For those who aren't familiar with cobber's "Driftwood" van, there's a likeness (but reversed) that's been painted in the bottom left corner of this painting (which itself was screwed to the back window of a Viscount)...
You would have seen Driftwood in just about every fashion brochure, movie brochure, theatre brochure, car brochure, retirement village brochure, supermarket brochure, etc etc. It's been named as one of the 'Seven Wonders of Oz" (...Cobber himself is Number 4 on the list ;D )
These cufflinks look like a pretty cobberific present to give to the man who has everything (...everything except a pair of these cufflinks, of course ...)
Go get 'em!
Last Edit: Aug 11, 2012 18:44:30 GMT 10 by Franklin1
Actually seeshell, cobber is the epitome of good taste - always asks before he spits on the verandah, turn around when he burps (often), never wears thongs of either sort and I could go on and on .......................
I can just imagine him with one of those sets of cufflinks - only problem would be .......................... where to attach them. The only long-sleeved shirt I've seen him in is flannel (yep, even his PJ's) ;D and I haven't seen a flannel cuffed shirt yet
For all we know, cobber has already got the originals of those cufflinks, pure gold and opal finish.
OK it does look like old Driftwood aye?.... but maybe it isn't because I haven't received any royalties yet I wonder where they got the image from, maybe from our members profile photos.... see, you can make a lot of money (for other people) from having your vans photo in “profiles”.
You are right seeshell, I don't often wear cuff links these days but Yvonne says I should get a pair because she said she can make them into ear rings, for her.... for her to wear OK?.... Not me because I hope you have discerned I am not an ear ring wearing sort of bloke either (you worry me lass, you know me so well)
I've had a look at that sellers other items too Al, I'm going to have to get in touch with them and let them know about a possible breach of copyright..... but I'll settle for a dozen of each of the items..... I'll let you know how I go I've already got a key ring from another gig "Driftwood" did a few years ago.
Al..... you didn't actually mention the swimwear brochures which really show “Driftwood” off to best advantage..... you will agree?
...However, not having met Cobber, I just get the general feeling he might not be a French Cuffs man...I just call em as I sees em...
Au contraire Seeshell,
Cobber and Mrs Cobber always dress for dinner - black tie - when in the caravan. In fact at some stage I seem to remember seeing a photo of them enjoying a formal dinner... (That's no joke, I do think I have. Cobber can confirm that.)
I saw the cuff links on Ebay a while ago, and got myself a pair. The similarity between the cuff links and Driftwood is so great that I can't imagine that there is not a connection. I know that photos of Driftwood have appeared on English caravan websites as an example of a typical V V (even though Cobber's van is Australian ), so I think that it is quite possible for Driftwood to have been the inspiration for the design.
The detail is fantastic (although the photo isn't, I'm sorry). The pot plant in the window, the curtains, the door handle and jockey wheel... :
...Why oh, why are there no earrings? - the BLUE bias continues.
I think there would be no problem for a jeweller or handy person to detach the toggle from the back, and a hook could then be attached through a hole roughly where the external light is...
But in terms of earrings etc, those with a PINK bias may be interested in the following beautiful items produced by the daughter of one of our own V V'ers who is a jewellery designer. Note that the silver item on the pendant is actually a little suitcase:
I think the jewellery may have been a limited edition, but maybe if enough of our lady V V'ers showed interest perhaps the designer could be persuaded to do a reprise, or maybe even a second edition? (I should say that I don't know how possible that is - I'm just raising it as a possibility.)
Anyway....it's getting beyond a joke....I'm going to engage that Chris whatsisname to see if I can get some of the action here.
Anyway....what the blazes is "Scrapbooking kaisercraft beyond the page" .... is it any good.... can I make any use of it.... how big is this thing they're selling.... doesn't matter, I'm going to put the bite on 'em for a freebie.
Thanks for the tip Al... I'll get one for you too, if you've got a use for it.
STRUTH !!! I've just found more of these things in the God Damn United States of America..... with a bit more information about them.
Imagine what's going to happen once our northern neighbours grab hold of it. Hundreds of conveyor belts churning out millions of tacky plastic Driftwood souvenirs. When I see a Driftwood item in my local two dollar shop, I'll know we've reached rock bottom.
There may still be time to grab a share of the market, though.
Somebody in the UK is selling tea cosies, but not of Driftwood, so you could maybe take your knitting needles to Cowra and get cracking on making a Driftwood version of this...
It's also important to note that those other "pirates" already selling Driftwood stuff have only focussed on the outside of the van. I think we have a golden opportunity to show people what really happens on the inside of Driftwood (...no, no, no, not that ). I mean a cross-stitch pattern along the lines of this sort of thing...
If you get cracking on producing these sorts of items, I'll get the marketing team to create an advertising campaign based around you being a knit-wit and an ol' sew and sew. ;D
I can hear the cash registers ka-chunking as I type.
Post by Don Ricardo on Apr 18, 2012 22:14:06 GMT 10
Hi Cobber and Franklin1,
Seeing your posts tonight reminded me of something I've been meaning to show you for a while. A couple of years ago, I received a birthday present made by a friend of ours:
She intended that I should use the bag for putting stuff in when I'm travelling (dirty linen or socks and jocks), but I liked it so much that I haven't been able to bring myself to use it for its intended purpose yet (although it's been on quite a few trips!).
Bet you can't guess which caravan she used as the basis for the design! Or where she saw the pic!
I know ..I know !.. some of you have been patiently waiting, especially Al , for more products promoting vintage caravans that were inspired by the image of poor old “Driftwood”...... here is another, made right here in Oz. at Caloundra.
And these are small stickers.
OK... so there are a few unauthorised modifications there but just in case you think Driftwood was not the inspiration... have a look HERE .
Gee.... I liked your idea of charging lookers but then I had a look at the “Members Photo Album” and poor old Driftwood is way down the list......4035 views..... against Atog's Olympic 20495 views....JBJ's '59 Homemade 19275 views
I emailed Collette, just to congratulate her on her good taste in subject matter , and she said she had withdrawn the painting from her for sale items because she liked it so much she was keeping it in her own collection. So again..... no royalties for me from the sale of this one .