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69 thoughts on “ALL OUR YESTERDAYS”

      1. Well it has been a hellish week. Don’t ask. I have popped in for a bit of relaxation. Now off to bed. I shall dream of chocolate.

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    1. That brought back memories, Marcia. My ma was from Paisley. When I was a bairn and we visited from Aberdeen, Canal Street was the station for a trip to Glesca. I think the station building is now a pub or restaurant.

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      1. Auld Marcia, I loved the video on Wuppertal’s Schwebebahn. I visited my German pen-friend there in 1964 and she and her friends took me on on a Schwebebahn trip. The flooring, as can be seen in an image of an unfortunate crash, was made of wooden slats, with gaps between. My friend took off the new watch she’d just been given for her birthday to show it to us and, sadly, let it slip through her fingers into the river below. Unlike the wee elephant, it was obviously not retrievable.
        Thanks for the memory!

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  1. Pic 2: Artillerymen in the American Civil War. Union Army.
    The field gun is probably a small Parrott, which had a rifled barrel.
    It is a muzzle-loader. One gunner is holding a rammer.

    Pic 6: Che and Fidel playing around for the camera. What a pair of putters.

    Pic 20: I liked the sherbet, but wasn’t too keen on the licquorice.

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    1. Bang on with No 2, DonDon. Even bang, bang on. I have no information on the make of the gun. The caption reads: “The picture of a Federal gun and its crew is a fine example of the work of Matthew Brady who, with Britain’s Roger Fenton, shared the distinction of pioneering the work of the camera in war.”

      We had Fenton last week with his shots from the Crimean war.

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  2. Pic 5 is , I think, the wedding of Ronnie Caroll, British crooner, and Millicent Martin, chanteuse (famous for TWTWTW) – not sure of date, late 50s-early 60s. Pic 6 – Che Guevara & Fidel Castro playing Crazy Golf at Troon 🤪 Pic 9 – Ecurie Ecosse car & crew transporter with, I think Jaguar D-type at rear. EE won Le Mans 24 hrs with the D-type (can’t recall year). Photo possibly taken at Stewart’s Garage, Dumbuck, Dumbarton – yes, Stewart as in Jackie. Pic 19 – Early flying show at Caen – poster probably shows a Bleriot Monoplane and a Wright Flyer.

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    1. No 6 was a gimme, Andi, as I think I gave the game away last week by mentioning I had a pic somewhere of the golfing revolutionaries. But well done on identifying the course. Even more ironic that the revolutionaries should choose a ‘Royal’ venue. But how could you tell?

      According to Castro, the two were mocking noted golfer (and sitting US President) Dwight D. Eisenhower. Here’s the New York Times quoting Fidel: “One day, Che [Guevara] and I went to play golf. He had been a caddie once to earn some money in his spare time; I, on the other hand, knew absolutely nothing about this expensive sport.

      “The United States government had already decreed the suspension and the redistribution of Cuba’s sugar quota, after the Revolution had passed the Agrarian Reform Law. The golf game was a photo opportunity. The real purpose was to make fun of Eisenhower.”

      According to some accounts of that trip, Castro was unhappy to learn that the important business that kept President Eisenhower from meeting him was a round of golf. So that would seem to furnish a motive for the subsequent golf-themed photo-op back in Cuba.

      Who knows if that was really the case.

      According to ‘First Off the Tee’ by Don Van Natta Jr, the two played during John F. Kennedy’s presidency (no word on whether this was presumed to be when the photo was taken or a different time). And Castro? Well, he was not very good at the gowf. A complete hacker – and Che not much better. How they got play at Troon at all is another mystery. They tend to be very choosy there about who gets on the course.

      But an enterprising Associated Press reporter extracted the truth from the 16-year-old caddie who had carried Castro’s bag. “Castro’s score easily exceeded 150,” he said. “Guevara defeated the dictator by shooting 127.”

      Whoever was playing behind hem must have been thoroughly pissed off. Maybe matchplay would have been a better idea than medal.

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      1. Ike occasionally took time off from golfing to tend to presidential duties. A putting green installed by Ike on the White House South Lawn is still there, but Bill Clinton had it relocated nearer the Oval Office.

        Ike chipping onto the White House green ca. 1957.

        Barack Obama and Joe Biden, 2009.

        FDR named the presidential retreat in the Maryland mountains Shangri-La. Ike summoned up all the romance and poetry of a military man and renamed it “Camp David” after his grandson.

        Ike had a driving range and a one hole course built at Camp David.

        David Eisenhower putting at Camp David.

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            1. LOL Danny.

              Scotland accepts blame for the golfing presidents.

              I’m always amused by the excuses given for the mass hunting of beautiful wild animals.

              “Oh, it wasn’t frowned on in these days”, they say.

              So what? It was still wrong to kill an animal for the fun of it. Whether it was frowned on or not, it’s still a dreadful thing to do, to end a life for the thrill it gives you.

