German made Blaupunkt "Barcelona" Bought late 1950s. for 62 guineas which was a fair amount of money in those days but I bought it with some winnings so didnt feel too guilty in spite of being broke.it was a so called stereo radio with three speakers, a rotating ferite internal arial,magic eye and the latest thing, FM. three wavebands but medium wave was the one we listened too,much better in those days for some reason,I could get all the continental stations,this is where the rotating arial and magic eye was useful for fine tuning. and also Long wave for Radio Luxemburg for the latest hits, The BBC was very stuffy then mainly brass bands and cinema organs with maybe some light dance music in the evenings. There was no local radio,just "Home Service"(posh) and "The Light Programme"for the more common people But on the new FM band you could also hear Londons police cars! This radio also acted as an amplifier hooked up to a record player for our parties in Lansdowne Road played full volume and still survived (slightly wine stained) Anyway it still works with just a few valves(tubes) replaced, gets polished every week and listened too on special occasions even though turning it on is a bit of a fire risk..
This was a familiar sight when we lived on the Essex marshes. Sometimes people walking on the causeway or the seawalls would appear to be cut off at the knees and floating along.That caused a lot of ghost stories. from the Strood Camhere And http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=37936 for what it was like in the forties when we were there.
Our family motor in the mid 30s,a Bentley Sports saloon.On joyous outings Papa being of small stature would be in the driving seat with a cushion underneath him so that he was able to see over the bonnet,Mama would sit beside him clutching her smelling salts and in the rear compartment half a dozen children,the seventh not yet born. On the then quiet open roads the older boys would be allowed to stand on the running boards and surf the wind,the younger ones to stand on the seats and poke our heads out of the sun roof. We also discovered that in the back we could lift the floorboards and watch the road go by underneath, drop things down there and and see the prop shaft whizzing round at high speed.(dont think my Papa knew this) If you enlarge the photo and look at front wheels you will notice the difference between the two tyres. This didn't matter as there was no M.O.T. test in those days. The other thing I remember the back window had a neat little curtain which was drawn at night time to stop dazzle but during the day made it very cosy. Young people don't know what motoring is. We never asked"are we there yet?"there was so much to do in the back,
I hate wide screens.I don't see the point of wide screens except to get you to buy one to keep up with the crowd. Its all black bars to fill in the gaps or fat distorted stretched faces to fill the screen. Old format films are unwatchable. Wide screens are the wrong proportions for good composition ask any artist or photographer. Next thing is wide screen mobiles which will require very large pockets or handbags and in a year or two ....TALL SCREENS then god help us.
For a good read before "lights out" and a "good read" after lights out under the blankets by the light of a dimming torch as the battery runs out. A good tip. Getting some heat in to the battery will make it last just that little bit longer,maybe a whole chapter.