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Bogies, Bulbs and Babies: Enter-train-ing images from the GEC archive

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This blog was written by Danika Willis and Ben Cudbertson, the project volunteers.

The GEC Traction archive contains many quirky and unusual adverts. Here are just a few of our favourites, selected for the humour, vivid colours and graphics.

Metrovick’s Cosmos Lamps’, Metropolitan Vickers Gazette, 1937. NRM Ref: ALS2/55/C/9

Metrovick’s Cosmos Lamps’, Metropolitan Vickers Gazette, 1937.
NRM Ref: ALS2/55/C/9

 

'Electrodes for Every Purpose’, Metropolitan Vickers Gazette, 1937. NRM Ref: ALS2/55/C/9

‘Electrodes for Every Purpose’, Metropolitan Vickers Gazette, 1937.
NRM Ref: ALS2/55/C/9

Brecknell-Willis pantograph advert. NRMRef: ALS2/95/E/5

Brecknell-Willis pantograph advert.
NRMRef: ALS2/95/E/5

The best answer is Brush Bagnall’, Diesel Railway Traction Gazette, 1952. NRM Ref: ALS2/95/D/7

The best answer is Brush Bagnall’, Diesel Railway Traction Gazette, 1952.
NRM Ref: ALS2/95/D/7

Not all Bogies have wheels’, Diesel Railway Traction Gazette, 1952. NRM Ref: ALS2/95/D/7

Not all Bogies have wheels’, Diesel Railway Traction Gazette, 1952.
NRM Ref: ALS2/95/D/7

Vulcan Foundry produced ‘Matilda’ tanks and over 500 ‘Austerity’ locomotives for use during World War Two, Metropolitan-Vickers Gazette. C. 1940s. NRM Ref: ALS2/95/C/7

Vulcan Foundry produced ‘Matilda’ tanks and over 500 ‘Austerity’ locomotives for use during World War Two, Metropolitan-Vickers Gazette. C. 1940s.
NRM Ref: ALS2/95/C/7

InterCity’s final journey souvenir train pun menu, 16th April 1988. NRM Ref: ALS2/97/A/5

InterCity’s final journey souvenir train pun menu, 16th April 1988.
NRM Ref: ALS2/97/A/5

Electric Traction Equipment, English Electric Company Publication, No. M42B. NRM Ref: ALS2/95/E/3

Electric Traction Equipment’, English Electric Company Publication, No. M42B.
NRM Ref: ALS2/95/E/3

The GEC collection is not yet available to the public, however if you would like to find out more information please contact Search Engine or the GEC Project Archivist.

Written by Charlotte Dennard

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  1. Joe Brown

    Brush, Brecknell Willis and Tecalemit were not GEC companies

    1. Charlotte Dennard

      Hi Joe,

      The GEC Archive Collection spans from 1898 – 1994 and encompasses GEC Traction constituent and subsidiary successor and predecessor companies archive material. The adverts are from ephemera collected from GEC Traction, English Electric, AEI, Metrovicks etc which form part of the archive.

      Charlotte

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