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A Transport Journey in Colour (Hardback)

Street Scenes of the British Isles 1949 – 1969

British History Transport Social History Photographic Books Colour Books 20th Century

By Martin Jenkins, Kevin McCormack
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 184
Illustrations: 180 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781526764126
Published: 9th November 2020


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This remarkable book takes the reader on a nostalgic transport journey into streets throughout the British Isles some of which have hardly changed, except for the vehicles displayed, whilst others have been transformed or have, in some cases, altered virtually beyond all recognition. Hours of fascinating research using Google Street View has enabled the authors to indicate how their selected street scenes have changed and also how readers can explore these changes for themselves by accessing Google Street View.

The authors have managed to bring together some truly outstanding and often stunning images from a period when colour coverage of transport subjects was in its infancy. As a result, the book includes many previously unpublished views taken between 1949 and 1969 the majority from collections held by Online Transport Archive, of which charity both authors are trustees. The richly varied street scenes depict not only buses, trams and trolleybuses but also people as well as railway locomotives, cars, lorries, vans, cinemas, churches, retail outlets and public houses. An absolute feast for the eye. Rich in variety and with a wealth of detailed captions.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book as each photo gave you a snapshot of time to enjoy some fascinating vehicles, and images of people, fashion, shop fronts, buildings and advertisements. An excellent thumbs up to social history and a look at the particular time in history. Some of the shops now long gone and old advertisements on the side of buses that I hadn’t seen for years, it really did show how much we relied on public transport back then by the amount of people using them in the pictures. Now this isn’t my usual book to read but what thoroughly good book to read, I really enjoyed this and maybe I enjoyed also because my grandad used to be a coach driver too. A highly recommended read for all.

5 stars

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About Martin Jenkins

Martin Jenkins directed and narrated over 100 fund-raising DVDs for Online Video, is a trustee of Online Transport Archive, and has written many transport-related books. A drama director with the BBC, he now works as a freelance director and lecturer.

About Kevin McCormack

Kevin McCormack has written forty books on railways and road transport and is actively involved in preservation. He owns a Victorian railway carriage at Didcot Railway Centre, Oxfordshire and is a regular steward at the London Bus Museum located at Brooklands, Surrey.

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