Thanks to Dave and Andi.

And some late additions from John:


104 thoughts on “ALL OUR YESTERDAYS”

  1. Pic 15 is Alistair Sim.

    I never knew (until I looked him up) that he was born in Edinburgh.

    Wikipedia says his mother was a Gaelic-speaker from Eigg.

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      1. Saw him at Kings in Edinburgh back in 70’s, in comedy about old buffer who thinks that leading lady fancies him rather than her obvious young love. Remember mostly the surprise of Ron Moody being totally unfunny in supporting role, which I thought was a hellish waste of his talent.
        Sim reduced audience to repeated paroxysms of mirth simply by mugging.

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      1. It was there specially for you.

        But I’ve just realised, that Roddy will be a bit cross and letters may well be written to the executive editor. There is no bus!



            1. Is it an Inter? The inlet’s quite long and small diameter, and the crankcase is quite low to the ground on Inters. I’m going to suggest an ES2 hotrod.


        1. I smiled at that. I have not been in the Clachaig for a few years. We took my late mother in law in once. She was amused by no hawkers or Campbells, but was especially impressed they let her dog in with her. Fond memories. Thank you.

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          1. I remember my first visit. Some guys were showing off their climbing abilities by demonstrating how they would tackle an overhang by clambering along the underside of a table. Amusing after a few pints.

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            1. I spent a few ‘interesting’ evenings in the Clachaig, Dave. Not maybe the best training for a subsequent day on the hill. The climbing demos weren’t uncommon. I recall one guy climbing on footholds of the stones of the fireplace, if memory serves – and he wasn’t even roped-up ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Pic 1: re automatic transmission.

    I can’t remember who said it, but if cars had been invented with automatic transmission, it is high time that someone invented two-wheel drive.

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    1. Early De Dion Bouton’s used a semi automatic clutch system with only 2 forward gears.
      Easy to drive and marketed as a woman’s car, once they had replaced the tiller steering with a wheel.

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        1. It’s always coffee time in Bulgaria, Tris. Coffee, fag, and cat let-out time now to be precise, at 6:30am. And bang-bang on yet again, Don Don. Berlin airlift it is. Caption reads…

          1948: Following disputes over Allied Control of Berlin, the Soviet Military Government notified US,British, and French authorities that from April, stringent traffic control would be enforced between Western Zones and Berlin. Normal services disrupted, the Western Powers began supplying the city by air. By June, American aircraft were landing at Tempelhof (shown below) every few minutes. The RAF were equally active at Gatlow. The blockade, beaten, was lifted on 12 May, 1949.

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          1. Templehof Airport coundn’t cope with the amount of flights to supply the Western sector of Berlin so a solution had to be found. An area to the north west of Berlin was to be made into allotments but it was decided to have runways for the Allied planes . That is how Tegel Airport came to life and then became the main airport for West Berlin. This airport is due to close later this year when the new Berlin-Brandenburg Airport just to the south of Schonefeld (old East Berlin Airport) is opened. Parts of Schonefeld will be incorporated in the new airport for a few years. One disadvantage that Tegel had was the lack of any rail facilities. You had to go by bus into Central Berlin. Being crammed on a bus with your luggage was not ideal. I preferred to go to Schonefeld and take the S-Bhan.

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            1. Do you know, Marica, how Berlin managed to arrange a new airport and get it built, while London is and isn’t building another runway.

              PS: Isn’t Boris due to be lying under a bulldozer? I suppose it makes a change from his other lying.


              1. tris, Berlin’s “new” airport has been decades in the making. Its opening is probably ten years behind schedule, and well over-budget.

                All sorts of delays and scandals. Little things, like not meeting the fire regulations, etc.

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                1. Thanks, DonDon. It’s always comforting to know that the Uk is not the only one that can’t get anything done.

                  Scotland, by and large, is better at getting stuff done on time and budget… if you ignore the face of a parliament building back 20 years ago.


                    1. Actually, in fairness, Scotland is OK. But virtually every big project in England is laughably late. HR2, Crossrail are the two most notable.


