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Gas Shillings and Flat Batteries
Started by: dave© (3472) Report abuse
Anyone remember that old name for a shilling? Many times as a kid, I'd go to a shop for my parents or grandparents and be told "Don't forget to ask for a couple of gas shillings in the change," reason was of course, was that the gas meter only accepted them.

Another old term was a "flat battery," actually an Ever Ready 1289 battery.

Posted by: broady (14105)   Report abuse
“ If your bob doesn’t give our bob that your bob owes our bob our bob will give your bob a bob ont nose”

Posted by: spud1 (inactive) Report abuse
Out electric meter took old pennies,the same one one was put in and dropped out again,you put it through over and over,it was counted somehow,you had to be quick when the light flickered,I don't remember the gas meter,I remember mi Mam saying gas is beggin though.

Posted by: dave© (3472) Report abuse
Gas is begging, yes, I remember that.

Posted by: dja (79) Report abuse
In the forties it was my job to put a penny in the gas meter,the highlight of my day.

Posted by: tony j (711)  Report abuse
my nan used to send me to the shop for "a full shilling"

Posted by: kathpressey (4818)  Report abuse
I'd forgotten about gas shillings! it was great getting the rebate. It saved me many a time.

Posted by: spud1 (inactive) Report abuse
The first house we got was rented,it was 1961 and when we moved in it had no electricity,it had gas mantles,and an outside toilet with a bucket underneath,and a midden no bin,and the house was on the main road in Bryn!!

Posted by: kathpressey (4818)  Report abuse
spud gun my grandparents has gas mantles and no electric until the late 60s. they did have an outside lavvy though

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Posted by: dja (79) Report abuse
The times I got in trouble for breaking the gas mantle with the match or taper.

Posted by: priscus (7147) Report abuse
Do you remember having to flare-off the protective coating of a new mantle, prior to using for the first time?


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