CB Radio in the 1970s

Whilst still at school I worked on Saturday mornings at Fishwicks in Haydock. This was a camera store and I served customers at the counter. This chap also had a part time job there and we got on well as we were both into the analogue technology of the time.

After work I went round to see his Citizens Band radio setup and I took a few frames.  CB was the social network of the day, a chance to chat to friends in the area or talk to passing traffic, usually lorries (not usually in Convoy). In the days when British Telecom had a monopoly on telephones it must have been very liberating to talk as long as you wanted without per minute charges.

Like Facebook there was an etiquette to using the equipment, moving chat to different channels and not interrupting people etc. I never got into CB myself but liked the idea.

Rig confirmed to be a Colt 320 FM “Black Shadow SSB”, many thanks to the Facebook community for the details.

35mm Ilford HP5 film, 400ASA.

Haydock races

Haydock Park, horse race in progress. Early 1980s shot on Kodachrome 25.

Im not a gambler but I knew it was worthwhile taking a few frames of the scene behind me on the stands, far more interesting than the horse race.

Photographing a horse race does not need to show horses, a valuable lesson.

 

Waiting for the bus

Early morning routine, taking a bus into St.Helens town centre from a bus stop in Haydock. Late 1970s.

Mum would have been on her way into work as a cleaner at Blundells on the corner of Chapel Street and my sister Susan would have been on her way to Central Modern school on North Road. I would have a second journey from town to Cowley boys school, sometimes also by bus but most of the time by walking.

Part of the daily drudge to wake up early and walk three quarters of a mile to the bus stop, nice on sunny days not so much on a grey rainy day.

Self Portrait 1970s

Listening to a Radio 4 play, one of the episodes of the Foundation Trillogy by Isacc Asimov in 1977. One year later I was listening to the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy in the same bedroom on the same Radio Cassette. Radio 4 became a part of me in those days when something new and interesting was always just around the corner…

 

Favorite quote from HitchHikers:

“Many men of course became extremely rich, but this was perfectly natural and nothing to be ashamed of because no one was really poor – at least no one worth speaking of.”

– Douglas Adams.

Enjoying the sun

 

At some point in the late 1970s I went for a walk from my home in Ledger Road Haydock up West End Road. I was testing out a new camera (a Chinese built folding 6×4.5cm Seagull camera) and photographed this couple enjoying the sunshine in their front garden.

They were very kind to give me permission to take the image. The houses on this block were I think due for demolition so this is a real recording of what has passed. The power of facebook means I know the address is 264 Clipsley Lane in Haydock and that their names are Tom and Ivy,  their youngest daughter now has this image of them which makes me very happy.