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                Alex I Askaroff

Alex has spent a lifetime in the sewing industry and is considered one of the foremost experts of pioneering machines and their inventors. He has written extensively for trade magazines, radio, television, books and publications world wide. Over the last two decades Alex has been painstakingly building this website to encourage enthusiasts around around the Globe.




Lord Baden Powell 1857-1941

Baden Powell was born on the 22nd of February 1857 as Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell. He became the 1st Baron Baden-Powell and was also known as Lord Baden-Powell. To his friends he was simply BP.

BP was a lieutenant-general in the British Army as well as a writer but the one thing that most people know BP for was the founding of Scout Movement.


A Singer sewing machine book mark

BP was educated at Charterhouse School near Godalming. He had a successful military career and served in the British Army in the 13th Hussars from 1876 until 1910 in India and Africa, commanding the 5th Dragoons in 1897. His most famous war involvement came during the Second Boer War in South Africa in 1899. BP successfully defended Mafeking in what became known as the Siege of Mafeking. For this and his later services he became a national figure of fame.

Later BP wrote his most important book, Scouting for Boys, published in 1908. During writing he researched his book ideas through camping trips with his local boys brigade. His organised boys trips are now seen as the official beginning of scouting movement. His motto was... a smile and a stick will carry you through any difficulty in the world.

You may be wondering what Baden Powell has to do with sewing machines? Well all I came across was this silk book-marker with his information on and I thought I would share it with you. Note: one million sewing machines a year sold by Singers! WOW.

BP and his wife, Olave St Clair Soames along with his sister, Agnes Baden-Powell, gave considerable help and guidance to the Scouting Movement and Girl Guides.

Baden-Powell retired to Africa and lived his last years in Nyeri, Kenya, where he died and was buried in 1941.

Most of us know the name Singer but few are aware of his amazing life story, his rags to riches journey from a little runaway to one of the richest men of his age. The story of Isaac Merritt Singer will blow your mind, his wives and lovers his castles and palaces all built on the back of one of the greatest inventions of the 19th century. For the first time the most complete story of a forgotten giant is brought to you by Alex Askaroff.



  Well that's it, I do hope you enjoyed my work. I have spent a lifetime collecting, researching and writing these pages and I love to hear from people so drop me a line and let me know what you thought: alexsussex@aol.com. Also if you have any information to add I would love to put it on my site.

Alex's latest Book: Tales from the Coast

Fancy a funny read: Ena Wilf  & The One-Armed Machinist

A brilliant slice of 1940's life: Spies & Spitfires

Alex's stories are now available to keep. Click on the picture for more information.


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As a new collector I have found your site has increased my knowledge in a short time to a degree that I couldn't have imagined.
Thank you again for all the useful information you give freely to us.
Kind regards
Brenda P