Another person had put down £350 as a deposit which was a whopping third of the price of their four-bedroomed house.
The Roadshow team dropped in on the Fareham Friendship Group just after they had enjoyed their lunch.
Emma presented the Heritage100 website, describing it as a ‘virtual museum’ and this quickly led on to a very lively reminiscence session.
Looking at the D Day Museum got everyone talking about the war and one woman told how just before D Day she had lived next door to two boarding houses full of American Soldiers. Rodney told a story of his time in the Navy, which was uploaded onto the comments page.
Many people recollected the Shell Posters which had started in the 1920’s but were still on show on railway platforms in the 1950’s. Apparently, as well as the 7,000 strong collection at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu there is also a collection at Kew Gardens.
The handling items from our pop-up museum were passed around the group and this prompted further discussion. The box of old pounds shillings and pence got people talking about money: how much they had earned years ago and how much they had paid for their houses. One woman said she and her husband had bought a three-bedroomed detached house for £420 and her husband had complained that the mortgage would be a millstone round their necks. Another person had put down £350 as a deposit which was a whopping third of the price of their four-bedroomed house.
The afternoon was rounded of with group members showing their own personal memntos and sharing the stories attached.
One lady brought along two metal plaques with pictures beaten out in relief and said that she would love to learn about their history and symbolic significance.
Joan brought a silver powder compact bought for her by her husband when she was 21 (64 years ago) and kept as a treasure ever since.
Other items which can be viewed in the Gallery include a lovely little wooden box with a sliding lid that had been used for storing needles and a A ‘View Master’ with a large collection of slides.
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