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Memories of transatlantic 1950s travel and readers’ recommended websites and gadgets


My jet-setting folk

One of my earliest childhood memories was back in 1955 when a big (and flash) American car pulled up outside our house. Living in a Bristol suburb at The time, nobody near us owned a car.

The mysterious guest turned out to be my mum’s aunt and her husband, Bernard and Annie (née Oliver) McGowen. They had emigrated to The United States in The 1920s and had returned on holiday and visited our family. Gosh, They must be rich our neighbours thought, and so did we! Even more so after Bernard pulled out a cine camera and started filming us kids playing in The street!

Compared to life in 1950s’ Bristol They were rich, but I have found since that They were not exceptional, although nobody on this side of The Atlantic in my family could be classified as anything oTher than working class.

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