When you could buyÂ your dream Portsmouth home for less than Â£3 a week '“Â Nostalgia
I know it is different days, different ways Â butÂ 1959 does not feel that long ago. But back then, just 59 years ago, for a Â£95 deposit you could purchase a house in Court Lane, Drayton, Portsmouth,Â with repayments of less than three pounds.
Of course wages were very different back then, but it still appears to have been manageable for a young couple.
TheseÂ semi-detachedÂ houses came with large gardens and all mod-cons of the time.
Imagine moving from a terraced house in the city with a scullery and outside toilet to a modern house with a fitted kitchen? It must have been marvellous.
I looked on the internet and theseÂ houses are now going for a third of a million pounds and counting.
How on earth anyone starting out today can even think about buying these days is beyond me.
'¢ Seen looking towards Cosham in pre-electrification days Â is Portchester railway station.
It looks a little ramshackle and not a million miles away from Buggleskelly, the station in Will Hay's film Oh! Mr Porter.
There are plenty of staff on duty on the up platform along with linemen on the track'¦ and not a hi-vis jacket among them.
Oddly enough. there does not appear to be a look-out man to protect them from oncoming trains. Perhaps he is out of shot.
On the left can be steel boards with adverts which were the norm for the day. They are promotingÂ Lux soap and Wright's coal tar soap. Perhaps it was a hint about passengers' hygiene.
'¢ I wonder how many of you can remember attending this comedy at the Kings Theatre , Southsea, in 1975.
As can be seen, Brian Rix of Whitehall Farce fameÂ appeared in the starring roll along with ScottishÂ comedian Jimmy Logan.
The theatre was at the time under control of Commander RBÂ Cooper whoÂ I am told saved the theatre from closing.
James Gardener, of Bedhampton, has allowed me to borrowÂ a box of programmes from over the years and I shall include some of them in these pagesÂ from time to time.
'¢ Finally today, here's another picture from Captain Gordon Walwyn's collection from the 1977 Silver Jubilee Fleet Review. It'sÂ theÂ Trinity House vessel THV Patricia passing the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal.
It was down to the Patricia to precede the royal yacht Britannia through the lines of ships awaiting the royal inspection.
Out of shot onÂ the right would be Britannia, HMS BirminghamÂ and RFA Engadine which wasÂ used by the world's media.