98 thoughts on “ALL OUR YESTERDAYS”

  1. No messing about with the Internet this time. I leave that to people with peerless Googling skills.

    Pic 1: Bob Hope, with I know not who. Nice legs, though.

    Pic 3: I saw something like this on the Twitter feed of a famous Glaswegian comedienne.

    Pi 4: a Trabant. I once got a ride in one. It could do 40 km/h over cobblestones.

    Pic 5: Another Bob, this time Monkhouse. Like him or loathe him, he came out with some superb one-liners.

    Pic 11: Lockheed Constellation. The car in front is possibly a Jaguar.

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      1. Wiki says that the Bob Hope – Dorothy Lamour picture is from “Caught in the Draft”, released by Paramount in 1941. Lamour at that point had already appeared with Hope and Crosby in the first two of the “Road Pictures, “Road to Singapore” in 1940 and “Road to Zanzibar” earlier in 1941.

        The film was a response to the first peacetime military draft in American history, which had been established on September 16, 1940, during the presidential campaign of 1940. FDR could never have been elected to a third term as president without shamelessly lying to the American people about the likelihood of war:

        FDR: “I have said this before, but I shall say it again and again and again; your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars.” Nevertheless, FDR wanted to support Britain and believed the United States should serve as a “great arsenal of democracy.”

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          1. Tris……FDR would probably be amazed at the corruption of a president who would lie for personal aggrandizement (or just for the fun of it,) rather than for a valid state purpose.

            FDR: “I am perfectly willing to mislead and tell untruths if it will help win the war.”

            FDR also lied about the Greer incident in 1941.


            1. I suppose sometimes leaders do have to lie for state reasons.

              Trump told us he knew all along how terrible COVID was going to be but said nothing for fear of worrying the public.

              Of course the trouble was he didn’t really say nothing… he actively played it down. Also, of course, he DID nothing.

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              1. Tris…..Absolutely correct! His behavior about Covid was the result of knowing how it would damage his reelection chances. So he simply ignored it and is now denying it. Yesterday, he said that doctors are attributing the cause of death on death certificates to Covid, because he says that they make more money on a Covid death. Is there ANY way that Trump could be more evil and despicable and a blot on the human race?


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    1. re 5 – Bob Monkhouse….the ultimate gag-meister?
      Less well known about Monkhouse is that he was an avid collector of movies and all things movie related. He owned one of the biggest private film collections in the UK.
      Bizarrely this caused him to be arrested in 1975 by the Serious Crime Squad. After being interrogated for hours hundreds of the films were sized and he was charged with conspiring to illegally import copies of feature films.
      The case went to court, lasting eleven days before the judge dismissed the jury telling Monkhouse there was no case to answer.
      All charges were dropped.
      Sadly, many of the extremely rare films were never returned as a civil court cases would have been required to establish right of ownership in each case.
      Four months before he died he performed his โ€˜Last Standโ€™ before an audience of young comedians. Very moving and very funny. I believe it can be found on Youtube,

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        1. Indeed, something of an ‘anorak’ perhaps? which may explain a certain empathy.
          I was never a great fan of his ‘gameshow-host’ persona, too smooth, but there was a lot more to him than that.

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  2. I am drawn back to Pic 11 again.

    The car looks like an E-Type Jag, and I have a feeling that the painting is by Jack Vettriano.

    It is definitely his style.

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    1. Don Don, it’s by Peregrine Heathcote, I’m pretty sure. His style is similar to Vettriano’s and he tends to paint these groupings of a car, a plane, a girl or ship, car, girl, etc. The car is definitely a Jaguar E-type and you’re spot on with the big ‘Connie’ in the background.

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    2. DonDon……I too like picture 11! Very evocative of the 1950’s. The windows in the “Connie” look rectangular rather than round, which dates it to 1951 or after, when the Lockheed Super Constellation first entered service. The earlier Constellation with round windows had entered limited service during wartime in 1944. I’m surprised that the artist painted it from an angle that almost hides the iconic tri-tail of the Connie.

      Reflecting on 50 years of aviation history……

      I have an old family picture of my great-grandmother, who I never knew, boarding a Super Constellation in the early 1950’s. She had been 22 years old when the Wright Brothers flew at Kitty Hawk North Carolina in 1903. She boarded the Connie and flew to California when she was in her early 70’s. My grandmother said that her mother reported having flown at an altitude of 16,000 ft over the Colorado Rockies.

      Wiki: “On April 19, 1944, the second production Lockheed Constellation, piloted by Howard Hughes and TWA president Jack Frye, flew from Burbank, California, to Washington, D.C. in 6 hours and 57 minutes (2300 mi, 330.9 mph). On the return trip, the airliner stopped at Wright Field [in Dayton Ohio] to give Orville Wright his [possibly] last airplane flight, more than 40 years after his historic first flight. He may even have briefly handled the controls. He commented that the wingspan of the Constellation was longer than the distance of his first flight.”

