MEMORIES OF THE 30,s,40's,50's,60's, 70's 80's..............RATHER STRANGE THIS ONE...........KOTC


What memorabilia have you saved over the years that you would never part with and that bring back memories?.

Could be toys, games. clothes, medals in fact anything!

I have a solitaire game made of Bakelite. still in the original box. It gave me hours of pleasure as a kid which I will always remember.Might be worth a couple of quid now!!



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  • I'm afraid mine have been lost over time so the stuff I like now is only a few years old.

  • But do theyrelate to memories for you,albeit recent ones

  • Now you are asking, King. Where on earth do I start at my time of life. We were talking to a much younger couple last night, and all the old memories were coming out and, yes, they were interested.

    I am listening to friday Night is Music Night and music has played a big part in my life. I hear music and all the memories come back, albeit blurred around the edges.

    Looking at old stamps are nostalgic - I used to collect them as a child. And Nelson's inhalers with tinct benz co. in them. Nearly took my head off as a child. Vintage films are a Must for me. I will stop for now. Love Anniex

  • Have you still got any of your artifacts annieseed

  • Precious family photos from our wedding in l961 and of our children at various stages and still have a no value hand made jewelry box which was my mothers as well as some no value vases. I was a bit of a swat at secondary school and still have some of my reports Joyce

  • My mother kept all my school reports away from me. Now that I have seen them I know why Joyce !

  • Photographs, my husband's and my school reports, my grown up children's school reports, my parents' identity cards and my mother in law's ration book.

  • I have collected much the same.Family history I suppose

  • We married in 1963 and bought our first dining room table in about 1965 - a G plan round teak one. We were so proud of it - unfortunately we didn't have the matching chairs because my husband persuaded me to spend the money on a record player! We had to make do with second hand ones from parents.

    A few weeks ago the legs on our dining room table became a bit detatched - husband, convinced that he could mend it, took it apart. True, he did mend the underneath frame but discovered that the leaves on the table would not now fit - should have been put back before the legs were finally glued and screwed ( and of course he had done a good job of making the frame secure!) This was just a week or so before our golden wedding anniversary. What to do? I reckoned we had had good service from the table and should buy a new one that matched the new kitchen a little more closely. Husband was horrified - 'we have had fifty years of meals around this table - all of those family Christmases, birthdays, laughter and arguments'!

    The table was delivered two weeks ago, and it looks good - no not the nice new oak table to match the kitchen, but our old G plan now completely refurbished. It would have been cheaper to buy a new one than had the refurbishment and I suspect I have been 'played' again as I was about the record player back then in '65, but how could I resist the charm of a husband who thinks that all those family memories are more important than looks or money?


  • Beautiful story. Thanks for sharing. x

  • Isn't that a lovely story Toci?

  • Hi Maggie, we too had a G-Plan dining suite, along with a bed and carpet they were the only things we could afford and also had 2nd hand things from family. Mind you we did have a mortgage to pay for our 1st house which cost us £650 in 1961 Wish my suite was still going but boisterous children made it look shabby in time . Joyce

  • The little destroyers Joyce, but so lovable

  • You are so lucky Maggie to have a husband who cherishes his life with you. I hope you buy him a new record player as a token gesture!!

  • Yes I am very lucky.

    I did buy him a new record player many years ago - more recently got him an ipod. ( However he still has all his modern jazz LPs as well as hundreds of CDs.) I'm not quite as much into music as he is as you may have realised, but I do cherish the tickets to a Frank Sinatra concert at the Festival hall in 1970 which are displayed in the cloakroom. What a night - our seats were in the choir (on the stage) and FS blew me a kiss from just yards away! He certainly couldn't miss this wildly applauding young women in the silver trouser suit. Ah I remember it well!


  • I have a shed where I can go and listen to my music to my hearts content Maggie

  • Hi king, I have my dad's army running shirt - he ran cross country for the regiment I think. Presumably this was before his time in Burma in 2nd world war. I also have a leather coat from the 60's. My son had to have a splint and i had to massage his legs when he was very tiny as his feet looked like flippers when he was born due to being wedged long enough to have ligaments elongated/foreshortened incorrectly. I have the tiny splint and a baby nightie all 3 of the kids wore. They were all born in the 80's. :-) :-) Alison

  • And they mean so much to you, and that's great Alison

  • I have a doll my granny bought me. It means the world to me and must be 56 years old. I too have lots of family photos, mostly taken at my Aunts home in Sussex where we spent lots of happy holidays. I have a tiny little walking stick that my fathers grandfather made my Dad. Another special item I have is a beautiful pram blanket my parents bought for my daughter when she was born over 38 years ago. I could go on and on. M

  • You, too are so sentimental Mocary

  • Coming from a Forces family and also being ex-forces myself and my wife, the only lasting things are memories which we both cherish and share. Amazing how our memories of different things are like chalk and cheese.

