You know Astoness, this entire collection of photographs are pictorially magnificent. They bring back memories from an era that we all were part of from those days long gone now. Thanks so much for posting them. God bless you.xx
Hi Viv, Lyn's photo reminds me of 1953 when the rather drab times of the 1940s suddenly became colourful with many shops in the city putting up decorations for the Coronation as can be seen in the view of Lewis's in post #4. It seemed to be a time of optimism and the future looked bright and the memories led me to get my colouring pad out and do some colouring but have to confess I pinched the blue sky and clouds from Lincolnshire ....Like it Phil. Only another 500, 454 photos to do on the Forum! (Made that number up) . Viv.
thank you redken...not only is it a pleasure to post them but i am learning all the time...
Glassman, never be afraid to share your knowledge, where would us less informed members be if no one shared their expertise.With apologies
Just to prove an old nerd is alive and well in Leamington Spa and that "Big Healeys" are my specialist BORING subject
The car in the photo is definitely an Austin Healey 3000 (post 1959) due to its front disc brakes, curved windscreen and wind up windows. A BN/1 was a 100/4 (4 cylinder 2.4 litre) circa 1954 which was developed to a BN6 (6 cylinder 2.6 litre) 1957/58. In 1959 it became the "3000" BN/7 and BT/7 -2 /4 seats - (6 cylinder 2.9 litre). I think the car in photo is a post 1962 BT/7 or BJ/7.
It`s almost certainly a fag. Those kids at the front don`t look old enough to be workers ( or smokers ) Not so many people wearing hats either, even some of the women are hatless. All got their Sunday best on. Oh the joy of Sundays past. No shops open, a chance to wear your best gear & hopefully impress the girls. Get the guitar out & look like a plonker trying to find a chord that didn`t sound like demented cat. Simple times.
I started smoking at age 9. Rolled up paper at first, looking in the mirror and blowing smoke. Then moved on to our mom's dog ends, which were real small. There was a shop in Summer Lane, close to Milton St, where you could buy 1 cigarette at a time...I got caught smoking at school (on Saturday morning detention) and got caned in front of the whole school. I quit smoking 20 years later.I'm not sure there ever was a legal limit for smoking, unlike drinking, school boys as young as 11 used to smoke at my school in the 50's early 60's, could get "caned" , for it, but they could be served in all shops by us.Paul
Being a once hardened smoker from an early age, I always thought that there was no age limit for smoking, but the legal age limit to purchase cigarettes was over 16 years of age.I'm not sure there ever was a legal limit for smoking, unlike drinking, school boys as young as 11 used to smoke at my school in the 50's early 60's, could get "caned" , for it, but they could be served in all shops by us.Paul