Times Past


BILLY'S CONTRACT


When recently clearing out the garage I came across some old Pools programmes and, as you do, instead of clearing out the junk, ended up reading them and keeping them.

Looking through the 1968/69 programme, what struck me was how few of these companies that advertised are still in existence.

I used to love going to Whitakers but in 1968 they were still in Church Square and not in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre.

Our Kid used to work in Robert Lauder's. Their offices would have been an ideal location for a TV / film adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, what with creaky staircases, high desks and chairs. I am sure the desks had candles and quills and ink pots in them. The only thing missing from Lauder's was Tiny Tim.
"The half-time scoreboard. That was something else. A real clever device (the internet of its time)"

Bee Line Coaches Everybody in the town must have had a jaunt out or a mystery tour with them.

Clock Garages Long closed but now the offices of Hartlepool United.

The Footy Mail Essential reading. Printed and on sale with the ink still wet twenty minutes after the ref has blown his final whistle.

Frank Wright's I used to buy my Airfix Kits from here.

The half-time scoreboard That was something else. A real clever device (the internet of its time) giving us all the scores from around the grounds.

If you look closely there is one advert unintentionally printed upside down on one of the pages.

The other thing of note is the four digit telephone numbers. Can you imagine that within two years many of these companies would also be putting their telex numbers alongside their phone numbers. Tell that to the kids of today...

Finally there is the cover of the programme, with the smiley football. I told the Grandbairn that it was only 9d which is 4p in new money. He queried why it is shown as a 9d and not 9p. So we spent an hour explaining the £-s-d system, when money was proper money and that the letter d originated from the first letter of the name (denarius) of an ancient Roman coin. We lost him well before that with 20 shillings in a pound and 240 pennies in a pound!

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