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More fascinating social and transport history
on 27 February 2014
Pleased to see another volume in this series.
However I note that the writers of the accompanying notes regard some of these as less successful; hardly surprising given that previous volumes of BTF material have probably already given us the best out of their total output of 700 plus. I have to agree that some of the material is less interesting and I do suspect that we are beginning to have had the very best already. But as social commentary it is good and for that reason I recommend it. Also the reproduction of a Cuneo painting on the box lid is a nice extra.
I found the selection fascinating: only one from the 1950s, seven from the 1960s, two 1970s and three 1980s. Thus it covers a period I remember well and plenty of shots reflecting the values of those days – some one lighting a cigarette at work using the heat of red hot metal; Joe Brown wearing a tie under a crew neck jumper – reflecting the values of those days.
While BR were pushing their modernity, the shots of the buses showed plenty of rear entry open platform double deckers and Austin 1100s and similar. It seems that at seat meals served by attentive and smartly presented waiters were plentiful on train services, a sharp contrast to today.
One thing I had forgotten was how grim the colour known as Rail Blue on local rolling stock looked when it was not relieved with light grey.