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Amateur Theatre in the 1960’s

I was fortunate to find an album of photographs kept by Peter Hibbitt, an amateur actor as a record of his stage performances.  These provide a great insight into stage production during the 1960’s.

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Peter Hibbitt (above) playing the role of ‘The Tramp’.

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Peter Hibbitt (above) playing the part of Frank Gibbons.

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A tribute to all actors past and present who give of their time to entertain us.

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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.

 

 

Not the main Subject

Sometimes it’s not the subject matter in the foreground, it is what is captured in the background.

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This photo (above) was taken on 22nd February 1937 in Whitechapel High Street to record water main improvement works but the information in the background is just as interesting. Look at the enlarged details below.

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This shows Mr. N. Steingold Diamond Merchants shop window in great detail.

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And this shows Mr. W. E. Humphries shop window, corsets for sale, with price shown 4s 11d and 6s 11d (that would be 25p & 35p).

The photo below, taken 31st August 1959 shows water main diversion works in Wandsworth High Street.

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Now take a closer look at the advertising board in the background.

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After 60 years we still have a break with a Kit Kat.

And finally this shows the head office of the Metropolitan Water Board near the Angel Islington. Taken during the First World War on 11th January 1915.

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Now look at the enlarged detail below showing the Wartime army recruitment posters.

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Follow the Flag and Fall In.

So dear reader next time you view a photograph take a second look, you may find an interesting item of social history. Bye for now….keep you eyes peeled !

Scans from original Metropolitan Water Board Photographs.