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I’ve been lost for hours on the Retronaut site.

There is just such fascinating stuff on there. I found a link to the following video, which was one of a series of “Look at Life” films which ran as pre feature shorts in cinemas of the day (in this case 1959). This piece about Soho coffee shops is fantastic on so many levels. The Mr Cholmondley Warner style narrative is priceless – in particular the ‘humorous’ observations which from 2011 seem lame indeed.

Well worth the eight minutes:


3 Responses

  1. CLASSIC! I am sharing!

  2. The pompadors-note the DECCA record label on shelf -Is that Elvis or a knock-off?

  3. Particularly impressed by the youthful Harmonica Lewinsky – didn’t realise you had started out as a jazz combo.

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