Whatever their condition they seemed to speak of entirely different age. Nowadays W. J. Woods would be known as malttech or something similar.
Just look at the ornate lettering on the humble cart above, very much in the style which is still popular with fairground showmen. And how about that phone number, simply 116. Ah, those were the days.
The shot above is of the front of one of Charles Burrell & Sons' mighty steam traction engines, made quite locally in Thetford.
A rather ornate wheel from the Orwell Works of Ransomes, Sims and Jeffries in Ipswich, another local firm, but nearly every small town would have a factory making agricultural equipment.
A lovely old hot water bottle, just like Granny used to have.
Back to the agricultural equipment, though I thought the iron work above had a rather sculptural quality.
And as a contrast here, in all its glorious rustiness, is Innes, Sons & King Ltd's Silver Medal "Safety" Patent Self-Feeding Chaff Cutter. It seems to have a royal crest which presumably means that if the King or Queen of England ever had need of a Silver Medal "Safety" Patent Self-Feeding Chaff Cutter, then Innes, Sons & King Ltd. was where they obtained one.
Quite possibly the last thing you would see if you were run over by one of Charles Burrell's steam rollers. So for goodness sake......