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Brooke Bond Tea Cards

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Very rare Brooke Bond albums from 1954 - 1958

These wonderful cards are the first things that I ever collected - I started this in the late 60s, when my Nan used to save them for me and my brother and I would squabble over whos turn it was to have them everytime we visited.
I have collected a large number over the years. My collection dates from 1954 when the very first set was introduced, British Birds. This set only comprised of 20 cards, today it is very rare - album sets fetch in excess of 50. I have all the early sets; Wild Flowers Series 1, Out into space, British Wildlife etc. The educational value of these cards is immeasurable. I loved the illustrations, Brooke Bond used the very best illustrators of the day, C F Tunnicliffe, Roy Cross and so on. Later sets from the 1980s onwards were very poor in terms of pictures/illustrations. Par for the course as with most things these days it would seem.

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Large GWR Prairie No. 4141 now preserved on the GCR

Model railways

I have been fascinated by railways since a small boy. My father used to take me to open days at Plymouth Laira Diesel depot and generally encouraged me with my interest. I was never into 'spotting' as such but would spend time at Plymouth North Road, and the various stations and halts around Keyham, where we used to live, waiting to catch a glimpse of a Western, Warship, Peak or Hoover!
I have collected a fair amount of railway books over the years and love anything to do with British railway nostalgia.
I find model railways a great interest as well as a fantastic way to relax and get rid of stress after a busy day at work! A few hours on the layout can work wonders.
 
Please see my seperate page for more detailed pictures and text relating to the layout.
 

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