114 thoughts on “ALL OUR YESTERDAYS”

  1. pic 3: The great Harry Secombe, who lived in Cheam.

    pic 14: The same great Harry Secombe, top of the bill at Leeds Empire, and look who’s at the bottom, billed as ‘a new style comedian’!

    Leeds Empire info here:


    Note the description of the resident stage manager (penultimate paragraph), as a’foul mouthed objectionable Scotchman’!

    What’s wrong with everyone? Am I really first this week? Unless others have just sneaked in ..

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    1. Munguin says that it’s exhaustion that has hit the population after all that mourning they did. Even poor old Charlie and Mrs PB have had to take a holiday.

      LOL Funny to see Bruce Forsyth being described as new style. I can’t imagine what was new about him, even back them…

      LOL. A “Scotchman” indeed!

      I liked the bill that the article showed… with the Eton Boy Singers… Imagining Jake, Boris and Cameron…

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  2. #7: The first McDonald’s……. San Bernardino, California, 1948-1955.


    #11: Buddy Holly

    Buddy Holly and the Crickets…….Ed Sullivan Show, 1957:

    Wiki: “On February 3, 1959, American rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and “The Big Bopper” J. P. Richardson were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, together with pilot Roger Peterson. The event later became known as “The Day the Music Died” after singer-songwriter Don McLean referred to it as such in his 1971 song “American Pie”.”

    Crash site near Clear Lake:

    #16: 7-Up soda originated in St. Louis, Missouri. It originally contained lithium citrate and was first named “Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda.”

    #20: Wearing another light colored suit! When WILL he remember that the presidential uniform is a BLUE suit……DARK BLUE! 🙂

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    1. I think Obama’s tan light has gone down in history. and is worthy of a place on Munguin’s All Our Yesterdays. 🙂

      I suppose, one of the most noticeable things about Buddy Holly was his glasses. A fitting memorial.

      Watching that video of Buddy Holly, I noticed that they all had dinner suits on… a rock band in dinner suits…. wow Things have changed.

      Was lithium not a dangerous thing to drink?

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      1. Yes, amazing that Buddy Holly and the Crickets wore dinner jackets on the Sullivan show. Another era in rock music!

        Lithium is still used medicinally but has side effects. It was removed from 7-Up in 1948.

        Wiki: It contained lithium citrate, a mood-stabilizing drug, until 1948. It was one of a number of patent medicine products popular in the late-19th and early-20th centuries. Its name was later shortened to “7 Up Lithiated Lemon Soda” before being further shortened to just “7 Up” by 1936.



      1. Cairnallochy……..It was Ritchie Valens who was on the plane instead of Waylon Jennings. Actually though, it was a double switch that involved a coin toss.

        Wiki: Valens was on the plane because he won a coin toss with Holly’s backup guitarist Tommy Allsup. Holly’s bassist, Waylon Jennings, voluntarily gave up his seat on the plane to J.P. Richardson (the Big Bopper,) who was ill with the flu.


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    1. No Danny, he was… shock horror… on an old bus (in the first class compartments obviously, and as you can see he had the space to himself.)

      I wondered if Professor Bus of Anorak would be able to identify the bus.

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    1. Anent King Farouk – my father served in the 8th Army in Egypt from 1940-1944 and hen said that the soldiers had a song, which began:” King Farouk, King Farouk, hang his knackers on a hook…..”

      (Before someone corrects me – after El Alamein (late 1942), the 8th Army moved west along North Africa to Tunisia and then to Sicily and Italy. However a number of soldiers were left in Egypt and Libya and my father was one of these.)

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        1. Farouk was a fixture in the pages of News of the World in my early teen years, which led me to believe that he was important. I learned, eventually !
          His nemesis, Nasser, was a hate figure (“Grabber “) in the British press. My daughter’s student pub quiz team were berated, c 25 years ago, because they knew nothing about him. Who remembers much about Farouk or Nasser now (excepting this august gathering).
          A final afterthought – spellcheck does not offer Nasser as correction for a near miss. Now that is the real measure of historical insignificance.

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          1. LOL…

            I, to my shame, know nothing about them, although, in fairness I do know the names.

            I was intrigued to read snippets about Farouk (particularly about his porn collection). Naïve of me but I don’t connect kings with porn… Ok very naïve.

            PS: It’s September now, Cairnallochy… :):)


            1. Porn and kings?? What about that dissolute lump of lard King Edward VII? He was sometimes a guest of the Bullough family at Kinloch Castle on the island of Rum, which was privately owned by the Bulloughs – plebs keep our! It had a huge collection of pornography and squads of women were shipped in to minister to the sordid tastes of dissolute rich men. The orgy chambers were screened so that the servants could not see what was going on.

