Discussion in 'Fireworks Nostalgia, Collectables And History' started by standard steve, Nov 7, 2019.
One can only look on in wonder at the amount of work in this item - just even counting the components, staples, tape, label, wood, tubes, nosings, even clove hitches ! - it's just *amazing* such items were ever manufactured - not to mention the packaging, transport and stock holding challenges ! Wow - thanks for a great photo reminding us of the amazing Standard Fireworks and the even more amazing folks who toiled away for so many days building these remarkable items. JW.
I'd loved to have done a display in those days, so much creativity in those set pieces. Thanks for sharing.
A few of their set pieces
All that for 80p. You can see they have 'crimped' chokes by the way the yellow wrapper has taken form around them.
Ai, but back in day 80p were a weeks wages..........
which leads me onto
that's killed the post kevin ! lol.
it was a lot of brass back then, my bus fair to school then was 3p each way . also for 80p , just look at the airbomb repeaters I could get for that !
According to an inflation calculator, 80p in 1972 is about £14 in today's money. I'd definitely get one for that!
No way you will have paid to get to school, bet you walked and pocketed the fare........ lol.
An awful lot of work for a rather disappointing setpiece I recall.
Interesting point. I think set pieces in their historical context would be more interesting, but once neon signs, fancy shop lights etc. appeared, the set piece might have been rather pedestrian by comparison. In the gloomy nights of far gone days, think it would still have been quite jolly to see so much fire and spark abound !?! JW.
lol , yes I did kevin, it added up by the end of the week ! 30p . 3x blister packs of bangers or one repeater .
canny Yorkshire lad ! couldn't do that these days .
when you look at what you can buy today , yes all fireworks from the 70s where disappointing , its horses for courses !
im glad it survived though , find another . its a good point of reverence , well for us collectors . I was too young to buy at the time or
remember it , lol . honest !
I really hope one day your set pieces, wheels, pigeons will become available again.
It was about the uniqueness in the effects though, the glittery effects etc,
you don’t see anything like it in the modern stuff, mostly snap, crackle and pop
Thanks for posting this @standard steve
Maybe the new UK-based classifications that I assume will replace CE after Brexit will allow some scope to have some of this type of pyro back?
Fingers crossed. After all set pieces are among the safest, lowest noise fireworks so no excuse not to allow them again.
Sandling still offer Lanceworks with gerbs...
It was the exposed quick match that was the issue, as I understand it, so that would need to be allowed again.
Exposed QM is an issue under CE but can be taped down so it can't easily be accidentally lit. Lots of items still have QM on the outside it's just now covered with a label/tape/paper. Others like Benwell's Blue Moon wheel has QM between tubes and has passed CE somehow.
The issue with set pieces as far as I know is that after construction they would need to be CE tested as the device is now different from the sum of its parts and it's not worth companies doing this because they sell so few of them they'd never get their return back.
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