93 thoughts on “ALL OUR YESTERDAYS”

  1. Pic1 – Glesca, Argyle Street, 1960s – the large building on the right was Lewis’s department store. Christmas lights are up and everybody is doing their Christmas shopping – you can tell by the happy faces. Pic3 – Keef Richard? Pic4 – Don’t know when or where but it looks as if those kids are getting an unwanted dose of castor oil. Pic8 – a young Sean Connery. Pic 10 – Duran Duran, late 1970s/early 80s. They took their name from a character in a film, but which film and who played the part? Pic13 – Alma Cogan and the Beatles – mid 60s? Pic15 – a Lyons Tea room (Corner House) – judging by the decorations 1953, Coronation year. Pic17 – Glesca again, early 60s maybe. I can just remember the polis on their wee stand directing traffic at this busy junction. The big warehouse buildings behind are at Speirs Wharf on the Forth & Clyde canal. Pic19 – wild guess – Frank Sinatra and Alvin Parsley – one over-rated and the other over-rated IMHO. Exits sharply…

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    1. LOL. Your usual high marks… Barbarella was the film, I think.

      It’s strange that in his filed, Sinatra was thought of as the master… and in his, Presley was the king.

      I think both were indifferent.

      I think Matt Monro was called the poor man’s Sinatra (when he was actually vastly superior), and I suppose someone like Billy Fury was the poor man’s Elvis. And he was better too.


    2. Pic 17 is the Possil/Garscube/St George’s Road junction. Locals knew it as ‘The Roon (Round) Toll’. I was through it on foot yesterday.

      However, there is another claimant to the name ‘Round Toll’ on the south side of Glasgow on Barrhead (Borrheid) Road, which actually has a round building which might well have been the toll-house.

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        1. More polis trivia… the original Flying Squad did not get the name because of speedy response. It was the first part of the Met to be motorised, and their vehicle was a cast-off from the Royal Flying Corps. Hence the derisory nickname coined by their still pedestrian colleagues.

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          1. Which was further derided by the rhyming slang – Flying Squad -> Sweeney Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street. This was shortened to The Sweeney, which passed into common parlance for a while due to the TV series that ran for years.

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            1. It’s amazing, the things you never even considered. I’l heard of that show, although I’ve never seen it, but it never occurred to ask what the name was about.

              Awesome the things you learn here.


            2. My father used rhyming slang a lot. Although he had left school at 14, he was a voracious reader throughout his life and he had read all the ‘great works of literature’, as I learned, to my amazement, as I went through secondary school and university. He actually ‘interrogated text’ as he read. So, he liked words, and rhyming slang was an aspect. What he particularly savoured was when the rhyming slang hinted at something else rather than simply being a rhyme and nothing else. When I was growing up, if he had used rhyming slang which I had not understood he would explain it and, things like ‘Struggle and strife’ for ‘wife’, because it carried overtones of marital discord, he deemed a good rhyming slang whereas ‘frog and toad’ for road did not really evoke other thoughts. Sweeney Todd for Flying Squad was one he elucidated for me.

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  2. I’m wondering about the NHS dispensing medicine from a wine bottle. I was also concerned with one spoon for all the kids, but maybe she’s squirting it in his mouth. Hard to tell in the picture.

    James Bond and Keith Richards have changed through the years.

    W.K. Kellogg himself is said to have first noticed the noises that emanated from the bowl of toasted rice cereal that the Kellogg test kitchen had created. Rice Krispies hit the store shelves in 1928, and the words “Snap, Crackle and Pop” first appeared in a print ad in 1929.

    The words appeared in radio ads in the early 1930’s. The Snap character was the first to appear on a Rice Krispies box, but by 1941, Snap was joined by his two brothers Crackle and Pop.

    The brothers have changed through the years. The elves at first had a more gnome-like appearance, with a more aged appearance, somewhat more prominent noses, and big non-pointed ears. Pointed ears came much later, in the elf period.

    An ad from 1954 features the little known and rarely seen “Pow.” Pow appeared with the elves only briefly to extol the “power” of Rice Krispies, but “Snap, Crackle and Pop and Pow” just didn’t scan in the ads. Whether Pow was biologically related to the three brothers is debated.

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    1. Ha ha… start them on the wine early!

      Your photographs remind me that I was going to do a “then and now” feature on the “stars”. I must start looking out pictures.

      We had snap crackle and pop here too. I can see why “Pow” was relatively short-lived, though. Lacking something, I think!

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      1. Yes, Pow just didn’t have it. 😉

        It occurred to me that those might be French kids. That would explain the wine bottle.

        Wiki says that Kellogg’s largest factory is not in Battle Creek, Michigan, as one would think, but is in fact at Trafford Park in Trafford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom, which is also the location of its European headquarters. Kellogg’s holds a Royal Warrant from Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince of Wales. So they apparently eat Kellogg’s Corn Flakes and Rice Krispies at the palace.