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              1. I worked on the Isle of Rum and lived in the Castle, upstairs, front right. I had heard the stories about what they got up to but I didn’t know about Edward VII visiting. Interesting place and times that we had there.
                Perhaps a remnant of the shenanigans remains just not in obvious view; a corridor of guest rooms with interconnecting doors would leave all but the most insensitive with an uneasy feeling and goosebumps. While on Rum we were looking after a friend’s black lab, Jason. All over the place Jason would follow me, always padding along beside me, accept that corridor. He would refuse to come beyond the entrance, just stand back hackles raised. Que, Alfred Hitchcock screechy fiddles.

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                  1. He spent his life as “prince of Wales” going around the continent and spending time with “females of the opposite sex” as Herr Flick would have said.

                    I don;t think he did anything else.


                1. I guess we’ve all heard the stories about weekend house parties of the titled and entitled where as soon as lights are out there is much toing and froing between bedrooms, alwayas with the chance of being caught in the corridor.

                  I guess that wold save you that embarrassment. Although, what would you do if you found yourself in the bedroom next to someone …erm… unsuitable.

                  Jason sounds like a discerning dog. 🙂


    2. It was, the end of the Ottoman Empire, Alexander (still celebrated in Bulgaria … John sent the photo). He writes, “Mehmed VI became the sultan just before the end of World War I and while the Ottomans were in the middle of exterminating the Armenian population. He would not last long. Months after his reign was proclaimed, Allied forces occupied Constantinople at the end of the war, and this awoke a Turkish national uprising led by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.”

      Bang on on the other ones… 🙂

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  3. Did somebody in marketing really imagine that an antiques shop was an appropriate background for a car designed to appeal to boy racers? And the girl isn’t even looking at the car.

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  4. 6 – They had a creamy taste. A lot of confectionery products didn’t do well after the take over of the original firm by a bigger rival company.

    14-Bruce Forsyth at the bottom of the bill.

    17 – Did the ARP warden say, “take those grips out!”?

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  5. I think Phil Collins and Elton John are in pic 8 too.
    Pic 19 is a Western SMT coach – Roddy will doubtless have all the details. all I know is that it’s parked in front of the Doulton Fountain and Templeton’s Carpet Factory at Glasgow Green

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      1. I couldn’t have advised the location but its normal home is the GVVT Museum at Bridgeton.
        Albion Valiant CX39 with 33 seat Duple coach body, new in 1950 to Hutchison of Overtown. Beautifully restored and evocative of post-war luxury coach travel, love the swooping curves of the coachwork.
        That near-side front mudguard looks over-large to me. 😃

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    1. Kay Petre running towards her car at Brooklands in 1936.
      “American-born driver Kay Petre was born Kathleen Coad Defries in 1903 and moved to England with her husband Henry Petre in 1930. Kay took an interest in motor racing after being events held at Brooklands, a circuit that also had an airfield where her husband would often fly.”
      Apparently she raced for the Austin 7 works team!!

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      1. She did; also had a bad accident but survived (just). Also rumoured to have had a bit of a fling with one of the German works drivers; My head thinks that it was Rosemayer but I’m not 100% sure.

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        1. Sounds like quite a lady! The Austin 7 works team, Brooklands, 26 July 1937. Kay Petre, Bert Hadley and Charles Goodacre.
          Notable for being one of only 2 women to lap Brooklands at over 130mph – in an enormous 10.5-litre V12 Delage an average speed of 134.75 mph. (she was 4’10″in height and the elderly Delage weighed 1500Kg.)
          Newsreel footage of her ‘fastest women’ duel with Glenda Stewart…..

          In S Africa in 1936 she tried out Bernd Rosemeyer’s ultra-powerful rear-engined Auto-Union, the only woman to do so other than his wife. (If that counts as a fling?😃)

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  6. Pic1 a Model A Ford pickup from the late 1920s.
    Beautifully restored; no A ever left the production line this well finished.
    Not convinced by the slotted alloy wheels on a vehicle of this vintage but it’s a modern taste.
    Looks like another A in the background – and a coupe to the right being possibly yet another.

