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    Ever Ready batteries (and other defunct brands)

    Cleaning my office here, gathering up the multitude of battery packs and sizes I've got lying around the place.

    Got me thinking to Ever Ready, and it being the battery brand of my childhood (1970s/1980s) but hadn't seed them in years. Seems bought over by Energizer and last made in the late-1990s.



    What other childhood brands have gone AWOL?

    Not individual things like Texan bars but actual brands that were once everywhere.

    I suppose British Leyland is a start!

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    Some airlines from my younger days that have disappeared.

    BOAC

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    I guess swallowed up by BA?

    Dan-Air

    Court Lines (and their pastel coloured aircraft)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil.C View Post
    Some airlines from my younger days that have disappeared.

    BOAC

    BWIA

    BEA

    I guess swallowed up by BA?

    Dan-Air

    Court Lines (and their pastel coloured aircraft)

    Braniff (I remember bright orange 747's)
    Remember going on a Dan Dare flight many years ago. Sounded like a worn out London bus!
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldoakknives View Post
    Remember going on a Dan Dare flight many years ago. Sounded like a worn out London bus!
    Dan Dare was our local airline back in the day. We went to Malta with them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldoakknives View Post
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    British Leyland. And soon if they're not careful, Jaguar, Range Rover and Land Rover.
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    “British Leyland. And soon if they're not careful, Jaguar, Range Rover and Land Rover.”

    Funnily was just thinking the same....
    Be interesting to start a thread for what we reckon won’t be here in, say 5 years time.
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    Ever Ready batteries (and other defunct brands)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonM View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingstepper View Post
    Both still making record-able DVDs amongst other stuff.
    Good to know...
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    Quote Originally Posted by VDG View Post
    Yes, they have been rebranded as a few things including 'Dnieper' and for some strange reason 'Neville'

    In the mid 70's I lived round the corner from a Cossack dealer and would often have a look at them on the pavement in front of his shop. The 'Cossack' name on the tank seemed to be made of self adhesive silver paper like something out of a Christmas cracker. I also recall a 350cc two stroke twin called the Cossack 'Jupiter' - pale blue and white with a matching sidecar. All rather bargain basement and looked down by many bikers at the time. My BSA Starfire (£25) had much more kudos, even if I did have to push the hateful thing further than I actually rode it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velorum View Post
    Yes, they have been rebranded as a few things including 'Dnieper' and for some strange reason 'Neville'

    In the mid 70's I lived round the corner from a Cossack dealer and would often have a look at them on the pavement in front of his shop. The 'Cossack' name on the tank seemed to be made of self adhesive silver paper like something out of a Christmas cracker. I also recall a 350cc two stroke twin called the Cossack 'Jupiter' - pale blue and white with a matching sidecar. All rather bargain basement and looked down by many bikers at the time. My BSA Starfire (£25) had much more kudos, even if I did have to push the hateful thing further than I actually rode it.
    I've seen them on the roads but never seen a dealership. As a young I was amazed to discover they had the ability to reverse and IIRC some models were 2WD (rear and side car wheels) and were built like a tank. I reckon they disappeared roughly at the same time Lada stopped selling their rust buckets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VDG View Post
    I IIRC some models were 2WD (rear and side car wheels) and were built like a tank. .

    There's a tour company in Paris offering tours of the city on a Ural motorbike and sidecar (one pax pillion and one in the sidecar). According to their website they are using Ural bikes from 2014 based on a Soviet M72. I was behind one recently at the traffic lights and there was definitely a drive shaft under the sidecar to the third wheel.




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