Port Elizabeth in the 1960s and 1970s

  1. 3-cent bus tickets
  2. ‘AC Kermans’ and as teenagers we used to be embarrassed to go in!
  3. Airline bags to carry your books in
  4. Annuals
  5. Autograph books
  6. Bay City Rollers
  7. Beano
  8. Bessie Bunter
  9. Bioscope
  10. BM Cotton
  11. Body Fashions
  12. Book Exchanges
  13. Bonanza (especially Little Joe)
  14. Braaivleis, rugby, sunny skies and Chevrolet – the advert
  15. Cadbury’s Kiddies Club at the movies
  16. Cake mascara
  17. Carlos coffee shop (forbidden to HRC girls but oh so attractive)
  18. Cassette tape decks
  19. Charles of the Ritz beauty products
  20. Ché jeans and tops
  21. Cheesecloth
  22. Chopper bicycles
  23. Collecting the insides of cold drink bottom lids and filling albums with them
  24. Colleen coloured pencils
  25. Coppertone QT QuikTan
  26. Coppertone suntan lotion
  27. Crocodiles
  28. Curly Wurlies
  29. Cuthberts on Main Street
  30. Dallas
  31. Darling magazine
  32. David Bowie
  33. David Cassidy
  34. David Essex
  35. David Gresham
  36. Dingbats
  37. Donny Osmond
  38. Dr White’s Sanitary Belts
  39. Elastic games in the playground
  40. Espadrilles
  41. Fingerlik Steak House
  42. Galoobs
  43. Gap
  44. Garlicks and the way the perfume hall smelled
  45. Getting your first bra at Body Fashions in Newton Park
  46. Glooks
  47. Goya Aqua Manda perfume
  48. Grannies with blue rinses
  49. Grease sandals
  50. Greatermans
  51. Greatermans’ Rose Room
  52. Groovy cooldrink
  53. Hamburger Hut
  54. Heatherbank
  55. Heatherbank Discos
  56. Hifra fountain pens
  57. Home made sherbert at school cake sales
  58. Iodine
  59. Jackie magazine
  60. Jet Jungle on the radio
  61. June magazine
  62. Knickerbockers
  63. Kolnicks
  64. Le Sabot leather sandals with wooden platforms
  65. Life Magazine
  66. Louise photo comics
  67. Lucky dips
  68. Maths tins as pencil cases with pictures tapes onto them
  69. Men from the Ministry on the radio
  70. Mercurochrome
  71. Michael’s record bar
  72. My Fair Lady Talc by Cussons
  73. Nail Polish called Copper Penny
  74. Naturama
  75. Nick Nack Knockers
  76. On The Go Show
  77. Pantie and hemline inspections at HRC
  78. Paper Dolls
  79. Personality magazine
  80. Photo comics like Louise
  81. Pikkies
  82. Pink magazine
  83. Pip Freedman
  84. Popshop
  85. Princess Tina magazine
  86. Purdy from The Avengers
  87. Rabbitt
  88. Rainbow skates
  89. Roll O’ Gloss lipgloss
  90. Sanitary towels with loops
  91. Sarah Moon paintings
  92. Saucy Cat boutique at OK Bazaars
  93. Scope magazine
  94. Screwball icecreams with bubble gum at the bottom
  95. See magazine
  96. Shane
  97. Shelly Shop
  98. Shipwreck in gym class
  99. Skipping games
  100. Spectrum
  101. Springbok Hits
  102. Sister Bernard at HRC
  103. String games on hands
  104. Sugarbush
  105. Sylvia’s mother by Dr Hook (my mother hated that song)
  106. Squad cars (they prowl the empty streets at night, in cars and on foot. These are the men of….Squad Cars!)
  107. T Rex
  108. Tammy magazine
  109. Teddy Bear annuals
  110. Tennisette
  111. The 55 bus on the way home
  112. The flood of 1968
  113. The clipcard for the bus
  114. The ice rink
  115. The lift operator at OK Bazaars
  116. The Mutual Arcade
  117. The old roneo machine the nuns used to use to make copies. And how they smelled.
  118. The periscope on the double decker buses
  119. The Pick n Mix carousel at OK Bazaars in main street
  120. The smell of furniture polish on the last day of the school term
  121. The Stage Door
  122. The Sugarbush
  123. The Sweet
  124. The Tempting Tray at OK Bazaars
  125. The thrill of getting into over-18 movies
  126.  The TV test pattern
  127. Thick multicoloured slip slops in blue or brown
  128. Toff O Luxe
  129. Tramp perfume by L’Entheric
  130. Two hours of TV a day
  131. Up and Down the Stairs Boutique
  132. Using baby oil or Brylcreem as tanning lotion
  133. Waffles at Greatermans
  134. Waiting for the bus in Russell Road
  135. Valderma and Clearasil
  136. Wearing hats to school
  137. Viewmaster
  138. Village Gate




Any more to add?








Categories: Personal, Southern Africa


5 replies

  1. OMG! Did you have Tiger Beat magazine in South Africa? With Donny Osmond, David Cassidy, etc. on the covers every month! Herbal Essence is making a comeback here in the state with a new tv commercial using the old bottle from old advertising and then transforming into the new bottle!

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  2. VIEW MASTER watching slides

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  3. Not a lot different to England then. The phots are wonderful Janet and they have stirred so many happy, innocent memories. Now, I might be very thick, but why the embarrassment in going into AC Kermans? Am I missing something very obvious?

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