Sounds of the Sixties

There was the music of course.  

But in addition, these are some of the sounds people associate with the 1960’s in London.

What sounds do you remember?

 

The sound of cars backfiring. Our dog was always terrified when she heard it and rushed home, her tail between her legs.

The tap tap of typewriter keys and the whirr of the carriage return after each line.

The clunkety clunk of a copying machine which used a stencil sheet where the letters were punched holes which let the ink through sheet after sheet.

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Clink of milk bottles being delivered on your door step

“Mind the gap” announcements in the Underground

Calls of the rag and bone men

Clippity clop of the dray horses

 

The bells and ticket machines on the buses and the tinkling sounds of coins in the conductors’s pouch.v0_master

Factory horns announcing starting and closing times

Newspaper vendors yelling “Staaandard, get your Evening Standard here”

Air raid sirens once a week

“Clunk and clink of the record changer on the Dansette record player.maxresdefault

Children playing in the street and the occasional yell of “car!”

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“Car horns that played a little ditty.”

Picking up the phone and hearing another conversation on the trunk line

The “whoosh” of the metal container used in department stores to move money from the sales desk to the accounts department on another floor

‘Penny for the Guy’ leading up to the 5th November Bonfire nights

One thought on “Sounds of the Sixties

  1. July 22, 2015 at 3:14 am

    The sound of cars backfiring. Our dog was always terrified when she heard it and rushed home, her tail between her legs.

    The tap tap of typewriter keys and the whirr of the carriage return after each line.

    The clunkety clunk of a copying machine which used a stencil sheet where the letters were punched holes which let the ink through sheet after sheet.

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