Life in the 1950s

Another Merry MidCentury Xmas Gone

We didn’t specifically set out to have a ‘Vintage’ Christmas – that would be awfully contrived – but a mixture of opportunity and natural inclination propelled us through the festive season on a wave of retro joys.

For me, a last working week in London gave me the chance to escape the round of office […]

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    Stone Me, Sid, They’re Knocking Down The Hand and Racquet!

Stone Me, Sid, They’re Knocking Down The Hand and Racquet!

Hancock’s Half Hour has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. By the time I was 13, I was sneaking my little transistor radio down to our holiday hotel dining room to listen in to the summer re-runs on Radio 4 (egged on by my Dad), so I […]

Sonics are Go!

As you’ll have read in last week’s instalment, a week’s stay in London for Mrs M meant time for her to do the shoe and fashion thing during the day, but it also gave us the chance to catch up with friends in the evenings. Little did we expect, though, that we would end […]

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    Riviera Style: Resort & Swimwear Since 1900 – Plus shoes, shoes, shoes

Riviera Style: Resort & Swimwear Since 1900 – Plus shoes, shoes, shoes

A week by myself in London, and Mr. M tied to the desk, meant that I had the opportunity to organise a girly outing to the Fashion and Textile Museum on 83 Bermondsey Street. I arranged to do the visit with my good friend, Sue, whom I met beforehand for a leisurely walk from London Bridge […]

Ladybird by Design

After years quite literally on the shelf, suddenly it seems that Ladybird Books are rightly being feted everywhere as an iconic part of post-war British culture. Although the Ladybird ‘brand’ has been around for a century, it’s the uniform, 56-page, hardbacked little books that our midcentury generation associates with the name, each with its […]

Ugh – What’s that stuff in your hair?

Any self-respecting mid-century chap won’t be striving after that authentic look for long before finding himself exploring the greasy world of hair products. Sorry, horrible term that, conjuring up visions of all sorts of trendy gels. Fortunately, men’s grooming products of the 1940s and 50s have an altogether more robust feel to them, and […]

Move Along Inside, Please – It’s a Bus Thing

I didn’t start this blog as some kind of therapy, but every time I start to write about something that brightens my day, it feels like I’m baring my soul! But, here goes – I like buses: pretty much any bus from the 50s and early 60s, but particularly big red London Routemasters. I’m […]

Mad Men Loose in King’s Cross

A trip to London recently gave us the chance to check out the new House of Illustration gallery in the regenerated goods yards behind King’s Cross station featuring an exhibition of work by Mac Conner, one of New York’s original ‘Mad Men’ illustrators. In truth, the Mad Men epithet is an unfair one; although […]

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    “Getting Some In” – An Erk’s-Eye View of National Service

“Getting Some In” – An Erk’s-Eye View of National Service

Somewhere on one of the rolls of microfilm in the RAF archives is the record of my dad, who achieved the lofty rank of Leading Aircraftman, period of whole-time service from 3 December 1952 to 28 December 1954. One of millions of post-war National Servicemen, his Service career was almost entirely unremarkable – no […]