Having been watching the series about Liberty, I remembered that my dad took some photos of shop windows in London – so here is a small selection of seasonal shopping snaps from 1957 and 1964.
A few months ago I was contacted by the Proud Gallery in Chelsea to ask if they could use some of my dad’s photos in an upcoming exhibition based around Ossie Clark, the 1960’s fashion designer.
I am very pleased to say that from the 21st February to the 10th March, Proud Chelsea will be hosting “Ossie Clark: The King of the King’s Road Reigns Again”, featuring four of my dad’s photos. He would have been thrilled / stunned / gobsmacked to know that some of his pictures are being exhibited alongside the likes of Norman Parkinson’s, someone whose work he most definitely knew and liked.
There’s also a bit about it in Time Out.
The pictures are being made available to buy in a limited edition of 25 each – these are only available via the gallery.
We got around quite a bit in the summer of 1978 as we had a French lad over to stay with us, arrange through Abington Vale Middle School. His name was Bertrand Lazard-Peillon – there is someone of that name who appears to be a journalist in France, but I have no idea if it’s the same person.
So here we have
Downing Street – in the days when you could get close to it
At my aunt’s in Peterborough (Bertrand, me and cousin Liz)
What is probably the Nene Valley Railway
Me feeding the pigeons in Trafalgar Square
Me resting after a busy day out
Imperial War Museum in South London
A Boeing 747 landing at Heathrow, from the days when they had public viewing platforms.
The other part of the summer holiday was a stay with my dad’s sister in London.
This involved meeting a new cousin (hello Mike!), a trip down the river to Greenwich and the Cutty Sark, London Zoo and a day trip to Brighton.
It has to be said that what the young lady from the beach at Brighton is wearing would probably raise eyebrows now – 36 years later. Well, maybe not in Brighton.
A slightly random selection from 1975.
This was taken in June 1975 at a Masque Theatre production at Easton Neston – home of Lord Hesketh. Through the gate was the home of his Formula 1 racing team, whose main driver at the time was one James Hunt.
March 1975, London Zoo. This is Guy The Gorilla. Especially memorable for me because for some reason he charged the window me and The Brother were looking at him through. Scared the bejesus out of us – let’s face it, who wouldn’t be spooked when a bloody huge gorilla charges you – and I was a skinny and weedy 6 1/2 year old. Personally, I think he took a dislike to The Brother – perfectly understandable…
And this is one for the social historians out there – my mother’s parents kitchen in Pembroke Gardens. At least that’s where I assume it is – looks vaguely familiar, but I was probably last there around 35 years ago!
These are from our usual summer trip to see my father’s sister’s family in London.
The first ones are from a Thames boat trip, featuring riverside London that’s completely changed over the last 40 years.
And these are from a trip up St Paul’s Cathedral. I remember one of these where we went up further than I’ve been on any other trip – right up to the top-most round windows just below the golden ball and cross, up some very steep (for a small child) metal steps. No idea whether you can actually get that far nowadays.
We obviously spent a few days with my dad’s sister in London.
These three are from the Imperial War Museum
This one is a Barbara Hepworth piece called Two Forms (Divided Circle) – it was stolen from Dulwich Park in December last year, presumed to have been sold for scrap value.
Here are the now-traditional shots from King’s Road, from visits in June and July. Some fantastic 1970s fashions, and not just from the ladies!
A couple from one of the big things in London in 1972 – the Tutankhamun exhibition. I was too young and got left behind with the grandparents, while The Brother fell asleep in the queue.
And a separate trip in ’72, down to stay with my father’s sister in West Dulwich.
This is me on the train
And this is in their garden – we spent many hours on that swing!
1972’s photos from the Kings’ Road. Fashions a little different to the 60s…