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  1. Anthony here.... It's amazing how one word can change the direction of a conversation and create, yes.......another project!! You will recall that I have been reading all our comments back to Vi. In one thread I asked..."and for my delectation". Vi said Leonard Sacks used to say that on The Good Old Days. cut a long conversation short!!! Vi mentioned that she was in a episode of The Good Old Days...It was at City Variety in Leeds. I asked a question that I had thought about in the past...Did the BBC issue costumes to the audience upon their arrival. Vi said "No" she made her own. I said oh yes you were a Dressmaker. She said "No my dear, I was a Tailoress, rather firmly"....oophs, I thought they were one and the same thing. I swiftly moved on by asking Vi what she wore to the theatre. Unfortunately Vi didn't have a photo of her in the costume (I was surprised that she did not have one), so I asked her to describe it......A high neck, leg of mutton sleeves and the hobble dress. Huh....what the.... leg of mutton, hobble dress. If scratching my head now. I asked Vi what the flip is a hobble dress. "The only way to walk in a hobble dress is 'hobble', as the dress is so tight around the legs. Wow, I am getting educated here!!! Vi said she had a copy of the episode on video, went upstairs on the chairlift and came down with an old VHS video. I said you know you can transfer from VHS cassette to DVD nowadays, and that I could get it done by somebody. And thus today's project...deliver the video cassette to expert. I've found a local guy... and have asked him to do the DVD before Saturday. I'm gonna surprise Vi by showing the DVD at my house on the 55inch tv. It'll be a blast.... Anthony
  2. Anthony here.... You will recall on Saturday that I thought I had hit the 'mother-load' with regards to postcards... I said to Vi have you ever taken the postcards out to see what had been written. She said no, as the album is too delicate to handle in places and that the album is over 120-years old... I said to Vi that there is a wealth of information on the reverse of the postcards, and with that in mind I carefully removed a card from with a photo of Bigbury on Sea....To cut a long story short, I've been looking for the birth of Vi's grandmother for 2-weeks. Vi said that she thought her name was Widdecombe or Wakeham.....The post card (stamped Kimberley 13 Jul 1909, that I (deliberately and on purpose removed...) ended "...I will write soon, with love to all, L.Wakenham". We both shouted at the same time "We've found her" and hugged each other!! I said to Vi that we must start turning the postcards over to have a good read - all 200no of them!!! Here's the rub...The album is so delicate that removing the postcards would destroy the pages in places. I am thinking of using my scalpel and tweezers to cut one corner tab on each postcard to 'tease' the postcards out of the album, read, photograph and catalogue each one, return it to the album and repair each tab. So my next project is to research repairing photo album tabs...some of them have literally turned to 'dust'. I know one of you guys or gals have done this before, so some advise would be most appreciated. My list of projects is increasing daily..... Anthony
  3. Anthony here.... Ian Thanks for that. I've started copying and pasting images like this for's easier to show her as she does not have broadband at hers. I visited Vi yesterday (with my Mum) - between um I hardly got a word in edge-ways. No that's a first!! Anthony
  4. Anthony here.... DavidW - Very interesting read. You've all been there and done it!! Great detective work by all concerned. Anthony
  5. Anthony here.... Hi DavidW No need to apologise for putting me right (and Vi and Barbara!!). I will break it to them gently. Saves me looking at maps again!!! Anthony
  6. Anthony here.... Right - the toys are all over the floor!! I've just realised I'm double booked with my two lovely young ladies. Toss a coin....Heads (Vi) & Bread and Dripping sarnies, Tail's (Barbara) and a full breakfast. Ummmm.. "Head's it is" - I going round to Vi's at 10:00 to check out some more postcards,( and do her garden!!!). Anthony
  7. Anthony here.... I had in my mind two sets of tram lines (one for each direction of travel!!). Silly me.... it set makes sense....why double the infrastructure!!! Well I know there was a 'turning head' at Carlton Square...There must have been a 'passing point' on Main Street West ie up the hill. Can someone advise where take location was? If there was a single line, then what was the interval between buses travelling in the same direction?? Anthony
  8. Anthony here.... My last hour with Vi on Saturday was looking through her photo album and postcard album....I think I have struck the mother load!! The albums were given to Vi by her mother, (b.1888, d.1975)... now that literally was a 'turning back the pages of time'. I'll skip Vi's family photo's for the time being....just wanted to tell you about the postcards. I would say that there are about 200no. I took a couple of photos of one's that might interest our bus and tram enthusiast's... Vi said that the postcard shows the No8 tram, which she said last ran in 1932. I recognised the Nags Head and the Catholic church in the background.
  9. Anthony here.... Rob.L Thanks for the info - yep, my fault for straying off topic.....I'm gonna let John and Ray cycle into the distance!! Anthony
  10. Anthony here.... My latest visit to Vi was on Saturday......what an amazing afternoon spent with an amazing lady!! I promise to not ramble, and will try to keep this as short as possible. My 3-hour visit started by my reading all the comments posted by me to you, and your subsequent replies. Similarly for the GVPS comments. That took 90-mins!!!! So be careful what you say - you don't want to upset a 90-year old!!! The next 30-mins with Vi was spent with her looking at the "Turning back the Pages in .....Old Carlton", and me providing commentary to Vi from my notes with Barbara. Vi mostly agreed with Barbara's recollections, if they shared the same recollections. One of the comments that did interest me was Vi's agreement with Barbara regarding the location of the VE Day Party on Park Avenue.... both Vi and Barbara are in agreement that photo was taken on Park Road. Vi said she could tell "by the looking at the houses"!!...... There is only one way to resolve this..that is to look at a map circa 1945 and compare the house 'footprints' versus those visible in the photo. More to follow.... Anthony
  11. Anthony here.... Here's me 'rambling on' about such and such.... and you drop that bomb!!!! You had that on the back burner, waiting for the right time.... Anthony
  12. Anthony here..... Lizzie I am blown away....literally!!!!!! Hey, mayby I should interview you tooooooo for your recollections!!! You kept that one quiet..... well at least from me. Anthony
  13. Anthony here.... Just got back from shopping..... never fear... I wont starve!! Jill If your referring to Benjamin1945 as being a lonely soul, devoid of female companionship....then yes I have been a able apprentice!! Yep, unlucky in love.....Is there a Dear Deardrie page on the site?? And, thanks for the positive message. DavidW Thanks for confirmation of the VE Day party location - I will gently put Barbara right on Monday. Not sure if you take after your Mum - your photo is too small to see.... Anthony
  14. Anthony here.... Hi DavidW Yep I've got a way with the ladies of a certain age.... Funny that, I've always had bad luck with the younger ladies in my life... ho, hum!!! Thanks for the info regarding VE Day, and the Standhill Road Queens Jubillee link. Can't look at them to prize myself from the computer, and go shopping otherwise no din-dins tomorrow. Laters.....Anthony