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Retired, now volunteer helper at King's Church, Catford.

Look back to the 1950’s in photographs.

I was fortunate to find a small album of photographs taken in the 1950’s. These photographs give a wonderful insight to this era. The owner of the album dated and identified each photograph. The size of the prints are 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and 2 1/2″ x 2″.

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The owner of this Album lived at No. 59, Westwood Park, Forest Hill, London. This photograph was taken in 1953 and this is a view from their house. The only car in sight looks like a Standard Ten.

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This is one of the smaller prints and shows the view from the rear of No. 59, Westwood Park. This photograph was taken in 1953, the railway line in the foreground was known as The Crystal Palace High Level Line and was closed the following year in 1954. The snow covered houses on the high ground in the distance are in Overhill Road.

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This photograph was taken during a trip to France in September 1953. The family took the ferry from Dover to Calais. This photo shows the Town Hall in Nancy.  A large group of ‘classic’ cars are in the foreground. The only recognizable car I can see is the Volkswagen Beetle, still going strong today.

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Still in France this photograph shows the railway station at Langres. There are Pullman Coaches waiting here.

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This photograph shows a French Steam Locomotive at Langres.

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Back in England now, a trip to Devon in the summer of 1954. This view shows the Royal Albert Railway Bridge over the River Tamar at Saltash. The Royal Albert Bridge was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Surveying started in 1848 and construction commenced in 1854. The first main span was positioned in 1857 and the completed bridge was opened by Prince Albert on 2nd May 1859. In the foreground is the Ferry. Until the opening of the new road bridge in 1961 these were the only means of crossing at this point between Devon and Cornwall.

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This view taken in April 1955 shows a lovely view of the English Countryside. The Thames Gap near Goring, Oxfordshire.

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And what could be better than watching a game of Cricket on the village green at Brockham, Surrey. This photograph taken in early Summer 1955. Christ Church was built in 1847.

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Now a couple of photographs of London taken in 1955. This view shows Millocrat House, in Eastcheap. This area has been redeveloped since this time and Millocrat House no longer exist.

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A photograph taken in 1955 showing the approach to London Bridge Station.

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A photograph taken in 1955 showing Trinity House, Trinity Square, London. This view remains virtually unchanged.

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And finally the young man who took these photographs….Michael Walter.

 

 

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My favorite stretch of coastline

Corton, on the East Coast, between Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth is a place I have visited since childhood. Sadly over the years this once long and wide sandy beach has gradually been eroded. During a holiday in September 2000 I took one of my early morning walks along the beach and found what appeared at the time to be part of a well, I photographed this construction and thought nothing more of this until recently. I found a site on the web that had old maps covering most of the country and I located the map for Corton dated 1888-1913. The ordnance survey map was to the scale of 6″ to 1 mile and it showed the former cottages that use to be on the cliff top. In the rear garden the survey map showed a well (arrowed in red on the map extract) and what I had seen and photographed in 2000 was the base of it. This former relic of the past has since been lost under tons of granite blocks.                                                                                                                         CORTON WELL (1888-1913) - Copy

Ordnance Survey map of Baker’s Score and cottages.

025_22A Here is my photograph of the well base.

028_25A Baker’s Score in September 2000, the well base was at the end of the sea wall.

DSCF9813  The ramp access to the beach collapsed and was replaced by new coastal defence works, granite blocks now cover the base of the well.

Down on the Hop Farm

These faded photographs from the early part of the 1900’s give an insight of life on Seabrook Brothers Hop Farm in Tonbridge Kent. The cart loaded up for delivery, the farmhouse, and the farmers children.                                                                                                                        seabrook-hop-farm-1

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‘B’ Western Movies of 1950’s

Last week I passed by the window of John Tolley Antiques on the way home from King’s Church in Catford Hill London and there was a group of photographs on display. I like collecting old photographs so when the shop opened again I purchased them. It was only a group of four 8″ x 10″ prints from the USA published by the 20th Century Fox Studio, two depicted scenes from Western Movies, a third image was of the movie star Kathleen Crowley. On the reverse  of these three prints was the name of the film ‘The Quiet Gun’, which I found came out in 1957. The fourth print had no details so dear reader if you recognize the film or the actors I would welcome the information. My friend Angela told me that theses publicity photographs were issued alongside the posters to accompany the film when it was issued to the Cinema.                                                                                                     the-quiet-gun-1957-a

Kathleen Crowley who was one of the actors in The Quiet Gun.

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Kathleen Crowley, interesting to note that this scene does not appear in the film, nor the cowboy !!! This role is played by Forrest Tucker and the characters do not kiss on screen. The only conclusion is that this image came from an early screen test.

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Here is another scene that does not appear on screen, the film cast the actor Lee Van Cleef as the bad guy and has no ‘gang’ with him. So another mystery ! The director moves to a distant view of the main street and the shooting is not shown in any detail.

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Here is the last photograph, this image is from a film but no details are shown on this image. I would imagine this still dates from the late 1950’s but will require a bit of detective work to find out which one. So dear reader if you recognize the female actor  or the film please let me know.

 

 

 

A look back to 1965

I have just found and purchased this wonderful photograph from John Tolley Antiques opposite my home church, King’s Church, Catford Hill, London, Se6. See notes below photograph for details of this wonderful image showing the fashions at the time.

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The United States Educational Foundation in India New Delhi

Institute in Indian History and Culture

(24th July to 13th August 1965)

Department of Political Science,  Manasagangothri,  University of Mysore,

Mysore State, India.

Original Photograph 8” x 11” by Star Studio Mysore 1

Photographic Gems in a second hand shop.

We have a small house clearance shop just across the road from our church and I usually look in when I pass by. I have an interest in old postcards and photographs and this week I was lucky to find these two wonderful photographs from the 1940’s ?                                           tolley-portrait-07-12-16

What a wonderful  portrait, a work of art, undated, by Guttenberg Photographers, Manchester.

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I love the composition of this photograph, how ones eye is lead to the farmhouse, then the fields beyond. Again this photograph is undated but the chalk quarry in the far distance on the right suggest the home counties.