Thursday, 3 April 2014

Lost In Translation

Window cleaning goblin.
Linda Owens in Kirkintilloch recalls: "Back in the 1950s, when door-to-door salesmen were commonplace, my English mum opened the door to a man who said, 'Dae ye want a wundae cleaner?' Thinking the Glasgow gentleman was trying to sell her a vacuum cleaner made by a firm called Wonder, she replied, 'No thank you, we have a Goblin', which was a brand of cylinder vacuum. She observed his startled look and hasty departure. Took her ages to work out that he was a window cleaner. She never saw him again." 

Lost in translation... a Goblin cylinder vacuum cleaner from the 50's.

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