Tuesday, 10 April 2012

A to Z 1950s/60s Nostalgia: I

I Smell:
Incense - I always thought that hippies burned incense sticks in coffee bars because they liked the smell. I now wonder if maybe it was to cover up tell-tale signs of the drugs they were smoking!

I Memories:
My writing was never this neat.
Ink – I suspect that most people had ink marks on their fingers in those days and we didn't think anything about it, like nicotine stains. When I was in primary school we wrote mostly with pencil but once a week we had handwriting lesson. The teacher handed out wooden handled pens with large metal nibs and we each had a little pot of ink to dip into. We had to angle the nib to get thick and think lines but if we pressed too hard then the nib would cross and it would have to be thrown away.

The Interlude – In the 50s TV didn’t start until Children’s Hour which I think was at 5 pm each weekday. [I’m sure someone will let me know if I’m wrong.] The evening's viewing ended at about 11.30 pm with the Epilogue, a short religious talk. Sometimes there were gaps between the programmes and short scenes were played until the next programme came on. These Interludes included kittens playing with wool, a farmer ploughing a field and a potter’s wheel as you can see below. [There’ll be more memories about the television in T.]

Ivor the Engine
I Programmes:
On TV:
Ivor the Engine

On Radio:
In Town Tonight

I Names:
[I had a bit of trouble thinking of I names.]
Isley Brothers
Burl Ives
Frank Ifield who provides the...

I Music:
Frank Ifield singing I Remember You [a special song in our family]

Do keep telling me about memories that I've missed.


  1. We used pens like that for geography. I tried so hard but my maps always looked terrible. ~Miriam

  2. My mum is very proud of the fact she was ink monitor at primary school!

  3. Writing with ink sounds so interesting! I'd like to try sometime.

  4. Hi Ros .. we had to have pens with ink .. and practise our writing - but never remember having ink pots - though the desk-holes were still there as were the ink-splodged desks when I was in Oxford.

    I love the song I remember you ..

    Great memories again .. cheers Hilary

  5. Talking about Ink and school. I seem to remember Ink-wells that were actually carved into the desk - right hand corner - tiny white ceramic wells sunken into the wood. Shame if you were left handed. Inky fingers were always a problem. Oh and while on the subject of Ink the "Ink Spots" recorded some fantastic dreamy music in the 50's. I also came up with Izal Toilet paper - Ouch!!! and Ironside, a much loved TV programme. Wasn't there an Interlude going slowly along an endless river? So lovely to listen to our special family song again.

  6. Rifka, I was about to mention the Ink Spots and Izal!
    There was Ibcol disinfectant. Somebody's catch phrase (Bruce Forsyth's) was "I'm in Charge". I Love Lucy was on TV, too.

    I'm sure I remember a song: I.T.A.L.Y. Italy means I trust and love you...
    Who sang it? Can you remember Rosalind? Rifka?

  7. Oh another song: "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini."

  8. don't remember'interludes'on the but I do remember that song. Nice to meet you.

  9. Pat, what a coincidence I have just come back on line to write "I Love Lucy" as another programme that popped into my head while drinking my afternoon cuppa. Cant remember the song I.T.A.L.Y but am racking my brain just in case its in there somewhere!!!!! "Itsy Bitsy........." was one of my favourites as was "I Need your Love tonight" by Elvis and "Its Late" by Ricky Nelson.......... what lovely memories.

  10. I never used ink at school but I had an ink pen at home that you filled up from a bottle. I loved Burl Ives and The Ugly Bug Ball he looked like a favourite grandpa in the film with Haley Mills.

  11. Rifka, Rick Nelson was one of my favourites.
    I googled I.T.A.L.Y. and ...
    it was Anne Shelton (1958).

    Just thought of another one:
    "In the Shoemaker's Shop" that was Pet Clark. I should have mentioned her in 'H' as well for "How Much is that Doggy in the Window?"

    This is so distracting but the great thing is my current WIP (a longer short story) is partly set in 1953 in one of the prefabs in the picture on my blog. So all this thinking and remembering counts as research.

  12. When I was learning cursive handwriting, we used cartridge pens. I still love those, but they are expensive antiques now!

  13. I loved practicing calligraphy with the ink pens...also, Burl Ives and the Isley Brothers, it doesn't get any better than that! what a great list!

  14. Love these nostalgia posts. You found a lot of I's.

  15. I once had a set of ink pots and calligraphy pens & taught my students the basics. Once the nibs broke, they were too expensive to replace. It was fun though!

  16. Reading all these posts tonight has left me with such a happy smile on my face! Thank you!

    I'll be following your blog now, so that I don't miss anything!

    Beth Stilborn


  17. Being a TV junkie, I found that so interesting about the interludes. I knew TV wasn't all day thing back in the 50s but I didn't know scenes of kittens playing with wool filled dead air time! Sounds better than watching commercials.