        The story of John Harvey Kellogg, the Battle Creek Sanitarium, and the development of corn flakes, is the stuff of legend. The younger brother Will Keith Kellogg started the cereal company and split with his brother over the ownership of the sanitarium’s cereal recipes.



          1. A Welsh friend of mine told me a strange story about Kellogg’s Corn Flakes. The colours, red white and green and the colours on the Welsh flag and the Welsh word for cockerel is ceiliog which sounds like Kellog.

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            1. Scottish Gaelic isn’t too far off: ‘coilleach’ for cockerel (pronounced kull-yuch). But no blue and white saltire branding, or even red and gold lion rampant. Maybe the ‘yuch’ says it all as comment on Mr Cockerel’s breakfast products.

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                1. Given Kellogg’s hearty dislike of anything to so with S E X, I amazed at the pretty girls on the packet.

                  Corny would seem more appropriate to their principles!

                  Love the cartoons, specially the library one!

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                  1. Tris…….I liked the Corny cartoon ads too. Yes, the Sweethearts of the Corn were very attractive ladies over the years. Old Dr. Kellogg must have trouble controlling himself…..LOL.

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            2. Iain……I didn’t know the story about Cornelius (“Corny”) the Kellogg Corn Flakes cockeral and the Welsh connection.
              This story BTW says that John Harvey Kellogg (who ran the Battle Creek Sanitarium) was WK Kellogg’s (the cereal king’s) father. Actually the crazy doctor John Harvey was WK’s older brother (who started out as the bookkeeper of the place.) Their father was John Preston Kellogg, who helped establish the community of Seventh Day Adventists in Battle Creek and ran a broom factory. John Preston Kellogg died in 1881 and had nothing to do with the invention of corn flakes. 🙂


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        1. Hmmm… good idea with troublesome children in France. Get them legless befoe 10 am and let them sleep it off.

          Interesting article about Kellog. I didn’t know corn flakes were an anaphrodisiac in nature.

          Maybe they should try feeding them to the older kids…

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          1. Tris……And in the corn flakes drama, there’s the issue of whether Charles William Post stole the Kellogg recipe for corn flakes (and possibly other products) from Dr. Kellogg’s sanitarium where he had been a patient. W.K. Kellogg certainly thought he had.

            Wiki says: “Because of the commercial potential of the discovery, Will [Kellogg] wanted it kept a secret. However, John Harvey Kellogg [the mad doctor] allowed anyone in the sanitarium to observe the flaking process, and one sanitarium guest, C. W. Post, copied the process to start his own company. That company became Post Cereals and later General Foods, the source of Post’s first million dollars. This upset Will to the extent that he left the sanitarium to create his own company.”

            Kellogg’s Corn Flakes was first called “Kellogg’s Toasted Corn Flakes” and C.W. Post marketed its corn flakes as “Post Toasties.” Coincidence? Post Toasties have been discontinued by General Foods and Kellogg’s now apparently has the corn flakes market to itself.

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    2. It has been said before, by me, that the Rolling Stones did a Rice Crispies advert for TV. Well they sang it.

      Conan found in the archive somewhere

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    1. Are you sure he wasn’t in Pizza Express in Woking at the time?

      Why would a Western SMT bus have Manchester on its destination board? The X makes it look like an express service, but I didn’t think they old Scottish Bus Group companies went very far out with their own areas.

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      1. I don’t know about the other SBG companies but the SMT certainly did an Edinburgh – London service.

        It left from a stance in Queen St. and there were normally several buses each night.

        With my parents I endured said service – it took 15 yes 15 hours with several comfort and feeding stops many at former RAF bases – there were no toiiets on the old AEC buses used at that time.

        The Newcastle based United company ran an Edinburgh – Newcastle service.

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      2. All the Scottish bus group companies contributed buses for the express services. At peak holiday times quite ordinary buses would find themselves drafted into service and off to such exotic locations as Skegness and Corby!

        The green double decker further down is in St.Andrew Square Bus Station in Edinburgh – my work place for about 10 years.

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  3. Wiki says that Frank Sinatra appeared in four television Specials sponsored by Timex in the 1959-60 season. The picture is from the last of the four Specials which is popularly referred to as “Welcome Home Elvis,” but was officially titled “It’s Nice to Go Traveling.” It was Presley’s first TV appearance since 1957, after being drafted into the US Army. He had just returned from his two-year enlistment, during which he was stationed in Germany.

    The young Elvis didn’t look entirely comfortable in a Tux, parodying the Sinatra finger-snapping nonchalance routine. The New York Times reviewer said: “Although Elvis became a sergeant in the Army, as a singer he has never left the awkward squad. There was nothing morally reprehensible about his performance; it was merely awful.”

