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NOSTALGIA: Thousands thronged Portsmouth streets to welcome foreign navies

Two of these pictures are from the Robert James collection and show how Portsmouth used to do things in days gone by.

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The funeral of CPO  Herbert Lee in April 1914 at Kingston cemetery. Look at those pure white memorials.

NOSTALGIA: Memorials to Portsmouth dead gleamed before pollution

Take a walk through any Portsmouth cemetery and look at some of the memorials carved in the early 20th century and you will find they are blackened with decades of grime.

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A superb view across the south of Portsea Island from St Mary's Church bell tower. Picture: Robert Jones Collection

BOB HIND'S NOSTALGIA:Giant Portsmouth chimney identified

A picture on December 29 showing the view from St Mary’s Church tower, Fratton, was seen by Robert Pragnell. I asked if anyone could identify the distant large chimney.
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A naval trio. Bob, on the left as a new recruit along with his father and brother.

BOB HIND'S NOSTALGIA: Buffer's Hong Kong perks

Robert Frederick Jones of First Avenue, Farlington, Portsmouth, joined the Royal Navy on October 5,1964 as an Ordinary Seaman. He followed his father, Frederick William Jones, into the Gunnery Branch.
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Church tower view of chimney

Church tower view of chimney

A picture on December 29 showing the view from St Mary’s Church tower, Fratton, was seen by Robert Pragnell. I asked if anyone could identify the distant large chimney. He said: 'I think I have the answer. I looked at reprints of old Ordnance Survey street maps of the area. On the 1907 map, there is an ‘Electric Power Station’ in Vivash Street, close to the junction with Fratton Grove. This appears to coincide with the chimney in the photograph. 'On the 1896 map this is shown as a vacant site. On the 1931 map, the power station building is shown, but it is not referenced as a power station. Perhaps it only had a working life of 25 years or so and was disused by 1931?' n Does anyone remember when daffodils planted along Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, in the 1980s, bloomed to spell a naughty word? It appears the planters responsible were sacked and the bulbs arranged into more conventional planting. Were you one of those responsible? Love to hear from you. No names will be published... or the word.
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Saint Roger's halo didn't slip when he gave me interview

Saint Roger's halo didn't slip when he gave me interview

While writing this article on Tuesday news came through that Roger Moore had died.
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NOSTALGIA WITH BOB HIND: War-wounded in city asylum

NOSTALGIA WITH BOB HIND: War-wounded in city asylum

This year being the centenary of the end of hostilities in the First World War I will, no doubt, be writing much about the period and how it was received in the town. In June 1918, the Mental Asylum (as it was then called) at Milton, latterly St James's Hospital, was handed over to American forces for the use of their wounded. Happily it was only needed for a few months and then re-transferred back to Portsmouth Corporation. Altogether, 3,500 patients passed through the hospital. • Seeing as the world is about to be overcome with plastic waste resulting in the deaths of much wildlife is it not about time we went back to china cups and saucers in cafes and banned takeaway drinks completely? I remember the time when people waiting at railway stations sat down and drank a cup of tea before catching their train. Shades of the 1945 film Brief Encounter. If tea or coffee was bought on a train it came in a china cup and tasted so much better. Surely the takeaway/throwaway plastic cup society must be banned soon?
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NOSTALGIA WITH BOB HIND: <span>Portsmouth to Waterloo </span>– <span>quicker in 1924 by steam</span>

NOSTALGIA WITH BOB HIND: <span>Portsmouth to Waterloo </span>– <span>quicker in 1924 by steam</span>

The South Western Railway Company, which took over from South West Trains last year, keeps promising a faster service between Portsmouth Harbour and London Waterloo.
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Commercial Road, Portsmouth at Mile End. 
Picture: Barry Cox collection PPP-171221-141204001

NOSTALGIA: The tailors in Commercial Road when it seemed to go on forever

This is the last weekday column I will be writing for a while as I will be incapacitated until early April.

I will however still be writing my Saturday columns, so please look out for those.

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Unfortunately I am at a loss about where this street is in the city.

NOSTALGIA: Frying tonight! And guess what, the fish and chips will be hot...

All these street scenes come from the Robert James Collection.

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NOSTALGIA WITH BOB HIND:Three-wheeled lorries?

The photograph I published on November 30 of Fraser & Whites at the Camber, Old Portsmouth brought back memories for Jim Kellaway now of Bedhampton.
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NOSTALGIA WITH BOB HIND: Burned to death while working on a warship's boilers

NOSTALGIA WITH BOB HIND: Burned to death while working on a warship's boilers

On Friday, December 15, I published two photographs of a funeral taking place at Kingston Cemetery. I asked if anyone could let me know what had happened to CPO Lea to allow him to be given such a splendid send off.
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Regular readers will recall this picture of a packed Kings Theatre, Southsea,  full of veterans from the Crimean War and Indian Mutiny. We wondered about the date. for the answer see the facing page. Picture: Robert James Collection.

NOSTALGIA: Standing room only: Crimean war veterans pack Portsmouth theatre

How about this for a marvellous scene inside the Kings Theatre, Southsea?

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Looking down on Albert Road bridge when the East Southsea branch line passed underneath.  Picture: Barry Cox Collection

NOSTALGIA: A branch line that connected Southsea to rest of the world

I had to publish the remarkable photograph, above, small because of the quality, but I wanted you to see it.

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I know you have all seen pictures of the Guildhall in ruins before,  but what about the Victoria Restaurant in the shed to the right of the steps? Picture: Barry Cox Collection ccc

NOSTALGIA: Anyone remember restaurant in shed beside Guildhall shell?

I know Chris Owen and I have included many photographs of the ruined Guildhall over the years, but I’ve published this shot for two reasons.

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A pre-1936 photograph of Portsmouth & Southsea station.

NOSTALGIA: The mysterious case of the disappearing Portsmouth Guildhall

Here we have a pre-1936 view of Portsmouth & Southsea Station, once called the Town Station.

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The original caption on this postcard was well suited so I have left it. The ducks enjoying themselves under the railway bridge in Commercial Road, August 1911.  Picture: Robert James Collection

NOSTALGIA: A quacking day out as hundreds gathered to watch the Portsmouth ‘ducks’

In August 1911 a terrific storm brought an epic flood to Portsea Island, especially Southsea.

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One for all the car experts who read this column and pick me up on my failings. Can anyone identify the vehicle in this 1905 picture? It has a Portsmouth number plate.

NOSTALGIA: Can anyone identify this car with the Portsmouth plates?

Tucker & Bannister Motor Engineers were possibly a Portsmouth firm although my Kelly’s does not go back as far as 1905 when this photograph was taken.

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NOSTALGIA WITH BOB HIND: 'I'd like the one at the top please,12th along from the <span>left'</span>

NOSTALGIA WITH BOB HIND: 'I'd like the one at the top please,12th along from the <span>left'</span>

With the loss of so many butchers in Portsmouth, scenes such as this have been well and truly consigned to the history books.
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<span>NOSTALGIA WITH BOB HIND: ‘Elderly’ women aged about 40</span>

<span>NOSTALGIA WITH BOB HIND: ‘Elderly’ women aged about 40</span>

Last Tuesday I published a cartoon showing Strait Street in Malta, also known more prosaically by generations of sailors as The Gut.
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