99 thoughts on “ALL OUR YESTERDAYS”

  1. Hi, tris. Am I first again?

    Pic 1: The car is a DAF, I think. The corrugated van next to it is a Renault. Dutch reg.

    Pic 6: I would call that thing a feeler gauge. Does anybody have a different name for it?

    Pic 16: Billy Bunter? Well before my time.

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  2. I think I have finally got Pic 15 pinned down. Is it the main street in Lanark?

    By the way, what happened to my first post? Stuck in moderation?

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    1. Indeed you were first, DonDon. Sorry for being so late. I stayed in bed as long as I could to see if I could beat off this cold.

      I’ve no explanation, except WordPress being WordPress.

      I think it is Lanark. I see the A704 signposted. It was really put us for the car buffs ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. Jim. I think my dad called them feeler gauges like DonDon does. But yes, I reckon that was something you would have used them for to measure the gap in spark plugs.


  3. Indeed, although I always knew them as feeler gauges. I’ve a couple of sets somewhere amongst my tools, ( one metric, one in proper brexitty imperial thous). …you see, I had a car that rattled and clanked a bit and I was forever having to adjust the tappets

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    1. Ah, but I’m sure they were good old fashioned GREAT BRITISH rattles and clanks.

      Not like the cheap foreign imitations ๐Ÿ™‚ Ratteels und clonks.


  4. No1…that car has just got to be French!

    No2…aye, that takes me back!

    No4…why is that man banging his head against the tree?

    No15… is that Lanark? It looks Lanarky.

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    1. Yep, I bet it is French. For people renowned for style and beauty it’s a mystery to me who on earth designs their cars?

      A friend of mine found an old kitchen cabinet like that and used to use it. Handy in the days before all the built in units, but now more decorative.


      1. Och Tris. You’re being a little unfair there. The French have produced some cars that were well ahead of their time and things of beauty. The Traction Avant and DS are two. The 2CV and Renault 4 weren’t the most beautiful, but were very practical. My brother ran a GS for a long time and loved it.
        However, in the 70’s my older Sister and her Husband had an Ami, the estate version. It looked like an upturned boat on wheels and drove like an upturned boat on wheels, but that said, they used to run from Glasgow to the South of France with it for there holidays. Never failed them.

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        1. Aye CapnAndy, I know they build good stuff (although Munguin’s ex-mechanic hated any French cars), but, I just reckoned that in a nation that prides itself on creating beautiful things, its cars seemed to me to fall behind on the aesthetics… but not the mechanics.

          Mes excuses les plus profondes aux constructeurs automobiles franรงais, Renault et Citroรซn en particulier, pour toutes les calomnies que j’ai pu sembler leur lancer.

          ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. # 20…….With 1950’s American cars, it looks like any number of small towns in the American West, in states like Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, etc. I thought the painted sign on the side of the brick building on the right side of the street probably said “Helena.” So I guessed the city of Helena, which is the capital of Montana.
    Google confirmed it’s Helena, but in a higher def picture, the sign looks more like “Helen’s. ” ๐Ÿ™‚


    # 19……..More 1950’s American cars, and a public beach that looks like Florida (where all beaches are publicly accessible, even those that front private property.) With heavy traffic and no place to park, this could be a popular place like Fort Lauderdale.



    #5……Looks like London Bridge…….the one that an eccentric American developer bought in 1968 and relocated to Arizona.

    Present location in Lake Havasu City, Arizona:



    1. Montana it is, Danny. Well done. It’s hard working finding an American capital that you don’t know!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      19 was there for the cars… so I have no idea where it is either, but Google agrees with your Fort Lauderdale.

      It is indeed London Bridge, in 1900.

      What a very strange thing for someone to do. More money than sense.

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      1. Pic19 is there for the cars… mmmm.
        Let’s see.
        From oncoming cars, front right is an Oldsmobile 88 Generation 4 convertible from 1959.
        Next to it is a third generation Chevy Bel Air – or one of its variants – from 1958.
        Following the Olds is a 1958 Chevy Nomad, the station wagon version of the Bel Air.
        Behind that is the original Ford Mustang from 1957 and to the left of that is what appears to be one of the last of the C1 Chevy Corvettes from 1961 or 1962 about to run down the man standing in the road. Must be distracted looking at all those fifties Detroit cars. Know how he feels…
        Lots more to look at but that’ll do for now…

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          1. Thanks Danny.
            Just one mistake.
            The Ford is of course a Thunderbird and not a Mustang, which weren’t around until 1964.
            Must……. do better! ๐Ÿ™„

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              1. Yes (bong!!!), that’s true.
                Even if the contestant was asked “Do you know such-and-such?” and the response was “Yes, I know” – bong!!!! – you’re out!!!
                Homophones counted as well!

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                    1. I earlier mentioned my experience at Ferranti’s Edinburgh when a collegue greeted me with “Did you know Michael Miles just Died?”

                      I later suspected that he was hoping I would respond with yes or no, so he could go “Bong!!” and spend the rest of the working day congratulating himself as to his cleverness.

                      However he was confounded as for some unknown reason, I responded “In thatcase I’ll take the money.”

                      His response was a puzzled “What?” To which I replied.
                      “Well, I’m certainly not going to open the box!”.

                      Still not sure why I responded in that way, usually my best responses occur well after the event.

