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    They are all sitting on the benches in front of the stage. We would stand on those and then fall off.

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    Either that or St. Brides, I don't think it's the oratory without looking them up.
    Yes it's St Bride's , Percy St, L8.

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    The Majestic Cinema, from Moss Street, August 1970. The last films were "The Birds" and "The Day of The Triffids" still posted up until demolition.Click image for larger version. 

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    Exchange Station, April 1977
    View over Croxteth Estate, from West Derby Church tower, August 1970
    Liverpool Institute playing fields, Mersey Road, 1975
    Scrapyard, Llanddudno Junction, on me hols from Liverpool, July 1971
    (included for its rarity, who took photos of car scrapyards then????)
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    As a new member I am having a great time reading old threads.

    The first post in this thread contains a photograph of the street I grew up in,Wentworth Street off Heyworth Steet,

    thanks for the memories

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    Just spent one and a half hours on this thread alone, !!!

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    Thank you SO MUCH for posting these GREAT pictures, everybody! A special BIG "thank you" to Sirob and Merseywail!

    I can't tell you how much it means to me to be able to see so many old pictures of Liverpool. To me, it's a fascinating journey into the past of the city I love from the bottom of my heart.

    My friends in Wigan gave me a book of old postcards of Liverpool several years ago but of course, it doesn't contain as wide a range as your pictures do. So, thank you so much again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirob View Post
    Exchange Station, April 1977
    View over Croxteth Estate, from West Derby Church tower, August 1970
    Liverpool Institute playing fields, Mersey Road, 1975
    Scrapyard, Llanddudno Junction, on me hols from Liverpool, July 1971
    (included for its rarity, who took photos of car scrapyards then????)
    Your scrapyard photo has brought back memories. My Dad had a Singer Gazelle and I've been to that scrapyard in Llandudno Junction with him a long time ago to get a spare part for it.

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    Great photo of Exchange Station Sirob
    Here's one I took of it 30 years later (31 October 2007)
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    Relics of our retail past, still extant last month!

    Oakfield Road, Anfield (x2)
    Prescot Road, Old Swan (x2)
    Kensington, almost across from Weatherspoons
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    Excellent pics again Sirob.
    Nice one Mark R. Quality

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark R View Post
    Great photo of Exchange Station Sirob
    Here's one I took of it 30 years later (31 October 2007)
    Isn't that building a Hotel now? partly owned by Edwards McViegh?

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    The pollution levels were so bad the buildings turned black - to think of all the lungs destroyed. Ben E King described Liverpool in the very early 1960s as having bible black buildings. The sooner diesel engines are banned (they emit soot) and electric vehicle introduced the better.

    Few of us appreciated the buildings until they were cleaned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterways View Post

    The pollution levels were so bad the buildings turned black - to think of all the lungs destroyed. Ben E King described Liverpool in the very early 1960s as having bible black buildings. The sooner diesel engines are banned (they emit soot) and electric vehicle introduced the better.

    Few of us appreciated the buildings until they were cleaned.
    ,who told ya that? raw iron sandstone always turns black through exposed humidity conditions.

    Since it was uneconomical to transport it to Liverpool we had our own local quarries to excavate it in Victorian times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    ,who told ya that? raw iron sandstone always turns black through exposed humidity conditions.

    Since it was uneconomical to transport it to Liverpool we had our own local quarries to excavate it in Victorian times.
    The biggest reason for buildings being black, and I remember them, was coal burning emissions (soot).
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    how it once was?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterways View Post
    The biggest reason for buildings being black, and I remember them, was coal burning emissions (soot).
    Spot on Waterways, you are right.


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    I was always told it was soot too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John(Zappa) View Post
    Excellent pics again Sirob.
    Nice one Mark R. Quality
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    Nice pic, Mark R. When I grew up, there was always soot in the air, - everyone had a coal fire, for one thing! When I was at the Liverpool Institute, odd stones were replaced on the facade. To blend them in, a soot and water mix was used!

