The things that we miss

High St. Milton under Wychwood. Quart Pot Inn inside Bay WindowIn a previous issue, we listed some of the things that readers missed, for better or worse, including strap-on roller skates and teenagers who acknowledge your greetings. That list provoked more ideas from our readers so here are some extras to prompt further memories.

  • Arrowroot biscuits
  • Stamps that you licked
  • Children who did not try to grow up too soon
  • London smog
  • Slippers with bobbles on the toes
  • Four Black Jacks for 1d
  • Ice on the inside of bedroom windows
  • The Salvation Army band marching around city streets before Christmas
  • Wind-up gramophones and 78s that broke if you dropped them
  • Your eyesight
  • Hedgehogs
  • Stiff cardboard railway tickets
  • Top of the Pops
  • Flared trousers
  • Bronco toilet rolls with all the subtlety of greaseproof paper
  • Firework parties in the garden
  • Our marbles
  • Men smoking pipes
  • Woolworths and its island sales’ displays
  • Wincarnis
  • Dream Topping
  • Damp cyclists wearing capes and sou’westers
  • Flat round tins of solid toothpaste
  • The Speaker in parliament wearing a wig and stockings
  • Greenfinches
  • Telephones with mouthpieces you could talk into
  • Holiday postcards
  • Receiving hand written letters
  • Meccano sets
  • Teacups being used

February – March 2019