  3. The last picture looks like Lord Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of India and his wife Edwina, with Jawaharlal Nehru (one of Edwina’s lovers by all accounts.) Google confirms that it’s the day of Indian independence, 15 August, 1947.

    In this handout picture taken on 15 August 1947, British Governor-General Lord Mountbatten (C) gestures alongside Lady Edwina Mountbatten (2R) and Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru (R) as they witnesses the raising of the Indian tricolour for the first time at India Gate in New Delhi:

    Unrelated…….During WWII Mountbattan promoted Pykrete and Project Habakkuk. During the Quebec Conference in 1943 while demonstrating the material, his Lordship very nearly shot Air Chief Marshal Charles Portal.

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    1. And another one down… I’m hardly posting tough ones today it seems, even if they were late. Techie problems caused that – and a word here for Peerless Ed and how to solve them. In the best manner of her Ladyness, Colonel Ruthie, I threatened to put the boot into phone and laptop, along with blisteringly colourful language. That worked, and Tris got the shots eventually.

      Danny, you’ve left hardly any need for caption, but for the record, it reads…

      1947: India celebrates independence. At midnight on 14-15 August, the Indian Empire came to an end with the formal transfer of power by Great Britain to the two new Dominions of India and Pakistan. The picture above shows Lord Mountbatten, as the last Viceroy of India, driving in state through New Delhi, accompanied by Lady Mountbatten and Pandit Nehru,India’s first Prime Minister.

      Mr Rahimtoola, the High Commissioner for Pakistan, addressed the assembly at a ceremony held in London to mark the birth of Pakistan as a new Dominion and the greatest Moslem power in the world. It is also one of the world’s largest states in terms of population – the latter being estimated at present as numbering 90 million an 100 million.

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    2. Ah Mountbatten, Prince Louis of Battenberg, cousin of the queen and uncle of Phil, who seemed to have a pile of very senior jobs in Britain, one after the other for no particular reason… other than that he was well connected. (As you point out, he nearly shot someone while demonstrating material in Quรฉbec.)

      He was rumoured to have been involved in a plot to get rid of a Labour Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, and take over as head of an interim government, but was dissuaded from doing so by the queen.

      He admitted that he and his wife had spent their married lived jumping in and out of other people’s beds. Good example for minor royalty to set for the plebs. Some of those beds were, allegedly, beds belonging to young lads.

      He was killed by the IRA in 1979 and , as a result, missed Thatcherism.

      Mrs T said at his death:

      His death leaves a gap that can never be filled. The British people give thanks for his life and grieve at his passing.

      While I deplore violence used against anyone, no matter who the perpetrator or target, I can’t help thinking that she was rather over egging the pudding there.

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        1. I’ve never heard a good word said about him by anyone except Princess Margaret, Prince Charles and Margaret Thatcher.

          I’m assuming that your Uncle Willie was saved, Dave, as he was able to berate the commander.

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          1. Yes. He was shipwrecked twice during the war. He attributed his ill health in later years to floating in a sea of fuel oil. Nothing to do with smoking, you understand.

            Sadly, he went to the US after the war and before I was born. I only met him twice, once when I was just a bairn and then he paid a visit home shortly before he died.

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    1. I’m keeping it for later, Douglas, as for once the sun is shining here… and I’m going to head out, before the clouds decent or it rains.

      Munguin wants his grass cut!


  4. 12 – Lovely chocolate advert. The Danderine advert is funny at the product sounds like a disease.

    18 is the 1960 Eurovision Song Contest held in London that the BBC used to show off their new studios at Television Centre in White City.

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      1. It must take up a whole evening now.

        It’s years since I’ve seen it mainly becasue I couldn’t stand Terry Wogan, an Irishman, wittering on about how rotten everyone was to hate the UK. Mainly, the reason they hated the UK songs was that they were crap.

        I suppose someone else must do it now.

        Bring back David Jacobs and Katie Boyle, I say.