              At least the royals no longer go to tiger hunts, but it’s not so long ago that they were killing wild boar in Spain and I’m pretty sure they still hunt deer at Balmoral.

              And the birds they shoot for fun…

              Disgusting people.

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              1. I feel the same way about hunting of all kinds. I’m also annoyed by people who say they are opposed to big game hunting, and then go out with their shotguns and blow small birds out of the sky.

                The inconvenient truth is that Teddy Roosevelt, for all his progressive Republican politics and conservationist principles and policies, was a serious nut case. He LOVED killing in all its forms……including warfare itself. As assistant Secretary of the Navy, he helped beat the war drums that led to the Spanish-American War, and then left his cabinet post and got President McKinley’s Secretary of War to give him command of his own “Rough Riders” cavalry regiment that went to Cuba. He had another officer named to command the regiment, so that he could get in on the killing himself.

                He and the Rough Riders famously stormed San Juan Hill, and he later wrote a book in which he described personally killing a Spanish soldier with the same bravado and glee with which he described his big game killings in Africa. After the presidency, as an aging man, he personally asked Woodrow Wilson for a field command in World War I. (Wilson said no!) There was friction for a time between Teddy and his niece Eleanor, and her then able bodied husband FDR, who in WWI held the post of Assistant Secretary of the Navy. This was the very same cabinet post his cousin Teddy had held so many years earlier, but unlike Teddy, FDR refused to resign the post and ask for a military command. Teddy considered it shameful and inexplicable that a man would not take any opportunity he had to get in on the killing.

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                1. PS: I saw this picture of Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir (founder of the Sierra Club) in Yosemite. It was published in connection with stories about the Sierra Club, and the environmental and conservation movements finally coming to terms with their racist, white-supremacist beginnings. Well heeled limousine liberals who do so love nature and planet Earth, and have elevated John Muir to sainthood and the Sierra Club to a secular church, need to finally take a long look at the founders and history of their movement.

                  The NY Times article has a hypertext link to the remarkable mea culpa on the Sierra Club website about its founder and the unfortunate beginnings of the Sierra Club.



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                2. He sounds an utter horror.

                  Why would anyone ever want to kill anyone, or anything.

                  Struth, I get a bit worried pulling weeds out of the garden and i fish insects out of glasses of water and blow on them till they can fly away.

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                  1. “Struth, I get a bit worried pulling weeds out of the garden and i fish insects out of glasses of water and blow on them till they can fly away.”

                    Love that!

                    I was in a hotel room once being bothered by a fly and had no swatter. But in time he landed and crawled down into a drinking cup that had had sweet soda in it. I trapped him with a note pad slapped over the top, and then felt silly carrying my fly trap down the hall to release him outside by a trash can. Thankfully I didn’t have to explain the situation to anyone. I’d caught the fly and then didn’t know what to do with him. 🙂


        1. Ike chipping?? With a follow-through like that, it looks more like a full swing. Not a French fry but the whole potato. And young David Eisenhower’s putting stance and address look a helluva lot better than Obama’s!

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          1. Since the whole place had been named for him by his grandpa, David Eisenhower had the good sense to putt correctly. Surprising that since Camp David sits on 6,000 acres, Ike didn’t build an entire 18 hole course there. The Barack and Joe picture had more the look of a publicity photo….like Gerald Ford, after taking over from Richard Nixon, making his own breakfast for the photographers to prove that he’s just an ordinary guy.

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              1. Tris…..Presumably she had a lot of guests and needed a lot of tea. 😉
                Her kitchen actually looked a lot like Gerry Ford’s.

                In Gerry’s case, he needed to prove that he could use a toaster without hurting himself.

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                1. Well, at least he didn’t put his hand down the toasters innards, or fall over… so I suppose that’s a plus.

                  As for Mrs T… I can’t quite imagine how awful it would have been to be her guest.

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                  1. Tris…….That’s the sort of thing that Gerry might have done. 😉

                    I know I read that Mrs T hated being a guest at Balmoral. Hobnobbing with the royals was OK I guess, but the spartan outdoor life in the Highlands was not her cup of tea.

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                    1. Imagine having little or no central heating in a castle! Electric space heaters in the rooms I suppose. Surely there are not that many fires in fireplaces to be tended by the servants.


    2. Nice to see the anniversary of the first international flight being remembered.
      The 25 july 1909.
      By a Frenchman, was probably the first emigrant to succeed, welcomed by lots of englanders.
      I can remember seeing the Bennie railcar steelwork, it ran above the railway line into Davie’s Mill.

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        1. Another gimme. I think Ed (or Tris?) mentioned it a couple of days ago. I thought there was a shot of Bleriot’s flight in my Century in Pictures book, but no. The only entries for 1910 are the founding of the Girl Guides and a pic of Baden Powell, and the formation of the Union of South Africa, with a group shot of the first cabinet. I’d have thought Bleriot would have outranked both. .