    From Stanley Road bridge, looking towards Kirkdale Station, dusk in 1968
    Waterloo Tunnel mouth, gradient post in background, July 1971
    Princes Dock Loco Shed (old) July 1971
    Approaching Prescot Road bridge, Bootle Branch, May 1968
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    Thanks Sirob.
    Excellent photos again that you've posted. The dusk one is fantastic - very atmospheric
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterways View Post
    The biggest reason for buildings being black, and I remember them, was coal burning emissions (soot).
    Hmmm! most of the old buildings in the city were of the same material,any reason why they were not as black as that building? particurly in the same area and streets surrounding it.

    Cunard buildings why wasnt this all sooted up? as you can see it hasn't had a facelift
    http://www.mikekemble.com/mside/merseyside/cunard.JPG
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterways View Post
    Very few of these front loaders were around.

    This is a one of a kind (E1). It was purchased in 1959 as an evaluation to become Merseysides next standard bus. Obviously the Leyland Atlantean won this but it did remain in Liverpool until 1974. It still exists today with the Merseyside Transport Trust.

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    Two old pics of the Runcorn Bridge built 1954-61 widened to 4 lanes in 1975
    then changed its name to the Silver Jubilee bridge in 1977 in honour of the Queen`s Jubilee. Must have been on a bike ride when I took these.
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    Great photos folks, thanks for sharing them with us
    I was taken right back to my childhood when I saw the Irwins Grocers sign. My mum did all her shopping there when food was rationed. It was the usual thing to make a shopping list in a small notebook, give it in to Irwins, and then your groceries would be delivered, together with your notebook, a week or so later, you paid the delivery man but delivery was free of course We also got our veg and potatoes at Waterworths, anyone remember them?
    Happy days indeed

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    Great images of the Runcorn Bridge there! I don't think its all that often you see the bridge that quiet these days!
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    Quote Originally Posted by seasidenan View Post
    Great photos folks, thanks for sharing them with us
    I was taken right back to my childhood when I saw the Irwins Grocers sign. My mum did all her shopping there when food was rationed. It was the usual thing to make a shopping list in a small notebook, give it in to Irwins, and then your groceries would be delivered, together with your notebook, a week or so later, you paid the delivery man but delivery was free of course We also got our veg and potatoes at Waterworths, anyone remember them?
    Happy days indeed
    If you'd lived in Bromborough round about 1960, I'd have been your "Order Boy", and would have hoped for a 6d tip.
    Saturdays were the best days for tips.
    If the order was placed during the day, it could be delivered that evening.

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    Something unseen - car pics;

    A35 van at the rear of 553 Aigburth Road, Cressington, May 1971
    Bond Mk G, Bedford Road, Walton, 25 December 1970
    Home made dashboard in above, Burns's chippy visible on right, February 1971
    Bond Mk F, same location, march 1971

    Interesting point about Bonds, they had a 250cc Villiers motorcycle engine driving the front wheel. Starting was electric, but if this failed, the engine was fitted with a kickstart, so you could lift the bonnet and kick it over!
    Reverse was obtained by starting the engine backwards! Happy days!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirob View Post
    Interesting point about Bonds, they had a 250cc Villiers motorcycle engine driving the front wheel. Starting was electric, but if this failed, the engine was fitted with a kickstart, so you could lift the bonnet and kick it over!
    Reverse was obtained by starting the engine backwards! Happy days!!!!!
    The Bond was officially a motorbike and side car - a three wheeled vehicle. Did it have a heater?
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    For Waterways; You could buy a heater to fit yourself. this consisted of a funnel that fitted around the exhaust pipe and a flexible tube, which led into the car!

    Two pictures of the power unit, source - The Book Of The Bond, Pitmans Motorists Library, 1967.
    I did buy a conventional car, seen in Bedford Road, Walton, June 1971
    Then I got a 1200 Super, seen in July 1977
    And this is what happens if you don't obay roadsigns!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirob View Post
    For Waterways; You could buy a heater to fit yourself. this consisted of a funnel that fitted around the exhaust pipe and a flexible tube, which led into the car!
    ...
    At first glance that sounds suicidal.

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    Here is the Bond's sophisticated heater!!!
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