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RE: OPEN ALL HOURS

#3376 by Voltman , Wed May 18, 2011 7:50 am

He said it was 50p but neither of you has said what it is.
I'm guessing at some sort of plane so how about letting me in on the secret?


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RE: OPEN ALL HOURS

#3377 by signman ( deleted ) , Wed May 18, 2011 8:13 am

VM, you surprise me, it's a spirit level.

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RE: OPEN ALL HOURS

#3378 by Voltman , Wed May 18, 2011 8:28 am

It looks vaguely similar to some I have used in the past Signman but I would have been a long time guessing at a spirit level.
Does it still work, is the vial intact or will you have to go and buy a bubble?


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RE: VITROLITE.

#3379 by signman ( deleted ) , Wed May 18, 2011 8:30 am

Only Phil and me probably remember this material,widely used from the 30's right up to the late 50's.
Used extensivly for storefronts and bathrooms, it was coloured glass in a range of mainly pastel colours plus black, in sheets stuck on with great gobs of mastic.
It really was state of the art for many shops, and was a major factor in the Art Deco period.
We stuck many a cut-out letter on fascias made from it, we used black Bostic,(remember that), most of the stores in town were faced with it, one I remember in particular was WINTERS in Corporation street,between the Crown pub and Gazette buildings, it was a nice combination of cream and pastel greem with touches of gold and black.
Invented by Pilkingtons, it was deadly once broken (very easily) and produced a sharp edge like a razor, and lots of little splinters.
Not many examples left in this country now, a few in Ireland (as these photos show) and a lot in the States where one guy has a business renovating them.

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RE: spirit level.

#3380 by signman ( deleted ) , Wed May 18, 2011 8:38 am

Yes VM it's perfect.

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RE: VITROLITE.

#3381 by Sheldonboy , Wed May 18, 2011 8:39 am

Are you kiddin John the only spirit VM knows about doesn't have bubbles in.


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RE: VITROLITE.

#3382 by signman ( deleted ) , Wed May 18, 2011 8:41 am

Naughty.

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RE: VITROLITE.

#3383 by Voltman , Wed May 18, 2011 8:43 am

I remember that stuff, I wouldn't have given it much thought though, it was just....there. I think if I had been asked about it I would have said marble or some polished quartz material.


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RE: VITROLITE.

#3384 by Voltman , Wed May 18, 2011 8:44 am

Tonic has bubbles in it, you work it out SB.


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RE: VITROLITE.

#3385 by Voltman , Wed May 18, 2011 8:48 am

I'm off to put some cable tray up in a factory now, don't suppose I will see much Vitrolite there but now I know about it I will be expecting to see it all over the place. Well, perhaps on some of the old shopping streets anyway.


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RE: VITROLITE.

#3386 by signman ( deleted ) , Wed May 18, 2011 8:56 am

I'm sure Phil will have loads of photos in his collection showing shops faced with Vitrolite.

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#3387 by signman ( deleted ) , Wed May 18, 2011 8:57 am

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RE: VITROLITE.

#3388 by phil ( deleted ) , Wed May 18, 2011 9:10 am

Good morning all, is this conversation on the level?

I'll have a look for some photos, but you must remember that 99.9% of my photos are b&w,

Phil


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RE: VITROLITE.

#3389 by signman ( deleted ) , Wed May 18, 2011 9:22 am

Morning Phil, you can still tell if it's vitrolite, the sheen has no equal.and could never be mistaken for paint or any other material.

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RE: VITROLITE.

#3390 by signman ( deleted ) , Wed May 18, 2011 9:50 am

Lots of info here about air raids on Brum, all districts this is nechells.

http://www.staffshomeguard.co.uk/DotherR...38Astaffshg.htm

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