Washday

Washday A famous economist once said that the washing machine was a more important invention than the internet. His argument was that it, plus some other household appliances, freed women from the drudgery of housework, in particular freed them from Read more…

Cleaning the Streets

Cleaning the Streets Openshaw was a very working class district, but there was tremendous pride in the houses and streets. The houses were of poor quality and facilities, and, having been built in the 18th century, were getting old, and Read more…

Comics

Comics We used to thrive on comic books when I was young. When I was at primary school my favourite, and regular read, was the Knockout, and occasionally Film Fun and Radio Fun. Knockout was a strip cartoon magazine, the Read more…

The School I Went To

The School I Went To My first school was Elysian Street Primary. I went there from 1941 to 1947, and my memories of it are patchy. I remember my first day. Harry Gibbons lived next door to me and was Read more…

Pubs in Openshaw

There were an amazing number of pubs in Openshaw. Looking at the pictures posted on the Openshaw Facebook page, it appears that there is a pub every fifty yards or so.     Thanks to Antony Broughton for the list. Read more…

Games We used to Play

Games We Used to Play Growing up in the 1940s and 50s we used to spend most of our time playing in the street. There was no TV, certainly not in the 1940s, and the growth of TV ownership was Read more…

War Time Food

War Time Food I don’t want to turn this into a blog about rationing and the war, but this post from a BBC website brought back memories. Spam got another fond mention, and whale meat got a thumbs down, feelings Read more…

Further Thoughts on Food

Further Thoughts on Food   I got this response from an old friend, Barbara Collins, in response to my earlier post on childhood food. Barbara grew up in Swansea, and I know it’s not Openshaw, but the circumstances were similar, Read more…

Food in the 1950s

Food in the 1950s Food in the 1950s was a lot plainer than we are now used to. For a start, wartime rationing didn’t finally end until 1954, so various kinds of food, meat, sugar, sweets and so on, were Read more…