I was digging around in my 'chocolate box' (it has not chocolates in it, but has lots of bits that belong to my chocolate making indulgence) and I came across something I wanted to share. It's the remnants of the old mould catalogue that my Grandpa had when he first began making chocolates.
My grandpa had a sweet shop in a little village called Thornton near Bradford. Somewhere, there's a beautiful photo of him holding me as a little girl outside this shop and whilst I was too young to remember it being taken, it is a precious photo because it captures what was always a lovely relationship between us. I was so fond of my grandpa...
I've included this letter because I did try and find the company again when I started making chocolates myself...but to no avail. Can you remember four digit telephone numbers? As I grinned at the idea of anyone now being able to answer 'Chiswick 2672', a distant memory stirs as I remember our grandparents' telephone number - 'Thornton 3056'.
The following are pages from this catalogue, though I can't tell you if it's the 'readjusted' version or the original one. It's great to see which moulds my grandpa chose - which I still have - and also which ones he didn't choose!
Enjoy a browse - and imagine all of these were designed to produce a chocolate figure....some of them would not take my fancy at all!
|I have the toadstools, bottom left, from this page.|
|Nothing here took his fancy...who on earth would want number 57?|
|We have 'mad bunny in car' - top left who is one of my favourites to make at Easter.|
|Not sure why he chose the bunny on the egg, top right. It's not one I'd have picked.|
|My favourite March Hare. |
We have the one at top right - though bottom left looks a handsome chappie too.
The motorbike is fantastic - I'd have loved him.
|We have the top left, bunnies round an egg mould and the bunny with an egg in the car, in the |
middle of the photo - in two sizes, no less!