      Orville piloting …..Wilbur running (after steadying the wing) (1903):

      Orville in cockpit of the Constellation (1944):


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      1. More Connie history…… “Ike” Eisenhower’s first presidential plane was a Lockheed Constellation named “Columbine II.” It was the first presidential plane designated “Air Force I” when the president is aboard. It was replaced by Columbine III, which is a Lockheed Super Constellation.

        The first Air Force I…..”Columbine II” :

        There was an earlier Columbine…..apparently used for General Eisenhower’s US Army travel. But I don’t immediately find what kind of plane it was. Google and Wikipedia occasionally fail.

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      2. Danny, like Wilbur in that photograph, I have run on the wing of a glider as it took off.
        The most exciting flight I ever had, was in a Tiger Moth biplane.
        As we waited before take-off, a dozen people pulled on a bungi-rope to stage an old-fashioned glider launch.
        Then, it was our turn. A gang take-off: two Tiger Moths and a near-identical Stamp biplane.
        For five minutes (time stood still), we flew in formation.
        I will remember it till my dying day.

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        1. DonDon……What a wonderful experience that would be!
          A great uncle of mine served in the US Army Air Corps in WWII. He described his first flight in an open cockpit biplane. He had never flown, and said that he would always be able to identify that plane from his hand prints where he held on.

          I do love that photograph. There’s a story involving the brothers getting the photographer there that day, with his large view camera, and telling him exactly when to snap the picture.

          Orville traveled fairly widely and lived into the era of large airliners. He would have been served by flight attendants of course. There’s a story, perhaps apocryphal, of Orville as an older man flying in an era when for many people in a plane, it would be their first flight. The story is that when a flight attendant asked him if this was his first flight, he only smiled and said no, that he had flown before and had enjoyed it a lot.

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  3. Pic 10 is Clint Eastwood during one of the many occasions he would’ve popped the bonnet on his Jagwar XK150 because cars back then broke down a lot. I think heโ€™s with his wife at the time, Maggie Johnson.

    Pic 19 might be the good old days come next February.

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    1. Pic 19……Amazing wartime ration list!
      But if lamb and beef cost 9 and 11 pence a pound respectively, and if you are rationed at a 1 penny portion of meat, why is the ration limit abbreviated “d” while the cost is abbreviated “p”.

      I thought that the old British pence was always abbreviated “d”. Or am I misunderstanding?


        1. Roddy…….Thanks! Glad to know I’m not confused about it.

          I do think I saw somewhere that the New pennies were sometimes designated “p”, while the Old ones remained “d”. Maybe that was to avoid confusion during the conversion period. In any event, that was decades after wartime rationing.

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          1. you’re correct, also the drawn piece of cheese ….implausible…has the terminology ‘p*sstake’ made its way across the Atlantic? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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            1. Roddy……The word “p*ss” in the sense of “p*sstake” is not really used here in the states (at least where I live.) But I quickly figured it out from its British context. I missed the obvious spoof of the drawn piece of cheese. Americans are gullible! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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                1. Roddy……..LOL…..Absolutely! I read that an argument broke out between Churchill and FDR at one of the war conferences. FDR was prepared to discuss a certain proposal, and then Churchill formally moved to “table” it. As the argument developed, it turned out that to table a motion means opposite things in British vs American English.

                  “Table”……parliamentary procedure: “In the United States, to “table” usually means to postpone or suspend consideration of a pending motion. … In the rest of the English-speaking world, to “table” means to begin consideration (or reconsideration) of a proposal.”

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      1. No. You are right, Danny.

        The names from Pounds Shillings and Pence were in Latin. Librae, Solidi et Denarii.

        I think that the sign may be a joke showing what life is going to be shortly with lockdowns and Brexit food shortages.

        Maybe the person making up the sign (otherwise well done) slipped up with the “p”.

        Unless anyone else has any explanations?

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        1. Roddy….Tris……I’m very internet gullible! It didn’t occur to me that this might be a joke. “1 Egg a Fortnight” and 1 pence worth of meat might have been clues to the less gullible. I did wonder “why bother” when I read those. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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          1. LOL.

            I think we are all a bit like that, Danny.

            I sometimes take things I’ve read on Twitter as gospel and get worked up, only to find that they were rubbish.

            It’s a bit like listening to your President, or the UK Prime Minister. You have to take most of it with a pinch of salt.

            The latest from the orange pumpkin… Doctors get a bonus if they say that someone died of COVID.

            What? Why?