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            1. My mistake, DonDon. Got the idea of centenary into my head – not just anniversary – and I was a year out with that as well, going back to 1910 when I couldn’t find any mention under 1920. At least you’ve proved my memory right about the book. There is a shot of Bleriot’s flight but not in the chronological main section. It’s part of the preface that gives condensed highlights of the century. I’ll send that to Tris for next week – so no prizes for getting it right.

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        1. Apologies, Dave. I knew it was raised by one of the regular MNR stalwarts and I should have remembered that was you. Only a couple of days ago after all. Maybe eve yesterday. Blame a week of abstinence and lack of memory cell stimulus.

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          1. Tris, I’ve sent you the Bleriot shot and caption. Maybe add it today instead of waiting a week, seeing it’s the anniversary. I’d it myself if I knew how to post photies.

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    3. The Ecurie Ecosse transporter is the star of the show in picture No.9.
      It was very much a one-of and custom built.
      It was sold for £1.7 million in 2013.
      Here below is the entry in the Bonhams Auction catalogue…it gives the history of the design and manufacture, of its abandonment, decline, rescue and restoration. Also so some great photos of it from every angle inside and out.

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  3. Is no 4 New City Road in Glasgow or a bit of Garscube Road? These were amongst the few streets where there were trolley buses, which terminated at Queen’s Cross on Maryhill Road near Firhill.

    New City Road and the section of Garscube Road leading up to Cowcaddens were amongst the first streets in Glasgow, during the 1950sand 60s to be completely obliterated to make space for the M8 to plough through.

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    1. Alasdair, I’m pretty sure it’s High Street. The ornate building just to the left of the trolley bus at the top of the pic is the former British Linen Bank and just beyond is the junction with George and Duke Streets.

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      1. The street looks too level to be High St, which slopes continuously from the Royal Infirmary to Glasgow Cross.

        Although it is a long time since the trolley buses were phased out – 60 years? – I don’t think they went up High St. I think they crossed the Clyde from Gorbals St and went up Stockwell St, Glassford St, Ingram St and into George Square, then St Vincent St, Hope St, Cowcaddens and on to Garscube and New City Roads.

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        1. Sorry but it is High Street, Alasdair. The building at bottom left of picture with the columns above street level is one designed for the Adam brothers for Glasgow Uni in the 1790s, sadly long since demolished. it was on the corner of College Street and High Street. Glasgow trolleybuses ran until 1967. at various times, routes 101, 102, 103 & 104 ran on High street.

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          1. I accept your answer, Andimac. I cycled to High St this afternoon and I agree. The phot is looking north and uphill to the junction with George St. I cannot recall trolley buses on High St, but, in the 50s and 60s, I was not often in that part of town. Where were the termini of the services you name?

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            1. Hi Alasdair, there were sometimes extensions or shortening of routes but basically;
              101 Shawfield – Riddrie
              102 Polmadie – Riddrie
              103 – extension of 102 to Hampden Park
              104 – Muirend – Cathedral Street

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        1. Yes and I’m old enough to remember them, Tris. I love the way that they were issued “by order of the Court of Directors” – nothing so common as a board of same.

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            1. I remember trolley buses near Hampden, but I do not remember any on Cathedral St – I went to school there from 1960/66.

              I did not know there was a trolley bus line out east, but, again, I had rarely been out Riddrie direction other than to Hogganfield Loch.

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  4. Yes Tris, The British Linen Bank was indeed Scottish.

    A Petition to George II was requested in 1745, a year memorable for certain other events in Scotland, to grant a charter to “The British Linen Company” to promote the manufacture of linen in Britain.

    The petition made no mention of the fact of the company being based in Scotland, for the obvious reason that it would have been rejected out of hand.

    The petion was granted and on 5th July 1746 the Royal Charter establishing The British Linen Company received the King’s signatue and seal.

    William Tod, the company representative in London, lost no time in returning to Scotland, and was north of the d before it dawned on anyone in the Westminster that it was for Scotland!

    The company later changed it’s name to The British Linen Bank, and retained the right of note issue up until it was incorporated with Bank of Scotland in 1966,

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      1. “and was north of the d ” should read “and was north of the border ” Doh! I blame learning to type , one finger one thumb, keep moving, on an old black Remington manual typewriter, on which you had to hit the keys quite hard to get it to work.

        PS, Photo 8 is a Morris van from the 1950’s. My father worked for a firm of builders, and drove the firm’s lorry, an Austin 3 ton, painted grey. My father treated it like a pet and pampered it!
        They also had a Morris van like the one in the photo, also dark blue,which my father drove to take small items to various sites.
        The engine was in the cab, beside the driver, which was handy on cold days, as the van had no heater! It was the most noisy, rattling, vehicle I’ve ever been in and made the Austin seem like a Rolls-Royce!

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        1. It must have been equally horrible on a hot day, to have engine in the cab, not to mention, smelly.

          Never worry about typos. Munguin says I make them all the time!



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