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Thanks to Marcia, Dave, Dave, Quokka and also to John for 21 which came in just as I finished the page, so is, in effect, a bonus picture. Munguin says, no no, it’s ok, don’t shower him with bottles of bubbly…well, OK, if you insist.


63 thoughts on “ALL OUR YESTERDAYS”

  1. Wow…real mixed bag tonight! Pic 1 is a record rack for stacking your 45rpm singles or EPs way back in the 1950s/60s. Pic 8 – No idea of time for LNER travel poster but I love the image – it reminds me of grubbing about in the Clyde when I was a kid, albeit not in such genteel fashion or dress. Pic 13 – David Nixon – TV magician? Pic 16 – the ferry crossing the Forth between the 2 Queensferrys, north & south, prior to the building of the first Forth Road Bridge (my Uncle Johnnie was a spiderman (steel erector) on that. Pic 21 – oil lamp with mirror reflector – before my time but I remember our Tilley lamp in darker days.

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    1. andimac beats me to the draw,

      Pic 1: I knew the mesh was too narrow for toast, and wondered if it was for vinyl records.
      Pic 2: Davenport, Iowa, is on the Mississippi and has a John Deere factory. No doubt Danny can confirm this.
      Pic 3: Teaching yourself Gaelic is impossible. I’ve tried.
      Pic 9: The Helsinki Olympics. At last!
      Pic 11: What’s My Line. The US verison’s star panelist was Groucho Marx. Again, Danny will confirm.
      Pic 13: Magician David Nixon, as andimac said.
      Pic 16: Yes, andimac, ferries on the Forth. When was the road bridge opened? Was it 1964?
      Pic 17: Surely this was never marketed it Scotland. Auld Nick, Auld Hornie, the Gentleman in Bleck?
      It never ceases to amaze me that Däuwel is a surname in Germany.

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      1. David Nixon in Pic 13 was also a panelist on What’s My Line? In Pic 11 we see the infamously irascible Gilbert Harding on the right of shot, who had been described as the rudest man in Britain. Next to him is Barbara Kelly and then actor Jerry Desmonde, famous sour-faced foil to such comedians(?) as Norman Wisdom in 1960s films.
        Julie Grant in Pic 6 sports the famous 60s “crash helmet” hairstyle. Page-boy styling smothered in lacquer which made it as hard as the open-face ABS helmets we wore then…
        Pic 16 has a Standard 8 in the foreground (predecessor model to the Triumph Herald – originally to be known as Standard Herald) with a Wolsley Hornet to the left. This was a booted, upmarket version of the mini and is this case seems to bear a “B” suffix registration from 1964, giving an idea of the date of the picture.
        Pic 15 has a fine example of an R-Type Bentley Continental from the early 1950s. A couple of Austin Cambridges, possibly A40/50/55 – all from the 1950s, in the background with what looks like a Ford Prefect van in G.P.O. colours on the right.

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        1. The van in Pic 15 is a Morris 8 Series Z, which dated from 1940 to 1954, in PO Telephones livery. This model was replaced by the Morris Minor Quarter Ton Van.

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          1. Wow. Loads of information there.

            I had to look up “the rudest man in Britain” and found that poor Mr Harding was actually a kind nice man who had a pretty horrible life.

            He apparently wished himself dead.

            I’d say that was sad.


        2. I was told once that the reason for the change from Standard to Triumph was because of negative connotations attaching to word “standard”, particularly in USA where the company had hopes of developing an export market. Don’t know how much truth in the story.

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            1. In its early years Cadillac described itself as “the standard of the world”, meaning the level to which all others must strive to emulate – it set the standard, in other words, so a standard can mean a high level of quality. This is why the Standard name was chosen for the company.
              Standard Motors saw the Triumph name as being younger and more sporty and since the Herald was such a departure from what they had produced before – it was the first mass-produced British car with all-wheel independent suspension – the Triumph badge was chosen for the new model.


              1. Fair enough… if you see it as setting the standard , which they clearly did.

                I tend o see it the way that the railways do, when they talk about standard class… ie second class.


