En famille au Touquet

This was the first French holiday, to Le Touquet, Paris Plage, in 1960*, I think, because I'm wearing a Grammar School black blazer. Douglas was allowed to keep his red Academy blazer because he was only moved to the Grammar for one year. The privilege of age! Yet I liked the Grammar primary. It was small enough to know all the teachers and nearly all the kids. But enough of that, we're on holiday. Derrick must be sixteen or seventeen by now, old enough not to wear a blazer, but not too old to wear Clark's sandals. Going through these old slides, it's amazing how often Clark's sandals feature. That was a good business to be in, to get your sandals on the compulsory summer wear list of all the schools, and to know that by the time next summer comes along, feet will have grown. As the youngest of three, there was always an outgrown pair just waiting for me. It was the age of the hand-me-downs.
The rest of this set has a few more Le Touquet pictures and one amazing picture from the top of the Arc de Triomphe. Amazing, because there are hardly any cars on l'etoile. Changed days. The set ends with The Great Gladioli Photoshoot, which I'm sure Douglas remembers well.
*1961, not 1960.
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The World's Funniest Joke

The young Cumnock Academy teacher* on the left has apparently just told the World's funniest joke. It must have been him, because Mum was never known to tell a joke in her life, except the one that goes: If you vant to buy a vatch, buy a vatch. If you don't vant to buy a vatch, take your dirty bubbly nose away from the vindow, which nobody ever laughed at, or the even worse: Mr Johnstone's at the door, ma'am. And it couldn't have been me, because I'm too busy practising the Jenkins Walk. This whole set is from the Cumnock school trip to Ostende, which was the first ever time abroad, for Douglas and me, and must have been either 1959 or 1960. It's not a bad set of slides, with some nice candid shots in the street market.
*In fact, not a teacher, but Florent, brother-in-law of Dr MacDonald
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A Prize-Winning Shot

Has this not got to be one of Dad's best ever shots? A Springtime picnic (no leaves on the trees), Derrick now man-sized, or at least man-heighted, Douglas still a boy, Mum engrossed in making a lunch under the arch.
The rest of this set includes a few shots of Cumnock Academy playground and the only known picture of the new Jungle Gym.
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Dunure, Edinburgh and possibly Ballachulish

And the second set of family slides is here. I'm actually pretty vague about where some of them were taken. I've captioned them all, but with plenty of question marks, my shorthand for a large element of guesswork or invented memory. The condition of this set was worse, with more dirt and scratches, and it looks as if the film might have been old before exposure, as quite a few had a marked colour cast. Still, they were worth salvaging, I think.
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Polly and Donald

And here's the proof. Aunt Polly read the 'Woman's Own', not the 'Woman'. Uncle Donald seemed to find that OK, or maybe it was a special dispensation for holidays at Kilfinan.
I've been sorting out the old slides, with some difficulty. There would seem to be nine Kodachrome films, but only four boxes. The newest is January '64 - the date is printed on the frame - but the earlier eight films are undated.
Fortunately, Kodak made slight changes over the years in their way of numbering the slides. Sometimes black numbers, sometimes red; sometines seraphed type, sometimes sans. So I think I've managed to group them properly, give or take the odd error.
The first set of 20 slides is here. I think they must date from 1957, but maybe Douglas or Derrick will have a clearer view of that. I was just a wean, after all.
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