ALL OUR YESTERDAYS

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As ever, thanks to Dave for his photos.

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66 thoughts on “ALL OUR YESTERDAYS”

  1. 1st pic no idea , pic 2 Dundee ? pic 3 – This I do know , Younger’s later became McEwan’s , and what a lovely pint pale ale was ( in Glasgow you ordered a pint of heavy , this is what you got , don’t know about now though) Pic 4 Rennie & Prosser also had a showroom in Glasgow’s Mitchell St , where funnily enough I learned to play snooker in the 80’s , it later became the Tunnel night club . Very clever motor car index marks , will lead you to find reg TFE 307 of that lovely Ford Zephyr (used drive archive ) , the ferry crossing has got me stumped .
    Need to ask is Dave the analogue version of the internet ?

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            1. I think fewer people use watches these days, because the time is on their phone… But it’s easier to glace at the clock than get your phone out of your pocket.

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        1. I bet they put it up on “Duffers’ Corner” so the “duffed” partner would know how long they had been waiting… and when it was time to give up and go home…

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      1. Woman seem to be rare in that picture on the High Street. I wondered if it had anything to do with Armistice Day but I would expect widows to be there. So it was the General Strike.

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    1. That was William Younger & Co. Ricky, ye ken the wee gent with the long white beard and the tartan trews?
      George Youngers & Son went on the be part of United Breweries at Alloa and now makes Kingfisher beer, sold mostly to Indian restaurants.

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      1. Thanks for the correction , I do remember the wee gent with the beard , hat , cane . He looked like a monopoly piece . William Younger & Co merged with Mcewan’s to form Scottish Brewers , which then merged with Newcastle Brewers and becsme Scottish & Newcastle .
        George Younger & Son from Alloa , did become part of United Breweries as you said and his descendant was the Secretary of state for Defence in Thatcher’s government .

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    2. It was William Younger’s of Edinburgh – not Robert Younger of Alloa who merged to form Scottish Brewers and subsequently took over Newscastle Breweries to form Scottish & Newcastle Breweries.

      Like so much of Scottish Industry they then succumbed to takeover from you know where and the whole Scottish operation closed down – known as the Union Dividend..

      An interesting article would cover the rise and fall of Edinburgh’s many independent brewers post WW2 which must have employed thousands.

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  2. The pic of the horse van on the ferry is, I think, Crossford Ferry, on the Clyde between Lanark & Hamilton, long time ago. I’m old enough to remember (and have travelled on) the Erskine, Renfrew and Govan ferries, not to mention the Grany Kempock between Helensburgh & Gourock but the Crossford was before my time. Interesting to see that Younger’s Breweries were using the Vulcan greeting “Live long and prosper” way back in the day – obviously Mr. Spock had beamed down to Alloa for a wee swally, no doubt prompted by Scottie. Sadly, I was too late for last week’s All Our Yesterdays – I spent Friday & Saturday with family, celebrating a double event (big birthday/big anniversary) on a jaunt to Scotland’s second city. We made sure to have had our tea before arriving 🙂

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      1. They do indeed have the interweb thingy in Enbra, Tris. I, however, being an auld fella, tend not to burden myself with these new-fangled portable device doodahs that all the young people seem to be permanently wired to. Also, I find that one’s fingers, for some unaccountable reason, seem to frequently mistype the keys after a certain (very modest) volume of the happiness elixir has been swallied. You may well say, “Ah, but people wouldn’t notice the difference from your usual comments.” Murni sa shoor o that ti be honest.

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          1. “Us EDINBURGHERS”? Surely, “We EDINBURGHERS”, Conan! Youse Edinbuggers’ grammar is bluidy terrible. That’s how youse canny talk right like Glesca folk dae. Anyway, in Glesca it’s no the lower cases ye need tae worry aboot – it’s the heidcases.

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    1. Andi…..Clearly, there was some historically unrecorded contact with the Vulcans long before the First Contact between Earth and Vulcan in Bozeman, Montana in 2063.

      It’s ironic that Conan points out that the Younger’s Brewery went on to become a part of UNITED Breweries. It was after all, following a successful alliance during the Earth-Romulan war in 2156-2160, that the four founding worlds…..Earth, Vulcan, Andoria, and Tellar…….formed the UNITED Federation of Planets in San Francisco in 2160. Everyone remembers the Humans and the Vulcans of the four founding worlds of the Federation, and some people remember the blue-faced Andorians, but the Tellerites are often forgotten.

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        1. Yes Tris………Always good to keep in mind the four founding species of the United Federation of Planets. Of course the pointed ears of the Vulcans are well known from Mr. Spock, but the pig snouts of the Tellarites and the blue skin of the Andoreans are less well known.

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  3. Looking at pic no.4, I noticed the address 60 North Wallace Street and realised this was just around the corner from where I had my first job (a wee bit later, by the way) – all our yesterdays indeed! Is the car a de Dion Bouton by any chance?

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    1. I was sure it was one of your cell phone pics from your first job. “Look ma, this is where ma joab is”.

      I’ll leave the car ones to Dave. All it says on Google is that it is an antique!

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    2. Andimac,
      The crashed car is indeed a French De Dion Bouton, 6 horse power, single cylinder of just short of Three Litres. and a semi-automatic gearbox, sold as a Ladies car,easy to drive.
      The oldest car I’ve driven was a 4 HP one, 2 speeds, slow and just a wee bit quicker, top speed was just over 25 MPH.

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      1. From “Ruthless Rhymes for Heartless Homes” IIRC.

        I collided with some trippers
        in my smart De Dion Bouton
        squashed them out as flat as kippers
        left them aussi mort que mouton.
        What a nuisance trippers are,
        now I’ve got to paint the car.