        3. morego…..I was at first confused about #11, but then I realized that it was showing the British version of What’s My Line. I had only seen the American version.

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      2. DonDon…..I’m late in responding. I was busy yesterday, and am just now seeing AOY, after Soppy Sunday is already up.

        Anyway, Deere and Company does indeed make “John Deere” branded equipment at its Davenport Works in Davenport, Iowa. Davenport is one of the “Quad Cities” of Davenport and Bettendorf on the west bank of the Mississippi River in Iowa, and Moline and Rock Island on the east bank of the river in Illinois. Quad Cities is the largest urban population on the Mississippi between Minneapolis/St. Paul in Minnesota, and St. Louis in Missouri.

        John Deere was born in Vermont in 1804, and he founded his now famous company in Illinois in 1837. Deere and Company makes farm and lawn equipment, heavy construction equipment, engines and drivetrains, etc; and its world headquarters is on the Illinois side of the Mississippi in Moline.

        Yes, “What’s My Line” was a very popular TV game show which was produced in the States from 1950 – 1975. I’ve seen it in reruns and YouTube clips, but I don’t recognize those people, which must be from one of the British versions. During most of its run in the States, it had three regular panelists and one guest panelist. Groucho Marx showed up as the guest panelist on several occasions.

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    1. LOL, Glen Michael’s (Cartoon) Cavalcade, a fixture of my childhood. The show extended for many years before and after I grew into and out of it.

      Famously, there was no favouritism when it came to birthday wishes being read out. The only way was to write in and hope to get lucky with the draw; a one-time Lord Provost of Glasgow’s request, for the rules to be bent, was said to have been rebuffed.

      A few kids from my primary school were on the show one time, including a girl in my class. There was no selection process, to the great disappointment of everyone else. Since every kid wanted to be on the telly, the green-eyed monster emerged in all of us, they were universally labelled ” the sooks”.

      15 is Princes Street, Edinburgh’s de facto main street, despite George Street being designed as such.

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  2. Bubbly from Munguin? Wow, thank you kindly, sir! That will go down well as I read in bed with oil-lamp by my side. We don’t have a Tory government here in Bulgaria so electricity supply is erratic – although maybe not quite so erratic as your Bawris & Co.

    Before getting on to the photies, we’ve had TWO mentions of Partick Thistle in the past few days! I’ll complee the hat-trick by reminding reeaders that we won the League 1 title at first attempt, thus rectifying the shameful relegation after the previous uncompleted covid-ravaged season. The SFA and SPFL were not invited to the trophy presentation. Wonder why??

    No 3: Fond memories. When I was a wee boy, my Auntie Morag was manager of the the MacLaren shop in Argyle St. We would stay with her on visits to Glasgow, and going to the shop was always a delight. I’d get showered with comics and New Year annuals – from the usual DC Thomson to exotic treats like the Eagle. (No need for Gaelic instruction. We all spoke it very well.)

    No 8: Lovely piece of artwork, though I think the way the light catches the bairns is more imagination than reality. And the closest yacht seems dangerously close to the rocks, especially carrying so much canvas and what looks like a lee shore judging by the shape of the sails.

    No 10: 5-MT Class 4-6-0 designed by Sir Willaim Stanier and introduced in 1934. Mainly LMS operations and on the LM Region post-nationalisation.

    No 14: No idea of location, but south of England at a guess from the Middlesex reg of the car in the foreground.

    No 18: Closer to home, judging by WG – Stirling – reg,but I’m sure Roddy as always will give us chapter and verse. Maybe a contribution from Tatu being of Stirling origin.

    Can only agree on the Old Nick name. Great treat for Halloween guisers, though. And the Australian ‘Bumbles’ can’t be that old, judging by the 700g metric measure and the comparatively recent ‘gluten free’ labelling.

    Great selection – and another great start to Saturday morning. Now a civilised 08:30 here but still among the first in. Maybe that will earn more bubbly?!?

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    1. I thought it was you who contributed “Chambers’s Miscellany of Useful and Entertaining Tracts” Is that the first edition of 1844?

