Category Archives: 1950s

Blood brothers

Today is Brother 1’s 60th birthday. It doesn’t seem that long ago that the above photo was taken, in the early 1960s. He is on the right, Brother 2 in the natty bow tie on the left, myself in the … Continue reading

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Rain dogs (objects 149-154)

This tiny lead ornament, which is less than 2 inches (5cm) high, is a precious souvenir of someone who was hugely important in my childhood (as well as offering an irresistible opportunity for me to use another favourite song title). … Continue reading

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By The Factory Wall (object no. 142)

The above photograph shows Beverley Path in Barnes, one of the many hidden passages around the railway lines where the terraces of Victorian railway workers’ cottages,  council homes in my childhood, are now home only to the very rich. This … Continue reading

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Everything but the kitchen sink (objects 133-135)

It’s late May and my south London garden is glorious at this time of year, full of radiant flowers, euphoric bird song, and even a pair of frogs in my pond. Now that the sun is out I have got … Continue reading

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Engagement diaries (Object 129)

It’s been months since I’ve posted anything here, due partly to the summer sun keeping me outside, and partly to the temporary breakdown of my home computer. Now that summer is over and the nights are drawing in, and my … Continue reading

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Memories of smiles and songs (Object 127)

Here is another photograph of my parents’ wedding in 1952, taken on the steps of Barnes Methodist Church. Mum has her mother, my Grannie Lane, to her left, and her best friend and bridesmaid, my Auntie Margaret, behind her. To … Continue reading

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Bushels of birthday love (Object 122)

Today is my Grannie Lane’s birthday, although I was so young when she died that I have no memory of this occasion ever being celebrated. I only think of it now because I came across this card whilst looking through … Continue reading

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