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Valve Ephemera: Brimar Valve Boxes

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Early 1950's Valve box
Back to the 1950's. Bold colours, strong logo and wrap around design using three colours is in your face. Variable font-sized logo was obviously here to stay. Wordy guarantee panel is reminiscent of earlier days.  Estimated at around 1950's.
1960's Valve box
You can't get more in your face than red and yellow.  Two-colour printing must have been cheaper as well - the earlier black being dropped.  Side three is a common 60's "client info panel" in halftone yellow.  Thermionic is a far more hip word than radio !  Some versions have an alternative Thorn logo with circular text around the "Thorn".
1960's Variation box
Only a slight change in the Thorn logo in this variation.

 

Valve Ephemera: Brimar Valve Catalogues

Brimar 1940 valve catalogue
The 1940 date sheet has a "theatre curtain" design in graduated pink.  It is presented as a multi-fold sheet that opens up to six times the width and twice the depth of the above image.  When closed it measures 78mm by 143mm and is internally black and red.  Just states that the listed prices are subject to purchase tax.  Plenty of detail and good pin-out diagrams segmented in to pin configuration boxes.  Printed in England by The Victory Press, Leicester and London.

Brimar Valves Obtainable from Standard Telephones and Cables Ltd,
Valve Works
Foots Cray, Kent
Telephone: FOOTS CRAY 2211 (3 lines)

Ref P32/40

This Brimar 1947 price list has a lovely rich blue and black theme, the logo being given a little tilt to liven it up.  Reminiscent of the Warner Bros "That's all folks" velvet curtain look from the art-deco 1920's.  Refers to the purchase tax imposed since October 21st 1940.  Prices range from 5s 6d to 25s plus tax.  Printed in England by The Victory Press, Leicester and London.

Brimar Valves Obtainable from Standard Telephones and Cables Ltd,
Valve Works
Foots Cray, Kent
Telephone: FOOTS CRAY 3333
Telegrams: BRIMAR PHONE FOOTSCRAY

Ref P62/47

On to 1949 and now the designers are going for it.  This price list has it all, stylised semi- transparent logo, 3D arrow, marketing strap "keep sets going" all done in four spot colours. Prices range from 7s 6d to 25s plus tax.
They must have had an argument with the printers as this one says "Printed in England".  This list has 9" and 12" "Teletubes".  Prices range from 9 to 12 plus tax.

Brimar Valves Obtainable from Standard Telephones and Cables Ltd,
Valve Works
Foots Cray, Kent
Telephone: FOOTS CRAY 3333
Grams: BRIMAR PHONE FOOTSCRAY

Ref B.2 50m/8/49

Valve Catalogue 1961

This catalogue shows that in 1961 Brimar were still using the Red, yellow and black colour theme.  Typical late 50's/early 60's overlap colour design but notice that they chose to outline CRTs, glass and (the much earlier) metal base valves.

Main Sales and Service
Brimar Commercial Division
Thorn-AEI Radio Valves & Tubes Ltd
Rochester, Kent
Tel Chatham 44411

Brimar Sales Desk, Tel: GERrard 9797

Valve Ephemera: Brimar Valve Adverts (1955/6)
All from Standard Telephones and Cables Ltd, Footscray, Sidcup, Kent. FOOtscray 3333

December 1955 -Boat

Mighty ocean greyhounds driven no doubt by atomic power, and controlled by electronic brains, will one day sail from our ports.
April 1956 - Rocket

Is this the space ship of tomorrow?  Scientists and engineers agree that some such travel is no mere dream and may become fact sooner than we know.
October 1956 - Space station

The immense developments of this present age are something to stir the imagination.  The satellite of our picture is not so far ahead and more momentous things will follow in its train.
December 1956 - Submarine

Like some monster from the deep the submarine of the future will range the oceans at levels unknown today.  New discoveries and new advances in many field of engineering (including that of electronics) will make it possible.
September 1956 -Space City

The rockets soaring skywards from the testing ground are but the forerunners of giants such as these.

Revolutionising the present...  Shaping the future...

This innovative series from 1956 commissioned bespoke drawings in the style of the "golden age" of science fiction.  Placing Brimar at the forefront of technology by association with the latest best-guess of future technology.  Great fun and so different from the surrounding adverts.  Notice the later use of the STC logo and the additional footer text "Reg. Office: 63 Aldwych, London WC2".  None of the examples I have can cope with the exacting colour registration of the small valve box logo, making it look awful.  Now both valves and "teletubes" are mentioned.