Saturday, April 11, 2015

Britain in the 50's



Through the eyes of newsreel cameras and advertising of the time, we present an affectionate look at the way we were in the 1950's: the way we dressed, the way we laughed (and cried) - even the way we holidayed. In 1950, Britain was working hard to recover from the Second World War. Yet, as the decade went on and the economic conditions improved - prompting PM MacMillan to tell people of Britain "You never had it so good" - a cascade of wonderful gadgets found their way into British homes, and families began holidaying on the beaches and promenades.

By the end of the decade booming Britain was in overdrive with 5.5 million cars on the road, the opening of the M1 and the arrival of the first Mini. The teenager had also come of age with new dance crazes and flamboyant fashions interspersed with bizzare hairstyles - anything to make them stand out in the crowd!

This programme also focuses on the events that shook the world during the decade; the death of George VI in 1952 heralding a new Queen, Elizabeth II, and her Coronation in 1953; the conquering of Everest: the first four minute mile; the last woman to be hanged in Britain; and the tragic Munich air disaster. (You Tube lede)

 I especially like the commercials.  Just a few will remember Britain in 1900, but your chilluns will be astounded to learn that moving pictures captured any of it.  If they watched it.  They won't, because it's not in color.


Anonymous said...


Can ya' tell me where you got the picture of the boy and girl with the old car in the background?

I was born in Indiana in 1940, left in 1948 and by the looks of it, that car's license plate says either "40" or "48". Furthermore, the kid in the pic is a dead-ringer for me at 7 year's old. I'm wondering who's the little cutie standing beside me.


Ron in Ohio

Darrell said...

Hey Rodge,
Here's Rick Perry speaking at the NRA convention. Good stuff:

Rodger the Real King of France said...

Ron in Ohio- That would be me and baby sister from the fambly album

Anonymous said...

Dang! Rog you and I could be brothers-from-a-different-mother. I'll swear, I have some of those old sepia-toned family pictures that show me looking like you in that pic.
Ron in Ohio

Esteve said...

"They won't, because it's not in color." Tried to get my 6 year grand daughter to watch an old TV show with me but she quickly lost interest because it was "gray".

Rodger the Real King of France said...

There was talk about selling my twin to the gypsies ...?

Anonymous said...

Ron in Ohio:

Just one last comment (I swear) about us old Indiana dudes:

Long, long ago - An old Indiana geezer, who had been a retired farmer for a long time, became bored and decided to open a medical clinic based upon his vast knowledge of treating animals.

To stop the skeptics he put a sign up outside that said: "Dr.
Geezer’s clinic - Get your treatment for $5.00, if not cured get back $10.00."

Doctor Young, who was new to the community,and was a recent Eastern medical school graduate, was positive that this old geezer
didn't know beans about medicine and thought that this would be a great opportunity to enhance his reputation in the community and to get an easy $10.00 in the meantime. So he went to Dr. Geezer’s clinic.

This is what happened:

Dr. Young: "Dr. Geezer, I have lost all taste in my mouth, can you please help me?"

Dr. Geezer: "Nurse, please bring the medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in Dr. Young's mouth."

Dr. Young: Aaagh! "This is nothing but coal oil!"

Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You've got your taste back. That will be $5.00."

Dr. Young gets annoyed and goes back after a couple of days figuring to recover his lost $5.00:

Dr. Young: "Doctor, I have lost my memory, I cannot remember anything."

Dr. Geezer: "Nurse, please bring the medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in the patient's mouth."

Dr. Young: "Oh no you don't! I remember your "box 22" that's coal oil!"

Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You've got your memory back. That will be $5.00."

Dr. Young (After already having lost $10.00) leaves angrily and comes back after several more days.

Dr. Young: "Listen Doctor, my eyesight has suddenly become weak and I can hardly see!"

Dr. Geezer: "Well, I don't have any medicine for that so, here's your $10.00 back."

Dr. Young: "But this is only $5.00!"

Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You got your vision back! That will be another $5.00 please."

The moral of the story: Just because you're "Young" doesn't mean that you can out-smart an old "Indiana/Geezer"

Anonymous said...

'Just started watching the hour-long video, and noticed the "Vibro-massage machine" in the nightstand to "sooth a wrinkle or two, so-to-speak." It's nice that gals had their little toys even way back then…

Ann Hedonia & Sam Paku

Rodger the Real King of France said...

Well, this little post has amused the hell out of mr y'all

Anonymous said...

To the day he died, Sir Edmund Hillary was pissed at his parents for naming him in honor of Hillary Clinton.

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