    Pic5 – what are we to make of this?
    Mid/late 1960s Series 4 Chevrolet Impala looking distinctly second-hand following a dispute with a tree, street lamp or somesuch.
    I hope in this case it’s the beginning of crash testing for safety in the time when even seat belts were considered radical and not really needed.
    If not, someone didn’t walk away from that.
    Massive intrusion into the passenger area before safety cells were mandated in auto design.
    Looks like the driver or hopefully crash test dummy went through the windshield…
    Could that be Gillian Anderson doing the inspection?
    The truth is out there…

    The poster in Pic14 from 1954, long before the Trades Description Act.
    Frankie Vaughn, billed at the Leeds Empire theatre as “Leeds Own”.
    He was famously from Liverpool…
    Probably became a Keelie, a Mackem, a Novocastrian or a Stornowegian, depending on where he appeared on any given day…
    There’s no business like show business and none like it for being relaxed with the truth.
    Probably where Boris Johnson made his start up the greasy pole.

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    1. pic 5 – agent Scully investigates – perhaps a clue?
      This is what happens when an American car collides with a pedestrian in the middle of the road!

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    2. LOL…why would anyone describe themselves as coming from a place that they didn’t come from. Surely it would have been obvious the moment they spoke…

      I imagine it wol’t be long before the current government decides that seat bests are no longer a necessity, and that they need more bodies to pile high, more quickly… to get that pension expense down.

      Didn’t Henry Ford famously say that you could have any colour of car as long as it was black?


      1. I suspect that the artists wouldn’t know that they had become Aberdonians or Bristolians or Ecclefechanians until they saw it on the poster…

        Ford’s “any color as long as it’s black” saying is apocryphal, but he did wonder why the company offered Model Ts in a variety of colours or indeed had any type of optional extra when they were selling so many of them and customers would take anything Ford had.
        There were times when only black was offered but the car sold in many colours during its production run.
        He wanted to continue producing the T indefinitely, but by the mid 1920s sales were no longer as strong and his engineers and sales directors insisted that new models be introduced, much to Ford’s displeasure.
        The first of these was the Model A in 1927- as in Pic1 – and many of the company’s production lines were shut down for a few months for retooling, resulting in lost sales.
        It didn’t help that General Motors had already displaced Ford in the sales charts and this made the relative trading position even worse.
        Although the A sold well, Ford never regained prominence in American – and world – car production and Ford himself held stubbornly to the view that the T could have been kept in production for much longer.
        It’s the old development versus design question over which production engineers still wrestle – do you keep going with a proven product or start anew with a fresh design?

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        1. Ah… thanks for putting me right on the “anything as long as it’s black” story. My dad always used to say it… and that’s where I picked it up.

          It’s an interesting question. I’d have probably (a least at that time) gone with what Ford thought. Today, of course, people who don’t have the latest iPhone are considered to be not quite the thing.

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          1. Early Model T’s were black as it was the best pigment for holding the colour and resisted fading.
            Early red was bad and even lately you might see a year 2000 red washed out.

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              1. It’s all down to physics.
                The pigments in the paint work by absorption of part of the visible spectrum and reflection of others.
                The light absorbed has an energy which disrupts the atoms of the pigment to a certain degree.
                Highest energy values in light are found at the blue end of the spectrum, falling to the lowest values at the red.
                The pigment in red paint reflects only the low-powered red light and has to absorb all of the remaining ones of a higher value.
                This means that the red pigment has to withstand the greatest stresses and often this results in photo-degradation of this colour.
                All colours undergo this process but it is most marked – and most prominent – in red.

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        2. morego…..At some point in the not-too-recent past, it occurred to me that the Model A Ford of 1927-1931 came after the Model T. Seemed strange! Maybe everyone but me at the time knew about the letter-named production Fords of 1903-1908, which began (appropriately) with the Model A of 1903-1904.

          The internet source below says that there were ultimately eight letter-named Fords which reached production status: the models A, B, C, F, K, N, R and S, in the years beginning 1903, before the first Model T of 1908. So the Model A of 1927-1931 was the second production Model A. Twenty-three years had passed since the first Model A; enough time to avoid confusion presumably.

          Some of the early old Fords now in museums are quite brightly colored.

          Model A (1903-1904):


          Models A through S (1903-1908):



                1. LOL…..Yes Tris, the people who could afford to buy the very early cars, would also likely have been able to hire a chauffeur who polished the brass.

                  I found this on a Ford Model T website:

                  “Model T Fords come in three basic flavors; the “brass cars” built between 1908 and 1916; the “steel cars” built between 1917 and 1925 which were painted overall black including the radiators; and the “improved cars” built in 1926 and 1927, which, though available once again in some nice colors, were still powered by the same basic Brass Era 4- banger and 2-speed planetary transmission, and were still stopped by the same type of seriously outdated, single-drum, drive-train brake.”

                  So apparently the early colorful Model T’s with bright brass trimmings were no longer produced after about 1916, when they became all black. Then some bright body colors and brass fittings returned briefly about 1926, before the Model A was introduced in 1927.

