It's all happening for us V V'ers. First, Australia Post kindly issued some stamps to celebrate our hobby, and now the State Library of Victoria is mounting an exhibition called 'Victorians on Vacation'.
"So what", you say. Well, check out the third dot point in the attached article!
Thanks Don, couple of interesting old pics amongst the 'images' - one of a very hippie looking early 70s coronet and some early cars - including (this'll make Reddo smile again) a Holden. They are also running a holiday photo competition - couldn't help myslef had to submit one of the Franklin ;D Cheers, Gristy
gidday Don the Vehicle is a 1936 chevrolet ute and the van looks like an early 40s welton coachcraft most of there early designs had the dorsal centreline roof configuration line and rear door entry due to a front kitchen configuration also for an early van they had a fold down wall hung bed was modern for the day
I am amazed at how amazing this Will bloke can be.
Now.... I'm not saying Will is swinging the lead but.. the Welton Coachcraft company started making caravans in ENGLAND in the mid 50's, and their 'vans did look pretty much like the one we are talking about but, the one we are talking about is supposed to be part of "Victorians on vacation"..... anything is possible but.... come clean Will.
Gidday Cobber and Don Ricardo I was at Tuckys last year and he found a 50s book on caravans and it had three vans that welton Coachcraft produced one was almost Identical to my wellton (Trevs Tram)
one was round similiar to the one in the Victorian photo it Reminded me of The pooh bahs van he took to the brookton show with his matching chev the only difference was it had the plimsoll and the door was at the rear which is why I thought it may be a welton the other van had a square look and still had the Plimsoll roof but a standard front door entry point It is not set in concrete that it is a wellton but the backdoor and roof configuration match WHATS A LEAD TOSSER!!!!?Cobber
I rang tucky to see if I can get the book he will try to locate it amongst the other 700 books he has collected over the years Wellton where making vans in the fourties and folded in the sixties
Sorry Will, I used the term in the wrong context... and have done for years apparently Swinging the lead is to do with the ships crewman who hung the rope with a bit of lead tied to it over the side of the ship to find out how deep the water was......... sometimes, when he wanted a bit of a bludge he used to just swing it about for a while. I have always used it in the context of somebody slinging a bit of bullshed.
Post by Don Ricardo on Dec 8, 2007 17:03:51 GMT 10
Thanks for the info Will.
It was the plimsoll line and back door that led to my comment that the photo might be of an English van in the first place. Of course there is no reason to think that an English van might not have been sighted in Victoria in the 1940's. It could well have been imported.
Maybe Cornish Lass or UKBrian can give us their view?