Thursday, 6 October 2016

So who did take a picture in their local pub?

Now faced with having a drink with friends and family in the local or taking a series of photographs of the inside, most of us I suspect will go for the drink.

And that might explain why there are relatively few interior pictures, and the few we do have mostly focus on people to the exclusion of the surrounding detail.

All of which is shame because looking at this shot of the inside of Tommy Ducks in 1960 offers us a wealth of information on how we lived.

It starts with that sign “WAITERS ONLY” which is a reminder that back in 1960 many pubs still employed a waiter who came and took your order and returned with the drinks.

I can still remember being asked politely to move down the bar because I was standing in the section reserved for the waiter, and you can also still come across those buttons on the wall in certain older pubs which were used to summon service.

If you are lucky the picture will also offer prices, the details of the last darts competition and pub day out along with a heap of other small bits of the past.

So there in the corner is a notice advertising the next film at the Odeon.

It was a British war film starring Bradford Dillman, Suzy Parker and Harry Andrew and centred around a Canadian officer who was sent on a secret and dangerous mission during the Second World War with false information in an attempt to mislead the Germans about the Normandy Landings of 1944.

It was released in 1960 and was one of those big cinemascope films.

So detail matters and that is why Peter and I are making an appeal for anyone with pictures of the inside of Manchester pubs to share them with us for our new book on 79 iconic Manchester pubs.

There is no money ............ local history books make very little money but you will have the pleasure of seeing your treasured local in the book with and a credit.  It’s the sort of thing that you will be able to tell your grandchildren

Location; Manchester

Pictures; inside Tommy Ducks, 1960, H W Beaumont, m50272, courtesy of Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives, Manchester City Council,

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