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'Biggles' Teapot and other Ephemera

Postby Fairblue » 30 May 2014, 11:30

I found this when I was doing my usual search through ebay. Not 'my cup of tea' so to speak, but I have to admit it's a novelty.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VINTAGE-RARE- ... 233adea24e
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Re: 'Biggles' Teapot

Postby Inactive User 171 » 30 May 2014, 11:38

I wonder when it was made. I have never heard of it.
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Re: 'Biggles' Teapot

Postby Janet_B » 30 May 2014, 11:46

It looks incredible!
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Re: 'Biggles' Teapot

Postby tiffinata » 30 May 2014, 11:57

I love teapots.
Having said that, not sure I want this one in my collection.
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Re: 'Biggles' Teapot

Postby Kismet » 30 May 2014, 11:57

Not my cup of tea either.
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Re: 'Biggles' Teapot

Postby Inactive User 171 » 30 May 2014, 12:16

No it looks really horrible. On Antiques Road Trip last night Paul Laidlow sold some WWI flying goggles - he said they were the first design issued during the War and quite rare.
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Re: 'Biggles' Teapot

Postby RAAF Spitfire Girl » 30 May 2014, 12:34

Mmmmm...that's different. I'm no tea drinker, so won't be tempted. But if it was a coffee pot....
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Re: 'Biggles' Teapot

Postby Inactive User 171 » 30 May 2014, 12:36

That teapot would definitely put you off your food :lol:
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Re: 'Biggles' Teapot

Postby Fairblue » 30 May 2014, 13:40

Here‘s something else.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Original-RUSS ... 2c842329fc

It would seem that if it has a flying jacket and or goggles it's Biggles.
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Re: 'Biggles' Teapot

Postby Inactive User 171 » 30 May 2014, 13:42

That is horrible as well.
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Re: 'Biggles' Teapot and other Ephemera

Postby Fairblue » 30 May 2014, 13:43

Yep.
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Re: 'Biggles' Teapot and other Ephemera

Postby Inactive User 171 » 30 May 2014, 13:44

Are there any nice Biggles Teddy Bears out there?
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Re: 'Biggles' Teapot and other Ephemera

Postby Inactive User 171 » 30 May 2014, 13:47

To answer my own question there is a Harrods Biggles Teddy Bear in a one piece flying suit only £14.99.
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Re: 'Biggles' Teapot and other Ephemera

Postby Inactive User 171 » 30 May 2014, 14:31

Nothing to do with Biggles but I have just seen an advert for a bear called "Tommy" dressed in a WWI Army uniform to mark the centenary of WWI - he looks very smart and he has a little bear in his top pocket.
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Re: 'Biggles' Teapot and other Ephemera

Postby Tommy Smith » 30 May 2014, 17:46

This may be the origins of that, Jenny.
http://www.oldbearscene.com/news_detail.asp?news_id=35
English Farnell small mascot teddy bears from WW1.
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Re: 'Biggles' Teapot and other Ephemera

Postby tiffinata » 31 May 2014, 03:25

Now that's more like it!
Pity they all appear to be sold.
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Unusual Biggles items and ephemera

Postby Biggles266 » 14 Sep 2014, 02:37

I've uploaded a few images of interesting/unusual Biggles and Johns related items. What other interesting items are out there?
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Still not sure why some photos are not displayed - is it the size?

I have a couple of voice recordings of Johns discussing Biggles and boys today from 1967. Any ideas on how to make these available?
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Re: Unusual Biggles items and ephemera

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 14 Sep 2014, 03:05

I had the same problem some time ago. just off the top of my head (one of the mods will know) I think the photo max size is 3mb or so, but if you click on the number in your post, it will still allow you to the actual album where you can view the photo, just won't show it as a thumbnail in your post. :D
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Re: Unusual Biggles items and ephemera

Postby SaintedAunt » 14 Sep 2014, 09:10

Did these come from an internet link, or are they photos you have yourself compiled from various sources?

If the latter, there is a case for using a photo editing program to make them smallish. It isn't necessary to have a large file to display things online. Small will do perfectly well. Well under a megabyte will look perfectly ok.
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Re: Unusual Biggles items and ephemera

Postby Biggles266 » 14 Sep 2014, 09:23

Hi Sainted Aunt - these are all my photos, sized from 1 to 2 Mb. Would have thought that size was okay.
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Re: Unusual Biggles items and ephemera

Postby Spitfire666 » 16 Sep 2014, 10:20

It looks as though all the pictures have 3-digit numbers; I think maybe there should be a break - maybe a comma or a space - between each of the sets of digits to make the pictures display properly.
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Re: Unusual Biggles items and ephemera

Postby Biggles266 » 16 Sep 2014, 22:26

Thanks for your suggestions - commas don't seem to make a difference and I've reloaded the pictures in smaller size (300-500kb) and still won't display properly.
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Re: Unusual Biggles items and ephemera

Postby Tommy Smith » 17 Sep 2014, 07:06

Hi,
I'm not sure if they are compressed or not but the Omnibus Proof is coming in at 45.66cms X 60.88cms (3236 x 4315 pixels) at 180ppi. You might need to juggle those figures and get the cms size down, possibly at a guess 14cms wide and 180ppi and see if that resolution works on screen for you on screen once uploaded.

