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Books, Films & TV / Re: Bombs, Stinging Nettles and Doodlebugs
« Last post by Kwasind on 17 October, 2017, 02:50:56 PM »
Hi All. Have just finished reading B.SN.&D having seen Dave Twitchet's and previous posts re. this great nostalgic story especially as I also lived in Montpelier Gdns (68) at that time and also new Dave! Oh boy did the memories start flooding back. Especially regarding Central Park and the childrens play area where the "Jazz" was located as I met my future wife on the Jazz, she was 11 years old I was 12 and we're still together having been married 62 years! She lived in St. Bernards rd just across the Barking rd from Kimberely Ave. Her family were bombed out in 1940-41? (before I knew her of course) and parents were injured but survived as did the 4 children (her sister and 2 brothers) My family were lucky as we all survived unscathed even though we "stayed put." I don't remember Maurice Goymer, he was 5years older than me but I did know Jack Dupuy who is mentioned in his very informative book.  Another family connection, to a photo in the book, of the Silvertown explosion of 1917 was my grandfather on my mothers side was a fireman in the East Ham fire service and was at the aftermath of that event and was awarded medal for bravery (as,  I believe, most of the services who attended did). It was documented at the time that the explosion was heard as far away as Sandrinham in Norfolk and Brighton on the south coast and the fire was visible as far as Maidstone in Kent! Some bang!!!
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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: match box
« Last post by ron copus on 17 October, 2017, 01:46:20 PM »
I agree..its the dogs nuts when you buy it ,,
When you try & sell its got everything wrong ..I used to do some metal detecting before I got to old to keep plodding & digging,,
I have had some lovely finds individual coins & sutch,,

You try & sell them.. Its a different story then .
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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: match box
« Last post by burnsy on 17 October, 2017, 12:39:23 PM »
the box was ripped and damaged and finally binned

The box was ripped off and binned on day 1. No 7 or 8 year old was interested in boxes. Don't tell me what my James Bond Aston Martin Dinky would be worth now, in the original box, I had a lot more fun playing with it than looking at it.
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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: match box
« Last post by nollanhej on 16 October, 2017, 09:39:49 PM »
Sympathetic to your comments the other noticeable thing is they always want a fortune at events and fairs, but when it comes to selling them . . . they're either the wrong colour, no box, wrong tyres, no misprint and too many about.  Of course there was,
 they were made in a factory! Synic! Me? . . . Never!
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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: match box
« Last post by ed styles on 16 October, 2017, 09:06:36 PM »
Was Matchbox toys later to become Lesneys ? or am I mistaken . During late 40,s me Mum used to buy me the Rolls Royce of model cars Dinkey Toys not that we were well off but the detail on them was superb, still have a few left but worse for wear .Makes me laugh on thse Antique shows they ask when shown a old model ,have you still got the original box , get real we loved those toys and used them and swapped them over the years , so the box was ripped and damaged and finally binned , so the answer was no .
All the best Ed
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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: match box
« Last post by nollanhej on 15 October, 2017, 06:44:14 PM »
I believe it had a new life in Basildon. Models were available for years after they left the marshes!
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Newham memories and nostalgia / match box
« Last post by GEORGIAN on 15 October, 2017, 06:31:27 PM »
its a strange feeling when i think back to the times long before the old Newham was changed for ever into the new re developed place it is today,
i can remember looking into toys shops  and news agents shops which some sold toys and it was then i saw and bought many match box toy cars , my son when he was about five years old had i think 80 from memory as when ever any asked what to buy him , i replied match box toy cars,
little then did i know that the match box factory was very close to hackney marshes, and many years later became a casualty of either re development or simply that the match box toy cars had had their day,

Q; What memories do you have of that time, and will you tell us about them,
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New Members / Re: A Warm Hello -- Call to Stratford Locals (past and present)
« Last post by biff on 15 October, 2017, 04:25:49 PM »
Hi All

My Dad worked at Yardley's box factory and when he came home from work there was always a smell about him.
It wasn't unpleasant but was quite a strong smell of mixed aromas. A couple of my mates dads also worked there
at times and the same smell was noticeable. Going on the single decker bus that used to run down Carpenters Rd
the smells emanating from the various factories ( Boake Roberts, Yardleys other factory, Paint Works, Meat processors
and various other pen and inks) was enough to make you hold your nose. Now all gone and the Olympic site built
over the top of them.
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New Members / Re: A Warm Hello -- Call to Stratford Locals (past and present)
« Last post by nollanhej on 15 October, 2017, 03:28:28 PM »
I cycled down Carpenters Road, to get to Fish Island Industrial Estate. Used to run the gauntlet of jeering young ladies most mornings. Happy days!
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New Members / Re: A Warm Hello -- Call to Stratford Locals (past and present)
« Last post by ron copus on 15 October, 2017, 11:39:45 AM »
Yes I remember the smell .. used to work for bouts tillotsons the haulage firm when I left school..
used to walk it every morning & night .. it was just past the dog track on the right ..
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