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    Talking Alsatian dogs in "fanlight" windows, 1950's,

    Growing up in Everton in the 1950's I remember a lot of houses with Alsatian (German shepherd) dog figurines in the "fanlight" window above the front door. My family didn't have a figurine although we did have an Alsation dog, Rex.


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    Traveling to Walton to visit my cousins they were less numerous. Was this a local Everton fashion of the 50's or was it something city wide?
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    In the early 70s we had 2 matching Alstation (that's how I said it) dog faces on a rounded plaque that hung on the wall either side of the mirror in the kitchen. By the way back then, the living room was called the kitchen and where you cooked was the back kitchen for some reason. I remember religious pictures hanging up too such as a 3d sacred heart and an our lord - in my parents bedroom. Don't forget the ash try on a stand with that knob you pressed down and the ash disappeared into the silver tray.
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    So right, Ged, and the front room or parlour was off limits unless we had visitors. I still think of our kitchen as the back kitchen.
    Chas
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    You forgot the Holy Water font, hanging in the hall
    "Bless yourself before you go out"
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    I lived in Everton, and in our street you always saw Alsation dogs in the fanlights, I remember our next door neighbour was standing on a chair to polish her dog and dropped it, it broke into pieces and it was made of chalk, us kids had a field day using her dog to chalk in a hopscotch.

    Talking about a holy water font, my mother-in-law has one in her hall and she blesses us all going in and out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hmtmaj View Post
    You forgot the Holy Water font, hanging in the hall
    "Bless yourself before you go out"
    Although my relatives are in the main RC I was brought up in the C of E faith. No holy water in our house, sorry Hmtmaj.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hmtmaj View Post
    You forgot the Holy Water font, hanging in the hall
    "Bless yourself before you go out"
    Or on your way back in from the pub

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    Quote Originally Posted by chasevans View Post
    So right, Ged, and the front room or parlour was off limits unless we had visitors. I still think of our kitchen as the back kitchen.
    Chas
    Parlour - ha ha, not in the tennies mate .
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    front room or parlour was off limits unless we had visitors.
    Yep,it was for when me sisters were a courting and me when I got bored and take the budgie for a walk...used put a lazzy band round its body to trap its wings then stick the budgie on the gramphone turntable and turn it to 33rpm.

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    Your sisters had boyfriends and your bird was a budgie - classic
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    We were so skint we couldn't afford Holy Water !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post

    Parlour - ha ha, not in the tennies mate .
    I'm sure you're right, Ged. Although I was born in Kempston St tennies( behind the Green Door), I can't remember a front room. I grew up in the Everton area from age 3. That's my first memories of a parlour. There were lots of houses that had parlours beside ours. When we moved to Heyworth St it was the same. I know that there were smaller dwellings of 2up, 2 down, but parlour houses are not a fagment of my menageration.
    GeorgePorgie's confirmed my memory.
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    Actually the origin of the Parlour was the living room and the other room was where you were supposed to have your dinner/tea,then things changed because of the noise kids made outside in the street and it became the norm for the living room to be at the back of the house.

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    Can't argue with that, George, having been one of the kids playing football in back Rossy I can see the sense behind it.
    I had a thought about the Alsatians. Were they the working class equivalent to the middle class aspidistra?
    Chas

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    Never had a parlour but had mates who did, it was rarely used and kept tidy for visitors.There was usually a piano in there. The man of the house was allowed to read his Sunday papers in there
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    A couple of pics for Chas.

    Kempston street refuse collector in 1933



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    We had a piano that was kept locked, but I can remember my mam playing it at "do's". It's final tune was played on Bommy night 1958 or 59 as it was consigned to the bonfire in Back Rossy.
    Our parlour had the usual glass cabinet. Pride of place was a small figure of Winston Churchill smoking a cigar. The cabinet contained Elizabeth 11 coronation memorabilia etc., together with the usual shire horse.
    Still smoking after all these years.
    Cheers gregs dad,
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    We had a collie that was a pain.,called glassie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    A couple of pics for Chas.

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    Back Rossy in 1965. I may have posted this one before on the Rossy thread




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    Thanks Ged,
    The Kempston St pic is a corker. No wonder the fog in my days was so thick, how un-PC is the message on the horse cart? Shame I can't see the tenements clearly, I think we lived on the 3rd floor.
    You're right, I did get the back Rossy pic off you a while ago.
    Cheers,
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    Ruff,Ruff, Grecko,
    Would that be Rin Tin Bin?

    Chas

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    Quote Originally Posted by chasevans View Post
    Ruff,Ruff, Grecko,
    Would that be Rin Tin Bin?

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    Looks like me an you had same thought...great minds eh

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    I'd say minds more grating than great, Gekko
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    Quote Originally Posted by chasevans View Post
    Ruff,Ruff, Grecko,
    Would that be Rin Tin Bin?

    Chas
    what a "waste" of a pun

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prefrab View Post
    what a "waste" of a pun
    No, No, not more punishment !!

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    In our house the front room is still called the Parlour....... couldn't call it anything else.... wouldn't seem right.
    The Kitchen used to be called the Back Kitchen,and mostly still is within the family,but to outsiders it is called the Kitchen..only because some people look at you funny if you prefix with Back

    We never had the alsations but had plenty of small figures of cats won from the Fair in Newsham Park,along with plenty of goldfish carried home in those little see through plastic bags


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    plenty of goldfish carried home in those little see through plastic bags


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    Go nice with boil in the bag rice , cook 'em together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grekko View Post
    plenty of goldfish carried home in those little see through plastic bags


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    Go nice with boil in the bag rice , cook 'em together.[/QUOTE]




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    The Kitchen was where the room were the firegrate was ie me ma cooked the dinner and boiled the water for washing and where we had a bath in front of(Tin Bath).
    The Backitchen was where she done the laundry and washed the pots,pans,crockery in.

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