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MULLARD BATTERY VALVES

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MULLARD BATTERY VALVES

Even though the National Grid came on stream in 1947, the public electricity supply in the UK was a real hotch - potch of AC/DC offered at differing voltages - indeed my own parents came cropper of this in their flat at Arnold Place, Whetley Hill,  Bradford as one plug was DC yet another AC resulting in a prized radio going BANG - what a mess!   Little wonder then that 20% of all radios fittted with Mullard valves in the early half of the 1950s were fitted with battery valves.   The Mullard battery valve series comprised of five types...

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THE MULLARD MAGIC TAKE ON BOXING DAY BLUES & REGRETS

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THE MULLARD MAGIC TAKE ON BOXING DAY BLUES & REGRETS

As I bask in my Mother-In-Law, The Honourable Dowager Duchess June's drawing room, nursing a post Christmas hangover, my thoughts turned to some of my Christmas presents.     Yes, we've all done it, received an ......... individual if not unique present and wondered how long it could be before consigning it to the charity shop  whilst in parallel bemoaning not getting what we really wanted. And so it was with the present I received from the Fragrant and Most Delicious Fiona - hot stuff mega-totty friend of Mrs Mullard Magic who, knowing my predilection for vintage microphones, gave me... this...

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THE MULLARD MAGIC TAKE ON KITSCH CHRISTMAS GIFTS - AAAAH!

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THE MULLARD MAGIC TAKE ON KITSCH CHRISTMAS GIFTS  -  AAAAH!

We tend to think of the kitsch Christmas gift as a modern phenomenon driven by the Chinese engine of industry where natural resources are harvested and then transformed into said products .  Actually, this isn't the case; witness this charming advert from 1928 where one could purchase a kitsch present for the telephone owner:- I am sure all the telephone aficionados whom are reading this blog post will be ruminating as to whether or not the pictured candlestick telephone is a  No. 2, a No. 4 or a No. 10 - me, I cannot help but ruminate on the pained expression worn...

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A YULETIDE BOOST FOR RECEPTION, RE-VALVE WITH MULLARD MAGIC

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A YULETIDE BOOST FOR  RECEPTION, RE-VALVE WITH MULLARD MAGIC

What a top seasonal thought, dating from 1953 we have a photo of a Mullard inspired shop window display - simply super!

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GORDON AND HIS AMAZING ORGAN BEING HELPED BY MULLARD

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GORDON AND HIS AMAZING ORGAN BEING HELPED BY MULLARD

Today's blog entry focusses on Gordon Twyford Fossdyke and his amazing organ school.  The early 1950s was a time when organ playing was much in vogue with musical young ladies, we don't know why, it may be the mighty swell of tremolo that an organ gives as it thunders towards a crescendo gave these impressionable young things a sense of power in an age of post war austerity.    Whatever the phenomenon was, it presented Gordon with an interesting problem as even though he had a big organ and knew how to us it as well as being a very capable...

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