  5. Morning, all! I like pic 5 – a steam lorry with the slogan, “Keep the pound”, surely a more appropriate vehicle than a De Lorean for ‘back to the future?’
    Pic 7 – that Aussie sub has surely surfaced way off course.
    Pic 9 – Jackie magazine. My sister used to get it occasionally and I remember that cover (I wonder why?). Love the bus destination – Birds Paradise – no sexism in those days. Still, it beats BoJo’s big lying NHS bus. Oh, 1968 by the way, Swinging London innit?
    Pic 13 – The Springfields, early 60s – Dusty, before her solo career, Tim Field and, on the right, Dusty’s brothrt Tom.
    Pic 14 – Parkhead Cross, Glesca – Judging by the vehicles, 1950s.
    Pic 18 – the Eurovision Song Contest – very early 60s? – I’m going on the lady’s dress and the French song, ‘Tom Pillibi’ on the scoreboard – I can just vaguely remember it, probably because it was irritating but I’m sure the Danish entry ‘Det var en yndig tid” must have been a real cracker ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. PS Andi……I suppose that I should have known the name of the boat without Googling the details, but I was hampered by the fact that I didn’t immediately recognize either “HMAS” or “NSW.” The boat’s name might have been “Holbrook” for example…..DUH! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      1. Otway was one of eleven the Oberon class boats built in Scott’s Cartsburn Yard in Greenock. These kept the yard busy from the early sixties until the mid seventies. Scotts was taken off the Navy List to find the money to pay Trident in the early eighties- so no more navy work – and closed a few years later. Another union dividend…

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        1. Morego……Very sad to lose such a valuable asset!

          And sad that Australia couldn’t make an offer that would have saved the Otway intact.

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  6. Looking at John’s pic 1 – could it be people getting polio vaccinations in the 1950s. I’ve always thought it wonderful that Prof. Jonas Salk never patented the vaccine because he said it belonged to the people.


    1. May have been, Andi, among other diagnoses and treatments. This was one of the first queues waiting for NHS attention – and they say today’s waiting times are lengthy! Caption reads…

      1948: National Health Scheme. On 5 July, following prolonged discussion with the medical profession, the new National Health Service came into operation. Scenes like the above glimpse of waiting crowds of out-patients
      at a Whitechapel hospital were enacted at a large number of places throughout the country.

      And that’s my trio of not-so-puzzlers all solved, and not even afternoon yet at your end. Must try harder to find obscure pics to keep Munguinites head-scratching a wee bit longer. Like the pound bus. Presume that was pound weight and not pound value? Or was there a Yorkshire dog pound under threat?

      While I’m at it, and Marcia may well know, what was Cadbury’s definition of a ‘glass’ of milk, if there was/is a glass and a half in every half-pound? The half-pound alone equates to roughly 250 grams or 250 millilitres. By my reckoning, that means the ‘glass’ must have been 150 ml at most, to make room for the cocoa, sugar, and other ingredients. Say 200 ml absolute max,allowing for evaporation, but the glasses in the ads always looks a lot bigger. Sue them for misleading advertising, Marcia, and claim a lifetime’s choc purchases as compensation. You can even keep my contingency share for alerting you to the opportunity.

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      1. LOL @ John.

        I found a lot of Cadbury ads from through the years. The glass and a half is always there… but, you are right, people presumably just accepted it.

        One of their slogans was “if its chocolate, its food”… eh?

        I’ll maybe do a Cadbury special one day… Bet Marcia would love that!


  7. Is the car in the Zephyr a picture superimposed on another ? The people look suspiciously small by comparison. It was normal in car ads of the period to make eg Ford Prefects look larger than life. Can hardly stretch a photo in same manner but there are other ways to create same effect.

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    1. I have also heard that ad agencies would find small, but otherwise proportionately normal human beings, to make the interiors of all sorts of things look bigger. I kind of hope that that is an urban myth.

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  8. Just in from a trip to Greenock, wonderful sight of the Waverley coming down the river.
    The old films with the Ealing Studio are easy to watch with children as there’s not real language problems you have with modern stuff.
    As for the ADS, the reality is nowhere near the actuality,remember Campbell’s soups got caught putting marbles in the soup plate to enhance the vegetable content.

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    1. Interesting thought! Coal powered airplanes never caught on, although the Nazis had the Lippisch P-13A, which apparently never flew.