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                  1. The transmission on the Model T coupled with the big torquey engine was the main reason Henry Ford wanted to stick with it.
                    It had a two-speed epicyclic arrangement which was easy to use.
                    You pressed down on and held the left pedal to the floor and this engaged first.
                    Allow the pedal to rise all the way up and it selects second.
                    Neutral was half-way.
                    Pull on the handbrake lever (there were no wheel brakes) and it also selects neutral.
                    The gears were in permanent engagement and so there was no grinding or double declutching involved in changing.
                    Synchromesh was quite a few years down the line so changing gear on a multi-speed box took a bit of learning…

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                    1. morego…..Interesting! The pedals on the Model T look so strange compared with the familiar modern arrangement. The throttle on the steering column would surely take some getting used to too.

                      No wheel brakes? So how does the handbrake do any braking? 😉

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                    2. Danny – the handbrake on the Model T, at least in the early days, worked on the transmission shaft going to the rear axle.
                      As the design was developed improvements were made in the braking department. There was a set of drums on the rear wheels used solely for parking but not used in general driving…
                      Confused? I’m not surprised!
                      The lever bore directly on the shaft and this had the effect of retarding the back wheels.
                      This was common practice in the early days of motoring – the T design was from 1908 – and front wheel braking was considered dangerous as it might cause the car to skid and spin.
                      Rear braking on the other hand had the effect of straightening the car up and this was thought desirable.
                      Braking in those days required a certain amount of planning ahead…

                      You Tube’s “How to Drive A Model T and Why It’s So Hard to Drive on a Hill” is a pretty good video of the joys of T driving.
                      (Can’t post links directly, sorry…)

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          1. Thanks for that, Danny.
            Aye, when Ford stopped production of the Model T in 1927 after such a long run, they decided to start again with alphabetical model names as they had almost run out of unused letters (only V to Z being left).
            The original Model A was long forgotten in the public mind and it was a fresh start.
            Looking at the original A in the museum, you wouldn’t confuse it with the later model…

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            1. morego…..I look at the beautifully restored century-old cars in museums, and wonder how much of what I’m seeing is what’s left of the original old car, and how much is modern reproductions of the various component parts. The body would be one thing, and the engine, transmission, etc would be another in that regard I suppose.

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              1. Early cars weren’t mass-produced and few spares were available as a result.
                This meant keeping them on the road required a considerable degree of re- manufacturing of parts.
                It helped if you could turn, grind, cast, mill, slot, shape, heat-treat and gear cut etc. to produce said parts but that apart, it was nothing complicated…
                The basic chassis, engine block and other major parts of these museum cars would be original but even that would not be guaranteed.
                It’s a bit like Lord Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory from the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, still in Portsmouth harbour.
                Being wooden, over the years every part has rotted away and has had to be replaced so that not a matchstick of the original vessel remains, yet it’s still held to be the same ship…
                So with museum cars, we are grateful that they simply survive and don’t seek to question their originality…

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                1. morego…..Reminds me of the White House. The tour guides tell you that it was built in 1792-1800, and the first occupant was John Adams, the second president. But it was burned by the British in 1814, and significantly rebuilt and remodeled in 1817 and 1902. It was in such bad shape by 1949, that the interior was gutted and rebuilt from the ground up in 1949-1952. Today, all that is left of the White House of 1800 is the original exterior stone walls. The interior is only a faithful reconstruction.

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                  1. Fascinating Danny.
                    It looks like it’s always been that way, but the Presidential Mansion has an involved history, I know.
                    A whole topic in itself…
                    Might get on to it one day, if someone out there has an interesting photo for Munguin to put up.
                    Thanks for that.

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                    1. In 1949, the White House engineering study famously stated that the ceiling of the State Dining Room was staying up only by “force of habit.” Much of the interior framing of the White House, which was largely masonry in 1800, was replaced by wooden timbers when the building was rebuilt quickly and more cheaply after the fire of 1814. By the twentieth century, this wooden framing was rotting away. So it was replaced by steel in 1949-1952. The most cost-efficient way to do that would have been to simply knock down the entire structure and rebuild it from the ground up. But it was decided that the old exterior stone walls were of such historic importance that they would be retained. So the steel I-beams were lowered by construction cranes from the top, or angled in through window openings from the sides.


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                    2. Amazing photos, Danny.
                      A bulldozer and dumper truck inside The White House!
                      I never knew about the almost total rebuild it went through…
                      Replacing the structural elements with wooden timbers was always asking for trouble.
                      Obviously that was in the days before the US became the immensely rich country it is now and money would have been tight in what would still be a largely agrarian economy.
                      The old argument about saving money on materials is that when you buy cheap, you buy twice…
                      This is a classic example.

