Fortress Wapping

The infamous Wapping Dispute was  a set piece in treachery and deceit perpetrated by the “Dirty Digger” (Rupert Murdoch) ably assisted by Margaret Thatcher in 1986. The unions were told that News International planned to produce a new paper, the London Post, at Wapping. The unions by and large welcomed this and put forward their … Continue reading

Locomotive Lithographs.

Locomotive Lithographs.

“The locomotive industry emerged in mid-nineteenth-century America with the development and rapid expansion of the railroad network. As the number of locomotive manufacturers increased, the industry became intensely competitive, and builders vied with one another to capture the attention of railroad companies, officials, and agents. The first locomotive builders’ prints were created in the late … Continue reading

1954: The Regency TR-1, Transistor Pocket Radio.

1954: The Regency TR-1, Transistor Pocket Radio.

By James Grahame The first commercial transistor radio – the $49.95 Regency TR-1 – was introduced in late 1954 by the Regency division of an Indianapolis-based manufacturing company. They were the first to bite when Texas Instruments started looking for a company willing to incorporate transistors in their radio designs. Interestingly enough, industry giants such … Continue reading

Things go better wth Coke?

Things go better wth Coke?

It’s 50 years since I first saw this ad back in 1964. Just before the dawning of the Beatles and all those other wonderful things. I was in my last year at Plympton High school. Still a few years away from looking like morons with long flowing curls and those bloody pink flared pants and … Continue reading