    Quaint to imagine a time when Elvis and the first incarnation of “rock and roll” music was considered controversial on a moral level, what with those lewd hip movements leading the teenagers straight to hell.

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  4. North British 0-6-0, later LNER Class 35/37 (?), standard goods loco designed either by Reid or Holmes. Some went off to war and one of these locos, named Maude, still runs on preserved lines and used to pull the Santa specials of the SRPS.

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      1. Where was the photo taken? Keith or Fraserburgh? It must be in the North East. The locomotive was built in May 1891 for the North British Railway and given the number 651. When the LNER was formed it was renumbered 9652 in November 1925 and just prior to nationalisation in October 1946 was renumbered 5227. Following it being renumbered by BR in August 1950 it was allocated to Kittybrewster Loco shed, then Keith and back to Kittybrewster before being taken out of service and given to Bathgate shed on 1st July 1961. It was cut up as scrap in October 1961 at Inverurie Works. Not a lot know that.

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          1. According to my 1960 Observer Book of Railway Locomotives, numbers 65210-65346 were the J-36 class (0-6-0). Introduced in 1888 for North British Railways. Designer was M. Holmes. The Holmes cab was replaced by a Reid cab as classes J-35 and J-37.

            25 of the engines worked in the First World War during 1917-18 and were named after famous military leaders and places connected with the war. 65311 was Haig, Maud was 65243, and Plumer 652233. Probably more but that’s all I can find in the ‘named engines’ section – 22 densely-typeset
            pages of names and numbers and I’m going squint just from a quick scan.

            Their location was “widely scattered over practically all sections of the former North British line in the Scottish Region”. (Scottish Region referring to our part of the geographical organisation of the old British Railways.)

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                1. Indeed, Gus. I was an Ian Allan member in my train-spotting youth. Such excitement when the first package arrived in the post – badge, logbook, and lots of new information. My interest waned with the demise of steam (and growing up). Observer book survived – probably because I had a collection of them on various subjects (and still do). Ian Allan stuff ditched as there were no more steam engines and all that was for ‘wee boys’ anyway and I no longer qualified. Pity. I’m sure I’d find them fascinating today – as I revel in my second childhood.

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            1. 65216 Byng
              65217 French
              65222 Somme
              65224 Mons
              65233 Plumer
              65235 Gough
              65236 Horne
              65243 Maude
              65253 Joffre
              65268 Allenby

              An easy way of recognising the individual classes of J35 J36 and J37 was to look at the length of the funnels:-

              J35 Medium
              J36 Long
              J37 Short

              The later J38 and J39’s were Gresley designs.

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          2. I’ve lost the names and addresses of the passengers that the locomotive pulled over its lifetime. Now where are they………………………..?

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  5. Michty me, points duty at the Round Toll. The regular points-man in the 6os was George, forgotten his surname. It was difficult, not only being there for 2 1/2hrs, but the fact you didn’t know how much traffic was coming down Possil Rd, because at that time the buildings around the Garscube Rd were still standing. Still, fond memories.

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    1. This location will shortly be undergoing a redesign and refurbishment to make it more pedestrian a cycle-friendly as part of Glasgow’s Connecting Woodside Project. This area is now part of Glasgow’s ‘Cultural Quarter’. The National Theatre of Scotland, Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet are all sited around here as well as the Whisky Bond sculpture studios and other arts spaces. Yes, big changes on the way.

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  6. Looking again at Pic14, the green double-decker. The livery is Eastern Scottish and the destination looks like Roslin 123? I note the sign on the background building says The Traveller(‘s) Loung(e). No doubt somebody will know where that was and what type of bus (AEC maybe?).

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    1. The green double-decker is an AEC Regent. Single-decker versions were called Regals. Both were common on the streets of Scotland in the 1950s and 60s. The white Western bus is a Leyland Tiger Cub. Same name as the Triumph T20, but not being amenable to being kick-started there the similarity ended.

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      1. Underneath the Alexander coachwork is actually a 1959 Bristol MW6G (i.e. Medium Weight 6-cylinder Gardner engine)
        The X30 Glasgow-Manchester express service was jointly operated by Western SMT and Ribble Motor Services.
        The timetabled journey time was apparently 9 hours 30 minutes! (including stops).

        Pic#1 is a rear-end view of Glasgow L385, a 1960 Titan PD3 with forward entrance Alexander bodywork. One of many such vehicles procured for Tram replacement.

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    2. It was the “Traveller’s Tryst” a pub that served the St Andrew Square bus station. Long gone now it stood where Louis Vuitton stands now.
      The locomotive Maude used to service the Distillers bottling hall in South Queensferry. There is a photo of it there, and I’ll try and track it down.

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