Early trading in the nineties we dealt with unusual or difficult to obtain products, such as promotional diecast models. As a retail shop we quickly diversified into buying and selling books from small publishers such as clubs and societies. Moving toward buying and selling historic photographs on transport, this led us to publishing our own photographs, followed by a postcard series and greeting cards from our own library of images and commissioned artwork, giving us ideas on new products.
Our exclusive range of badges was prompted by a bus enthusiast who was looking for bus badges that had never been made before, therefore in 2017 we started making enquires with all the badge manufacturers, direct and not through an intermediate. Using the graphic art skills of Harry Dinnage as AryArt, we then joined forces and co-operated to produce our first badge based on 409 DCD, a Leyland Titan PD3 affectionally known as a ‘Queen Mary’, in its open top form while depicting its original Green & Cream livery and still as a bus in preservation, released to the enthusiast in April 2018.
Each of our badges produced, are meticulously studied and researched in order to bring something new and not generally seen available in these styles before, therefore each a unique and one off product. All our badges are created from photographs in the first instance and some scale drawings of the vehicle type, while made to a strict and certificated run of 100. We will not repeat the exact same design again, while with more than a third of our first were sold in only four months, these are very much on a time limited availability with less than a quarter left less than two years later. We do reserve the right to refuse potential bulk buying so as to be fair to everyone. Once a badge run has sold out we might issue something similar again due to that issue popularity although requests for new badges and ideas coming forward they seem unlikley too early on.
All of this series using the reference DPB will be based on a vehicle in preservation and may also support them directly by a donation from the proceeds or by providing them some of the badges. Requests and suggestions are taken on board, while plans from start to release may take up to a year, with only two releases a year so far these are not a quick production line, and we would much rather spend time with our research during the process. While we commission AryArt to create the artwork for our exclusive badges, Harry would also be available to create designs of artwork for your own projects, other than badges. In all cases the artwork created are on a limited licence basis, and subject to restraints for commercial use without prior agreement. The finished badges are sold in a small clear bag keeping them clean with our hand finished numbered folded printed header card. From our third badge, these now appear with the sequence number laser engraved to the reverse too. We are open to commissions as suggestions for any vehicle in preservation that could benefit from the support and publicity, with no upfront costs, where the project gets the donation while we sell the badges.
The new series lifted off to subscribers in August 2020 to compliment the vehicle badges these referenced as DPE being Emblems, that is to depict historic vehicle livery or types. Most of which are no longer found on current modes of transport, wether that is a Passenger or Heavy Goods vehicle.
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DPB01 – Commemorating 60 years of the Southdown PD3 £11+P&P (Over 75% sold)
Actual size = 35mm x 28mm – Released 1st April 2018
Our first Enamel Pin Badge was to commemorate 60 years of the Southdown Leyland Titan PD3s still seen in traditional livery and depicting 409 DCD in its open top form. Although we sell our badge on a random number picking basis, this first release is fast disappearing from stock, selling mainly only the higher end numbers now. First released 1st April 2018, its general release was at Brooklands on the London Bus Museum Spring Gathering of that year, this issue and all future releases will never be released again.
DPB02 – The London General ‘Bendy Bus’ £7+P&P (Over 50% sold)
Actual size = 52mm x 16mm – Released 1st September 2018
Our second Enamel Pin Badge commemorates the Mercedes-Benz Citaro ‘Bendy Bus’ that originally operated in the City of London.
This issue has been specially commissioned by us as a commemorative of the Go-Ahead London Central Mercedes-Benz Citaro ‘Bendy Bus’ MAL 82 BX54 UDM. The badge, with artwork designed in-house, is taken from a photograph of the original articulated bus by Tony Wilson while on route 12 to Oxford Circus in 2011. While outside of London, Brighton & Hove Bus Company has been the biggest second operator of these vehicles and are on their way out in the not too distant future.
DPB03 – The Leyland National in NBC Southdown livery £7+P&P (Over 50% sold)
Actual size = 43mm x 24mm – Released 11th October 2019
Released to the public on Friday 11th October 2019, our third Enamel Pin Badge commemorates the Southdown NBC Leyland National MKI single deck bus, as always another exclusive product on offer from Dinnages Publishing.
This issue has been specially commissioned by us as a commemorative collectable with sales of this badge enabling a donation on every sale towards the preservation costs of this Southdown Mark I Leyland National. This badge, with artwork designed in-house, is taken from a photograph of preserved PCD80R, based on a period of 1984 and seen on Flickr by PD3.
