Category Archives: 1950’s

The Phoenix Years

I left McMichael Radio to work back on the Slough Trading Estate at the Phoenix Rubber Company. They produced rubber compounds that went into all sorts of products for instance windscreen wiper blades and rubber bonded to metal engine mountings … Continue reading

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My First Car

I found an old set of negatives – the old black & white 120 size – in the most unlikely place, almost under my nose in my sitting room. How they got there I don’t know. I held them up … Continue reading

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From Pigeon to Canary

From my first job to my second took only a couple or three weeks. I had signed on for unemployment benefit but that amounted to just over £2 a week – and that was the rate for a grown man in … Continue reading

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Tea Boy to Rock ‘n Roll

We cannot have been living in Old Windsor for long, it was about August 1956 and just a couple of months from school that my father arranged my first job. As area supervisor for Melias he used to visit the … Continue reading

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School Years#3/2

In all the time I attended that school my mother gave me the bus fare to get there and back. It was probably a couple of pence per journey but I always walked, whatever the weather, there and back. It … Continue reading

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School Years#3/1

I described Harehills Secondary Modern as anything but modern in School Years #2 and as it was built in 1897 it hadn’t changed much or should I say no improvements had been made when I attended from 1951 to 1956. … Continue reading

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School Years#2

When I went to junior school – Talbot Road C.P – sometime around 1948/9 I was a strong reader and knew my times tables, learned by rote, as I said earlier,  up to the 12 times. My spelling and comprehension was … Continue reading

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Julia Wendoline Green Where Are You?

Julia Wendoline Green from Slough was my first love. She was sixteen and I was 3 years older. We went out together for 4 and a half years. It ended when I had to declare a new love, Christine, whom … Continue reading

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Trick But No Treat

When I was a lad in the fifties there was no such thing as ‘Trick or Treat’. What there was in Leeds was something called ‘Mischief Night’. I think that this was a northern thing because since I came south … Continue reading

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The Phoenix Years #2

Ken Schueler was a 6′-3" tall, lumbering, gruff man who had been brought into Phoenix Rubber by his pal George Clarke. He was a bluff northener from Hull in Yorkshire and that didn’t help the existing mainly southern staff to … Continue reading

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The Phoenix Years

I left McMichael Radio to work back on the Slough Trading Estate at the Phoenix Rubber Company. They produced rubber compounds that went into all sorts of products for instance windscreen wiper blades and rubber bonded to metal engine mountings … Continue reading

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Fathers First Car

In the early fifties you had to go on a waiting list in order to buy a new car. In 1951 my father got his first car. It was a Ford Prefect. I remember coming home one Thursday from school … Continue reading

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