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Suters window displays of Supercar and Stingray

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It has been documented over the years during the production of the Supermarionation series, that Derek Meddings and Bob Bell would visit various shops like Woolworths to buy model kits, odd shaped Tupperware and any other household objects to turn into rockets and missile bases.

Not documented before has been a department store in Slough called Suters.

Suters, a family run business, was a big department store in the heart of Slough High Street from 1925-1978.  As it turns out, Bob Bell used to frequent Suters quite often and knew Dick Suter, who would assist him with buying a lot of model kits in bulk, such as Faller and Airfix.

This friendly business transaction between APF and Suters led to an astonishing display of the original Supercar and Stingray puppets in the store windows.  If you lived in Slough in 1962 & 1965, you could see the full cast of puppets and vehicles on display, advertising the series toys and games as you entered the store.

Philip Suter, the younger brother of Dick, took his camera along when he was eleven years old and took photos of the window displays.  Luckily for us, he still has the original transparencies in which these images come from.

For more information and history about Suters in Slough, you can visit www.philipsuter.co.uk

With thanks to Philip Suter for his kind loan of the original slides.

Do you have or know anyone who owns any original historic photos of Anderson related displays? If so, please drop us a line and let us know.

 

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James Fielding

With an historical interest in television production, James has written various articles on the worlds of Gerry Anderson. He was also part of the team behind the much acclaimed documentary 'Filmed in Supermarionation' as well as contributing to other DVD and soundtrack releases.

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  • Pelham Cort

    oh wow!

  • Techno Delic

    Didn’t Selfridges in London have a Space:1999 display around 1975-77?

    • Techno Delic

      Anyway, the reason i wanted to post was this, which i found among my files. It was given to Kim Stevens by a guy who used to work at the British Newspaper Library at Colindale, and knew of our researches. It shows what i presume to be a shop window display of Pelham puppets, including those for Supercar, and i wondered if anyone knew anything more? The other few pages copied give no indication of what or where it was…

      • Techno Delic

        Here’s a detail showing the Supercar puppets

  • Did anyone see this in person? 🙂

    • Techno Delic

      Had to log in with a different browser, Safari as opposed to Firefox, but am sure I didn’t have to do that last time…

  • Baldwin Collins

    I remember the first Gerry Anderson supermarionation I watched on
    tv was ‘fireball xl-5 during the 60s era.

  • Ashley Goble

    I had a tour of the Slough studio back in 1963 when they were just starting to make Stingray. It was wasn’t out at that point so I have no idea about the story and I was hoping to see Fireball XL5 being made. I will always remember meeting the man who build the model tower you see being blown up in the starting titles and him complaining about how many times he had to remake it due to it not blowing up the way they wanted it to.If only I had a camera back then!