Letraset rub-down transfers produced in the early 1970's
As ever,some details are still outstanding.But here's what we know so far ....
There were 3 seperate sets of transfers produced.
Set One : -
Featured a single sheet of 15 Camberwick characters + "Packet" the dog.
Released as part of their "Fun Doodles" series with the reference no.GK 108. and a 1972 copyright.
A cellophane packet of about 27cm x 13 cm.With just a thin bit of printed,double-sided card and the transfer sheet.
The back just shows "How" & "Where" to apply them,hence no pic.But click above to see the sheet in more detail.
Set Two : -
Very similar to the 1st.
In fact it had exactly the same sheet of transfers.
Only this time it was released as part of their "Storytime Doodles" series.
"Fun Doodles" packets just contained the sheet of transfers.
"Storytime Doodles" also included a printed scene to apply them to.Plus some brief series info.
All in the same size packet. The back only shows the sheet (as above) & how to apply,so no pic.
Still to be clarified ....
The transfers also included the same 1972 copyright and GK 108 reference number.
But it's unkown if this set also came out in 1972.
And I'm presuming that Letraset didn't use an additional reference for cataloguing purposes,but simply used the seperate product branding to differentiate between the two sets.
Set Three : -
This last example fell under a different,3rd series they called "Super Doodles".
And it differed quite a bit from the other 2 as it only featured a single character,considerably enlarged in size.
Whilst still using the same size packet.
I've yet to see a single pic of this one.But I do know it came out in 1973 and has the reference number GK 145.
Oh,and the character chosen was .... Windy Miller
Which is undoubtedly the most logical choice I suppose.
Although,from a purely commercial point of view,I do wonder if they may actually have had a bit more joy with someone like "P.C.McGarry No.452"
Nonsense ? Maybe. But just a thought !
And the absence of any Windy survivors doesn't automatically mean he didn't sell well of course.
Particularly if you take the logical view that most untouched Letraset sets in circulation today are unsold stock.
But it's all just guesswork.
Any more ? : -
No,that was it.
So you'll notice there wasn't even any Trumpton representation,nevermind poor old Chigley.
One particular regret ....
The company also produced much larger sets with fold-out panoramic scenes that you could put the transfers on. And they really took things up a notch. Great bits of kit.
A Trumptonshire version would've been a perfect fit with all the locations and characters available of course.
But,sadly,it never happened.
However the series did also cross paths with the Company when it came to advertising though ....
The text on the back of the box is largely generic information about the transfers.
But it does confirm that there were 16 different characters in all.And you got 4 in every box.
And whilst it doesn't mention this next bit,I've seen enough examples to know that they came 2 to a sheet.
So there were 8 sheets in total ... and a panorama scene on the bottom half of the box awaited their arrival.
Of course how many packets you had to get through before finding them all is another matter entirely.
And seeing as this was Gordon Murray and not Gerry Anderson you'd probably struggle to find someone to swap with.
So,even the most ardent Camberwick fan ( with a very obliging mum ),may well have suffered porridge fatigue long before the finishing post.Even assuming they were that bothered about collecting all 16 anyway.
All of which means it's really no surprise that I've never seen a complete set.
But full marks to Quaker for providing us with something to be nostalgic about half a century later.
Even if it's debatable whether it was really the right age group for them to be targetting.