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Mess    175

Back in 1963 my friend and I used to go ten pin bowling on Saturday mornings at the newly opened Excel Bowl on Barker Gate.

We'd take a 43 trolley bus into town for 3d then walk up Pelham St spending some time in Beecrofts then take a walk down Hockley to the bowling alley.

About half way down Hockley on the right was a chemist shop with the whole front window display devoted to Durex Family Planning products. In the early 60s Durex came in maroon and cream paper square envelopes and the whole Durex range was on display. It was rather intimidating for a 13 year old lad like me trying to work out what the sponges, jellies and creams were all for. It seemed that sex was going to be like an art lesson. Dabbing on stuff with the sponge didn't seem very erotic.

All became clear when I plucked up courage to ask my mum what it was all about.

The most hideous thing in the Durex range back then was the reusable condom which you apparently washed and then dried on a penis shaped cage

I googled this to make sure I hadn't dreamt it and sure enough that was a genuine Durex offering      around that time.

I wonder if it shrank if you put in the washing machine?

lol

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nnsc    81

You seem to be quite an expert in that particular field Mess!

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Mess    175

Not sure I am

I've got four kids and I was always crap at art

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TBI    1,854

When I was a kid, someone told me Durex was bubble-gum. I never knew they did jellies, sponges and cream too.

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Mess    175

That looks like the place

I guess the guy was a regular customer.

He looks a bit of a tosser with his hand in his pocket.

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LizzieM    5,005

I mentioned this same 'giggle-worthy' shop on a previous topic VICTORIAN ADVERTS.  Always stopped to look at the dreadful window display on the way to the Bowling Alley on a 60s Sunday afternoon!  

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katyjay    3,425

I remember this now I've looked at the link. The window had all kinds of surgical 'stuff' for men, like hernia trusses etc. 

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Mess    175

Yes

This was the accessory shop

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Chulla    4,345

I wonder - was that where Benji got his liberty bodice from. lol

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benjamin1945    8,564

Yes Chulla,.......and nice matching 'Jock Strap' with 'Hernia Truss'............lol.

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Cliff Ton    5,717
On 11/27/2016 at 6:35 PM, benjamin1945 said:

The Scots are ok,...........Forest have had some great ones.........Thompson,Mcdonold,Mckinley,Quigley,Burns,Gemmil two of them,.,Imlach,to say nowt of slim Jim Baxter,McCormack,and the greatest of all Joe Baker,...

 

52 minutes ago, benjamin1945 said:

...... 'Jock Strap' ...

 

What years did he play for Forest ?

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benjamin1945    8,564

Without looking it up.......just one season circa 1970......?

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Chulla    4,345

#13. Are you saying that Jock Strap married Hernia Truss, Benji?

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PeverilPeril    1,140

At an office party in a hotel the pianist was playing requests. I asked one of the secretaries to go and request something by Jock Straplin. Which she dutifully did. Got a right ear full when she came back :sorry:

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radfordred    2,535

I've always used the withdrawal method.

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