognised a gap in the market for real women
to be photographed in 30s, 40s and 50s pinup style. She has
built-up a strong and faithful client base and has gained a
reputation for offering enjoyable and rewarding photoshoots.
Kiss My Airstream rents Airstream trailers. Whether you are
looking for a day or a month or a year. If it's for promoting
your business or as a backdrop for your party or event.
They have the Airstream for you! Phil Evans tells us a bit
Andrew Gray is Managing Director of Timereel Studios; a
film production company based in Norwich. Using original archive
footage, much of it that has never been seen before, Timereel
creates unique and evocative films showing how the lives of
ordinary people were affected by extraordinary events. These
include a number of titles covering London, Kent and East Anglia.
Digger asks Justin Allman at Picture-Picture some questions.
Picture-Picture has evolved into a trade and retail outlet
offering a unique blend of 'wall space artwork' covering every
imaginable subject from Sci-Fi to Sport! These include
Photographs, Triplepix, Collectors Cards, Pencil drawings and
Prints and Gold Discs.
Ice Bucket Retro
Pineapple Ice Bucket Retro owner Sophie Crocket tells us
about her business. Not only is Pineapple Ice Bucket Retro the
home of pineapple ice buckets (and many other variations) but also
an eclectic mix of funky things - all sorts of home ware, vintage fashion and accessories.
Here, Digger talks to Patrick van der Vorst at
Valuemystuffnow.com about this fantastic new service that is going
to revolutionise the way we look at and evaluate our heirlooms and
Yesteryear create high-quality audio-visual nostalgia products
that celebrate Britain's glorious past. Here, Digger talks to John
Boyden at Yesteryear who formed the enterprise with Andrew
Humphries. They talk about how the business was created, about
Yesteryear's products and their plans for the future.
The Advertising Archives was established in 1990 by Larry and
Suzanne Viner and is the largest and most comprehensive
resource of its kind in Europe. The collection comprises over 1
million catalogued images – 50,000 of which are searchable
reproduction Retro phones
ProTelX have re-created a range of the most popular styles of
reproduction retro phones – authentic looking phones that are
constructed to a high standard, replicating the true feeling of a
robust phone created at time when things were “built to last”,
yet ensuring that they are fully functional with today’s modern
analogue telecom networks (BT, Virgin, Telewest etc.)
Tiger Airways specialise in providing the public with the chance
of 'hands on' flying in World War Two Vintage, Open Cockpit,
Bi-Plane, Training Aeroplanes from the Tiger Moth era. Digger
talks to Chris Rollings about their flights and the
background to the company and the Tiger Moth.
Ayres Vintage & Hollywood Glamour Photography
Here, Digger talks to Gordon Ayres who has been
photographing the British and Continental 1930s, 40s, 50s retro
scene for over 20 years. Using techniques culled from the classic
Hollywood period, Ayres finds inspiration in both the studio
glamour photographers of the time, and the grainy reportage style
of the dime newspaper reporters. With the use of quality
vintage lens and studio lamps he creates the exact feel of the
look of the 20s to the 50s- for whatever the occasion.
Llanerch are a country publishing company based in Somerset. They
specialise in small print editions and facsimile reprints of old
books and ancient texts, many of which have been painstakingly
translated from the original language. Their wide range of books
cover many historical periods and subjects and are available to
order through their catalogue and website. Here, Digger talks to Debbie
at Llanerch about her passion for these books and what she is
doing with the business.
Crazy About Magazines specialises in the sourcing and supply of
Celebrity magazine back issues and Vintage magazines They
currently have 10,000 magazines in stock. It all started, as
things often seem to do, as a hobby and interest, and now has
blossomed into one of the most successful such services on The
Internet. Here, Digger talks to Jackie who owns and runs
Crazy About Magazines.
Battle Honours are the UK's leading company offering walking
battlefield tours. Lead guides Julian Whippy and Clive Harris
are renowned for their unbounded enthusiasm, passion and vast
knowledge of their subject. Here, Digger talks to Clive Harris.
Phil Lewis runs Historical Footsteps Tours, where he will take you
on guided tours of key locations of historical interest. The tours
include The Blitz, The Kray Twins & Jack The Ripper and there
are several new tours in the pipeline.
and Vintage Furniture
Hugh Hamilton has been in the antique billiard table business for
some thirty years. Recently, he decided he wanted to try something
new and is building up a new business supplying Retro and Vintage
Furniture, Lighting and Accessories. Here Hugh talks to us about
his new venture.