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    3. “Frankie Vaughn […] was famously from Liverpool…”

      Yes, I wondered what was going on there.

      Born Frank Abelson. There are two versions of how he came upon his stage surname. Wikipedia says that his grandmother called him “…”Frank my ‘number one’ grandson”, and her Russian accent made “one” sound like “Vaughan””. The second version was that he was telling her about his problems in finding a stage name, and she said, “Vot does it matter, so long as you get a good vaughan?”. I heard the man himself tell it that way, so…

      And 1954 appears to be the year for that playbill. May 17th was a Monday that year, and “Friends And Neighbours” was the short-lived TV series Janet Brown was in at that time.

      6. Yes, sadly Nestlé bought out Rowntree Mackintosh, so – for ethical reasons – I now have to deprive myself of the childhood delights of Rolo, Yorkie, Aero, After Eights and Kit-Kats.

      8. I don’t think that’s Phil Collins. He’s got too much hair for that, even for 1985. I think it’s one of those nameless, featureless blazered oafs who tend to crawl into the royal paddock at such events because they’re the brother of HM’s Bog Brush In Waiting or one of those peculiar jobs that only HMs have.

      18. L’Académie says that capital letters should bear accents, counting them as part of the spelling; when typewriters came in though, they only added accented lower-case letters, and computer keyboards tended to follow that pattern. Some danger of ambiguity in some circumstances, bien sûr

      20. B.H. Obama (failed) (a bonus mark if you get the reference there). King of the Drones and a serial appeaser of the Republicans (which led the US comedian Bill Maher to advise Conservatives to stop worrying, as Obama couldn’t possibly be a Kenyan when he was in fact a golden retriever).

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      1. LOL. That’s a good story about Frankie Vaughn.

        I don’t like Nestlé. They buy up companies, take what they want and dump them. I think they bought Crosse and Blackwell too.

        In 2019 Nestlé was named one of the top 3 plastic polluters in the world, alongside PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. A global survey by the campaign group Break Free From Plastic stated that Nestlé would continue to be one of the worst polluters for years to come unless it radically changed its policies.

        Apparently it is now making an effort: https://www.confectionerynews.com/Article/2022/03/09/nestle-becomes-more-climate-friendly-with-publication-of-new-sustainability-report

        Totally failed to get the Obama connection.

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        1. “Totally failed to get the Obama connection.”

          I’ll leave a bit longer before I enlighten you, in case someone else here gets it. Someone who used to read the Daily Mirror in the 60s & 70s, for instance.

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              1. B. H. (Calcutta) Failed: a kindly Indian bloodhound who lost his sense of smell in an unfortunate incident involving an elephant filled with curry which exploded in the noonday sun. B. H. literally bumped into Boot one day, and they have been good friends ever since, despite B. H.’s frequent attempts to steal Boot’s meat bones. One of the strip’s odder elements is B.H.’s claim to be a reporter for “The West Crunge Clarion and Dubious Advertiser”, a low budget and downmarket local newspaper. He has a journalist’s ear for an attention-grabbing headline, but his career may be held back by his inability to remember how to make the letter “b”.

                He sounds wonderful…

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                  1. Nice Obit, Nigel.

                    You can still get books… on Amazon.

                    The Perishers collection Paperback – 1 Jan. 1989 by Maurice Dodd (Author) is available at £4.50.


  7. Mehmed was expelled and the photie shows him leaving his palace – through the back door – to begin exile in Italy that lasted until his death in 1926. Our street in Srem is called Hadji Dimitar, a hero of the Bulgarian resistance to the Ottomans. But Hadji? That’s a Muslim honorific earned by fulfilling the obligation to visit Mecca during Eid al Adha. Odd that Dimitar should be on the other side. Or so I thought until discovering that it once applied to anyone who had made a Holy Land pilgrimage, no matter what faith. Our Dimitar, of Orthodox persuasion, was taken to Christian Jerusalm by his parents when still a young boy.

    The lassie gazing at the Renault caught my eye for a different reason. The sign above the door – Antiquites. Was this an error for ‘antiquities’ or for Anti-Kwists who refuse to believe in the second coming of Thatcher? And have a problem with their Rs?

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    1. I didn’t know that about the Hadji title. Very interesting.

      I think the sign maybe in French, where, in theory, there should be an accent above the E to make it sound “ay” Antiquités.

      However, often they don’t put the accent on capital letters… Not sure why.

      Weird lot. They’re foreign, you see. 🙂

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