To support the preservation of this vehicle read more here
DPB04 – Stagecoach South Southdown £7+P&P (Currently 40% sold)
Actual size = 43mm x 17mm – Released 22nd February 2020
Our fourth Enamel Pin Badge highlights the preserved Stagecoach Southdown liveried Alexander Dash Dennis Dart J501GCD, new in 1991, sporting the original ‘stripy’ Stagecoach livery.
501 was the first Dart out of a batch of 52 GCD Darts to be delivered to Stagecoach South. Nearly all have been since scrapped. This is still Owned by Stagecoach and is based at Worthing Depot, one of the only preserved Darts around.
Our badge is taken from a photograph of preserved 501, based on a period of 2019 and seen on Flickr by Simon Beeston. This badge sold far more than we had expected in such a short period of time, considering we had only attended one event since its release in February 2020.
DPE01 – Southdown radiator emblem – Retailing here at our low price of only £5+P&P
Actual size = 29mm x 13mm – Released 30th August 2020
Our emblem has been drawn from a real plaque, previously taken off of a Southdown vehicle at some point during its life, now one of many items we have hanging on our walls. The original item and made from glassfibre, could be seen on the front bonnet of the Leyland Titan PD3s, the coaches and other vehicles in the Southdown fleet, while many can still be seen attached to a variety of those now in preservation. These when found for sale, can be in excess of £100 or more.
The typical Mackenzie script is well known and stands out in the cream on the green background, with edges picked out with the brass, copying the style on those vehicles and the rectangular shape clearly shows the gentle raised middle upper and lower point, therefore the badge truly represents what is seen as in the Southdown livery, a real emblem as used on the vehicles and not just as a generic rectangle, oval or rounded badge with a Southdown name added in the middle.
Our new style Emblem badge is therefore for those who collect bus badges, in particular this new release is aimed at Southdown Enthusiasts. This our first of a new range are offered at just £5 plus UK P&P. Certificated and laser engraved, numbers allocated are normally selected at random.
DPB05 – Brighton F Class Tram circa 1937-39 – Retail price £7+P&P
Actual size = 43mm x 30mm – Released 1st November 2020
This badge released in November 2020 was to mark Brighton Corporation’s electric tramway system, where under the 1900 Act, commenced service on the 25 November 1901 when the first car was ceremonially driven by the mayor John Stafford.
The increasing suburban development of the 1930s, the tram routes were consequently withdrawn and replaced by trolleybuses and buses from the 26 April 1939 while the last Brighton tram ran from Upper Rock Gardens to the Old Steine at 2am on 1 September 1939, bringing to an end thirty-eight years of almost accident-free silent service. An estimated 52 million miles had been run, 629 million passengers carried, and a profit of £54,000 made by the Brighton trams. The Art Deco styling of trams were lavish and luxurious, with beautiful wooden clad compartments.
This latest and fifth enamel pin badge in our vehicle series depicts an historic vehicle of an F Class Brighton Tram as in service between 1937 and 1939. The design builds on our previous four badges with much more detailed artwork for this unique styling of yet another exclusive and limited edition collectible pin badge.
Our design took over a year to perfect through the meticulous study of F Class Brighton Trams by our own in-house artist. Using drawings and photographs from many publications and images of what were very young in the fleet, numbers 51, 52 and 53 were built by the Corporation and coming to the road in 1937, these reused the same fleet numbers 51-53 as the first trams of those same numbers of the Class B trams back in 1914. The F class were the last open-top trams to enter normal passenger service in this country.
DPB06 – Forthcoming release
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To be priced at £7+P&P
Actual size = 43mm x 33mm – For release Spring 2021
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We aim to produce a new badge at least twice a year or more subject to the research and detail required to only make quality collectable products. All will be Limited to just one hundred of each design, while our exclusive range are aimed at vehicles or themes on transportation in preservation and may also provide funds towards the actual project in some form. Our badges are not to be confused with lesser quality products and far less detailed artwork that are often found for sale on various platforms around £2.99
Those who wish to purchase future badges and have bought others before we are to keep a record of who may wish to pre-order prefered numbers of future releases, however certain numbers are always already allocated before each release.
Example comments as received from genuine buyers of our badges:
excellent pin badge
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Lovely, as described
…beautifully made badge
…delighted with your new Southdown badge
My golly, the detail…
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