Nostalgia does not have to be as old as the hills

The immaculate gardens at South Parade, Southsea, with Southdown buses full of visitors in 1958

The immaculate gardens at South Parade, Southsea, with Southdown buses full of visitors in 1958

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Five further pictures today from the collection of the late Lawrence Chambers which were sent to me by his son-in-law Bob Powell.

They were all taken in 1958 and although they might not have been worthy of winning photographic competitions, they do serve a valuable purpose.

South Parade Pier was a big draw for visitors and residents alike in 1958

South Parade Pier was a big draw for visitors and residents alike in 1958

For a start they are in colour and remind us that the world of yesteryear was just as colourful as today even though the majority of people took pictures then in black and white.

Just as important, if not more so, is that they record street scenes for us to compare and contrast with today’s.

They also show that nostalgia is not the exclusive preserve of the first five or six decades of the 20th century.

For a 22-year-old today, the early to late 1990s represent an old-fashioned world pre-smartphones and tablets and an era when musical tastes were dominated by the Spice Girls who now seem as dated as the Beverley Sisters.

The millennium and early years of the noughties probably seem as remote to today’s 10-year-olds as the 1930s do to most of us.

So, this is simply a gentle nudge to remind you that a picture you might have taken in 2012 at a family event, or street scene captured in Fareham, Gosport, Havant or Portsmouth is just as relevant to the Remember When pages as those from those halcyon days of monochrome.

Oh, and please don’t forget your video clips too!

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