Take Me Back Tuesdays: The First One

Good morning, afternoon or evening!  Actually, who am I kidding?  I already know you’re reading this at 10pm, thanks to the details revealed by my stats recently.  Good 10pm, everyone, and welcome to a brand new segment I’m calling ‘Take Me Back Tuesdays’.  This is a little feature I’m planning to run on Tuesdays on a semi-regular basis although, really, I have enough material to see us through ten years’ worth of Tuesdays without a break.

“But what’s it all about?” I hear you cry.  Yes, even over here.  I have great hearing.

Take Me Back Tuesdays will showcase the craziness, amazingness, inventiveness and outright uniqueness of the way things were done in the past.  This being me, there will be a heavy focus on all manner of handcrafts, but you never know what else I might discover on my travels.  For instance, I have a (possibly) excellent recipe for chocolate and potato biscuits courtesy of a WWII issue of Stitchcraft I found recently.  Because nothing says rationing like potatoes randomly turning up in your chocolate biscuits.

Today, we are starting with Patons Knitting Book 689, which I found recently.  Twice, in fact.  The first copy was unfortunately eaten by silverfish who were determined that none may finish the garments within.  I didn’t realise that the intact covers concealed somewhat holey contents until I got home and I promptly set myself on a mission to find a less-ventilated version.  Whenever you set out to find something in this op shopping game you rarely expect to find it, so I was more than surprised when I picked up an absolutely pristine copy of it just this weekend in the local op shops.

I rather like men’s pattern books because there’s a lot of dateable stuff in them such as cars and cameras.  And shotguns.  Nothing says manly like standing around with shotguns in the crooks of your arms.  (There are no shotguns in this book.  Sorry.  Some other time, perhaps.)

The Porsche

This wouldn’t be right without some commentary, so here you go:

“Oh, for goodness’ sake, Gareth, at least try and PRETEND you actually own that Porsche.”
“Is that the owner coming back?  He’s going to kill us for leaning on his Porsche.”

“He’s dashed tall, isn’t he?  He could knock the cigarette right out of your hand.”

I love that terrified smile on the guy with the cigarette.  It’s as though he’s doing his level best to pretend he’s totally hanging out with his Porsche without actually implying any ownership whatsoever.  If it weren’t for the smiles, these two could be well on their way to creating a Failboats photo where the rules state that everyone should be looking in different directions with serious expressions at all times.

Look Over There

These two, however, fail at Failboats photo posing.

“Hey!  What’s that over there?”
“I don’t know but it’s… well, it’s definitely worth looking at.”
“I’ve never seen anything like that.”
“Please stop trying to make conversation with me.”
“Hey, you should do this backwards thing with your hand on your thigh like I am.  It looks amazingly casual.”

Yes.  Two mates just hanging out in their raglan sleeved jumpers.  Nothing could look more natural.

Map Pointers

“Look, papa – it’s a map!”
I have raised a moron.

Steve the Fisherman

Then there’s this guy, who’s far too smiley even for someone who’s at the beach.  In a thick jumper.  Possibly in Summer.  Actually, perhaps he’s delirious with heat rather than insanely smiley…

“Hey, Steve!  Why don’t you pick up that rod and pretend you’re fishing?  Because you’re at the beach?  Steve?”

You Say It Is Called Golf

Golfing buddies!

“Can you read this?  I can’t see a thing.”
“Sorry, old chap, but everything’s gone dark for me, too.”

It’s quite reasonable, though – jumpers and cardigans that fancy deserve some sharp looking sunnies.

Then there’s my favourite.

Tomorrow in Mind

I don’t know what Raymond has in mind for tomorrow but I rather suspect it has something to do with killer robots and world domination.  While looking snazzy in a new cardigan, of course.

This is one of the reasons why I love collecting old knitting patterns.  You never know when you’re going to come across a mind-bending crochet monstrosity or a collection of photographs where the models seem to have ignored the photographer at all costs.  Except for Raymond.  Raymond was paying very close attention to the photographer.  Raymond pays very close attention to everything.

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Dianne 28th July 2015 - 11:09 pm

Love your commentary for the photos, very like the “naked man” competition in the EG! The golfing fellows look like they belong in a 1970’s Sean Connery Bond flick. Whereas Raymond is one totally scary looking bad guy, heaven knows how he ended up in a knitting book – not the usual pathway to world domination!

Katie Writes Stuff 29th July 2015 - 8:28 am

I had way too much fun with this (in between cooking crumpets, too – I had to try and be pithy before the bottoms burnt). The golfers could defintely fit right into a classic Bond movie. I can’t work out if they’d be hapless bystanders or the bad guy’s minions ‘under cover’.

Raymond and his nefarious plans worry me a little.

leeyongsoo 28th July 2015 - 11:38 pm

Wow, you are really giving McCalls Pattern Behavior a run for their money! Maybe you should start the knitting pattern version?

Katie Writes Stuff 29th July 2015 - 8:30 am

It did feel a bit as though I was channelling Pattern Behaviour! And now I need to go and lose half an hour of my life to catching up on PB because I haven’t visited it for ages. Excellent!

Trey 29th July 2015 - 12:43 am

Love these. The second one reminds me of Mitch Hedberg: “It’s like something happened over to the left that made everybody happy.” And the last one makes me hear in my head, “Mister Aaanderson…”

What year was this, do you know? The haircuts suggest 1950s, maybe early 1960s. I always like trying to guess these things.

Katie Writes Stuff 29th July 2015 - 8:36 am

You almost wish you could peer into the photo and see what was so amazing, although it will probably turn out to be an interesting crack in the wall or a studio assistant whose socks are at different heights.

The absolutely wonderful amazingly brilliant thing about these pattern books is that they have no publication dates whatsoever, but I put it at the early 1960s.

Lesley King 29th July 2015 - 2:43 am

I think I know what Raymond looks like now as he looks startlingly like an ex – colleague of mine

Katie Writes Stuff 29th July 2015 - 8:37 am

How are his plans for world domination coming along these days? 😀

Bonita Vear (@bjvear) 29th July 2015 - 11:34 am

Gold. Just gold. I want more of these. 😀

bonita of Lavender & Twill

Katie Writes Stuff 29th July 2015 - 2:23 pm

I have far too much fun with these, so I’m afraid there will be no avoiding more! 😀

jennyrecorder 29th July 2015 - 8:12 pm

Chuckling 🙂
Bri-Nylon, now there’s a painful memory! Pyjamas that made you sweat and stay cold, mmmm wonderful winter! Personally Steve is weirdly appealing, but the moron really does look the part!

Katie Writes Stuff 30th July 2015 - 8:29 am

That sounds utterly horrible! The crazy obsession with synthetics at that time certainly had as many misses as it had hits.

There is definitely something about Steve, with his dapper sense of style and his classy pipe… but I can’t help but worry about his Plans every time I see him.

Katie Writes Stuff 30th July 2015 - 2:58 pm

The commentary was a lot of fun and I suspect I’ll be given myself every possible chance to practise and hone it to a fine art. There’s so much material waiting to be brought to light!

In fifty years, people will most likely be looking back that what’s produced now and mocking it within an inch of its life. The cycle repeats itself. 😀

Anne 3rd August 2015 - 9:39 am

Hey Katie would you believe I’m actually reading this at 10 in the morning. Retired people can do that. I think I’m going to love reading take me back Tuesdays! Keep it up!

Katie Writes Stuff 4th August 2015 - 9:42 am

You retired people and your ways! There’ll definitely be more from Take Me Back Tuesdays – it’s too much fun.


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