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                    2. OH very clever, John.

                      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

                      I know what you mean… 5 minutes after the fact you’re thinking “now, why didn’t I say….”

                      Happens to us all… but not that time, huh?


  6. No. 3. Must be Firhill. No. 4. How true. No. 10.Trying to identify the junction. Could it be Shettleston Rd at Old Shettleston Rd, Glasgow. Known as the Sheddens. No. 13. Michael Miles with Take your Pick, and No. 16, Gerald Campion. A.K.A Billy Bunter.


    1. No 3 – I do not recall the old Firhill terracing being as steep as that. I think it is possibly at a Junior ground like Lochburn Park (Maryhill Juniors). I think it is probably a local schools football final and the women are mammies and grannies along to see how their boys are doing. There are two boys to the rear who have school blazers on.

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      1. I did too. Both had really good songs. However Simon LeBon is a very very limited singer whereas Tony Hadley was truly gifted. That said the Durans still play and SB are still at loggerheads to this day…

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        1. No not especially. I mean Le Bon is good looking but naw. Just found out that Andy Taylor guitarist in DD is terminally ill with cancer. 62…

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      1. Anderson Shelter.
        Basically a small corrugated iron ‘bomb shelter’ buried in the garden.
        Back in the late ’50s our next door neighbour had one, great fun to play in..
        I can’t remember if there were any spiders – that would have been an additional benefit๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. Well… to each his own.

      It seems rather dark and crammed to me.

      If his stove goes wrong, where are the spare parts? ๐Ÿ™‚

      I wonder if he has a fridge or freezer?


          1. Well, something that doesn’t require electricity is always an advantage in today’s Britain… not if you want to be able to afford dinner too. ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. The Ami 6 has Dutch plates (unsurprising); can’t read the 2CV van ones.

    The low-rise buildings at the bottom on Johnson Terrace were swept away and replaced by a – now vacant – council office.

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      1. I expect that once you got used to double declutching, it was a natural as changing gear and steering and braking.

        It just sounds complicated.


        1. In the polis in the 1960s, I was sent on a Civil Defence course, and foolishly volunteered to be a driver. We were given old Bedford trucks. No synchromesh. For me who had never driven one before, it was a nightmare.

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  8. I’m sure the caption to N04 has been changed from, “You just won’t do as you’re told, boy, so I’m going to drown your pup!” ๐Ÿ˜ก

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  9. #1. Some versions of the Renault Mรฉgane were hideous as well, especially the Mรฉgane II hatchback, the back end of which looked like they’d had a 1960s radiogram bolted onto it (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:2005_Renault_M%C3%A9gane_(X84)_Estival_5-door_hatchback_(2015-06-08).jpg ). We had one for office use. You didn’t start it with an ordinary ignition key but by putting a card in a slot on the dashboard; basically, you had to reboot the bloody thing, which was handy if you stalled at a junction and you had a queue of vehicles behind you.

    #2. Aye, we had a series of kitchen cabinets like that. My father – ever practical – took one which was past its useful life, turned the bottom section into a small cupboard for my bedroom, made a tea tray out of the fold-down shelf and made a hutch for the rabbit out of the top part (having replaced the glass with wire mesh).

    #7. I can’t imagine those baskets keeping all their contents safely for long.

    #8. The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry (known, for perfectly understandable reasons, simply as ‘The Grangers’) was (and still is) a mutual society for US farmers and their communities: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Grange_of_the_Order_of_Patrons_of_Husbandry

    #10. There was a fellow on the Wirral called A.M. Witton who published a similar series of ‘Fleetbooks’ in the 70s and later covering much of Great Britain. I’ve got two editions of his work covering my area; if I remember, I’ll scan a cover for you to use next Saturday.

    #12. One of my favourite broadcasting goofs was when a Radio 4 continuity announcer was promoting a programme about Albert Speer (Hitler’s architect) and said that Speer had spent, “…twenty years imprisoned in Spandau Ballet”.


    1. Yeah. My boss had one and for some reason was very proud of it. I couldn’t really understand why.

      Didn’t know about the card thing though.

      Your dad sounds a bit like mine. He could make anything out of almost nothing…if he cold be bothered.

      I hope the contents of these baskets didn’t include eggs… not with the state of the roads here.

      LOL… OOOps.

      Thanks in advance for the pic coming… ๐Ÿ™‚


  10. My comments are working again! At least I can see them anyway. Rather good day today, beer and rugby, not neccessarily in that order. Cheers.

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  11. #2 is what used to be called the “kitchen press” in Glasgow (Gorbals) amongst the Irish immigrants. Mainly because preas/pres is (Irish) gaelic/Breton for wooden case/cupboard I assume. My granny always used to say “its in the press” if someone wanted something from the kitchen.

    No idea what other people called it ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. My gran called it a press too, but not just the kitchen one.

      There was a lobby press as well.

      I’m sure she knew the word cupboard. She just never used it.


  12. I don’t know where the station (#18) is but from what I can make out from the photo is has an unusual layout.

    The left hand platform is a terminus as there are buffers and no sign of a cross over trackwork to the right hand track as you would have at a passing loop. Backed up by the lack of signals on the left hand platform.

    Does the station name board say something Racecourse?

    Right hand line appears to carry on into the distance which would mean that the whole station is not a terminus.

    I’m stumped

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