72 thoughts on “ALL OUR YESTERDAYS”

  1. It looks like I am first this week, yet again. Lots of chocolate, trams and buses.

    Pic. 5 looks like the Keystone Kops (but it isn’t).
    Pic. 9: John Le Mesurier and Hattie Jacques. It occurs to me that they both had French names.
    Channel islands?
    Pic. 17: Barbra Streisand. Not a favourite of mine, although I did enjoy What’s Up Doc, with Robert Redford.
    Pic. 20: this should be right up my street, but to be honest, I haven’t a clue.

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      1. The Rolling Stones – L to R – Mick Jagger (Vocals), Brian Jones (Rhthym Guitar), Keith Richards (Lead Guitar), Bill Wyman (Bass), Charlie Watts (Drums).

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    1. John le Mesurier and Hattie Jaques had what is termed an ‘open marriage’. Despite her role as the formidable matron of Carry On films, she apparently shared her favours. Her husband would retreat to the attic. Allegedly.

      Could this be their wedding photo?

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    2. DonDon, Le Mesurier is Channel Islands in origin. Hattie’s surname at birth was Jaques, without the c. When I looked up that surname, it turns out it’s likely to be Frenchified from an English name, either Jacks or Jakes and was pronounced “jah-kwez”.

      So it could be, or probably was, a pretentious individual, but an unsophisticated one, that changed the family name.

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      1. Favourite Streisand/ What’s Up line – after listing all her subjects sudied and universities attended, when asked by O’Neil what she actually wanted to be, she said “a graduate”.

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    3. Congratulations, DonDon!

      Dave will be able to tell you about No 5.

      John le Mesurier’s mother (from whom he took his name) was from Alderney.

      I can’t find any connection with the Island and Hattie.

      20 is just a random tractor from the 1950s.


    4. Pic 20 – A McCormick Farmall type A.?
      It’s got the odd-looking offset engine/front end design which was called ‘Cultivision’ – also a dropped axle and wide front-track – presumably to aid ploughing.
      It was made by International Harvester Company (IH) of Chicago, Illinois, between 1939 and 1947.
      here’s a restored one…

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  2. #11 Oh now. Looks like some baby boomers. Wonder if any Muguinites are among them?
    #14 Vintage Stones. They look like a bunch of kids.
    #15 Princes Street looking towards Frederick Street. Looks like there is a summer sale.


  3. Number 12: ‘Alo ‘Alo. watching this evenings now for the second time. Surprised it is even allowed. Pure farce but so entertaining. Great post. Marvelous flashbacks. Ah! Thank you!

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    1. It was a send up of the BBC TV programme, Secret Army. I didn’t watch it much as I thought of the real people who risked their lives to organise the escape line for airman and soldiers during the war.

      One of the organisers was Andree De Jongh. It was run mostly by women. About 70% of the helpers were women.

      There is a lecture about her.

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      1. Watched it on French TV once – the “gendarme” predictably spoke French riddled with schoolboy errors rather than mispronounced English. There were very mixed reactions to the programme in France for reasons similar to yours.

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      1. Listen carefully, I shall say this only once: that is Herr Flick of the Gestapo; I have a sausage in the fridge that has within it the painting of the fallen Madonna with the big boobies; the British airmen are in the attic; Lieutenant Gruber sends his regards to Rene.

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    1. Some 1940’s Oklahoma-related music:

      When Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first show opened on Broadway in 1943, Oklahoma got its state song. Kansas City (a city in Missouri) got a song too.

      About the Sooner nickname….= (The town of Guthrie grew overnight, became the territorial capital, and in 1907, the first state capital.)

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      1. Ah Danny… the fact that Kansas City is in M Missouri is a brain teaser for even some of the great minds of our time.

        Remember how your beloved and much lamented late president got all confused…

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        1. Tris…….In general, as I understand it, when the tribes were forced off their ancestral lands in the East and relocated west to Indian Territory in the pre-Civil-War years starting in the 1820’s, they were promised that their territory would be safe from encroachment by white settlement. This was generally enforced, but a “Boomer” movement for settlement of Oklahoma developed after the Civil War. Finally, a total of seven land rushes were organized and carried out from 1889 to 1895, to apportion land in Indian Territory to new settlement. While the Indian nations nominally negotiated the terms for ceding their land for the rushes, and received payment for the individual land sales, they were surely under considerable pressure to do so.


          While the tribes retained sovereignty over their own remaining lands, “the Oklahoma organic act of 1890 created an organized incorporated territory of the United States, named Oklahoma Territory, with the intent of ultimately combining the Oklahoma and Indian territories into a single State.” Oklahoma Territory comprised roughly the western half of the area, while the the unincorporated Indian Territory was to the East. Indian Territory tried, in 1905, to gain admission to the union as the State of Sequoyah, but was rebuffed by Congress. In 1907, Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory joined to form the State of Oklahoma, the 46th state. In 1912, New Mexico and Arizona joined the union, and the contiguous 48 states were complete.

          About the forced removal of the tribes from their ancestral lands in the East along the Trail of Tears.


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  4. No. 1 is, I think, the corner of what is now N Canal Street and W Washington Street in Chicago. The next cross-street down is W Madison Street, and the block is bounded on the east by the Chicago River. The whole development is called Riverside Plaza.

    Here’s what it looks like today on Google Maps: https://is.gd/Ye4H0n.
    And here it is on the map: https://is.gd/0dy67d.

    The building in the background doesn’t look quite right, admittedly; the one today has decorative brickwork between floors, and the ground floor has definitely been remodelled / clad with granite. The architecture, though, still says that it’s in an American city in the north of the country.

