Showing posts from February, 2010

It seemed like a good idea at the time

In the days before my scanner breathes its last (its yellow stripes are apparently terminal) I've scanned a few more images in from Pony and Riding magazines. Riding wear stayed very much the same for quite a long period in the 20th century, helped by the Pony Club's insistence on what was the correct riding attire. There were stirrings, though. One which interested me in particular was the move from the elephant ear jodphur to the fitted type we have today. (In passing, does anyone have any idea WHY the elephant ear jodphur had the elephant ear bit? Did it serve any actual purpose?) My very first jodhs were the elephant ear type, and my next were the riding trouser, a transitional trouser in between the elephant ears and the modern fitted type. In these ads, the riding trouser doesn't look too bad at all: more fitted; it's lost the elephant ears and as it has an elastic strap is less likely to disappear up your leg leaving your skinny ankles exposed to the evi

Another Pegasus photo

Just found this Pegasus Toys ad, which comes from Pony Magazine December 1961. I'm sorry about the yellow stripe. My scanner, which is pretty ancient, has now decided everything needs a yellow stripe, no matter what I do. I really like this Pegasus model: it's much more delicate than the Julips, which love them though I do, are on the clumpy side. The hound's rather gorgeous too. It's a pity Isis and Pegasus became defunct. It would be interesting to know if the moulds still exist, as I think they're much more attractive than Julips and surely there would be an opportunity there for someone prepared to make the investment. Just found this

Model Ponies

I blogged a while back about model ponies in the mid 1960s , but have since bought a load of Pony and Riding magazines from the early 1960s, which are wonderful source material for so much that I would like to write about but have not had time. The magazines have adverts for a whole range of model horses most of whom were defunct by the mid 1960s. As I was born in 1962, none of these ever swum across my ken, none were dandled over my pram to amuse or even bought in by an enterprising parent for Jane to have later. Ah well. There was certainly a wider range of materials and styles than later on in the decade. Not all of the horses were made of rubber: Rowe Horses were made of silks. I wonder how many of them have survived. I guess very few, as the silk must surely have decayed. The horses were also pretty expensive: 60 shillings was £3 (around £50 in today's money), and Pegasus and Isis rubber models were around the £1.50 mark (around £26), which also included tack or


As ever with this blog, I've nearly made posts on several subjects, but then life has got in the way, and my great thoughts have fizzled. Anyway, inspired by this post on Musings, here is an observation. I wonder when other people find that instead of introducing your children to music (other than being hit over the metaphorical head with the Thomas the Tank Engine theme tune, which counts as torture), that they start introducing it to you? Son, like the rest of his family, was a bit credit-crunched when Christmas came round, so made us all CDs. So unlike my own teenage days, when you would tape things off the Top 40 show, finger hovering over the pause button so you got as much of the track as possible before the dj starting talking. So here are the Verve . Thanks Fred.