Discussion in 'Fireworks Nostalgia, Collectables And History' started by JayT, Jan 31, 2016.
That's the one. With that agressive seagul aswell. Happy Spring indeed....hehehe
A wonderful looking piece. That's a keeper if ever there was one.
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I had that promotion pack. The days when Black Cat where actually at the top of their game. Produced some excellent stuff back then. What the hell happened? I wouldn't go near the stuff now. Total garbage.
I agree , don't know why they just don't call it a draw . a lot more better stuff out there .
Mainly because they lost John Woodhead to Cosmic..
John Woodhead was mostly behind everything that was great about Black Cat in the 90's. Including all their marketing, the label designs, names of pieces etc.
Not surprising when he left to join Cosmic in around '99, they then benefited hugely with their own superb branding like Golden Lion, Astra, Benwell etc
standard fireworks never moved on , other companies started to make cakes etc . black cat waited till standard was on the floor then
they bought them cheap , with the help of an ex employee that standard had got rid of years earlier , hence Chinese imports .
black cat stuff from late 90s up to mid 2000s where good gear , john was not there then . in the mid 2000s blackcat decided not to make fireworks for shops , started dealing with supermarkets , that's why there fireworks are poor know . nothing to do with john
Woodhead . black cats main market is in the usa , I lost interest in black cat - standard , over ten years ago . I used to go to there
warehouse for years , but it just went from bad to worse , so my money went else where .
its a shame but its all been going down hill for decades . a lot better fireworks & companies out there know .
The quality of Black Cat's stuff was ace. Lots of new and unusual effects. The only constant is change is guess.
Yeah of course Black Cat UK quality didn’t disappear overnight after he left, but gradually went down as the millennium wore on. A lot of those classic pieces from the 90’s of course like Green Bamboo, Hale Bop, Dragon Pearls, Thunder King, Silver Spirals continued to be available for a good few years too.
Black Cat worldwide though (although huge in the USA as you say) are now are of course a drop in the ocean to their parent co Li & Fung, so maybe a loss of interest there too..
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