(PS your Wej one is 800 pixels x 600 pixels at 72ppi looks fine and is a small file size if that's a guide).
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WEJ/Biggles ephemera

Postby tiffinata » 16 Nov 2014, 11:15

I'm aware of threads relating to jigsaws, card games and bookmarks already on the forum

Does anyone know what things WEJ contributed to other than books and magazines?

My reason for that question is I heard something recently about WEJ contributing some artwork or commentary to cards that were issued for the Macrobertson Trophy Air race and I am wondering if anyone knows anything in more detail about it?
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Re: Unusual Biggles items and ephemera

Postby Fairblue » 16 Nov 2014, 11:30

Not counting Tiff's new topic on Ephemera I found two more topics on the same subject. So I have merged them all under one roof, under General Discussions. ;) If you come across any other Biggles' related objects you can put it all here. I have to admit that a lot of 'Biggles Ephemera' is so awful I wouldn't give it house room, but there are some lovely gems out there.
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Re: Unusual Biggles items and ephemera

Postby SaintedAunt » 16 Nov 2014, 14:29

Biggles266 wrote:I've uploaded a few images of interesting/unusual Biggles and Johns related items. What other interesting items are out there?
795794793792791790789788787786785784783782
Still not sure why some photos are not displayed - is it the size?

I have a couple of voice recordings of Johns discussing Biggles and boys today from 1967. Any ideas on how to make these available?

We have never solved the mystery of why these pictures didn't show? My browser says they don't exist so maybe B266 deleted them?

If they were mine, I'd start again. I'd make them jpegs about 500k each for easy uploading, then re-upload them. Then add a comment to each and submit them.

As to the voice recordings, I too have one of these - it's in mp3 format, but it's nearly 30mb :( I should think the best way to make a recording available (if it isn't copyright, which it may be if it's a BBC interview) is to put it on a website somewhere and give us the link so that anybody who wants to can download it.

Apologies if we have already said all this, but I couldn't find a satisfactory reply to B266's post.
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Collectable Memorabilia

Postby RAAF Spitfire Girl » 18 Dec 2014, 12:12

I can't find a thread that specifically fit this, so I've started this and will be happy if S666, FB, Soppy or VZ decide to move it to a more appropriate spot.

Today I discovered a WWII leather flying helmet for the price of $AUS657 together with a Corgi DieCast Limited Edition Supekrmarine Spitfire Mk 1 model still in the original box for $AUS450. Both were out of my budget, but just in case any other forum members in the SE Qld area are interested, they're in a collectables shop in the little township of Peachester in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. The shop-cum-cafe is right next to the Peachester Store. I was drooling over them both. The lady said the prices were negotiable (but not sufficiently negotiable for us, unfortunately).

Anyway, just thought I'd pass the info on :D
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Re: Unusual Biggles items and ephemera

Postby Ryefielder » 23 Dec 2014, 21:03

Biggles266 wrote:I've uploaded a few images of interesting/unusual Biggles and Johns related items. What other interesting items are out there?


I think the most unusual thing I have in my collection is a pizza menu. It comes from Australia, from a "pizza'n'pasta" restaurant called Biggles in a place called Diamond Creek (any of you Aussies out there know of it?) and most of the pizzas are named after Biggles and Gimlet characters, or have other WEJ or aviation themed names. The front and back covers of the menu have pictures from a couple of the Dean & Sons book covers on them. :)
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Re: Unusual Biggles items and ephemera

Postby kylie_koyote » 23 Dec 2014, 21:16

Ryefielder wrote:I think the most unusual thing I have in my collection is a pizza menu. It comes from Australia, from a "pizza'n'pasta" restaurant called Biggles in a place called Diamond Creek (any of you Aussies out there know of it?) and most of the pizzas are named after Biggles and Gimlet characters, or have other WEJ or aviation themed names. The front and back covers of the menu have pictures from a couple of the Dean & Sons book covers on them. :)


That is so cool. I'm not a fan of pizza, but I would definitely order one if it had Biggles' name on it! And look, we even have a pizza smiley!

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Re: Unusual Biggles items and ephemera

Postby Ryefielder » 23 Dec 2014, 21:30

kylie_koyote wrote:That is so cool. I'm not a fan of pizza, but I would definitely order one if it had Biggles' name on it! And look, we even have a pizza smiley!

:apizza:


There's just the thing for you then K_K - the "Biggles Special" (tomato, cheese, ham, mushrooms, onions, bacon, peppers, pineapple, prawns, anchovies & olives). What a mixture! :sick:

Great pizza smiley! I must remember that one! :D :apizza:
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