104 thoughts on “ALL OUR YESTERDAYS”

  1. Another excellent selection of photos, tris. Well done!

    Pic. 1: I would spell it rowp. A public auction.
    Pic 8: George Street, Edinburgh. Maybe about 1960. There is a Vespa motor scooter half-concealed at bottom left.
    Pic 10: Sid James and Tony Hancock.
    Pic 15: Coronation Strret. Staff and regulars of the Rover’s Return, circa 1965.
    Pic 18: A young-looking Spencer Tracy. How quickly he aged.
    Pic 20: There had to be a Dundee connection somewhere. Discovery in the Antarctic.

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      1. It still blows my mind that they went from this:

        to this:

        in just a handful of years.

        Don’t want to start a barney about which era was best but, wow, it is quite a change. It’s like two completely different bands.

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        1. I’m not sure one is better than the other. Just different

          It shows a versatility that makes them stand out from most of the bands of the 80s.

          If you are gonna last in the music business, you have to adapt to change, because your fans do.

          Those that don’t, disappear.

          Love them.


          1. They still tour frequently over in this part of the world so they’re doing something right.

            A few years ago I went to see Franz Ferdinand. Alex Kapranos was definitely channeling some deep Kerr moves, which was nice to see.

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            1. People with real musical talent and a passion for music will survive. They take some fans with them on their musical journey… (I think we all have musical journeys) … and if they can adapt to changing tastes and styles and have real music abilities, they can attract new fans.

              Life in music isn’t over because you don’t get every record in the charts.


              1. I would love to go and see a band right now. The worst thing about covid is missing really stupid stuff like hanging out at pop concerts.

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                1. I’ve never had a record in the charts. I have had one played on 6 music, though.

                  I was dithering around the house and… “hang on, I recognise that!”. Quite odd.

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  2. Pics 1 & 9 – Public roups at Dumbarton – a terrible toun for debtors. I was particularly interested in pic 9 re the glassworks roup. I think the glassworks was at Dalreoch and was quite well known in its day (well before mine, by the way). I’ve seen one of their glass walking sticks.
    Pic 3 – A young Judith Durham, she who was lead singer of The Seekers.
    Pic 12 – A (very) early Apple computer
    Pic 15 – As DonDon says, Coronation St. regulars. If memory serves, (L to R) – Annie Walker, Ken Barlow, Ena Sharples, Albert Tatlock, Elsie Tanner & Minnie Caldwell. I were nobbut a lad at the time.
    Pic 19 – Different soap opera – Back row (L to R) – The Queen Mum, Queen Mary, King George the Umpteenth:
    Front row (L to R) – Princess Elizabeth, Princess Margaret. The guy lurking in the background may be distant relative, Count Drakulya of Transylvania.
    Pic 20 – Dundee waterfront on a cauld day.

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    1. One interesting fact from the Dumbarton Glass Works was that in 1850 they owed the tax man ยฃ100,000 in glass tax.
      They made window glass as their main product, huge quantities exported.
      The site map includes the Ale House, the glass blower produced a small globe, the apprentice used ale to inflate the globe with steam, ale safer than water, No swallowing allowed.
      The globe was then cut, reheated and the panes flattened.
      The float glass process produced a better quality optical pane, Pilkinton method of floating on mercury.
      The factorywas sold off when the Dixon family lost father and son , who ran the firm, within a few days.Yes the facory was just north of Dalreoch, Risk street area.

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      1. To Dave,09:52.
        Was the glass not floated on tin rather than mercury?
        Hot mercury fumes are somewhat hazardous to carbon life forms, I am reliably ( I think) informed.

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      1. My mother used to work in MacSorley’a pub in Jamaica St at the corner of Midland St. In the early days of the Second World War, Queen Mary visited Glasgow and the train arrived at St Enoch’s Station (the main line one, long demolished), which was just along Howard St from MacSorley’s. A couple of her colleagues went along to see the Royal party. When they returned, one of the cleaners said to my mother, “Ye missed nuthin, Rachel. Yon Queen Mary’s an indignant auld basturt.”

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      2. Mary smiling? Google Images can find anything. Smiling while taking tea, and in a carriage with George for example. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        There’s even some newly discovered and restored film footage that shows Victoria smiling.

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        1. Almost peerless Googling skills, Danny.

          In the first one the old dear is genuinely smiling. I wonder what cause that… a particularly good cup of tea, mayhap?