    The one lasting "antique" that I have is my wife. Yes, I know, her legs might have got a bit wobbly and her bottoms gone rotten but I married her for better or worse. Still waiting, patiently, for the better.

  • Be patient Cornish Brian it could happen one day!

  • At our WI meeting last week, a curator from the local museum brought a "Gossip Box" which contained artifacts from the 1950s....magazines, photos, fabrics everyone reminiscing.

    I still have my teddy.....ahhh....very Fred Bear now.

  • Poor Fred Bear,but I expect he is still loved as much as ever knitter

  • I’ve still got my battered old 50's ‘Chris Barber’ Trad Jazz record collection from my ‘Beatnik’ days at Eel-Pie Island.

    The only problem is a visit to hospital left me almost stone and tone deaf so I can only remember those sounds from the past.

    However I have just converted the LPs, EPs (including the sleeves) to CDs, kept me quiet for months and I find that all the work on the computer is like taking your brain to the gym (Not that you would notice !)

  • I would love to be able to convert my records to CDs dukes. I did a long time ago put them on audio tape.

  • Just like to say anyone struggling to stop smoking could try "The easy way to stop smoking" by Alan Carr,i tried for most of my 50 yrs smoking to stop and reading this book worked for me and and my 28yr old grandaughter.I never think of having a smoke even when with others who smoke,it's like I've never smoked,the book is still on sale in most bookshops,good luck.

  • A book of reminders Eh?

  • Rather ironically the author died of a smoking related disease. More a case of do as I say rather than do as I do.

  • Yes,you are right he admits in his book he smoked over 80 cigs a day,until he found his cure,and he was over 80 years old ,it certainly worked for me.

  • I've got a Homepride Flour Man flour shaker. Memories of learning to bake with mother when slightly younger than I am now. Slightly younger!!!

  • Do you still do the baking like your mother taught you WestWalesPaul ?

  • I do! And I'm hoping when I get my oxygen, I'll be able to prove it to my wife [& do a lot of other stuff too]. Hoping!!

    Get too breathless to stand for long - even sit sometimes - atm & recent PE has hit me very hard. Assessment in 10 days.

    Do I smell some bread in the oven?? Looking forward to it very, very much & saving wife a job! Oh and eating it too :)

  • It is a lovely feeling of satisfaction when you eat something you have baled yourself

  • Got a number of treasured possessions King and something much loved from every decade since my first appearance in 1954 :D There are books given for Christmas or birthdays, old vinyl records, photographs etc and of course it's not so much the item itself but more the wonderful association with loved ones (some no longer here) and special times we've shared.

    The oldest thing I still have tucked away is my mums christening gown that she would have worn as a baby in 1920. Favourite thing of all is, yep, my ancient tatty old teddy who is has been with me through thick and thin - and no, he's not a Steiff but... he's mine, lol. Lovelight x

  • You are so sentimental; Lovelight xxx

  • Ah, but you started it ! xx

  • I started , but I won't finish you being sentimental lovelight xx

  • The most obvious one for me would be the original full size tenpin bowling pin still sitting on my wall unit that is now 45 years having been won in a tournament when I was 15 and behind it in the cabinet are the various trophies from that sport together with the golf and finally lawn green bowls trophies that have marked the various phases of my life. These aside I have bits n bobs in draws and boxes of all kinds and sizes but each of which can transport me back in time faster than the Tardis. :)

  • That reminds me of my days teaching tenpin bowling in Torquay in the mid sixties Sociable

  • I also recommend anyone who is trying to give up smoking reads How to stop smoking with Alan Carr after numerous failed attempts I stopped 23 years ago after reading his book albeit by this time it was too late for me my lungs were already damaged but probably wouldn't be here now if I had carried on

  • Good on you Blue22

  • thank you - your title intrigues me - do you make good cocktails?

  • I used to. The press named me KOTC.I was a member of the United Kingdom Bartenders Guild and participated in many of their competitions with a fair amount of success. I used to do TV, radio appearances, give demonstrations, charity events. It was my forte in life

  • Wow quite impressive and interesting - how about telling us your best one

  • The one I liked best was called 'Sheer Bliss' Cognac, Nassau Orange Liqueur. Devonshire Cream

    A lady came into my bar one evening when I was trying the cocktail out on customers ready for a competition, she tried it and said ''that is Sheer Bliss''. And it went on to win!

  • we will have a go at that thank you

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