Any idea what year?


coker

Link Posted 06/07/2014 - 15:03
Clearing out the loft, ready to move house in August, came across these old negs, FP3, home developed!.....

Digitised with K5 & 100mm D FA Macro & Pentax Auto Bellows M & film strip holder.

Converted to positive in Elements 11.


A view from, I think, The Monument in London.





DeHavilland Comet, from the observation balcony(!) at Heathrow.






Some latest models on the top deck of the car-park!






I think these are pre-1986, when I bought my Pentax MX, so would have been taken with my Exa IIb, a simpler Exacta Varex, otherwise known as "The Tank"!


Any ideas from anyone would be much appreciated!

Roger.
The more I look, the more there is to see!
Last Edited by coker on 06/07/2014 - 15:05

mph555l

Link Posted 06/07/2014 - 15:28
Hi Roger,

Much earlier than 1986.

I know a thing or two about Comets. I can't quite read the last two letters of its registration code, but perhaps you can in your original.

looks like it starts off G-AP..

If you can make out the last two I might be able to help date the image.
I know the fate of most BOAC comets.

Best Regards,

/Ian
K10D & Super A user.

coker

Link Posted 06/07/2014 - 16:06
It's G-APDM, Ian.

Hope this helps!

thanks for looking,

Roger.
The more I look, the more there is to see!

Dariusz

Link Posted 06/07/2014 - 16:13
It's for sure sixties judging by the look of those latest car models and worn sunglasses. But if someone recognizes the building from the first photograph, an on-line encyclopedia will tell the dates

mph555l

Link Posted 06/07/2014 - 16:17
Hi Roger,

G-APDM

Last BOAC Comet service 24.11.1965
Transferred to MEA, (Middle East Airlines) March 1967
Transferred to MSA, (Malaysian Airlines) January 1968
Transferred to Dan Air January 1969.

So the photo is from no later than the Mid 1960's.

Best Regards,

/Ian
K10D & Super A user.

McBrian

Link Posted 06/07/2014 - 16:19
I remember getting a tour of the perimeter and viewing from the balcony when I used to holiday in Woodley as a young boy.

The cars are a big clue, a Cortina, a Zephyr, an Anglia and I think that's a Hillman Hunter, can't see enough of the white one but could be a Corsair so I'll have a stab at 1968/69.
Cheers
Brian.
LBA is good for you, a Lens a day helps you work, rest and play.
Last Edited by McBrian on 06/07/2014 - 16:20

wasleys

Link Posted 06/07/2014 - 16:23
That Comet's life with BOAC was March 1959 to November 1965. (Is that a DC-3 staggering in in the distance?)

Cars are early-mid 1960s.

coker

Link Posted 06/07/2014 - 17:09
Great response Chaps!

Thanks to all for v.good memories!

Thinking the building could be the NatWest tower, building started 1970 (ex Wiki).

I think the 'plane behind the Comet is a BEA Vickers Viscount.
I'm looking closely to see if I can make out the reg. of the BOAC tailfin on the right, to cross-ref. the year.
The one in the distance from the car park... is it one of those car transporters where the nose divided & hinged open for loading.....?


Thanks for looking, all.

Roger.
The more I look, the more there is to see!

wasleys

Link Posted 06/07/2014 - 17:37
coker wrote:
The one in the distance from the car park... is it one of those car transporters where the nose divided & hinged open for loading.....?

You mean the Bristol Freighter? (This was what I thought might be a Dakota).

wasleys

Link Posted 06/07/2014 - 17:47
coker wrote:
Thinking the building could be the NatWest tower, building started 1970 (ex Wiki).

NatWest Tower doesn't have a square core like your pic, but three lobes, like this.

coker

Link Posted 06/07/2014 - 18:41
Thanks, Michael, I did mean a Bristol freighter, but don't know that that is what it was, if you see what I
I mean.....

And yes, you're quite right.
It's not the NWT!

Next!

Good here, isn't it?



Roger.
The more I look, the more there is to see!

mph555l

Link Posted 06/07/2014 - 18:56
Hi Roger,

Check out this panorama taken from the top of the monument.

link

Might give a clue. I recognise the roof of the building in the foreground.

No idea what the glass tower behind is called though.
(under construction in your photo).

Cheers.

/Ian
K10D & Super A user.

pschlute

Link Posted 06/07/2014 - 19:45
I think your mystery building is (was) 20 Fenchurch Street. Used to be occupied by Kleinwort Benson.

Built 1963-1968 Demolished 2007-2008

http://www.skyscrapernews.com/picturedisplay.php?ref=121&idi=20+Fenchurch+Street...
http://postwarbuildings.com/buildings/20-fenchurch-street
Peter



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gartmore

Link Posted 06/07/2014 - 20:07
It never fails to amaze me just how much knowledge is around here
Ken
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Last Edited by gartmore on 06/07/2014 - 20:07

greynolds999

Link Posted 06/07/2014 - 20:17
If you ever want to know the history of a plane with a UK (G-) registration you can use the CAA website: link
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