Top Picture: Stars of the 50’s and 60’s, how many do you remember?
Second Picture: Street Hop Scotch
I am very much indebted to Chris for sending me a ‘Remember When’ article which has served as a basis for today’s page. So thanks Chris!
Now, remember when some girl’s schools in the City still insisted on their pupils wearing those ugly gym slips, however that was not all, some of the girls also had to wear big hats or hard straw boaters or, in Pam’s case at the Southern Grammar, a Deportment Sash if they carried themselves well!!! I think that we lads got off lightly only having to put up with collars and ties and school caps. Talking about collars and ties I expect we can all remember when all male teachers wore collars and ties and female teachers had their hair done every day and wore high heels, especially Jill Cogan!!!!!
With all our progress over the years, don't you wish, just once, you could slip back in time and savour the slower pace of life and share it with the children of today and tell them that, to us, being sent to the headmaster’s office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited you at home when your parents found out that you had been there. The days when the teachers kept a cane or slipper in the cupboard and some teachers even threatened to keep children back a year if they failed the school yearly exams. . . And they did to! On your way home you thought nothing of reaching into a muddy gutter or puddle to retrieve a penny, nobody owned a purebred dog and nearly everyone's Mum was at home when the kids got back from school.
In those days summers were filled with bike rides, cricket, football, Hula Hoops, cap guns, skating and visits to the Lido or the beach; playing Hop Scotch or just playing on the Rec or on the Hill or in the Marshes. The days of eating lemonade powder, sherbet dabs, flying saucers and liquorice sticks. From that period of time how many of these do you remember? Coca Cola in bottles, Blackjacks and bubble gum, home milk delivery in glass bottles with tinfoil tops (actually, we still do have this but only three times a week now, not daily), Hi-fi's and 45’s and even 78’s. Remember spinning round and round and then getting dizzy and falling down in fits of laughter? Playing cricket with no adults to help with the rules of the game and playing 25 a side football with coats as goal posts! Do you remember when decisions were made by going 'Eeny-meeny-miney-moe'? and a 'Race issue' meant arguing about who ran the fastest?
Catching tadpoles could happily occupy an entire day and it wasn't odd to have two or three ‘Best Friends’? Taking drugs meant orange - flavoured chewable aspirin and the ultimate weapon was not the catapult but the water bomb; and talking about weapons having a weapon in School meant being caught with a slingshot or catapult not a knife or blade.
Bottles came from the corner shop without safety caps and hermetic or childproof seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger. We were happy but maybe deep down we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn't because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs etc. it was our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! But we survived because their love was always greater than the threat.
Remember when father would go into the living room several minutes before we sat down to watch the television because the set took at least five minutes to warm up
If your family was luck enough to own a car no one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked. When you pulled into a filling station you got your windscreen washed and cleaned, oil checked and petrol served, without asking and all this was free every time. The AA or RAC man would salute you if you were displaying an AA or RAC badge and the Ford Zephyr or Zodiac was everyone's dream car...
These were the days when it was considered a very great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents (actually I cannot ever remember being taken out for a restaurant meal when I was a child).
As far as relationships went people went ‘steady’ and were not just ‘an item’ and the worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was 'chickenpox'?
Ah! All so long ago!
Thanks again Chris that made a really good article.
Stay in touch,
Jim Fox was older then us he was born in 1941 and lived in Lower
News and Views:
Convinced that her dream of a museum will not come to fruition, Debbie Reynolds began auctioning off her collection of Hollywood costumes and memorabilia on June 18th, Marilyn Monroe's white "subway grate" dress from "The Seven Year Itch" went for $5.6 million. Two other Marilyn dresses brought the total to $8 million. A blue cotton dress and ruby slippers made as tests for Judy Garland in "The Wizard Of Oz" and never actually used in the film went for almost $1.75 million. The guitar from "The Singing Nun" was auctioned for $140,000. Even a Charlie Chaplin bowler hat fetched $110,000. It was the first in a series of auctions of Debbie's extensive collection.
On this day 1st July 1960-1965.
On 01/07/1960 the number one single was Three Steps to Heaven - Eddie Cochran and the number one album was South Pacific Soundtrack. The top rated TV show was No Hiding Place (AR) and the box office smash was Psycho. A pound of today's money was worth £13.68 and Burnley were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.The big news story of the day was Neale Fraser wins Wimbledon men's singles. British Somaliland becomes Somalia, Fidel Castro nationalizes Esso, Shell and Texaco in Cuba, Ghana becomes a republic, U.S.S.R. shoots down U.S. RB-47 reconnaissance plane
On 01/07/1961 the number one single was Runaway - Del Shannon and the number one album was South Pacific Soundtrack. The top rated TV show was Harpers West One (ATV) and the box office smash was One Hundred and One Dalmations. A pound of today's money was worth £13.25 and Tottenham Hotspur were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions. Haleakala National Park established in Hawaii, Diana, Princess of Wales was born.
On 01/07/1962 the number one single was Come Outside - Mike Sarne with Wendy Richard and the number one album was West Side Story Soundtrack. 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 Ipswich Town were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions. Burundi & Rwanda gain independence from Belgium, Burundi became independent as did Rwanda.
On 01/07/1963 the number one single was I Like It - Gerry & the Pacemakers and the number one album was Please Please Me - The Beatles. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street (Granada) and the box office smash was The Great Escape. A pound of today's money was worth £12.64 and Everton were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions. Beatles record "She Loves You" & "I'll Get You". The British Government admits that former diplomat Kim Philby had worked as a Soviet agent. ZIP Codes are introduced for United States mail.
On 01/07/1964 the number one single was It's Over - Roy Orbison and the number one album was Rolling Stones - The Rolling Stones. The top rated TV show was Club Night (BBC) and the box office smash was Dr Strangelove. A pound of today's money was worth £12.24 and Liverpool were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.
On 01/07/1965 the number one single was I'm Alive - Hollies and the number one album was The Sound of Music Soundtrack. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street (Granada) and the box office smash was The Sound of Music. A pound of today's money was worth £11.69 and Manchester United were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.