          The second one looks a bit forced.

          Old Vicky seems to have a genuine smile on her face there. Must have seen John Brown arrive …

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          1. Tris…..Yes, the smile is a bit forced in the carriage, but being โ€‹around old George #5 can’t ever have been much fun. ๐Ÿ˜‰

            I was wondering about the upraised finger. Perhaps leading some group singing at tea?

            Vicky does look genuinely happy. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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              1. LOL……She’d never seen one that wasn’t attached to a nanny. ๐Ÿ˜‰

                I guess even Queen Mary had to open orphanages and child care centers and what not for the poor.

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                1. Ha ha ha ha… yes true, Danny

                  But child care centres…?

                  Not in the days of Old May of Teck.

                  They would have had plenty of orphanages though, but I shouldn’t think that queens opened them.

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                  1. Tris……I Googled up a caption for this photo. It says:

                    “Queen Mary Surrounded By An Admiring Crowd Of Children And Staff During Her Visit Yesterday To Deptford Se Where She Opened A Nursery School At The Stowage Hughes’s Fields. Rachel Macmillan Nursery In Deptford South London.”

                    So I guess even old May apparently had her share of nursery schools to open, hospitals to visit, and such things. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    2. Corrie was compulsory viewing in my home when I was in my 20’s and living back at home after being at
      university. Lights out and no reading and local ladies gathered at the Coop van to discuss the latest plotline – or even before big events like Len Fairclough building up to some serious aggro with some youths. The actual event was a serious anti climax as Stan Ogden waded in. Btw, I couldn’t stand the programme but it was impossible to avoid it at the time. The one abiding legacy of this peripheral viewing (replicated in later year by kids and Neighbours ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ) is my habit of referring to a team called Hamacad, which Stan Ogden backed on his pools coupon but could never find their results in the paper.

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      1. Oh what torture…

        I’ve never watched it… I dunno what I would have done if I’d been forced to watch it…

        Still, you survived!!! Which goes to show how resilient you are. ๐Ÿ™‚


        1. Tbh I sat and read if there was light and half dozed if not. Could always escape by going out but not on a foul winter night. At one time own family were into both Neighbours and Home and Away, which was almost as bad as EE.

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      2. I was working offshore once. After the evening meal I went to the coffee lounge where the guys were lining up chairs in front of the TV. I though there must be some match coming on. No – Coronation Street. The bears had to have their daily fix.

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  3. since you appear to have become a bus-free zone, best I can offer is that no. 3 looks very like Judith Durham (of Seekers fame).
    She was quite small, very small in fact, the rest of the group towered over her, but a fine voice.

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    1. She had/has an awesome voice.

      We weren’t a bus free zone. Munguin resents that having spent ages trawling through bus photographs trying to find one to excite you only to have WordPress mess it up. However, at considerable expence to his own pocket, he has found an alternative photo for you and also includes a link to the one which was there before.

      How many little animals would do that?



      1. Oh I’m sorry, I didn’t mean it. You’re wonderful, dedicated, deserving of a humungous pay rise.
        (you can quote me to Mr M.)
        Bear in mind that at my age, I NEED a bit of excitement.
        AOY provides a valuable social service. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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        1. Huddonaminute!
          How do I cancel the above comment?
          Honestly, you just can’t get the staff….

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          1. OK, so the one you’ve sneaked in after no. 5, while a bit smal, it does work.
            It shows a pair of Aberdeen Daimler CVG6โ€™s flanking an AEC Swift.
            Nearest the camera is no. 198, a 1954 Crossley bodied CVG6, furthest away is no. 240, a 1957 Metro-Cammell bodied example.
            Wedged in the middle looks like no. 59, an Alexander bodied AEC Swift from Jan 1972. Which would date the photo precisely because no 198 was the last of the batch of 1954 Daimlers to be withdrawn, in 1972.
            Its final days were often spent on the hourly student run to-and-from Kingโ€™s College. That brings back memories (sigh!) because I recall sitting on that very bus top-deck while it trundled up the cobbled High Street, wishing it would get a move on, I was probably late for a lecture.
            They would lay-over at Castlegate between round trips. The farthest Daimler is showing โ€˜Marischal Collegeโ€™ and โ€˜20โ€™ on its destination display, suggesting it had just completed one such return trip.
            If only there was a degree in โ€˜bus-ologyโ€™ Iโ€™d have a Phd!!!

