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Identification Longshot/Talking Point 493


Brumas
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Good Evening All. This a GENUINE UNIDENTIFIED POSTCARD, unposted with the inevitable plain back so no clues! It looks like lodge gates to me, but where? click here

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Bingalau

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I was not as far out as I thought then really. I have actually been there many a time but couldn't think of anywhere because my mind was focused on that kind of lodge gate building and that there are places like that at the entrance to Walton Crematorium. Which is about a mile away.

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Crosstrainer2

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Lazarus The 2nd

Well done that man! I had given up hope :))

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morddwyd

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"I find it hard to believe that those cars were being used as late as 1951"

Been reflecting on that.

1951 was still a time of great austerity, rationing still very much in place, petrol rationing not long finished and most raw materials going to reconstruction of industry, rather than to luxury goods like cars.

A lot of it would also have been going to Germany to help rebuild that nation as a bulwark against communism, which was still very much a threat, even in the UK - only a few years before "The Red Flag" had been sung in the house of Commons, frightening the whole nation out of its wits!

There was still a fairly militant Labour government, albeit on its last legs, and in Liverpool there would still have been large numbers of people who were homeless or squatting.

It would not have been sensible for the Seftons, if they were indeed the hosts, and the Royals to have been swanning around Liverpool in a fleet of brand new, or even newish, luxury cars.

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onthelimit1

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I still don't believe those cars were still active in '51.

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Bingalau

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onthelimit1 Well they obviously were still in use. Don't forget that most private cars were laid up during the war. Tyre and inner tubes removed and covered in French Chalk or talcum powder, up on blocks, fuel and oil removed. every little working part was greased up awaiting better days. Also of course inside garages to be out of the weather. So it's quite feasible to me that five or six years after the war these beauties were still running.

I remember finding a Daimler in a garage still laid up in about 1955 with a fiver still inside the driving licence in the glove box. The owner hadn't been able to recover it as he was looking after his wheelchair bound, seriously ill wife. He just didn't have the time or the inclination to worry about the car. I was offered the car at a bargain price but couldn't raise the money (£100) to buy it.

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