      “The Nazis then came up with the P13a, a plane which would be powered by coal. Originally a wire mesh basket filled with coal was going to be attached behind the nose air intake, fueling by coal
      where it would then be ignited by a gas burner.”,-Nov%2013%2C%202016&text=The%20Nazis%20then%20came%20up,ignited%20by%20a%20gas%20burner.

      Apparently (according to Google) steam powered plane designs go back to 1842. There was at least one concept of fueling by powdered coal in petroleum.

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    2. The name “Dakota” is interesting. There seems to be no general agreement about why the C-47 military transport version of the DC-3 “Douglas Commercial” aircraft was named “Dakota” by the British. (The name of two northern prairie states in the US…..from a native American word of the Lakota-Sioux nation.)

      Wiki says: “About 2,000 C-47s (received under Lend-Lease) in British and Commonwealth service took the name “Dakota”, possibly inspired by the acronym “DACoTA” for Douglas Aircraft Company Transport Aircraft.”

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      1. Danny, this sounds a bit suspicious to me : ” . . . the acronym โ€œDACoTAโ€ for Douglas Aircraft Company Transport Aircraft.โ€

        It was not unusual for American aircraft adopted into British service to take American- or Anglo-American sounding names:

        Vought SB2U Vindicator — Chesapeake
        Douglas DB-7 — Boston
        Brewster F2A — Buffalo
        Lockheed A-29 — Hudson

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        1. DonDon…..Yes, the use of an American place name seems more likely. I saw this list of the various nicknames the DC-3, and its American military transport version the C-47, was given over the years.

          The plane that first flew in 1935 is still in niche commercial service. I saw this article about a DC-3 that in 2017 flew for the last time out of Long Beach, California, one of three locations where Douglas Aircraft Company built the planes. The other Douglas plants that built the DC-3 and the C-47 were in Santa Monica, California, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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          1. If I am repeating myself, I apologise. Another root for the douglas dakota may be this:

            By: Malcolm McKay – 11th February 2009 at 09:18 – Edited 1st January 1970 at 01:00

            This is somewhat of a guess but in these case I suspect it is not a place name but an Nth American Indian tribe name. We have the Curtiss P36 Mohawk, the Nth American P51 Apache (the Allison engined version, configured for ground attack), so Dakota seems to follow in this pattern because of the Sioux tribal branch the Dakota (and actually that is now rendered as Lakota I believe) – hence Douglas Dakota.

            The place name Dakota is actually North or South Dakota.

            But I could be wrong.”

            But it is an interesting counter arguement.

            I always admired the Dakota. It did more good for this world than harm.

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            1. Douglas….Yes, a Native American name for an American airplane would be a definite possibility. The name “Dakota” itself is one of countless place names for American states, cities, rivers, etc, that come from Native American words.

              The internet indicates that the name “Dakota” comes from the language of the Lakota tribes of the Great Sioux Nation: “Name of a group of native peoples from the American plains speaking a Siouan language, from Dakota dakhota “friendly” (the name often is translated as “allies”). Recorded by Lewis and Clark (1804) as Dar co tar; in western dialects of the Teton subgroup, Lakota, Lakhota; in Assiniboine dialect, Nakota, Nakhota. The north-central U.S. Dakota Territory was organized in 1861 and divided into North and South and admitted as two states in 1889.”

              On another subject, why was Dakota Territory separated into two states when they entered the Union in 1889? Perhaps it involved such a large territory being better governed from two state capitals, but probably more likely that Republican President Benjamin Harrison and Republicans in Congress wanted four more seats in the Senate, rather then two. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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              1. Well Danny, you and I at least respect

                “Malcolm McKay โ€“ 11th February 2009 at 09:18 โ€“ Edited 1st January 1970 at 01:00”

                Which is a good thing, I think.

                I think we should build or deconstruct on previous ideas. Maybe ๐Ÿ™‚

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        1. Conan…..What a terrible tragedy! Considering the DC-3’s reputation as a great leap forward in aviation, I was surprised at the larger number of accidents and incidents through the years. After the plane first flew in 1935, 16,000 were built in all civil and military variants, and some are still in commercial service today. I suppose that the number of accidents reflects the plane’s initial widespread use, and the relative danger of air travel at the time.