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      1. Jeez, Conan… such observation, such memory! It is indeed the same book but the preface page says ‘New and revised edition’ and is not dated. You’ll probably knw that off the top of your head. I first put it on AOY ages ago, maybe the title page or one of the many etchings it contains. It was the first book that came to hand yesterday that would stay open when propped up next to the oil-lamp when I took the photie. Several others from the nearest bookshelf failed that test.

        You certainly live up to your name where books are concerned… identifying this one from a small section of a random page. Well done on that – and all your other MNR comments. Always relevant, often humorous, never boring. ‘T would be a pleasure to buy you a pint were I in Scotland, even at £5 a go! At that rate you’d soon recover the cost of the fare for a Bulgarian holiday. Her we pay about 1.50 lev on averge for 500 ml. £1 gets you about 1.20 lev if you’re lucky – and sensible. Do NOT buy currency at the airport on arrival where £ will only fetch one lev and a few stotinki. (Sto is 100 so stotinki is 1/100th or cent equivalent and parallel etymology.)

        The currency name derives from libra so shares the L of the old LSD. Transliterated from the Cyrillic, the symbol is lb – justthe same as the old pound weight measure. The more obvious Italian lira and Rrkish lire are from the same source. (Today’s contribution of useless but interesting information.)

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        1. I’d be glad to take up that offer John. I love books as you obviously do too. I once did a wee thing about Scottish publishers and Chambers were the main protagonists.
          Many years later, a couple of nice young people handed in two cardboard boxes of Chambers dictionaries, cyclopedias and the like into my library, as they were closing down.
          The internet…

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    2. There’s a little blue plate below the fleet number, with what looks like a letter N. I always thought these were home depor indicators – did Newburgh have its own depot ? BTW In those days all Alexanders own buses carried Stirlingshire registrations.


      1. Correct, the ‘N’ is a depot code. Newburgh was a depot until c.1990 when it was downgraded to an ‘outstation’… (the difference in terms of facilities available – i.e. cash handling/refuelling etc.,)
        The bus is a pre-war Leyland Tiger, a 1940 TS8 39 seater (as opposed to the standard 35 seats).
        The site from which this image was taken says the location is Newburgh in the late 1950’s.

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    3. Oi, don’t get greedy there, Bulgaria correspondent.

      Oh, and I should mention, Munguin isn’t prepared to stump up for postage, so you’ll have to come and collect it.

      You knew it was too good to be true.



      1. Fair enough… a trip to Scotland is long overdue and the prospect of a bottle of the best from Munguin in person makes it even more appealing. Last year’s planned autumn visit was covid-scuppered and there is still no definite likelihood of reinstatement. Please ask His Most Dignified Excellemcy to keep it on ice till personal collection and shared consumption is possible.

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    4. 3 of the 4 league titles went to Glasgow. 2 to the big teams and one to the newcomers…

      It has been suggested that Covid is a vengeful deity’s riposte to Queens Park’s descent into professionalism.

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  3. Some items from the past are welcome to stay there. No1, we had one of those, 1970’s I think, now I’d maybe use it at the allotment of something.
    No.2, The Mundells, perfect it actually resembles them as well, lol!
    No.6, is she an alien? No.14, all those lumps of metal, and everyone’s packed into the bus like sardines, something’s out of proportion, is it the humans?
    No.15, Princes Street?
    The Old Nick ad, don’t think that would go down well these days.
    What does the Eiffel tower have to do with lemons? Next it’ll be the statue of liberty and oranges,I don’t know.
    No.11, is that comic sans?
    No.16, ah back in the day. You know, the new road bridge built in the few short years the SNP have been at the helm, within the devolution light arena, is quite an achievement. Folks would be in wee paddle boats had the English HQ’d parties had their way, they all voted against the new bridge, bet they use it though! Even the Scottish Greens voted against it what did they want, a rope bridge to reduce traffic pollution? Bet they use it as well. Those who said no no no, wha wha, we can’t have a new bridge, to replace the one that’s falling down, (an arterial route for people, goods and services in Scotland), should write a thank you note to the SNPto

    The oil lamp is cool, wonder what the novel is, about money and the workhouse, maybe it’s a Dickens.
    Thanks, always interesting, humans are so clever, yet so stupid, I can’t fathom them.