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    1. Ed……I’d say that you have that right. The streets and the Chicago River are right, and the building across the street is close enough. It has the right height and general appearance, allowing for 90 years of exterior remodeling. The car is a Ford; almost surely a Model A, produced 1927-1931 in many body styles.

      I’d say that the men in coats might be Chicago businessmen, politicians, or gangsters. The distinction gets blurred in Chicago (and in Illinois.) Of the last 12 Governors of Illinois, six were charged with felonies while in office. Two beat the rap, but four went to prison.
      It’s been suggested that a wing might be built on one of the state prisons to serve as a permanent retirement home for Illinois Governors.

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      1. I think I’m right too, Danny (obviously), though the decorative courses of brickwork in the modern Street View image are a little puzzling. I suppose if you have to remove a course of brickwork over a steel frame, say, to check on corrosion, then I could see an architect replacing it with a bit of fancy brickwork. Increasing property value, or something.

        I knew it wasn’t New York because I know Canal Street there, and there’s no Madison Street; it wasn’t LA because the architecture’s wrong, so next on my list was Chicago. I’d have had a look at Detroit after that, I suppose, but Chicago seemed like a palpable hit.

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  5. Pic 2 is dear auld Glesca toon looking along Argyle Street to Glasgow Cross with a No 9 tram heading to Dalmuir West in Clydebank. I vaguely remember an old advertising jingle for Sellyn’s, something like, “Shop at Sellyn’s, we’re absolutely best, When you shop at Sellyn’s you’ll be really well dressed.” Pic 1950s-early 60s?
    Pic 7 a fine row of Glesca Corpy buses – can’t place the depot.

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      1. I believe it is Parkhead depot in Tollcross Road.
        A line up of Albion Venturer type CX37’s, the one’s nearest the camera have Brockhouse bodies and the 1950’s Green and Orange livery. The appearance further back of a Leyland in the new green and yellow livery dates the photo as probably very late fifties?

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    1. Could it have been up where Buchanan Street bus station is now, Andimac? I remember that Buchanan Street was pretty scuzzy up above Cathedral Street – or above Buchanan Street Underground, really.

      The reeking lum you can see dates the pic to before the smoke control orders came into force for the area, but even my peerless googling skills couldn’t find when that was. Of course, it was back in the Stone Age, after the Flood but before the introduction of mobile phones.

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      1. There were two Buchanan Bus Stations ed. One at the top of Buchanan St/Germiston St, and the other in Parliamentary Rd/Killermont St. Well, that’s what my not too good memory tells me. I think my folks took me on a bus to Campsie Glen, sometime after the end of W.W. 2, to roll my Easter egg.
        ps. I think the main, covered terminus, was called Buchanan St Bus Station, to avoid confusion with the other one.

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    1. Chicago Tribune, March 19, 1929:
      “Police automobiles used by squads assigned to the detective bureau are to be painted yellow to prevent them from being confused with automobiles of a similar make, it was announced yesterday. The change follows closely upon the charge that a police car was used by killers in the North Clark street massacre.”

      β€œThe word β€˜Police’ will be lettered on the sides, front, and rear,” Commissioner of Police William F. Russell. β€œNo one then will be likely to confuse our cars with others made by the same manufacturer.”

      “One of the defense arguments in the trials of of Anselmi and Scalisi for the murder of two policemen was that they did not know that the car pursuing them was a police car.”

      (The snazzy yellow paint jobs seem to lose something in the old pictures.)

      Part of the 100 New Chicago Police Yellow Ford Model A’s.


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  6. No 10 looks like the famous Caley Single, no 123, in magnificent Caley Blue. No 123 was involved in the 1895 railway races in which west and east coast companies raced their 7.30 departures from London to Aberdeen, the first to reach Kinnaber Junction, where east and west lines met, being the winner.

    CR 123 put up some splendid performances on its section but the headline show was on the east coast line, between Edinburgh and Dundee in 59 minutes, but with a level of risk attached which contributed to rising public concern and a return to sanity. (On the approach to Edinburgh, the train had been travelling at c 80 mph at Craigentinny and sleeping car passengers reportedly were thrown from their berths. The train ran forward minus sleeping cars.).
    The Edinburgh Evening News has been known to revive the 59 minute story, but misrepresenting it as a normal service time to draw unflattering comparisons with current practice.

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    1. Interesting, Cairnallochy.

      The average journey time from Dundee to Edinburgh (Waverley) is 1 hour 23 minutes. Journey times might be slightly longer on weekends and Bank Holidays.

      Not sure I fancy being thrown out of my sleeping berth though! πŸ™‚


      1. That line has so many restrictions, tight curves, a tunnel at Kinghorn with a kink in the middle, 2 speed limited bridges. When the Evening News stories were mentioned to me, I enjoyed asking people why the 80 mph trains in 1895 were so much faster than present day 100 or 125 mph trains. Didn’t ever get more than a puzzled look.
        I once came back over the Tay Bridge after football with a DMU driver in a hurry and we got an appalling lurch on the sharp curve at the north end. The 59 minute trip must have been pretty scary, though I think they had left most of the passengers in Edinburgh.

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    2. Cairnallochy, I agree that CR 123 was -still is – a wonderful loco, capable of running at high speeds but this looks like a Dunalastair, the first of which were introduced from 1896. They were high-performance express 4-4-0s with 6′ 6” driving wheels and a splasher on the front drivers.
      The big single had 7′ drivers which came almost to the centre of the boiler. It’s on display at Glasgow Riverside Museum.

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  7. Picture 2 is such a hilarious coincidence. If you look closely at the upstairs front seats of the team you can see Moira Anderson and Jimmy Logan getting ready to throw eggs at pedestrians!


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