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#960056 - 1st Sep 2015 7:09pm Owl telescopes
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Owl telescopes, the tubular, usually bright blue, 20p coin accepting things that can be found all around Britain's coast, including the Wirral. These came to my attention the other day, as I was walking along the Seacombe promenade. I've never noticed them before because they've been there all my life. I took note of the label reading "Owl Telescopes Crewe Cheshire" and entered that into the internet, but it yielded no results. If anyone out there can tell me anything about these telescopes, who they were made by, were they came from then that would be great. Thanks! smile P.S. I'm not sure if the image will display properly, I'm kind of new to this. smile


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#960179 - 2nd Sep 2015 8:38pm Re: Owl telescopes [Re: Maxman2000x]
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Do they still work ? One at west kirby. Seem to remember from years ago the view always looked poor and hazy...all the sea spray perhaps. Maybe they were an extension of what the butler saw machines . a nice piece of our heritage.

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#960258 - 3rd Sep 2015 5:53pm Re: Owl telescopes [Re: fish5133]
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Originally Posted By: fish5133
Do they still work ? One at west kirby. Seem to remember from years ago the view always looked poor and hazy...all the sea spray perhaps. Maybe they were an extension of what the butler saw machines . a nice piece of our heritage.

i presume so, never saw anyone emptying them though so some may be full of old 20p's, though in saying that i used to put 1p coins in and they worked. back when i was a scoundrelous youth

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#960289 - 3rd Sep 2015 9:24pm Re: Owl telescopes [Re: Maxman2000x]
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The surname of the owner was Howle and hence the Owl name.
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#960301 - 3rd Sep 2015 11:05pm Re: Owl telescopes [Re: j_demo]
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scoundrelous


What a marvellous word. grin
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#960369 - 4th Sep 2015 8:59pm Re: Owl telescopes [Re: Maxman2000x]
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Only info i could find crazy


The Owl Telescope was originally invented by Mr. Tawny Owl of Crewe in Cheshire, the eldest son of the Owl and the Pussycat. His mother was actually a second cousin of the Cheshire Cat on her mother's side; the renowned Crewe branchline of the family. His father was one of the Barnes Owls. The parents' romantic sea voyage and moonlit wedding were immortalized in verse by the writer and artist Edward Lear (1812 1888) who was a close friend of the couple.


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#960414 - 5th Sep 2015 11:02am Re: Owl telescopes [Re: Maxman2000x]
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Thanks for posting! I was just wondering if anyone knew anything more about these telescopes, I tested the blue one down by the derby pool (Harvster, Pub) and it worked fine, although it did look as if the coin collection hatch had been painted over but it was kind of hard to tell. I noticed the coin-box was enscripted with the words "ESSEX ENGINEERING NELSON RD WANSTEAD LONDON. E.11 ENGLAND". When I typed this into the internet I found that " Essex Engneering" is a small 50- year-old family owned company employing about 35 people to make mechanical coin-boxes. I figured if they are using a small family owned company to supply the mechanisms for their telescopes then I don't think "Owl Telescopes" were a particularly big business.

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#960577 - 6th Sep 2015 8:13pm Re: Owl telescopes [Re: j_demo]
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What a pity you've suggested they may be packed with 20p (and 1p) coins. No doubt the local youth will now set about emptying them.

Truly scoundrelous [url=behaviourhttp://www.wikiwirral.co.uk/forums/images/icons/default_dark/grin.gif][url=behaviourhttp://www.wikiwirral.co.uk/forums/images/icons/default_dark/grin.gif][url=behaviourhttp://www.wikiwirral.co.uk/forums/images/icons/default_dark/grin.gif]behaviourhttp://www.wikiwirral.co.uk/forums/images/icons/default_dark/grin.gif[/url][/url][/url]

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#960578 - 6th Sep 2015 8:16pm Re: Owl telescopes [Re: Habdab]
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No idea what happened to my previous post, all that code was supposed to be a smiley face.

What a pity you've suggested they may be packed with 20p (and 1p) coins. No doubt the local youth will now set about emptying them.

Truly scoundrelous

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