Daddy’s new toy #MySundayPhoto

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WWII, vintage, antiques, Fullerphone, morse code, #MySundayPhoto

Here we have a photo of my eldest child, Helen, playing with a vintage item I purchased earlier this week. It’ll soon be stored firmly out of reach of the children and so she was making the most of it while she could.

The item in question is a Fullerphone MKV Morse code machine dating back to WWII. It’s something I bought on a whim from a nearby second hand furniture store and I’m so glad I did.

We need some furniture for Helen’s bedroom and so I called in to this store with both kids after the school run. While nosing around I spotted this item. It had no price tag and so I queried what it was selling for.

I was told to make an offer. I made a stupidly low one, around enough to buy a bottle of whisky. To my amazement the offer was accepted! Oh, and we left the shop without getting anything for Helen;s room. Woops.

It’s spurred me on to tell Helen all about Morse code and we’ve watched a couple of YouTube videos about the subject. I think it’ll prove a useful item to have around next time she is learning about either of the World Wars at school.

For this shot, the shutter speed was 1/25 of a second, aperture set at f4 and ISO 800. I’ve use a sepia filter at Helen’s request as she sat with me while I edited the picture.

Tell me, what is the most random vintage or antique item you own? Do you like antiques or do you avoid them like the plague? Please leave a comment below, I’d love to know.

On an unrelated note, can I say a thank you to everyone that voted for me in the Brilliance in Blogging Awards (BiBs). I’m delighted to say I am a finalist in the family category. I’ll be doing a proper “thank you” blog post shortly but please rest assured your support is very much appreciated (if you missed the BiBs, you can still vote for me in the MADS, see below!).

I know this is cheeky of me, but if you like my blog, could I trouble you to vote for me in the MADS awards? It’s very easy, just click on this link and follow the instructions. Thanks in advance for your support.


29 thoughts on “Daddy’s new toy #MySundayPhoto”

  1. What a great buy! I love looking around shops like that, you never know what you will find. I fell in love with a writing desk in an antique shop and bought it even though I’d come on the bus, live in a top floor flat with no lift and had no space for it 😀 It’s one of my favourites things. Congrats on being a BiBs finalist, well deserved. #MySundayPhoto

    1. Oddly, I bought a writing desk a while ago and it has become the nerve centre for my blogging activities! I’d love to know how you go yours home though? Thanks for commenting and your kind words re the BiBs.

  2. What an amazing item! It’s brilliant that you managed to buy it so cheaply. Helen made a good choice to put a sepia filter on the photo.
    Congratulations on the BiBs! I’m so pleased to see you in that category, although disappointed I’m not there with you. I’m not going to say ‘maybe next year’, because it’s never going to happen! 🙁

    1. I will be rooting for you next year Sarah. I was hoping you’d be in the final five. Look forward to seeing you at BritMums Live though.

  3. What a fabulous photograph John and what a find! Lovely that Helen got involved in your purchase. So great to be able to share thes historical facts with our kids, isn’t it?

  4. mummy m's memories

    Wow, such a great price. I’m sure it is worth so much more then that. I think the sepia filter works well with the vintage item. #mysundayphoto

  5. This is brilliant and it’s something the children can enjoy and learn about.

    Massive congratulations on the BiBs

    Thank you for linking up

  6. Wow that looks fascinating and Helen looks like she is finding it very interesting. Lovely photo. Congratulations on being a BiBs finalist and wishing you the best of luck in the finals 🙂

  7. This is what you call bringing History to life! This was a great find and a fascinating piece of kit. I love rummaging around antique shops but have little to show apart from an old school hand bell!

    1. Hey, a second hand school bell sounds good to me. Like you, I do like the occassional visit to an antique or curio shop.

    1. Thanks Merlinda, it adds a little somehting to the house having a WWII morse code machine lying around.

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