»  The Virtual Attic — Photographs — 1959-1971


This page contains links to family photographs dating from the late 1950s to my leaving England for the Far East in Summer 1971.

EAK A passport picture of my mother, taken in 1962.
JD at 17 Me, taken in a photo booth, in Summer (looks like) 1961 (I'm guessing).
Ella How many famous people have you seen in the flesh? My lifetime total is probably a tick or two higher than average just by virtue of having lived in and around London and New York City for so long.

Even as a teen in backwoods Northampton, though, there were some brushes with greatness. When Ella Fitzgerald performed in nearby Leicester, one of the masters at Northampton School for Boys organized a trip. No photographs of me at the event survive, but here's the poster for it. The date is February 28th, 1962.
1962 passport This one I can definitely date. It's a passport picture, August 1962.
Alt Aussee In Summer 1963 I went on a trip to Austria sponsored by the Anglo-Austrian society. This is at Alt Aussee, in the Austrian Alps.
Jack & Gwen Uncle Jack (Knowles) and Auntie Gwen at the wedding of their daughter Vicky.
Footballers F. Knowles is obviously a relative, and this looks like the 1960s, but I have no clue why it is among my papers.
Hippie JD Oh dear. This is me in hippie style, sometime in the mid-1960s.
Muswell Hill That's Muswell Hill center, in north London. I was living there in March 1965. The other two fellows were friends from the neighborhood. The one in the middle was named Tony Garnett. The other was a Welshman whose name I have forgotten. We used to go out drinking; then sit up all night; then, in the small hours, go and clamber around the rooftops. I forget why …
Frimley Park In the Fall of 1967 I took a job teaching at a boys' school near Liverpool. The school had a CCF (= Combined Cadet Force) contingent. I'd been a member of the CCF in my own schooldays, so they asked me to help out. "We'll have to get you a Commission, though …" Here I am (third from left in front row) passing out from my officer training course at Frimley Park, near Aldershot. It was a very short course — one week, I think — and my subsequent military duties were not arduous: coaxing schoolboys to run up and down mountains, mostly. The commission was perfectly genuine, though. According to official Ministry of Defence records, I served two years with the colours, service number 485951, properly gazetted going in and coming out. I believe I am still on some reserve list, should the mother country be in mortal peril — Category Z-99, I should think. A bit of a joke, but I'm still going to say militavi non sine gloria.
Liverpool Taken in Liverpool, 1968 or 1969.
1969 passport A passport picture dated April 1969.
Wales Me, my girlfriend Enid, my friend Alan Van, and Alan's daughter Julie, on a trip to north Wales in 1969.
Noel & boys My brother Noel with his two boys (Robert standing, Peter on horseback), dated on the back "7th June 1969."
Garden Me and Enid again, in the garden at 62 Friars Avenue. I think this was 1970.