Memories of eccentric collectors with a flair for the unusual
They are the eccentrics and folk with a flair for the unusual who always bring a smile to our faces.
Tommy Styrin from Chapel Allerton was photographed with this collection of one armed bandits in 1985. The exotic names of old fruit machines were music to the ears of the 61-year-old.
He told your YEP how anyone who owned a Jenny's Peacock, a Roman Head, a Rol-A-Top or a Diamond Front could have hit the jackpot.
An even stranger collection was shown to us in December 1982 when milkman Colin Nash showed off this selection of bespoke milk bottles.
He had more than 240 of them stored at his home in Malton. They come from dairies all over the country including some with rhyming messages. One, in dialect from Sheffield, reminds the customer that the bottle cost 9d and adds that it is "As brittle as owt, if yer brek it or lost it, I'm working for nowt."
He said at the time that collecting was getting harder: "Small dairies are getting out of business all over the country. I have bottles from ten local dairies and all of them have closed in recent years."
Batley’s own George Corner had a penchant for leap frogging over post boxes in the 1970s and in 1984 phonographs and gramophones were the speciality of father and son Bill and John Astin.
Finally Mr H C Haldane struck an extraordinary pose in 1962 when he donned this Elizabethan helmet and pike at Clarke Hall.
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