Digger talked to Tony Barclay-Walker about Automobilia
Planet, the world's leading automobilia website he set-up to
merchandise all varieties of automobilia and motoring collectables
Hotel, Village and Online Shop
Portmeirion is the renowned and magnificent Italianate fantasy
attraction on the north Wales coast, a pottery and a brand as well
as a cult TV icon, being the original village in The Prisoner. Robin
Llewellyn, the Managing Director at Portmeirion and grandson of
the visionary founder Clough Williams-Ellis, tells us about the
latest developments for 'the village' and its online presence.
discusses the joys, rewards and possible pitfalls of autograph
collecting. Steve has a lot of advice for novice collectors to get
the most from their hobby. For investors in these uncertain
financial times, Steve also suggests that autographs and signed
collectables are more sound an investment than stocks and shares.
Melanie Rowan has created a Casino Hire business which is
renowned for its Bond Theme Casino night. Guests often dress up as
Odd Job, Jaws, Pussy Galore, Christmas Jones, Frost, Jynx and 007
himself! Other themes include Las Vegas casino, Elvis and the 50s,
Chicago in the 30s, Blues Brothers, Alice in Wonderland or a
has built up a fine collection of over 100 Military
photo albums. The albums cover WW1 ,WW2 and other conflicts.
Baccy Bygones and Jug Dealer
Tobacco collectables and drinking Jugs from Alan and Jo Waterhouse.
Steve and Susan Cocks provide guided battlefield tours to key
World War 1 battlefield sites in France and Belgium and World
War 2 sites in Normandy. Our tours are inspired by a passion
for history and a deep appreciation of the sacrifice of past
Mark and Siân Dixon have created an online retro sweets and
memorabilia shop covering the decades from the 40s to the 80s and
Victoriana too. A visit will leave you feeling Sweet and Nostalgic.
Digger talked to Memo Christodoulou who runs the 1950s-themed
Cupcake Emporium which opened to much media attention and is now
majorly busy with shop and online orders.
The Largest Nissan Figaro Dealership in the World! The Home of
the Famous retro-look Nissan Figaro. Figs4u are dedicated solely in
the sale of Nissan Figaro. Over 100 hours goes into the refurbishment
of each one of their cars.
Here, Digger talks to Fine'n'Dandy founder Martin Cleghorn about
iconic Dundee-based comics, The Dandy and The Beano, and about the
thriving and fun business he has created around them and their
characters such as Desperate Dan and Dennis The Menace.
Digger talked to sculptor Laura Lian who has created
memorable and highly-valued images of some of pop culture's greatest
icons, including The Eagles, U2, The Beatles and George Best.
20th Century Design Specialist
Bullet specialises in Mid - Late 20th Century Design. Stocking
the Best in British, Scandinavian, Danish, French, German, Italian
and American Retro Furniture.
and B Militaria
Military history and memorabilia is big business these days. D
and B Militaria deal in Badges, Awards And Rings, Deactivated Guns and
Antique Firearms, Edged Weapons, Inert Ammunition and Ordnance,
A Unique Shopping Experience. Just off junction 27 on the M6,
Bygone Times is the ideal shopping destination and a great day out
for all the family packed with retro and nostalgia-themed items and
Ever fancied a Retro style phone, music centre or radio?
Mike and Lynda Osborne at Lime Shop have the answer.
We look at the classic and iconic London Routemaster buses
which are available for hire at Timebus. These beautifully-restored
classics have been given a new lease of life for group travel on
weddings and family celebrations, for corporate entertainment,
sightseeing tours and promotions
We spoke to Neil Rhodes at Image-Restore.co.uk. He tells
us that photo restorations are essential, preserving an important part
of your family history and your family will have to continue on the
memory for the next generation. If left un-restored the negative or
print could end up un-restorable and future generations won't have
that vital visual link to their past.
The use of Neon has truly stood the test of time, with the first neon sign being
sold to a Paris barber in 1912. Here, we look at Neon, the straight glass
tube which is transformed by the use of a flame into stunning and
eye-catching curves, letters, and logos.