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        2. Conan the Librarian,

          We were talking about something abstract, you are talking about something real. I think the real beats the abstract every time.

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      2. I was in a furniture shop today and they had a model Dakota (and a spitfire and concorde). I had to mention my 40 minute flight in a Dak back in the 80’s. The wings seemed to be enormous.

        I’ve also been on concorde but that was in the hangar at East Fortune airfield.

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        1. Dave…..What a great experience that would be. Apparently the DC3 (as it’s known in the states) was as much of an advance in the aviation of its time as the Concorde was in its own time. The DC3 made comfortable transcontinental travel across the USA feasible…..requiring only 18 hours with three stops for refueling. I enjoyed this account of a 1938 flight from Newark , New Jersey, to Glendale, California. The article also mentions that the plane was inspected by Orville Wright when TWA initiated service to Dayton, Ohio, in the late 1930’s. Although Orville refused a flight that day, he lived long enough to be served dinner and drinks by flight attendants on airliners. During WWII, when Howard Hughes brought a new Lockheed Constellation to Dayton, Orville took a ride and reportedly took the controls briefly.

          Orville Wright in the cockpit of the Lockheed Constellation (1944):

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  9. So much for misleading chocolate ads, but the Glasgow air destination ads were very specific: took longer to get to Barra than to London! Probably had to use slower aircraft to enable low-tide landings on the shore, or adjust flight schedules to match the tides. I remember Berlin airlift Dakotas doing the Glasgow-Balivanich (Benbecula) route in my childhood and marvelling at their size as they passed overhead, when I was spending school holidays on my dad’s North Uist home island,

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  10. A while back I mentioned Martin Keetings seemingly grossly optimistic idea of going to court to overthrow the idea that we needed a section 30 order. You can imagine my delight when he met the target of ยฃ155,000 with days to spare.

    Onwards and upwards for the great Scottish public!

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      1. Just a wild guess, and probably wrong. Could it have been the location of a traffic policeman, before the days of traffic lights? When they indicated stop!, you stopped for sure. And that is sort of the crazy, complicated junction, that would have needed traffic control.

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          1. Maybe.

            I am not sure. It is no more than a possibility. On the downside it looks a bit enclosed, which would make it a bit hard to signal. On the up side it appears perfectly positioned.

            Just a guess.

            This is fun!

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  11. Johnny come lately here.
    Du hast mich fasziniert. Sung by Harry Winter as Austria’s 1960 Euro Vision contest entry.
    Helped in part by Wiki and a hazy memory from a conversation in a wine cellar in Salzburg. It was the contrast that ingrained the memory, Mozart Woche (another), Euro Vision, the culture of Salzburg and a sleazy wine bar on the edge of the red light district.
    I thought the motor cycle was a Norton ES2 but Conon named it different and I bow to his knowledge, in fact I have to bow to most people’s knowledge. I once owned an ES2, had to sell it to pay for a police incident.

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    1. Not a very Austrian name, Harry Winter…

      A bi like Johnny Hallyday isn’t a very French name, but they all wanted to have American rock n Roll sounding names.

      Not that Herr Winter was very rock n roll by the sounds of that song!

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      1. Had a dip back into Wiki, this time using Herr Winter as the search.
        He was born Horst Winter. I didn’t detect any Austrian accent, I put it down to precision in his singing voice. He was born in Silesia, which may explain his accent.
        He had studied music, played violin and clarinet, mostly jazz and swing.
        Started his own band after release from being a war prisoner, died Dec 2001 aged 87 in Vienna and came 7th out of 13th in the EuroVision song contest.
        One of his recordings was popularised by Bjรถrk, Und Jetzt ist es still, released as, Oh so quiet, in 1995. That’s good he may have been aware of that before he died.

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  12. Pic 8 was a real challenge – it was obviously one of the many futuristic concept cars of the 1950s/60s. The body was definitely a modified Chevy Corvette one. My research ๐Ÿ™‚ reveals that it was Ron Aguirre’s X-Sonic of 1961 – wonder why it was never mass-produced.


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