Friday, 30 April 2010

Morrisons Ad 1968

Morrisons Ad 1968, originally uploaded by combomphotos.

This is a Morrisons advert from 1968, the company was still a limited comany, it is now a PLC company and as been for a good number of years. In September 1980 Morrisons had just opened they 26th store in the town of Darlington, today they have over 300 stores.

Gainsborough Church Street Early 1970s

This is a photo of Church Street In Gainsborough taken in the early 1970's, the street is very different now.

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Lord Belborough and Bessie from chigley 1969

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Chigley was originally shown in 1969 on BBC1 for pre school children, as with Camberwick Green and Trumpton it was set around a different character each week.

New characters include Mr Swallow of Treddle's Wharf, Mr Cresswell, owner of Cresswell's Chigley Biscuit factory, Harry Farthing the potter and his daughter Winnie, and last but not least Lord Belborough of Winkstead Hall and his butler Brackett, who also operate a private railway that seems to run through most of Trumptonshire. Each week Lord Belborough and Brackett can usually be seen rushing to someone's assistance in their vintage steam engine, Bessie, singing: "Time flies by when I'm the driver of a train, and I ride on the footplate, there and back again, under bridges, over bridges to our destination...".

As with the other series, everybody's problems are sorted out by the end of each episode and Lord Belborough invites everyone to the gardens of Winkstead Hall after the 6 o'clock whistle which sounds the end of the day's work at the local biscuit factory. Lord Belborough plays his vintage Dutch organ while the locals dance, and then the episode fades out.

Chigley originally ran from 6/10/1969 to 29/12/1969.

Bandtand from Trumpton 1967

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Trumpton was first shown in 1967 on BBC1 aimed at pre school children, the show wa narated by Brian Cant (of play school fame).

The show was centred around Trumpton in trumptonshire, each week would tell the story of a different charater, each episode would alway feature the trumpton firemen.

The Fire Brigade are perhaps Trumpton's most-recognised feature. Captain Flack's roll call was recited in every episode: "Pugh! Pugh! Barney McGrew! Cuthbert! Dibble! Grubb!" with the exception of "Cuthbert's Morning Off" in which Cuthbert is omitted. They are continually being called out to attend some emergency or other (in many cases to resolve fairly trivial matters); but to Captain Flack's annoyance, never an actual fire. (One reason for this may be that both fire and water would have been too difficult to animate.) However, this doesn't stop the Fire Brigade absent-mindedly getting out the fire hose and receiving a rebuke from Captain Flack ("No no! Not the hose!"

The show wa transmiited from 3/01/1967 to 28/03/1967, and as been enjoyed by many generations of children since.

Windy Miller Camberwick Green 1966

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Camberwick Green was first shown in 1966 on BBC1 for pre school children, the show was narrated by Brian Cant.

Each episode begins with a shot of a musical box which rotates while playing a tune. It is accompanied by the following narration:

"Here is a box, a musical box, wound up and ready to play. But this box can hide a secret inside. Can you guess what is in it today?"

The lid of the box then opens and the puppet character that is central to the particular episode emerges. After a brief introduction, the background appears and the story begins. The show ran from 3/01/1966 to 28/03/1966 and featured such charachers as Dr Mopp, Mickey Murphy the Baker, The Soldiers of Pippin Fort, Mr Carraway the Fish Monger, Mrs Dingle the post Lady and her dog Packet, Peter Hazel the Postman and not forgetting Mrs Honeyman the Chemists wife who never stopped gossiping.

Some 1970s household items

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Here is picture of some 1970's items, an old style phone, a teas made, a stylophone and a space hopper, I would say this is early to mid 70s.

Late 1960's to Early 1970's Twin Tub

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Twin tubs were very popular in the 1960's and 1970's. A waher and spin drier all in one what more could a house wife of the day ask for.

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Automatic Washing Machine Early 1970's

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This is an early 1970s Automatic washing machine, not much different from todays models, but the spin speeds would not have been as fast, also a lot of the features of today were not there.

Monday, 26 April 2010

Hoover Washing Machine from the 1960's

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This is a Hoover washing machine from the 1960's, every house wifes dream, made wash days easy no more scrubbing clothes by hand. This particular model was made between 1950 and 1970.

Radio 1 Is Born

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This is the front of a issue of a 1967 Radio Times, advertising the launch of Radio 1 on the 30th September 1967.

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Doctor Who In Radio Times 5th November 1966

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This is a clip from the Radio Times from 5th November 1966 announcing that the Daleks will be back on BBC1 on Saturday tea time.

Thanx to the Mind Robber!

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Wrighton Kitchens ad 1971

This is a typical filled kitchen from around 1971

Millers Kitchens 1969

This is a typical fitted kitchen that you could expect to get in the late 1960's

A New Blog Header

Thanx to PCJonathan for making the fantastic blog header!

Blatant advert - you can see his blog here.

Friday, 23 April 2010

A Brief History of Holiday Camps

In 1936 when the first Butins Holiday Camp opened at Skegness there were a number of other Holiday Camps which offered chalet style accomodation meal and entertainment, Bulins took this to a higher level.

The first holiday camp had actually been in business for over 40 years when Skegness opened. Cunningham Young Men's Holiday Camp had opened in the Isle of Man in 1894 and by 1908 had acquired all the familiar characteristics of the later camps. Campers (men only) stayed in row upon row of candle-lit tents and facilities included a heated indoor swimming pool, a selection of shops, a huge dining hall, bank and concert hall. It even had it's own miniature castle which housed the toilets and washrooms! Campers were encouraged to take part in all kinds of activities including sing-songs and team games. Advertised as "The largest most popular holiday resort in the world" the camp remained open until just after the second world war.

In England the first major camp was at Caister in Norfolk which opened just after the turn of the century. Others soon appeared nearby and this stretch of coast soon became swamped with an assortment of camps (at one point there were 14 within a ten mile radius). One of these early pioneers was the Potters Camp which first opened in 1924 (later moving to a new site in 1930). Upon opening it could boast of such luxuries as "brick chalets with running water, electric light and modern toilet facilities....a brick sun-lounge, lavishly furnished with expensive carpets and modern easy chairs". This highly regarded camp is still open today. Another local entrepreneur was 'Maddy' Maddieson who opened a nearby camp at Hemsby, shortly followed by a second near New Romney in Kent.

By the early 1960s there was a total of around 100 registered holiday camps in the UK. However Butlins still had the lead and the total attendance of all the other camps combined didn't even come close to the one million plus holiday makers that headed to Butlins every year.

The holiday saw some major changes in the '70s and '80s and many of the old camps disappeared. But an interesting fact is that most of today's survivors can trace their origins back to those early pioneers. Most are unrecognisable today and caravans have replaced many, if not all, of the old chalets.

A Picture of Holidays in the 1960's

Here is a postcard of Caister Holiday Camp.

what was life like in the 1960's

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The technology we all enjoy today including DVDs, MP3s, LCD TVs, the internet and mobile phones, were unheard of in the 1960s.

People still went on holday in England, but
not many went
abroad. The first picture is of a typical holiday at Butlins.

People still shopped locally, a lot of the local shops used to deliver to your door for free. Su
permarkets were a very new thing, but had started to take off, with a greater choice and much better value. Typical supermarkets were Fine Fare, Macfisheries, Tescos, Sainsburys, and Morrisons

Thursday, 22 April 2010

That Tricky First Post

Hello my name is Mandy, Combom is my husband and he will be dealing with the technical side of this blog. The aim of this blog is to post things about the 1960s and 1970s, fashions, toys, tv, music, adverts, posters, memories just anything really.