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1963. The Woods

1963. Snow in The Woods. Bank of England Sports Ground, Roehampton, SW15

In the left corner of the photograph is Roy, who moved into Clarence Farm, with his brother Peter, mum, Joan, and Dad, Fred. We had lived at Clarence Farm before we moved to Bank Lane.

This was originally posted on Text America in 2004, the early days of blogging, moblogging and photoblogging.

As kids we used to wander around these woods shooting at the wildlife

Comments from TA (TextAmerica) Posted on 12/17/2004

1. What a winter wonderland! beautiful =)
Posted by Cola on 12/17/2004 3:09:50 PM

2. This is the place I played as a kid, Cola. In the corner of the frame you can see Roy. I used to hang out with him and his older brother, Peter. The photo was taken on my dad's Ilford Sportsman film camera in 1963, when we had an unusually snowy winter.
Posted by tony on 12/17/2004 3:28:23 PM

3. Tony, this shot is a real beauty... I really like it! :-)
Posted by Robert K. on 12/17/2004 7:42:58 PM

4. You see! we did get more snow then! Kids today do not believe it, global warming and shooting all the wildlife.... :-)
Posted by Douglas on 12/17/2004 11:47:50 PM

5. Do you have a photo of an Ilford Sportsman film camera?
Posted by Douglas on 12/17/2004 11:49:11 PM

6. Google on the Sportsman - 'The first Sportsman cost over £13, which shows how even basic 35mm cameras were relatively expensive at that time. The average unskilled working man's wage was only about £12 per week in 1957'. (<a href="" rel="noreferrer nofollow"></a>)
Posted by Douglas on 12/17/2004 11:54:42 PM

7. Douglas, thanks for the link and useful information. I'll update the caption and try and figure out exactly when this photograph was taken.
Posted by tony on 12/18/2004 5:13:00 AM

8. Where was this taken? Was it in SW15 or were you living, exploring somewhere else?
Posted by twig on 12/18/2004 6:37:37 AM

9. Hi Twig, it is 'The Woods' at Roehampton, SW15. Never needed to go too far from this area for play and adventures. This TA commenting is working like a 'dream' now - maybe I'll wake up and this world will be different tomorrow.
Posted by tony on 12/18/2004 12:06:54 PM

10. Christmas 63 is the first Christmas I distinctly remember. The aluminium Christmas tree, the carousel light (red,then blue, then yellow, then green... and back to blue and round and round it went with the tree reflecting the colors through out the long night I hid and waited for Santa. Until my fahter found me behind the big chair "asleep" he picked me up and carried me back to my bed. (Sometimes I still remember the floating feeling .-) Santa came a new red bike, and a red cowboy shirt and six gun cap shooter. And I remember the snow and ice... and the torture of a bike that could only be rode down a hallway, because it was too too cold to go outside! Beautiful picture Tony!
Posted by Greg on 12/18/2004 2:08:45 PM

11. Ooops and oh yes, something about my mother "arms on hips!" ... training wheel scuff marks on the hallway walls .-)
Posted by Greg on 12/18/2004 2:11:59 PM

12. Greg, great memory, especially the six-shooter, we called them 'cap guns'. Your words have reminded me of another '63 Christmas picture, I'll try and dig it out.
Posted by tony on 12/19/2004 2:37:26 AM

January 6, 1963

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