Yet More Nostalgic Photos

I cannot seem to get enough of these memories!

A seafood seller outside a London pub, 1960s.

A man selling live eels from a market stall. London, 1960.

A mussel stall. London, 1956.

A grocer’s shop selling fresh fruit and vegetables. 1969.

A bus conductor on his platform, 1967. (Buses no longer have conductors.)

The view on the top deck of a double decker bus, 1960s.

Queuing for the ice-cream man, 1969.

A carefully-posed interior shot of a London Underground train, 1972.

Using a lamp-post as a swing, 1960.

A Ford Capri parked outside a Wimpy Bar. South London, 1970s. (I loved Wimpy Bars, and once owned a Ford Capri.)

62 thoughts on “Yet More Nostalgic Photos

        1. Every time I go to Norwich I go on the bus, using my free Old Codger Bus Pass. I think the last time was in March, when I had to go to the Eye Clinic. It saves the hassle and expense of parking, and the service into the city is very reliable.
          Until I moved to Norfolk I used the bus most days to get to work, and to travel across London to visit my mum. I’m a bus fan! 🙂

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  1. Live Eels now that brings back memories of a holiday in a caravan (not bigger than a bathroom now days) with dad trying to catch one that had got out of the bucket

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  2. All that I saw when i arrived in London 1980 but they was starting to go by the time I left 1985. The supermarkets were growing putting at end o the street sellers. I used to enjoy the banter with the clippies on the way to work.

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  3. I owned a red Capri. Loved it too, though I had a selection of problems with it. As a kid I loved the bus conductor who had to roll out the ticket for you. They always stayed upright, even when the bus moved. Can also remember the smell of green grocer’s. That underground pic…the girl standing looks like Princess Diana!

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    1. The Underground photo was staged with models of course.
      I always forund bus conductors to be jolly people, and a mine of local information and directions.
      Best wishes, Pete.


  4. (1) Of course, a seafood cellar would be inside and below ground level.
    (2) Said the Frenchman, who was under the weather, “I ahm feeleeng EEL toodé. Véhree seeck!” (I wonder what he’d eaten?)
    (3) I knew horses were kept in stalls. But mussels?
    (4) Did you ever meat those happy vegans?
    (5) Interesting mention of bus conductors, as I’ve been watching Sarah Hicks videos. She’s an American music conductor. Still, if every bus in the yard is about to arrive, leave, or organize their parking spots, don’t they need a conductor?
    (6) We have double deckers in Las Vegas, both open top tourist buses and regular transit buses for locals. I’ve ridden in the latter, which didn’t require a ladder to access the upper level.
    (7) I drove an ice cream Jeep, and then a van, one summer. The favorite treat was what we called a Bomb Pop. There was a British guy who was a regular customer. The way he pronounced “Bomb Pop” always amused me. Some Bomb Pops came in red, white and blue layers (very patriotic!). But my favorite was the banana flavored ones (very banana republican!).
    (8) Are those members of the Weather Underground? What’s that guy reading? Some kind of radical manifesto?
    (9) I never thought of using a lamppost as a swing. I just thought about watching their flowers grow as a morale booster…
    🎵Hello lamppost, what’cha knowing
    🎵I’ve come to watch your flowers growin’
    🎵Ain’t you got no rhymes for me?
    🎵Doot-in’-doo-doo, feelin’ groovy
    (10) I’ve never seen a Ford Capri, but I’ve been to the island of Capri off the coast of Italy. I took a hydrofoil there from Sorrento, and then hired a taxi to drive me and an acquaintance around the island. Unfortunately, the taxi driver’s name wasn’t Pete, and my acquaintance wasn’t Sophia. (I felt rather blue at the time, as I’d hoped to visit Sophia’s grotto, if you get my drift.)

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  5. Again, wonderful memories even if the pictures were from the UK and not the US. I remember during rush hours electric streetcars would be doubled together and have conductors.
    Cockles and mussels, alive alive oh.
    Tanks for the post, Pete. Hope you and Ollie are staying cool.

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    1. It has cooled down considerably, Don. Top temperature of 19C today. (66F) That was welcome for both Ollie, and me. It is set to get warmer at the weekend again, up to 28C. (82F)
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. The main car used in The Sweeney TV show at the start was a Ford Consul 3000 GT 1974, Geoff. That would put the photo on this post in the same time period though. They also used the Ford Granada Mk 1, Triumph 2000 Mk 1, Rover P6 3500, as well as marked Police cars of different types. 🙂
      Best wishes, Pete.


        1. I knew about the Consul, the Granada, and the P6, also that Carter drove a Triumph 2000 occasionally. I watched that whole series without fail back then. 🙂 I also worked for the Met Police for 12 years, and The Sweeney was a big discussion topic years after it was on TV. The only thing I looked up was the model year of the Consul, Geoff.
          Best wishes, Pete,.

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            1. Like all TV, it was exaggerated. But the blatant racism was accurate for the time, ‘Schwartzers’, etc. The Flying Squad was a law unto itself for many years. It no longer exists in the same format.
              Best wishes, Pete.

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              1. Yes, my working life saw me in a solicitors offices in the City from the 70s to the late 00s and the sexism, arrogance and classism was breathtaking for a grammar school boy from rural New Forest. There wasn’t a lot of racism, mostly because you rarely encountered anyone who wasn’t white day to day. It takes so long to grind out such attitudes – still a work in progress in many areas too.
                Keep up the good work on the series: most enjoyable!

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