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            1. Then there is No.6, the other one you’ve sneaked in while I wasn’t looking (are you trying to make me look stupid?)
              Well done, you’ve succeeded. ๐Ÿ˜’
              Anyway it (no 6) shows a Burlingham bodied Daimler CVD6 (BMS 398), probably one of a 1947 batch, pictured at Balfron near Glasgow. Alongside it is an ex-London Transport Cravens bodied (AEC) Regent RT.
              I’ll shut up now. There’s been b*gger all on TV this afternoon, (which I would complain about but I couldn’t care less) however at least I seem to have found a constructive way to pass the time.
              Regards to Mr M.

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              1. I think that, this afternoon one of my neighbours who told me he couldnt care less about Phil, was secretly watching the Phil Show on the box.

                I shall ask him about it later…

                Munguin wants to know if you are suggesting that he is sneaky….


                1. “you are suggesting that he is sneakyโ€ฆ.”

                  Not at all, I’m just completely indifferent to all things royal.
                  I have this strange affliction whereby the merest suggestion of Nicholas Witchell triggers an involuntary reach for the TV remote…. possibly Mr M can suggest a cure?
                  (mind you I have heard it said that some members of the royal family share this affliction).

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            2. There’s anoth4er one right after… that first one was a mistake, but I couldn’t get rid of it.

              You’ll be happy to know that the University of Antarctica does do PhDs in Buses.

              And you have been awarded your doctorate by the penguin in charge of such matters.

              Henceforth you will be Dr Roddy the Bus Anorak.


            3. A friend of mine was on the number 20 bus. She got on at West North Street and got off on King Street near the Seaton Arms. That was in 1973. We never saw her again.

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                1. Strange things have been known to happen on the no.20 bus, especially late at night.
                  In fairness probably not actually the bus’s fault

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          1. Did you mean me? What did I mean? Or were you commenting on something else?
            Wordpress can make it difficult to link comment and response, they can pop up in strange places.

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            1. After all this time and a small party chez Munguin last night (it was just him and me and the Grand Arch Duke of Antarctica). It’s all a bit hazy.

              I wish WordPress would sort out their comments.


  4. ooops – Pic 14 – saw one once – a small bronze plaque/large medal issued to relatives of those who died in WWI. it was known as ‘the dead Man’s penny’, I think.

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  5. #13 There is, in fact, a Useless Information Society.They have an annual event, accompanied by much feasting and drinking. One of the members gives a speech including as many esoteric, and therefore useless, facts as possible. The membership includes a number of well known personalities.

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  6. DonDon immediately spotted the young Spencer Tracy. I’d have thought that might have been harder to recognize for MNR readers.

    As Andi described…..number 19 is the royal family on the balcony of the palace after George VI’s coronation on 12 May 1937.

    Among the historical artifacts of the Danny family collections are a souvenir teacup and saucer of the 12 May coronation, but naming Edward VIII as the king to be crowned. He got mixed up with an American woman and was asked to leave the country, although the coronation went on as planned, with a different king.

    A photograph of the undoubtedly priceless Edward VIII coronation teacup and saucer:

    In the picture, Queen Elizabeth is wearing the Queen Consort’s crown specially made for her for the coronation, which is now called The Queen Mother’s Crown. Mounted in the center front is the Koh-i-Noor diamond, which was stolen from India in Victoria’s time, and has since been incorporated into the Queen Consort’s crowns of Queen Alexandra, Queen Mary, and Queen Elizabeth. Like most big diamonds, the Koh-i-Noor carries a curse, but the curse does not effect women who can therefore wear it safely.

    The true story of the Koh-i-Noor diamond — And why the British won’t give it back:


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    1. See, Danny. It’s always Americans that mess up the fine marriage between cousins that the British royals are famed for.

      If they gave back everything they have stolen, the Brits would be destitute… oh, wait, they already are.

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      1. Yes Tris……I knew there was trouble ahead when Harry got involved with an American. The royals never learn!

        Maybe the destitute Brits have fallen victim to all the well crafted curses there must be on all the jewels they have stolen. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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        1. ๐Ÿ™‚

          I suppose if it’s a curse to have more money than enough and servants, paid for by someone else at your disposal 24/7… not to mention planes, cars and landrovers and d=to live in massive manions, yep, they are cursed.


