NOSTALGIA: TV sets with no remote! How on earth did we cope?
This marvellous view along High Street, Old Portsmouth,Â belongs to my colleague Barry Cox who had the picture lifted from a magic lanternÂ slide.
The building with the portico on the right was once the town hall and later became the city museum. It wasÂ damaged during the blitz on the city in the Second World War and later demolished.
Where the blue shop blind can be seen is the corner of Pembroke RoadÂ and just this side of it the Dolphin HotelÂ which, as we know, is still trading to this day.
In the far distance would be the George Hotel where LordÂ Nelson spent his last hours before leaving for Trafalgar.
The tram would have beenÂ horse-drawnÂ so we can date the photograph to not later than 1903.
'¢Â Do you remember whenÂ having a radiogram made you the envy of your neighbours?
These fine pieces of furnitureÂ really were the thing to be had in your front room, even better if it was aÂ stereogram. Imagine, music emanating from two speakers!
TheseÂ were of course the upmarket versions of the old gramophoneÂ which our grandparents might have had several decades before.
The version in the centre of the photograph with the lifted lid isÂ just like the one in our house in the mid-1960s. LPs and 45rpm singles could be stored in the sides where the lids lifted as well.
In the background is something younger generations would find archaic if not barbaric '“ a television without a remote control.
ThisÂ meant you had to actually get out of your chair and walk across the room to change channels. Mind you, there were only three to choose from,Â BBC1, BBC2 and ITV, not the hundreds available today.
The furniture hereÂ was made at the ULTRA factory in Gosport and comes from the booklet Memories of ULTRA.
'¢Â And so to the picture of the houses.Â Seen some time at the turn of the last century this is Trevis Road, Portsmouth, when the far end of Locksway Road, Milton, was being developed. ThisÂ block of terraced houses wasÂ built on land to the north of the Portsmouth-Arundel canal. Since then of course, the other side of the road has been developed.
'¢Â If anyone today saw a Portsmouth bus with its destination board stating '˜Floating Bridge' I am sure they would imagineÂ some magnificent structure.
It was, of course, simply theÂ vessel that carried cars and lorries from Point, Old Portsmouth, across the harbour to Gosport. When the '˜bridge' ceased to run in 1959 the bus destination changedÂ to Point.