Three more pictures from Peter Barlow. Thank you so much Peter.
First Picture: 1940-50
Second Picture: 1930’s
Third Picture: 1963
THE DAILY SKETCH FRIDAY APRIL 5TH 1957
Now for all those who have been waiting a week to find out what Joan Collins meant by the phrase ‘Lets get back to honest sex’ here is the answer. At that time she was in a film called ‘The Sea Wife’ and in this wartime story she is cast adrift, first in a rubber boat and then onto a deserted island with Richard Burton and Basil Sydney. The trouble is that she plays a nun and spends the whole film with no make up and dressed only in a shift. How frustrating for the men in the party!! Hence her quote after the release of the film of ‘Lets get back to honest sex!’ Incidentally there was a third star in the film the coloured Jamaican calypso singer Cy Grant, this was his first film but I expect most of you will remember him when he appeared nightly on the ‘Tonight’ programme with Cliff Mitchelmore.
Right what else was in this particular paper. On the front was an advert saying ‘I’d love a Babycham’. Inside there was speculation whether the defence cuts announced by the Defence Minister Duncan Sandys would be enough to reduce taxation; it wasn’t. The new Navy, it was declared would consist soley of aircraft carriers and it was announced that plans were being made to scrap HMS Vanguard.
Miss Ghana entered the Miss World contest and stunned the press with her 40-38-46 figure, and there was a half page advertisement for a story in the Sunday Dispatch (now who remembers that?) entitled ‘I married a Maharajah’, the English girl, Janet Hicks’ fascinating story. Another article declared that the Italian actress Sophia Loren receives 1,000 love letters a day and that she was working hard to learn English so she can be in a Hollywood film (well Goodness Gracious Me!)
The Archbishop of Malta banned girls in his congregation from wearing English fashions as he classed them as indecent. The BBC Festival of Dance Music at the Albert Hall featured Ted Heath, Sid Phillips, Oscar Rabin, Alex Welsh, Dennis Lotis, Jill Day, The Stargazers, Betty Smith and bottom of the bill Tommy Steele, seats from 12/6 to 3/-.
There is a centre page spread featuring that seasons debutantes highlighting the 17 year old Miss Gloria Kindersley from the Isle of Wight wearing pink taffeta with lace trimmings. (if you are really interested I can send you a copy of the picture) .
The strip cartoons featured very heavily in this paper, I must admit that I really did not appreciate just how many there were in just one publication. In this edition there was ‘Blondie’ by Chic Young, ‘Pop’ by Can-can’t, ‘Tug Transom’ by Alfred Sindall, ‘Carmen & Co’ by Maz, ‘Rick Martin’ by John Diamond, ‘Jimmy Gimmicks’ by Hugh McCelland and lastly on the back page ‘Peanuts’ by Schulz.
Now whats on the telly? First ITV Robin Hood, Emergency Ward 10, Take Your Pick, Dragnet, Jack Hylton, a play followed by Palais Party, The News and at 10.45pm shut down. Whilst on the BBC there was I Married Joan, Watch With Mother, Gardening Club, The Grove Family, Armand and Michaela Dennis, Up for the Cup, Be Your Own Boss, Table Tennis, Anglo French Fortnight, the News and shut down at 10.45.
And finally the letters page or as it was called in the Daily Sketch ‘The Pungent Post’. Here are some examples:-
Women-such dull folk. WHAT dull people women radio fans are. Two of the most popular programmes on the BBC are angled at women — " Housewives' Choice" and " Mrs. Dale." They're two of the worst. If you've ever woken up to the strains of the housewives' requests you'll know what I mean. The programme is an awful jumble of all that's bad in music. And any woman who can enjoy the vicious little clique that Mrs. Dale moves in must be the battleaxe to end 'em all.— GREGORY WALLS, Bournemouth, Hants.
Don’t blame me I did not write it!!!
No cure for insomnia. Our village clock struck 668 times in 27 minutes from midnight last week. Is this a record? Miss M Ward, Thurlaston.
Busier. Is there any place in the World where the traffic congestion is worse than London. Surely there can’t be. Arnold Polter, Richmond, Surrey. He should try living 52 years later in 2009. Ed.
Stay in touch and Take Care
Thanks for all the lovely articles. I do enjoy them. I often go to vintage bus rallies with Mike, so love the photos you print. We have been lucky enough to go out on the buses for a good ride around the coutryside. They are surprisingly comfortable. On a different tack, the day I left Malta many years ago after a very enjoyable stay, standing outside my grocers was Reg Varley, the star of "On the Buses". He was quite short, and looked extremely happy, standing there in the lovely Maltese sunshine. It was more than I was having to leave and face England after such wonderful weather. A few hours later there I was at Brize Norton on a grey, damp, December afternoon!
NEWS AND VIEWS:
Callon is dead. Edward Woodward, husband of Michelle Dotrice, passed away in hospital this week. He made his reputation in our era by playing Callan against Russell Hunters ‘Lonely’. A well known actor he starred in various shows over the years including The Equalizer.
ON THIS DAY 22TH NOVEMBER 1960-1965
On 22/11/1960 the number one single was It's Now Or Never - Elvis Presley and the number one album was South Pacific Soundtrack. The top rated TV show was Take Your Pick (AR) and the box office smash was Psycho. A pound of today's money was worth £13.68 and Tottenham Hotspur were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.
On 22/11/1961 the number one single was Little Sister/His Latest Flame - Elvis Presley and the number one album was Another Black & White Minstrell Show - George Mitchell Minstrels. The top rated TV show was Sunday Night at the London Palladium (ATV) and the box office smash was One Hundred and One Dalmations. A pound of today's money was worth £13.25 and Ipswich Town were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.
On 22/11/1962 the number one single was Lovesick Blues - Frank Ifield and the number one album was Out of the Shadows - Shadows. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street (Granada) and the box office smash was Lawrence of Arabia. A pound of today's money was worth £12.89 and Everton were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions. The big news story of the day was First broadcast of That Was the Week That Was.
On 22/11/1963 the number one single was You'll Never Walk Alone - Gerry & the Pacemakers and the number one album was Please Please Me - The Beatles. The top rated TV show was Conservative Party Political Broadcast (all channels) and the box office smash was The Great Escape. A pound of today's money was worth £12.64 and Liverpool were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions. The big news story of the day was JFK shot dead in Dallas and we all remember where we were on that day!!!.
On 22/11/1964 the number one single was Baby Love - Supremes and the number one album was A Hard Day's Night - Beatles. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street (Granada) and the box office smash was Dr Strangelove. A pound of today's money was worth £12.24 and Manchester United were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.
On 22/11/1965 the number one single was Get Off Of My Cloud - Rolling Stones and the number one album was The Sound of Music Soundtrack. The top rated TV show was Take Your Pick (AR) and the box office smash was The Sound of Music. A pound of today's money was worth £11.69 and Liverpool were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions. The big news story of the day was Mohammed Ali beats Floyd Patterson In Las Vegas.