Marconiphone Music Amplification

Charles Thurston’s Marconiphone Coach in the 1930’s

Marconi Tilling Stevens Coach (Mitcham 1932)
Marconi Tilling Stevens Coach (Mitcham 1932)


”OLD BUSES and COACHES on the Fairground – 1930’s to 1970’s” 

Well known British Showman Charles Thurston arranged and presented his own programmes of orchestral selections, organ solos, marches and songs on the fairground during the early 1930’s.  These concerts were broadcast from his Marconi Radio and Amplifying Tilling Stevens coach to patrons on the fairground. The Sunday concerts often lasted up to an hour-and-a-half, and played to thousands of people.  This all British amplification unit was supplied

with current from the petrol-electric engine.  A very powerful ”searchlight” speaker broadcast the music which gave a ”most pleasant and un-distorted output”. The range of the speaker was reported to be over four miles.

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Dreamland the Amazement Park

Dreamland, Margate – The Funshine Capital of the South-East

Media Image 042 - Girls on the Dodgems, Margate, Kent 1951 (RP)

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Dreamland Amusement Park dates from 1863 when buildings opened as a restaurant and dance hall.  Known then as the ‘Hall by the Sea’, the business was sold in about 1870.  Circus Boss ‘Lord’ George Sanger eventually became the sole proprietor of the site together with further adjacent land to the rear.  A menagerie and circular riding machines were some of the early features of the Pleasure Gardens.  Following Sanger’s death in 1911, the site was subsequently acquired in 1919 by amusement entrepreneur John H. Illes.  He renamed the site ‘Dreamland’ after visiting the Dreamland Amusement Park at Coney Island, Brooklyn NY.  The Illes family already owned and operated amusement facilities both here and abroad.  The first new major adult riding machine was opened to the public in 1920.  The ‘Scenic Railway’ was a flanged wheel coaster withMedia Image 045 - On the Scenic Railway, Margate, Kent 1951 (RP) Continue reading Dreamland the Amazement Park


The most EXTREME Roller Coaster Ride – EVER

Media Image 013 - A Legend of Terror - Cyclone Coaster by Harry G. Traver, Crystal Beach, Ontario, Canada 1927-1946 (RP)

On a scale of 1 – 10 (where 10 is EXTREME FEAR), this ride was awarded a 10 – the most frightening roller coaster ever built. The Cyclone Coaster (1927 – 1946) at Crystal Beach Park, Ontario, Canada was the purveyor of this EXTREME FEAR. Designed by Harry G. Traver (The Master of Terror), this gravity ride featured (unusually) a steel superstructure to support the Continue reading A LEGEND of TERROR

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1950’s COACHES – 400 Images – 25 Makes – A Unique Collection

NEW VIDEO for 2015

‘By popular request’ ~ This previously unseen unique collection features coaches (and single-deckers) from great names such as AEC; Albion; Atkinson; Austin; Bedford; Commer; Dennis; Dodge; Foden; Fordson; Guy; Jensen; Karrier; Leyland;  Morris; Maudslay; Daimler; Bristol; Crossley; Sedden; Sentinel; Thornycroft; Vulcan; Tilling Stevens and B.M.M.O.

The Video is best viewed as a ‘full screen’ presentation.

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FOR SALE                             (01/01/15)

Two glass framed early hand coloured engravings depicting a Russian Pleasure Fair in St. Petersberg 1804.

These hand coloured images show :-

1). Hand-Cranked Roundabout.  2). Hand-Cranked ‘Up ‘n’ Downs’.

Frames Measure 38 cms. x 34 cms. (approx.).

Pictures (oval images) Measure 16 cms. x 12 cms. (approx.).

Condition  – Very Good.

Both Framed Pictures Offered For Sale as One Lot.

Sale Price :- £88.00 (eighty-eight pounds only).

Hand Cranked Roundabout - St. Peterberg, Russia c.1812
Hand Cranked Roundabout – St. Peterberg, Russia c.1812

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Hand-Cranked 'Up 'n' Downs', St. Petersberg, Russia c. 1812
Hand-Cranked ‘Up ‘n’ Downs’, St. Petersberg,  c. 1812

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Condition of Sale :-

Purchaser to collect Lot from address adjacent to Junction 6 of the M25 London Orbital Motorway.

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World’s Fair 1909

Advertisement Published in the World’s Fair on June 12, 1909

World's Fair Advertisement 1909
World’s Fair Advertisement June 12, 1909 

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