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            1. Tris…..I haven’t been able to find out why that would be so. He claims that doctors make $2000 more per Covid death than from any other cause. He said this during a campaign rally in Michigan, and he probably just lied about it to rile up the rally crowd. He knows that he has to take Michigan to stand a chance of winning, and Covid has cost him lots of votes. Donald Junior says that the deaths from Covid are “almost nothing.” It’s all about denying the facts and getting a few more votes next Tuesday.

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              1. Risky strategy.

                Anyone, even a staunch MAGA redneck, who had lost a husband or wife, mum, dad, gran, grandad, friend, kid, would wonder if it constituted “almost nothing”.

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                    1. Marcia……Some people attributed Donald Jr.’s look to drugs. I think maybe it’s just what happens when you have Kimberly Guilfoyle as a girlfriend.

                      (If the Republicans didn’t actually exist, we’d have to make them up. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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  4. Pic 3 : I saw one of those in a cafe in Rothesay last year.

    Seeing the word ‘knob’ reminded me that the other week I was blocked from sending an email because it contained the word. Completely innocent! I had discovered that the knob on steering wheels in cars for the disabled is called a ‘Brodie Knob’ and I have a friend called Brodie.

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  5. Don’t know Glasgow too well but 14 looks to me like the split in city bound roads near Firhill – but don’t recall names.
    When I watched Clint Eastwood in Rawhide, as Rowdie Yates, I thought he looked like a teenager then amazed to learn that he was 30 – like OLD ! But it means that I know he is 90 by calculating from my own age.

    Pic 19 shows plans for next year – provided of course that Liz Truss hasn’t sold all the cheese to Japan.

    I suspect that the MG has benefited for advertiser’s enhancement.

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    1. PS Bob Hope most associated with Jane Russell in older people’s minds. HMI visiting class where 2 teachers were team teaching. Teacher introduced himself as Bob Hope. HMI turned to female colleague and said “You’ll be Jane Russรจll then ?”. Which happened to be correct.

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  6. 13 is an oddity. A book about ‘Our Noble Families’ written by a socialist and with a preface by a socialist. I can’t imagine it celebrated the aristos!

    Tom Johnston was a titan for Scotland. A Labour MP, he was secretary of State for Scotland during WWII and is credited with the creation of the Hydro-Electric Board.

    J. Ramsay MacDonald was born in poverty in Lossiemouth. He was one of the founders of the Labour Party and the first Labour Prime Minister. However, his career ended unhappily when he was expelled from the Labour Part for leading a coalition with a majority of Conservatives. A bit like the Labour cooncillors in Aiberdeen.

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    1. Dave: Maybe it didn’t. Maybe it was a book about what a bent lot they were.

      I tried to find it on the net and only came up with a book by him called “Our Scots Noble Families”


      1. Ah, same, it’s possible the same book just different title? T. Johnston was in favour of home rule, he instigated hydropower in Scotland and made sure it was not in private hands. I suspect he was very clever and knew how to play the UK political system…

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  7. A lot of wartime rationing this week. Johnson might be bringing this into England next week or when no deal Brexit happens, so Tris is getting us ready. I hope chocolate isn’t.

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      1. OMG the accents made me grit my teeth. I couldn’t watch it all the way through.

        But interesting examples of early time lapse photography.

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        1. I think that there were only two accents that were acceptable in film and radio (and probably stage) in these days.

          Middle class people were largely portrayed speaking with RP tones and working class with East of London accents.

          Cor blimey, governor, luv a duck!


      1. The Empire Tea Bureau…. and those accents.

        I had no idea that tea was that difficult to make. Thank goodness I’m a coffee man.

        I don’t think I’ve had a cup of tea in the last 10 years.

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    1. Well, don’t worry, Marcia.

      Munguin has laid in a shedload of fine wines and delicacies for himself and even some “own brand” stuff for the servants.

      I’m sure that there will be some chocolate amongst it, so if things get desperate you can always pop round and remind him of all the videos you’ve provided free of charge.

      That may soften his heart a little and, who knows, he may be persuaded to part with a bar.


  8. Pic 18 – an MG SA 2 Litre, late 1930s speeding through a watercolour.

    Anent Pic 3 – it reminded me of a wee joke that went around when I was at school (in the Victorian era) –

    A guy wis fun deid in a public lavvy in Aiberdeen. he’d written on the wa –
    “Here Ah lie broken-hearted
    peyed a penny an only farted.”

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    1. LOL.

      A penny must have been a considerable amount of money in these days (Victorian).

      It would have been good advice to go before you went…as it were.


