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RADIO RELATED PROPS ON TV

We tend to think of 'radio and technology bloopers' as a fairly recent trend on TV, witness the DAC90A in recent episodes of Foyle's War and the time machine advert run by Hovis a couple of years ago, however, similar things also happened some 40 odd years ago as I recall one chortle-worthy instance in an Avengers episode where a chap made up to look like a Chinese mandarin was busy playing a chess game by radio and transmitting his next fiendish move using a BC221 wavemeter, not that it bothered Tara King though.......

Sticking with The Avengers theme,  I thought you may appreciate this lovely shot of a villain using a TW and Collins TCS12 combo to spread mayhem: -

SILK BRAIDED WIRE IN EVEN MORE RAINBOW COLOURS

Newsflash - we have extended our range of vintage silk braided wire by adding a further seven colours.  Remember this is limited stock, dating from 1955 and once its gone then that's it.   Please, do go have a look at 17 colourways we now offer: -

 

VINTAGE SILK BRAIDED WIRE IN 17 COLOURS HERE......

MULLARD OFFICES HIGH SECURITY PRECAUTIONS IN 1955

Today's quaint photograph from the Mullard archive shows the frontage of the Mullard Publicity Office & Display Centre on Gerard Place, Westminster London.   Note the presence of a stolid member of the Corps of Commissionaires.  This presence was a throwback to the war years where Philips personnel were banned from Mullard facilities because of their potential damage to national security.  Today of course this would abrogate their human rights for which they would be given a council house, a kiss from Jeremy Corbyn and a substantial cash settlement as damages.

The Corps of Commissionaires was founded in 1859 by Captain Sir Edward Walter KCB (1823-1904). Walter was the first to find an effective remedy to provide jobs for ex-servicemen who were willing and able to work after the Crimean War and is the  oldest security company in the world. Currently trading as 'Corps Security', the head of the company has always been the British monarch. This tradition began with Queen Victoria and continues through to the present day with Queen Elizabeth II. In 2009, the Corps celebrated its 150th anniversary with a reception hosted at St James's Palace by HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at which 48 commissionaires formed a guard of honour.

For those of you who may have the interest in visiting Mullard hallowed ground when you next find yourself in Westminster then you can visit the site of the offices shown above, today, it's a rather nice Chinese restaurant and as you can see, we do indeed live in a (brave) new world...........: -