The curator's blog

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Here I will write about any new Chandy items in the collection, any new site content or if we find out anything new about Chandy.

 

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Lewis Williams  

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By Lewis, Aug 5 2017 11:45AM

Well, the curator of the Chandy Museum had seen this episode of Steptoe and Son before, but when he caught a glimpse of it being shown on TV channel Yesterday earlier this week, he was amazed to notice that it includes sight of some Chandy bottles on screen!


The bottles appear on screen in the episode “A Star Is Born”, which is a bit of a classic - it’s the one where Harold joins the local amateur dramatic society only to be dramatically outshone by his father, Albert. Worth a watch if you haven’t seen it and it can be currently found on YouTube here. (We love the ‘string of poloponies’ joke.)


I haven’t hesitated to update the “Chandy on screen” page here with details of this new sighting.


Of course, if you ever spot any other Chandy items on film or TV, we’d love to hear from you.



By Lewis, Jul 30 2017 05:43PM

We’re delighted to have heard from Lucy Hay and Reef Elgie who have a hobby of bottle hunting in the countryside near where they live, and got in touch with us over one particular bottle find they recently unearthed. Yes – you guessed it – it’s a Chandy bottle, which has somehow survived buried for fifty-plus years. It’s a remarkable find and we’re very grateful to Lucy and Reef for getting in touch and enabling us to acquire it to preserve for posterity in the Chandy Museum collection.


The bottle, like the other Chandy bottle of a similar vintage we already had (see here), has its label printed directly onto the bottle. (Of course, had it had a paper label that wouldn’t have survived the elements and we’d never know it as a Chandy bottle!)


However, it’s not the same as the bottle we already had - the bottle-hunt-find bottle has a couple of differences including a different address on it (London rather than Chislehurst). The bottle’s directly-printed label has worn and faded a little over the years, but most of its wording can still be made out. It's a great find.


More details and pictures can be found on the 1950s Chandy Bottle (now Bottles) page which I’ve updated today - here. Take a look



By Lewis, Jul 15 2017 02:07PM

Label leadership in Chandy-bottle-label collecting, that is. (We think we think we possibly have a world-leading collection of Chandy bottle labels!)


This is one of those updates that might perhaps not be the most interesting to people less Chandy-obsessed than we are, but thanks once again to eBay, and in particular this time recommended seller from Australia boozersbum, we now have two new variants of Chandy labels added to our collection.


I’ve updated the Chandy bottle labels page accordingly here. Take a look.



By Lewis, Jul 9 2017 03:19PM


This post brings you the last in the series of overdue updates for the Chandy Museum site, and it concerns what is definitely one of the largest, rarest and most impressive items we now have in the collection: an original 1950s Chandy “It’s Heavenly - try some” tin advertising sign. Huge thanks go to Rob Shaw for enabling us to acquire this.


Needless to say, this rather special item warrants its own page on the site, which I’ve now created and which can be found here. Do take a look.


With this, the Chandy Museum site is now fully up to date for the first time in nearly a year! I’ll try and keep it that way, with additions made whenever new items are acquired, of which we hope there’ll be more to come very soon.


By Lewis, Jul 6 2017 03:22PM


It's three years to the day since the Chandy Museum website was launched on 6th July 2014. So Happy 3rd Birthday to the Chandy Museum!


As the picture shows the Chandy lions, who are natural party animals, have already started their birthday celebrations! And they've got three cakes this year rather than one - albeit they're very small cakes, but then Chandy lions aren't big eaters.


Special thanks once again go to Freya for making the lions their party hats.


By Lewis, Jul 2 2017 01:12PM

Thanks once again to eBay, and in this case the highly-recommended seller lozyybabyy, we have acquired another undoubtedly rare item for the museum. But in this case, there is a bit of a question mark hanging over it: Is it something that really belongs in the Chandy Museum? Is the enamel badge we’ve just acquired really one that promoted Chandy? In short, is he or isn’t he a Chandy lion?


We just don’t know, and we’d love to hear from you if you can shed any light on this item.


It’s a small metal and enamel pin badge of unknown vintage depicting a cartoon lion holding aloft a banner that reads ‘WHITBREAD’, and around his neck hangs a pendant with the letter ‘C’ on it.


Why we think he might be a Chandy lion:

- Whitbread were the company behind the Chandy brand.

- Chandy was advertised with various cartoon lion images (albeit not one that looks exactly like this badge).

- The lion on the badge has similar colouring to Chandy lions (yellow fur, reddish mane and tuft at the end of his tail).

- The ‘C’ around his neck might stand for ‘Chandy’.


Why we think he might not be a Chandy lion:

- The big reason: If the badge is advertising Chandy, why doesn’t it say ‘Chandy’? Surely that would be the first thing it ought to do.

- He doesn’t look exactly like any known Chandy lion images

- He doesn’t perhaps look old enough. To be a genuine Chandy-promoting item, the badge would need to date back to 1974/5 at the latest, when the Chandy brand was withdrawn.


The truth is we really don’t know. So, if you can answer the question decisively one way or another, we’d love to hear from you. If he is confirmed as a Chandy lion, we’ll give him a new page of his own. If he’s confirmed as not being a Chandy lion, we’ll relegate him to more of a footnote.


In the meantime, I’ve added him to the bottom of the miscellaneous rare items page here.



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