  9. no 16: –
    Crikey! Is this the oldest bus ever to feature on AOY? Possibly earliest example of a’ hybrid’ bus???.
    In 1914 the Aberdeen Suburban Tramway Company acquired three Tilling-Stevens petrol electric buses to augment their tram service. The vehicles had a petrol engine used to drive a dynamo feeding the electric motor which actually drove the wheels.
    It was claimed that they were cheaper to use and easier for tram drivers to learn to operate.
    They were double deck open top rear entrance vehicles with bench seats inside for 20 passengers and slatted wooden seats for 18 passengers on the upper deck. Their maximum permitted speed was 12 mph.
    All three buses were converted to charabanc bodies in 1921, and were sold in 1927.

    (courtesy โ€“ The Silver City Vault)

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  10. To gus1940, correct, one of my grandfather’s ‘souvenirs’. A quiet man, he never talked about either war (I and II) he was unlucky enough to be sent to.
    Dave (Albiston), the ‘aristos’ most assuredly wouldn’t have approved, as it details the thieving of the land they profess to ‘own’, and from which people/organisations. It’s reprinted quite regularly, but not sold for one shilling (first edition). I also have a paperback seventh edition (1917) which sold for 9d. It was around 20 years after this book was first published when (J) Ramsey MacDonald and Tom Johnston (and the rest of the cabinet bar three) fell to disagreement over a plan to reduce national expenditure by ยฃ97,000,000, with ยฃ67,000,000 of Unemployment Benefit to be cut. (Plus ca change).
    Johnston was instrumental in establishing the ‘Hydro’, he did this with threatened compulsory purchase of land from the same ‘Noble Families’ that he had excoriated not long before. Must have been interesting meetings.

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  11. Seeing the Glasgow team there reminds me of the early days in Moira Anderson’s career at the King’s Theatre. After a matinee performance, there was nothing Moira and her fellow performers like Kenneth MacKellar, Jimmy Logan and Una MacLean liked better than get tanked up on frascati, buy a couple of dozen eggs and travel through Glasgow on the upper deck of a team, dropping the eggs on the heads of passersby below. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves and returned to the King’s refreshed and ready for a formidable evening performance. Sadly their ovoid excursions were brought to an end when the performers were cautioned by the police. One reason that Moira moved to the Isle of Man is that there are still teams there. I am permitted to reveal that Moira is to this very day still tempted to buy half a dozen eggs (free range), knock back a bottle of frascati, buy a return ticket and dear herself upstairs.

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    1. Seeing the Glasgow tram there reminds me of the early days in Moira Anderson’s career at the King’s Theatre. After a matinee performance, there was nothing Moira and her fellow performers like Kenneth MacKellar, Jimmy Logan and Una MacLean liked better than get tanked up on frascati, buy a couple of dozen eggs and travel through Glasgow on the upper deck of a tram, dropping the eggs on the heads of passersby below. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves and returned to the King’s refreshed and ready for a formidable evening performance. Sadly their ovoid excursions were brought to an end when the performers were cautioned by the police. One reason that Moira moved to the Isle of Man is that there are still trams there. I am permitted to reveal that Moira is to this very day still tempted to buy half a dozen eggs (free range), knock back a bottle of frascati, buy a return ticket and seat herself upstairs.


    2. I’m not surprised by that as it sounds like an enormous amount of fun, but it shows how corrupt things were, even back then. Eggs were rationed during the war for ordinary people, but seemingly not superstars!?


      1. In the posr-war age of austerity, a dozen eggs were to the tip-top stars of the day what a Lear jet is to the stars of today.
        The eggs spelled G L A M O U R.

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        1. I remember hearing that the rich bought coupons from the poor for a few pence. Looking at the footage from then, you wonder about coupons for, for example, Havana cigars!!!


    1. BTW, Nicola retweeted that with this comment:

      Oct 30
      Thank you
      – this has made me smile and given me a much needed laugh this morning. What a wee star – I think we might draft him in for the daily briefings!


  12. Some gems there, I remember the coin loos! Jings.
    Yet to read comments, but that book, by Thomas Johnston, about nobles of Scotland. I watched a short snippet of a film at the National Library of Scotland moving image archive, where T .Johnston talks about hydro power in Scotland. He was a very interesting man indeed. I looked up on wiki and saw he’d written that book, was thinking of getting a copy. Look up hydro power at the nls film site, it should come up, all within copyright important not to share. If you can’t find it I can get the ref number when on a proper computer…
    Ps I love the caravan car thing. We watch a great vlog by a Canadian guy called, ‘slim potatoehead’ on youtube, he travels the US and Canada in an A frame thing then a trailer, fantastic to see his travels, trials and tribulations and his philosophy on all things re nature.

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  13. OK. I’ve at least seen one photograph of number two. I have read twice through this thread but no-one appears to have identified it. If someone has then I apologise, but put me out of my misery!

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