I guess we hippies in the '60's were still milking it for whatever bargains could still be had because there's no way I would recall seeing it in 1957 as I was a mere child. Maybe I'm thinking $15.00 or $50.00USD. Whichever,it was an immensely popular book.
Post by patricklondon on Sept 12, 2009 18:20:33 GMT
Ah yes, "clippies" (or bus conductresses, as would then have been considered the proper term), who would pull a cardboard ticket off the rack hanging at their waist and punch a little hole in it to show it was paid for. Later on there was a machine where the conductor/tress would turn a handle to print out the ticket.
And going back to an earlier part of the thread, they used to play the national anthem at the end of every evening's performance in the cinemas (complete with a projected film of the Queen saluting at the Trooping the Colour parade - these were the days when she still rode side-saddle for the whole event). And every night there would be a dash to get out as soon as the end credits of the big film started rolling, in case there was a strict patriot at the end of the row who would stand to attention, thus blocking the exit.
Three of us were mortified the other day talking with the new Portuguese employee around the coffee machine. He is 22 years old. Somebody said something about the "old days", and I commented "Nathanael wasn't even born when we started" (since we other three have been there at least 30 years). But he absolutely killed us when he added, "my father was only 15 years old when you started here."
Post by bixaorellana on Sept 15, 2009 15:04:16 GMT
I would like to know if there is any particular time pattern for styles to come around again. When my son was in high school there was a renewed interest in that lightweight cotton fabric from India that comes in pastel plaid and fades in the wash. When I told him that it was popular when I was in high school and was called "bleeding Madras", he sneered, insisting that it had to be something different.
I miss Madras shirts. Paisley, not so much. But when I think of Madras I think of really fine lightweight cotton that becomes softer and more comfortable with repeated washings and when I think of paisley, I think of early '70s polyester- probably paired with striped bellbottoms
Yeah, Madras is an excellent fabric for hot weather.
When I was in Perugia in 2006, I bought one of those wraparound cotton skirts in Indian cotton, in a pretty print. It was very hot right then, and a lot of women were wearing them casually. The background is maroon, but the print is almost paisley (which derives from embroidery patterns from that part of the world) and includes blue, gold, green, brighter red and other colours. Skirts like that were popular among us hippie types in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and predated polyester paisley shirts. A lot of young people of the "altermondialista", "no-global" type are wearng stuff like that again, though of course there are differences in the look.
Unfortunately I don't wear it much here, because it is a bit long not to get one of the loose ends caught in my bicycle wheels, and for me casual summer wear means being on my bicycle as much as possible. My favourite summer bicycle skirts are Indian as well, but knee length and gored.
I would love to find a madras wraparound skirt. Fabulous material and design of utmost comfort . I have some seersucker capris that I would put in the same category of comfort and design.(Although,we referred to them as "pedal pushers "or "clamdiggers").
I had a '60s Mercedes with a manual choke and they were selling Hondas in Canada with manual choke controls long after they'd been relegated to extinction in the more temperate parts of the world. I actually prefer a cable controlled choke as the automatic type not infrequently get sticky or otherwise give trouble.