Friday, 2 March 2012

Magic wallet......

Probably showing my age now..... but buying this "magic wallet" the other day brought back memories of when I was a little girl and watching the milkman collecting the money from my mother at the doorstep and putting his notes inside.

This one belonged to,
 William Nixon
Practical Engineer,
Brampton, Cumberland.

Love the title of Practical doubt he was a man who could turn his hand to anything.

Called a Treasury Note Case, but to me it was magical...

A banknote was laid inside....

The wallet was then closed.... and re-opened  from the other side, securing the note in place.

I was totally fascinated with this simple yet ingenious device and still you remember them?

Have a good weekend,
Julie x


  1. Goodness Julie, I had forgotten all about them. What a lovely find, and yes I am still fascinated by the magic wallet :o)
    Rose H

  2. alas, I too remember them...
    Our milkman was called Tubby (very un PC) and I remember the first time he had yoghurts for sale- exceptionally sweet and pink strawberry ones and rather optimistically orange apricot flavour.
    We tried them, but my dad said he wasn't going to eat sour milk and told my mum not to get them again!
    Oh crumbs, I'm sounding like one of those old people now!

  3. Yes, I remember them and am still fascinated by them. We still have our milk delivered on the old traditional milk float but Brian doesn't have a magic wallet!
    have a lovely weekend.
    Jo xx

  4. Oh, I remember those wallets - such a clever idea.

  5. I remember them too! Isn't it funny the little things that bring back memories?

  6. How ingenious. Does anyone know how to make one? They'd make great presents. I've never seen such a thing.

    Diane in North Carolina

  7. Yes! My husband has one somewhere and the children love it. It was his great uncles and it fascinated him as a youngster too.

  8. Gosh, yes, I'd forgotten all about them. Have a lovely weekend. x

  9. Lovely story. I think they're called Jacob's Ladders.

  10. Oh, that's brought back a few memories! Great post.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  11. I haven't seen one before - what a clever idea.

  12. Until now I had totally forgotten about these wallets, but now remember our milkman at the door with his wallet in his hand full of pound notes, great post!
    have a lovely weekend.

  13. Love it!! Haven`t seen one for years!! Do they still have milkmen in the UK?


  14. Hi Julie,
    My father had a one of these and as a small child I was fascinated and thought it was a magic trick, I could never fathom out how it worked. Jsyne x

  15. I just love that wallet and I do believe that it IS magic !

    Joasia x

  16. In school the girls had to do needlework while the boys did craft - one day they all made a magical wallet each - and no one would tell how it worked. I was so jealous!