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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:52 am    Post subject: Scroll, Turn Left, Scroll Again, You Have Reached The 1920s Reply with quote

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Metro reports that a 76 year old Londoner Maurice Collins has been named Britainís "Best Collector" in a Bid TV competition.

One "thingamabob", as he puts it, that Maurice is in proud possession of, is a 1920s wristwatch-style "satnav", thought to be the first ever navigation device for motorists.

The wrist-worn "Route Indicator" is equipped with tiny scrolling maps bearing directions and revolved manually as the journey progressed. When made in 1927, it came with 20 maps and a cost of £5 (approximately £250 in today's money).

The practicality of using them in an old boneshaker is doubtful and I'm unsure how many of the gadgets were sold. I may be wrong, but I can't imagine them being any more than a novelty to show off to your mates!

Maurice's passion for odd objects started after he went "bottle digging" at a dump 35 years ago. Other items in his 1,600 strong collection include an eye massager and an electric hair-restoring comb - both as useful as the Route Indicator I'm sure.




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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That would be nearer £250 in today's money (based on the Bank Of England's inflation calculator) Smile

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're quite right, I did think that was a little low! Thanks Mark, now changed.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2011 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It worked for Stirling Moss in the 1955 Mille Miglia:

http://www.stirlingmoss.com/shop/books/1955-mille-miglia-722-replica-roller-map
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just imaging having to manually draw all your POIís onto the maps Very Happy

Hond's 1980's pre-GPS navigation system using a gas giro Shocked
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DeLorean wrote:
Just imaging having to manually draw all your POIís onto the maps Very Happy


Shhh! TomTom's product managers may be listening. Before you know it, that will be the latest improvement to the menus. Shocked
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