Wednesday, 17 October 2012

The Gallery - Old




The school run, 70's style - when it was apparently quite normal to put your baby in a carrycot in the back, and have the kids climbing all over the seats. Seems strange now even thinking about no belts and no car seats - and not just from a safety point of view - you wouldn't be able to pin them down at all. Mine would never sit still if they weren't belted in. Long journeys must have been torture.

I'm the one wearing glasses. The one who looks like Velma from Scooby-Doo.

It's been fun flicking through my ageing album for this week's theme. I'm so glad my mum took the time to put it together - lovely to have a collection of old photos that spark countless memories.

I've been trying to do the same for my kids, so they each have a book. Needless to say I'm already behind. The eldest has done ok. He has two albums - one is full of baby photos and only goes up to when he was 6 months old! Easy to be snap happy with your first. They trail off after that.

The albums have been neglected, but I'm going to put them back on my to-do list, because I know it'll be worth it. The kids mightn't be all that bothered now, but they will be one day, when they're crinkly and a touch sentimental like me.


The Gallery theme this week is Old

18 comments:

  1. I have been told that by carry cot was the only was to travel when I was a baby, scary isn't it! And thank you for the reminder to get my actual printed photo albums back on the list!! :)

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    1. Glad to help! I've got a few years catching up to do, so I'm going to be busy.. :)

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  2. my daughter came home from hospital in a carry cot that was sat on the floor, yes the floor, of my husbands break down wagon, it only has 2 seats. I was safety concious as they got older, I strapped my son into his pushchair that we loaded into the back of the works van.....and it just stood on the floor.
    People did not travel as far, as fast or as often way back then, and few went to school by car. Our car did less than 10 miles a week, a supermarket shop was about it once a week, so less traffic on the road. ( Not saying its right, but you go back one generation more and parents sat with kids on the knee on the front seat.

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    1. So interesting to read about your experience. It was the way things were in those days. Just different. The photo here was taken in our camper which was the family 'car' for years. I remember going all the way from Northern Ireland to France one time. I sat at the table in the back of the van, colouring or playing with my sisters, and the youngest was in a carrycot, wedged in between the seats. I don't remember anyone questioning it. Far too easy to now. But many things that were commonplace in the 70's seem bizarre now, especially to people who weren't around then. Life seemed less managed and less regulated. A good or bad thing? A bit of both I think - but that's a whole other debate! Thank you for you comment.

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  3. Haha, I totally thought "Wow, that girl looks like Velma" before I even read your post!
    Does seem totally crazy how different things were back then, even something as simple as wearing seatbelts!
    Fab post x

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    1. Thank you! I did manage to ditch the thick-rimmed specs, but had a pudding bowl haircut for years! x

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  4. I remember travelling in the back of my parents' Morris Minor complete with its wooden trim. Your photo really conjures up memories of the 70's for me!

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    1. We had a Morris Minor too, before the camper! Feel quite nostalgic when i see one now :)

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  5. I sported a similar hairdo and specs for a long time! I'm the same with our photo albums, and I only have 2 kids. I had a blitz a few years ago and have got up to Pink being about 6 months old. So only another 6 years to go. it's harder I think, because so many of our pics (and i have taken so many) are on the computer and not sitting around accusingly in piles of photo 'envelopes' ... To make an album requires sorting through them all and getting them printed, although you can just email them/upload them to companies who will make up a hard copy album for you, but I don't think it would be the same without the photos falling out of those annoying little plastic corners. Mind you, I bet you can't even buy those plastic corners any more...

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    1. Funny enough I went in search of those corners a while a go and found some in a little shop in Abergavenny - otherwise online I suppose. The old albums with the tissue paper between pages are hard to find too.
      The last time I updated their photos was during OH's tour 3 years ago...and I had half said to myself I'd do the same again. I haven't. I think the huge number of pictures on the computer is putting me off. Thinking about sorting them and printing them...But I will eventually get round to it, because I'd rather look through an album than scroll down a screen. Hope they feel the same!

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  6. Love it. I know what you mean about slant pics for the second child too. Poor DB seems a little neglected.

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    1. We have a ridiculous number of baby photos of the eldest - if I wasn't holding him think I must have been taking a picture of him... Lots of suitably embarrassing pics to produce when he's older!

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  7. I LOVE this! (And I love the fact that yes you really do look like Velma!) I am actually old enough to remember seatbelts not being worn and it being such a odd thing to have to suddenly start wearing them! I remember my uncle had a car accident with my brother in his car and literally the very next day my dad went out to buy seatbelts to put in the back of the car. To us it was such a luxury! Crazy really!

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    1. Weird to think back then you actually had to buy seat belts, like they were a car accessory!

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  9. Great post and pic. I was a victim of the no seat belt era. Stood between the two front seats while my Mum braked too quickly, i was thrown face first onto the handbrake. Several stitches under my nose and the scar still to this day.
    The main reason i remember this story was not for the accident itself, but with big black stitches another child in the supermarket remarked to his mother 'that girl has a spider coming out her nose!' I was so upset.
    I use this story regularly when explaining why we wear seat belts today.
    Little Bee is going to be Velma for Halloween. I've been working on the outfit for months. I'll probably post pics. You did look just like her - how cool!

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    1. awful about the accident, must have been so frightening for you and your mum. I know if the kids weren't belted in, that's exactly where they'd be - between the two front seats, looking out.

      Can't wait to seeing the outfit - Velma rules!

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