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  4. I sense a theme here!! Funnily enough, we are having our own mini vehicle pairty as newly acquired rally car is acquainted with newly licensed driver with much laughter along the way!!

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  5. I think the cars in the first pic are Austin 7s, the nearer obviously with a racing special body. I can’t imagine it would have been all that fast (by today’s standard) but with those skinny wee wheels and tiny drum brakes driving it at any speed must have been a bit of a white knuckle ride – and great fun! I noticed the reg plate on the blue Bentley behind the lovely Zephyr – AM 505. If you read that as AM SOS it would be a most apt plate for any car of mine. Mind you, I couldn’t afford the plate let alone the Bentley it’s attached to. 3 Elmbank Crescent, Glasgow, depicted in the last photo, is long gone, if memory serves. Ironically, it’s site is now occupied by the huge multi-storey cap park adjacent to Charing Cross Station.

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  6. well said Conan.
    Racing Austin Sevens were indeed fast little cars.
    In 1930 , Austin Seven “Ulsters”, came in 1,2,and 3 in the Irish GP, it was a handicap race then on ordinary roads. They were just called “Sports” before the race, thereafter everyone called them Ulsters.
    The last of them were called Rubber Ducks, single seat racers and hill climbers.
    The final one was the Jamieson racer, twin overhead cam and running on exotic fuels, all based on the ordinary car with a jumbo sized engine, 747cc, Boeing stole the identity for one of their aircraft, some small thing.

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    1. The racing faring is kinda spoilt with the starting handle sticking oot o it…
      I had a Jawa 350 with a touring faring on it; it must have slowed it down by at least 10mph. Took it off and got up to 68mph on a motorway with a following wind. Mind you, with a following wind it might have acted as a sail…

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      1. So your Jawa 350 wasn’t one of the type you’d see at the TT, Conan? Mind you, I thought the bikes became less interesting after the Japanese, Italians, Germans, spoiled things by building bikes that didn’t leak copious amounts of oil, didn’t need kick-starting, had decent brakes – all that soft stuff. Not like yer old Matchlesses, Ariels, BSAs, Velocettes, eh? When motorcyclists were real men, although often didn’t become old men.

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        1. I wanted something I could take apart myself – not wait six months for a “unit” to come from Japan.
          Of course, putting it back together again was another matter… I still have the slightly rusty stamped steel tool kit that came with the bike, neatly folded underneath the saddle alongside an actual fucking bicycle pump. That didn’t work a fuck when I needed it, obviously.
          My first and last foray into iron curtain bikes.

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  7. Completely off topic, but MNR came 2nd equal (with Scot goes Pop) in Grumpy Scottish Man’s poll for the question what is your favourite Scots political blog! I’ll not bother telling you the No 1… But you are only allowed one choice so 31 folk voted MNR over WOS!

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    1. Munguin’s fair chuffed, PP. It was champagne *nearly) all round at Munguin Towers last night. I had a nice cup of coffee, though, so I wasn’t completely left out.

      I was saying to Bruce that he got great graphics in his post…

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  8. The list of registration marks does not go right through the alphabet but it still reminded me of a student who had a wee car at Glasgow Uni in the 50s, which was pretty rare then. He called the car Phyllis. When a girl asked him why, he pointed to the Lanarkshire plates. For those not in the know, they were VD.

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  9. Ann, you are nearly correct, Lanark the town had the VD plates, still a few of the original cars with them on running.
    The Zodiac was originally registered in Lincoln, TFE.
    AM was Wiltshire, so the Bentley plate is considered to be a personal one.
    Anything you see with an I or a Z is an Irish plate.
    The registration plate A1 is owned by BP, Glasgow issued G1 , then thought the provost should have it, they I think are the only ones who issued a zero plate, GO.
    The 2 Austin Sevens are pictured in Frankston, Victoria.
    The green one I drove from Melbourne to Sidney, it’s a Chummy of 1929, the red one is an Australian bodied car, a Meteor, built on the same running gear.

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    1. Talking of G1 for the provost of Glasgow, Aberdeen’s provost used to cut about in a Rolls with the Reg No. “RG1”.. The plates for Aberdeen City were RG and the plates for Aberdeenshire/Aberdeen County were RS.

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      1. These guys certainly knew how to treat themselves.

        TS 1 in Dundee… but I’m not sure it was ever a Rolls! Certainly isnt today. I’ve been in it.

        http://nice-reg.co.uk/number-plates/a-z/T/TS1.html

        A friend of mine was on the council and they were hosting a group from the twin city, Orléans.

        I was invited to do some interpreting for councillors, as was my French mate, Nicolas.

        We got a ride home in TS1… well, a ride to the pub actually!

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      1. The DVLA administer the system.
        If you have the registration document, the V5, and its currently MOT tested, then you can apply for a cherished transfer to a Younger vehicle, you can’t make the vehicle appear newer than it is.
        You can transfer a 1950’s plate onto a car say from the 60’s up to a brand new car, you can’t put an 18 plate on a 17 vehicle, if you get the idea.
        You can’t transfer a number from a moped onto a car.
        Some cars have non transferable numbers, their original plates have been transferred already, only one bite at the cherry so to speak.
        The plate can be put on retention for a year for £80, the cost of transfer, if you don’t transfer or pay again you lose the number.
        Hope that helps

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  10. yes, docha gun bith.
    Head full of mince, should have worked more at the reading, could have been on the televisor, reading the autocue and getting paid well.
    Now working for the government 24/7, no holidays.
    looking forward to the sunday pics.

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