Right from our early beginnings we have always been dealers of the unusual, such as difficult to obtain promotional diecast models, moving on as a retail shop buying and selling books and photographs on transport, which led us to publishing our own photographs, followed by postcards from our own library of images and commissioned artwork.
Our new exclusive product series was prompted by a bus enthusiast who was looking for bus badges that had never been made before, hence in 2017 we started making enquires with all the badge manufacturers direct. Using the graphic art skills of Harry Dinnage AryArt, we then undertook to produce that 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 as a bus in preservation, released to the enthusiast in April 2018.
Each of our badges produced, are meticulous 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 created from photographs and or scale drawings of the vehicle type, and 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 sold in only four months, these are very much on a time limited availability with less than 25 left 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 are unlikley.
All of this series using 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 too, in all cases the artwork created are on a limited licence basis, and subject to restriaints for commercial use without prior agreement. The finished badges are sold in a bag 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.
DPB01 – Commemorating 60 years of the Southdown PD3 £11+P&P (Last few remaining)
Our first Enamel Pin Badge was to commemorate the 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 badges on a random basis, this first release is fast disappearing from stock, selling mainly only the higher end numbers now with three-quarters of the overall run now sold out. First released April 2018, this issue and all others will never be released again.
DPB02 – The London Bendy Bus £7+P&P
First released Sunday 1st September 2018, our second Enamel Pin Badge commemorates the Mercedes-Benz Citaro Bendy Bus that 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. This badge, with artwork designed in-house, is taken from a photograph of the original Bendy Bus by Tony Wilson while on route 12 to Oxford Circus in 2011. While outside of London, Brighton has ben the biggest second operator of these vehicles and could be on their way out in the not too distant future.
DPB03 – The Leyland National in NBC Southdown livery £7+P&P
Released to the public on Friday 11th October 2019, our third Enamel Pin Badge commemorates the Southdown NBC Leyland National MKI single deck bus, another exclusive product on offer from Dinnages Publishing.
This issue has been specially commissioned by us as a commemorative collectable with sales of this issue enabling a donation on every badge 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
J501GCD 1991 Alexander Dash Dennis Dart, sporting the ‘stripy’ 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. Released to the public on Saturday 22nd February 2020.
This issue was actually the first suggestion for a badge, which brought about this series by an enthusiast of historic buses. 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 has sold far more than we expected in such a short period of time, considering we have only attended one event at release in February 2020.
DPB05 – Pre-register now your prefered numbered vehicle badge – Contact Us £7+P&P
The fifth badge based on a vehicle will be released in August 2020 after a year in the planning of this very detailed badge. Priority will be given to previous customers of any earlier badges.
DPE01 – Pre-register now your prefered numbered emblem badge – Contact Us £5+P&P
Our new style of badges, these are to be based on emblems, more details to follow in August 2020. Priority will be given to previous customers of any earlier badges.
To buy a current badge, use this drop down option to pick your choice. These will add to a basket so you can go back to other products.