Friday 30 September 2022

Click to expand Thanet Moss Rose pictures


A few pictures of various boats called The Moss Rose that took holidaymakers out for a trip from the Thanet towns.

We went book buying in Faversham yesterday. With business being brisk at Michael's Bookshop, where I work here in Ramsgate, a lot of the work is getting enough good books to keep nearly a thousand shelves stocked up with 30,000 good quality books.

Wednesday 28 September 2022

A few Thanet boats, click to enlarge


Sorry I didn't get as far as replying to all the Facebook comments relating to the miniature coach photos (part of the Mick Twyman collection) that I posted on Monday, these coaches transported children from Dreamland car park to the amusement park during the 1950s and 60s. 

With Facebook I do my best to link the local history posts I put here to appropriate local Facebook groups and the painting and drawings I put on my own Facebook page to various Facebook art groups. 

This one, painted yesterday, relates to the woman who may have inspired the punk movement, I deliberately left out the shading so you can make the image into various punks you may remember. 

After a short respite on Monday Michael's Bookshop where I work in Ramsgate has been very busy today.

Monday 26 September 2022

Mystery of the miniature Thanet tourist coach

 This batch of photos come from a Thanet collection but only say "Models & Mini Bus" on them

I think they were either taken at Dreamland or Canon Road car park
I would guess some sort of tourist promotion during the 1960s
has anyone got any more info?

Here at Michael's Bookshop where I work in Ramsgate, a quieter day with a chance to catch up a bit.

Saturday 24 September 2022

Ramsgate and Margate pictures


This photo shows the Ramsgate tunnels entrance by Ramsgate hospital and the occasion is a visit of Princess Margaret
This is Queen Street in Ramsgate

This is the old town in Margate

This is Queen Street Margate in 1963

Another one of the County Skating Rink also known as Petticoat Lane Emporium. I was in there today as I had to go up to surgery to have my Covid booster shot. It was rather frighteningly called Spikevax but actually it didn't hurt very much and I don't seem to have any peculiar side effects, well not yet anyway.

It's a bit of a nuisance that they don't do the flu vaccine at the same time  as the Covid vaccine but then that's the NHS for you, maximise infection, cost and inconvenience.  

I must admit it was the Coronavirus one that I wanted to get as we have few friends and family killed or maimed by coronavirus.

The prime objective being to try and stay well this winter and keep the bookshop open.

Friday 23 September 2022

Shopping Ramsgate and Northdown Road


Starting in Ramsgate High Street in the past 
Of course contemporary and future shopping for me is mostly bookshops 

If like me you lived in Thanet, back in the day, then you only have to think of past shopping and images of Northdown Road come to mind.

For us in the 1960s and 1970s the main shopping areas were Ramsgate and Northdown Road although we also regularly did Canterbury and Deal too.

With shops, far and away the largest expense is wages, this is followed by rent and a long way down the line rates and until recently heat and light.
So back in the good old days our wonderful were mostly based on an army of shop assistants, mostly female, who had to work for much less than what we would call a living wage.   
Now of course we have all of these shops which just aren't economical to open. 
To some extent this is overcome by charity shops that have free labour and free stock.
The other thing we have is people investing their own money and working in their own shops.
In Northdown Road this is mostly secondhand shops and places to eat and drink.
Back in 1987 I decided to rent a cheap shop in Ramsgate and open it up as a secondhand bookshop, since the shop is still going I guess over the years I did some things right.
Anyway yesterday I thought I would go off to Northdown Road and do some shopping.
On the whole I think the situation there has improved over the last few years.
Here are some pictures of Northdown Road we took yesterday

I have done this before so if you are interested. 

Here are the links to the  pictures I took on Saturday 3rd June 2017

 Back in August 2009 I took a series of pictures of Northdown Road in Margate, below are the links to the pages of pictures I took then.
In May 2011 I didn’t do it quite so comprehensively, I only did the middle bit, these links take you to those pictures.

I hardly managed to buy any books in Northdown Road but did manage to buy some later when I went down into Margate.

Obviously there has been a considerable improvement in Northdown Road, but as I don't buy much in the way of Bric-à-brac, old furniture and antiques combined with there being hardly any books for sale in the shops I visited I found it very hard to judge. Normally a lot of the antiques shops I visit have plenty of books and normally I buy quite a lot.

I did visit The Margate Bookshop  this is a new bookshop and although small it has a very good stock and is worth a visit if you buy new books.

Today of course I am back at work in Michel's Bookshop in Ramsgate where we are still busy, I had expected business to slacken off when the schools went back but it hasn't really.