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  7. No. 20: I too assumed that the ship was an Antarctic expedition ship, and with some Googling identified it as the Terra Nova, a ship built by Alexander Stephen and Sons, Dundee, which carried Scott’s 1910 British Antarctic Expedition.

    “On 15 June 1910 the British Antarctic Expedition left Bute Docks, Cardiff, for the last great unexplored continent on Earth, to be joined en route by their leader Captain Robert Falcon Scott in South Africa. The ship, Terra Nova, originally a whaler built in Dundee, had been refitted and coaled at Cardiff for her long voyage south. Both of the leading British polar explorers Scott and Shackleton had been on fund raising and lecture tours in 1909 so that awareness of the departure of Britain’s biggest and most ambitious expedition yet was high. It was not yet known that the Norwegian explorer Amundsen was also on his way to Antarctica: in September 1910 the expedition would become a race.”

    “Terra Nova” Leaving Harbour Towards the South Pole (1910):



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    1. Munguin believes that some of his ancestors slipped aboard when the ship went back to the UK, unaware of how unpleasant Britain was. They thought they were heading for sunnier climes… Alas, they pitched up here!

      Still, Munguin has made the best of it and built up a media empire and faithful staff.


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          1. So, do some of Munguin’s distant relatives reside at Edinburgh Zoo?
            Please let me know next time he is planning to visit them as I live quite near the Zoo and would love to be able to pay my respects to Munguin in person.

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            1. We certainly will let you know if we are going to Edinburgh Zoo.

              I’d be delighted to meet you. And you never know, Munguin has been known to say hello to his readers from time to time. ๐Ÿ™‚

              He usually askes them if they have come far (which in your case will be easy to answer in the negative) and if he is feeling very gregarious, he asks what they do.

              Best prepare suitable answers. He likes to get meeting the people over so he can get stuck into the champagne.


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              1. Yes. I remember the parade of the penguins from my first visit to Edinburgh zoo.

                But I didn’t mention the penguins or the elephant seal when I wrote this:


                Dae ye mynd the furst time ye aipent a banana? Ah dae. It was on a schuil-trip til Embro zoo, an Ah maun hae been sax- or seiven-year auld.
                Ma mither had gien me a banana wi ma lunch-pack. Ah mynd speirin at her, โ€˜Maw, whit am Ah ti dae wi this?โ€™ An she telt me, if Ah was hungert eneuch, Ah wud find a wey intil it.
                Come lunch time, we were aa sittin in the bus, the windaes aa steamed up, rain dreippin aff oor coats. โ€˜Dammit til hell,โ€™ says I, for Ah was a great profaner even in thae days. โ€˜Damn it, gin the bluidy puggies can dae it, so can I!โ€™

                Gordon Donaldson

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    1. Interesting to look at the cars, many memories there, Hillman Triumph Morris and several VW beetles, but can’t seem to spot a Mini anywhere. Does this date the pic to before the first minis in 1959 ?

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  8. Thing you get used to simply disappear due to improved technology. Remember flip boards at stations and airports and the clickity clack of the letters and numbers changing? A short video of the board that used to be a Paris Gard du Nord station.

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      1. Things you don’t miss till they are gone:

        Birds taking the cream off the tops of milk on your doorstop.

        Bottles of milk on your doorstop.

        The noise of the milkman delivering the milk to your doorstop.

        Milk bottles.

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                1. I delivered rolls, trundling roon the streets wi ma wee barra, like Drew in a weathers. Mind you, I had a leisurely 6:00 am start which gave me ample time to get the job done in time to go to school. of course, I had to go round on Friday nights as well to collect the money. Six mornings a week, for a pittance really. Ah, happy days!

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                  1. You almost have me in tears here.

                    Till you said you didn’t start to 6…

                    My goodness part timer.

                    Did someone get you up and give you something warm to drink before you went out, Andi?


                  2. A pittance for me too Andi, but since my mum stopped my pocket money when I got my first earner and didn’t reinstate it after I gave it up, it was literally work or want.

                    So work I did, at various things, throughout High School. So as soon as I was allowed to work a full shift, at 14, I did and was pulling almost a whole pound an hour for a Saturday. My pals were lucky if they got ten bob a week; I was minted, relatively speaking.

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  9. Must’ve been some subliminal thoughts from Conan’s post; I’m just back from Morrison’s with a litre of unhomogeneised Jersey milk. The top of which will be reserved for tomorrow’s porridge.

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