Monday, December 24, 2007

The Secret Partner

Pic st005 is not Lowell's Wharf but Lovell's Wharf as can be seen on the second picture below. This can be found here at the MemoryScape site:


Fantastic, the same wall, can you please tell the site owners that we'd like to link to them and use their photo on RS. Well spotted.


There used to be another shipyard, at Woolwich on the south bank, called CUNIS, with huge white painted signs on the outer walls of the dock. Wags occasionally would cross the "I", which amused al the kids and horrified all the parents.

Optimists of Nine Elms

Whadja think?

Same place viewed from a different angle?

Little Brother Brian.

You could well be right. When was Thamesmead built, and when was Optimists made?

Big Brother John

Optimists of Nine Elms Pet Cemetery

Could this be 'The dog/pet cemetery, Hyde Park?


Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Get Carter


I noticed on your blog site that you mention the film Get Carter, I wondered if you had ever seen the web site that Michael Brady has created. It is a work of art with lots of locations with before and after shots, if you haven't seen it check it out at It is well worth it.

Rob White

Whistle Down the Wind

The pictures for this blog were sadly omitted from the first posting and Brian has added a bit of text. Nick was right all along! (See comment below)

Pyramids and funny sticks

Oh dear! Big bruv John, can I borrow your specs??

See stills: WD 027/ WD 027n.

"Nick Gilbey suggests that this is the bridge over the railway line, from Burnley to Colne. But the then pic, doesn't have a pyramid on the end. MMMmmm?"

The pyramid and the funny stick things are on the end of that bridge!

Little bruv

Don't be too picky Mr T, after all, we're doing our best. If you knows of a better bridge, we'll be happy to include it.

For example, look at Optimists of Nine Elms, pics op048, op054 and op057, where there are differences between what was, and what is.

After 50-odd years some change is inevitable. Even I, am succumbing to time!

Big Bruv John

Friday, December 14, 2007

I believe in You

This was the film that started my interest in ReelStreets………all those years ago!

Selling 13th December on Ebay. From which this description is taken:

"I Believe in You, is a slice of life looking at the workings of the probation service, with Basil Dearden directing a screenplay he co-wrote.

Cecil Parker plays Phipps, a middle-aged recruit to the service, a retired colonial civil servant looking for a new and worthwhile occupation. Understanding nothing of his clients' backgrounds, he is at first bewildered, but gradually, with the aid of a dedicated woman officer (Celia Johnson), becomes more humane. The film also stars a young Joan Collins.

The subplot centres on two charges, Hooker (Harry Fowler) and Norma (Joan Collins), who fall in love and wish to marry but are forbidden by their probation officers, with the result that the youth goes back to his old gang to get money and independence, proceeds from a robbery. The paternalistic Phipps, now thoroughly alive to his responsibilities, intervenes in the theft; expecting to be asked to resign, he is delighted to find that not only does Hooker get out of a jail sentence, but promotion awaits him.

The performance that really stands out in the picture is that of a seventeen-year-old Joan Collins who projects a powerful aura of confident sexuality far in excess of what would have been intended at Ealing Green."

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Murder She Said

Hi John, do you want to blog these ??

Miss Marples Cottage is in reality in Denham
just in front is the bridge, of which we have then and now.

cheers steve

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Whistle Down the Wind

Only us kiddies that were around in the age of steam will remember doing this for entertainment.

Brother Brian

And if you're not old enough, look away NOW

Brother John

Happy Birthday to YooHoo!

Well, what a nice birthday card.

BUT, do you know from which pics these scenes were taken?

A subscription for the best identification effort received before the end of December.

John Tunstill

I Believe In You

Hi John

wonder if you could help me, i am looking for a copy of the 1952 henry phipps movie i believe in you. any information on where i could obtain a copy would be most gratefully recieved. i personnely have not seen the film , i am trying to find the film for one of my lectures.

many thanks claire

Claire..............I want one as well!

So we'll blog your letter. Perhaps one of our surfers will know.

Best wishes
John Tunstill

Monday, December 03, 2007

The Green Man


Photo gn 010 is NOT Threadneedle Street.

That is the north-east corner of the junction of Holborn and Grays Inn Road.

There is no question - you can see the trolleybus wires emerging from Grays Inn Rd; trolleybuses were only grudgingly allowed near the City (the wires were deemed 'unsightly') and this turning loop was required for the terminating routes from North Finchley. Here and Moorgate were the only places in the actual City of London where wires were tolerated.

Confirmation can be had by reading the rather blurred legend above the descending stairs into the LT Station - look at the hazy words there and think:
'Chancery Lane Station'

Thankyou, more good info, its the 3rd of December and since you wrote on Nov 30th I've had 27 ReelStreets related emails to answer; and just answered one of yours.

In the 27;

A few subscriptions, which need thanking, passwords and logins selecting and recording, and replies sending.

Some material submitted, often with rather vague references as to what the subject matter is about. So the relevant film needs to be opened on site in order to check the claims.

AAhhh, but the phone rings because one of my builders is unsure of the specific requirements regarding one of the properties I'm constructing. here in Umbria

Lots of "then" photos identified, and lots of "now" photos sent in but not always tweaked to our required sizes.

And a fax comes in with the details of a house someone wants to sell near Lake Trasimeno on the Tuscan borders.

Then a couple of emails with details of films remembered, often good human stuff that needs to be put on site, but of course editing, spelling corrections, even adding capital letters for real or proper nouns, and at the start of a sentence need attention.

Another email, a real corker, someone halfway through buying a property has now had a sleepless night worrying that someone, probably me, is going to steal all his money. Four pages of, "I know it is unlikely, but what if.......................", and if that "what if" happens, then, what if? Four pages, but these take have to take precedence over ReelStreets, which is far more interesting and much more fun, because this is what pays for the site.

Some people have lost their passwords or logins. Are they paid up? When did they pay? DID they pay?

Some people with information that they are holding close to their chests, wanting me to tease it from them with pleas and promises.

A couple wanting me to find films for them, some others wanting information on films that interest them, and one offering to send me a film I want.

A property client, friday late pm, wanting to change the appointment date to purchase a house, involving six different people. which had been arranged for the last month, and writing again at 9am Monday wanting to know if all was now changed!

Someone telling me that I was taking much too long about everything and to remove his name from the mailing list, but of course he won't stop taking a free peek at the new films every couple of weeks or so

And so it goes on. Think what I could with all the money it costs me, think what I could do with all the time I would have, think of emerging into the sunlight, discarding my anorak and getting,,,,,,,,,,,,as they say...............a LIFE

Good viewing and best wishes to you all


John Tunstill