There is something very appealing about items from the past that were once an everyday item but now have no real use. I love the space age design ethic of the 1950s where mundane objects took on sleek and metallic forms.
I found a slide viewer in its original box at a car boot sale. Now some younger readers may have never seen or used such a thing but I recall turning on the little screen to suddenly see a slide appear in colour.
When I opened this one up I discovered its original batteries. These were astonishing for two reasons…
- They had not leaked despite being over 40 years old
- The brand name was “Flying Bomb” with a most disturbing image on the side.
Maybe I am just a little squeamish, but I don’t think these batteries would sell very well today. I am amazed they sold at the time.
I looked them up on the net and now it seems the batteries themselves are desirable collectible items on the “vintage” market. Go figure!