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    1. LOL @ the Mundells. I don’t think they are that bonny!

      It’s Julie Grant, and I have to say she does look a bit like she came from another place. Apparently she had a few hits in the 1960s.

      You got me on the Eiffel Tower and Lemons… no connection as far as I can see. Ne t time I’m there, I’ll search the area for Lemon Trees.


  4. Pic 7 A 2 week Shakespearean Festival in Dundee. Unbelievable!!

    Pic 14 That tram looks dangerously unstable. I suppose the heavy motors are doon below, but still. You wouldn’t get me up on the top deck.


    1. I was once on the top deck of a bus coming down the Mound in Edinburgh many years ago. Very scary, was sure it was going to topple over!

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      1. I’ve never really thought about that. I like being up high on a bus becasue you get to see all sorts of things that you wouldn’t normally see.

        Now maybe I’ll think twice. 🙂


        1. “I like being up high on a bus…”
          You mean you’ve actually travelled on a bus?
          Wow, I didn’t think you liked rubbing shoulders with the plebs.
          They can smell a bit don’t you know. 😂

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          1. I meant me, not Munguin.

            I’ve been on several buses in my life time!!!

            But you are right. They can and sometimes do smell a bit!!!


  5. 16. That is the Sir William Wallace in the mid fifties. The Ferry ferryboats were side wheelers with a rudder at each end, so when the ferry docked, the skipper on the bridge just used to turn around, and what had been the stern was now the bow.
    My step-grandfather crewed on the ferries, he was a Ferry Man, eg born in Queensferry who was also a ferryman, or Ferryman squared. I’ll get ma oilskins.

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  6. My son inherited one of my record racks for his little collection, as well as a record player. (He had had a cassette player forxsome time.) One day, I found him and his wee pal looking puzzled after a record had ended (1st he’d actually put on for himself.) “Dad, how do you rewind a record ?
    The 336 bus, Perth to Newburgh(though I think buses all the way to St Andrews had same route number). Looks early 50’s from marque of Leyland single decker and the generic Alexanders Bluebird livery, before the switch to red Fife, blue Midland, yellow North. Travelled on 336 to game at Newburgh the day Alex Ferguson scored a hat trick for St Johnstone at Ibrox. Old man staggered out of his house to tell the world.
    Where’s the Black Five ? Perth style clocks but no platforms there with open views out of station.
    What’s My Line reminder that even on radio, participants on such programmes wore evening dress. How standards have slipped ! Should be de rigueur for zoom meetings !
    Orkney, not Orkneys, please.

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    1. Yes, I noticed that Orkney slip. I wondered if it was a relatively recent change?

      If you had a dress code for zoom meetings, Johnson wouldn’t be able to do any!

      I see you’re going into competition with Roddy there on the bus…


    2. 10 – It is Carstairs. A Caledonian station like Perth but all the buildings were swept away in the 1980s for something “modern”. Few trains stop there now as it is no longer where trains from Edinburgh and Glasgow were joined up to travel south.

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      1. I remember when I lived in Liverpool and my parents were near Edinburgh around mid 60s to mid 70s, I used to get a train which joined with one from Manchester at Preston then split at Carstairs for Glasgow and Edinburgh and vice versa on the return.
        If I had children with me, we used to get out to watch the process of coupling/uncoupling and if you were in the rear portion, you then had to wait for an engine to be attached after the front coaches had left. It seemed a very sensible arrangement.

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    1. It’s Julie Grant. She apparently had a few hits in the 60s.

      I did a quick search for her online and found this. She’s actually not bad, compared for example with Sandie Shaw or some of the other singers of he time.

      And Cairnallochy will approve of the guys standard of dress. Did kids really wear ties to go dancing? 🙂


      1. The video is from 1966-7 which is before junk food got to them. Julie’s song is from 1962 so they are dancing to something else.


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