Thursday, August 21, 2014

Those Places Thursday: Mom's Europe Trip, 1953 - Ulster, Éire

From Mom's Europe trip diary, in the "PLACES VISITED" section:
August 21, Friday – Road between Larne and Giant's Causeway
Drove to Belfast where we got papers for trip through Éire.*  Shopped** and did I go hog wild.  Bought a linen damask tablecloth with 12 napkins, 12 salmon [linen] guest towels, and a [linen] luncheon set.  About 60 dollars worth.  Am I pleased.  Also bought a green linen place mat set.  Left Belfast and drove to Giant's Causeway.  Hotel too expensive so drove on to Portrush which is beautiful seacoast town.  Actually saw people bowling on green.

* According to Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition, Éire is:
  1. the Irish Gaelic name for Ireland, and 
  2. a former official name (1937–49) for Republic of Ireland.
** From the PURCHASES section, it indicates Mom bought these items at Robinson & Cleaver, and spent £26.36/12.  All of the items were linen.

According to the "HOTELS STOPPED AT" section of the trip diary, my mother and her friends stayed at the Cloughcor Hotel in Portrush this night.
Belfast: Robinson & Cleaver building, 11 November 2007 / © Chris Downer / CC BY-SA 2.0

Robinson and Cleaver originally opened in 1874, and moved to this location pictured, at the corner of Donegall Place and Donegall Square North in Belfast, when the building was completed in 1888. Originally a linen warehouse, the building had six stories, a clock tower, copper domes, and 50 stone busts of supposed patrons such as Queen Victoria and the Emperor and Empress of Germany, plus symbolic references to distant marketplaces.  As Belfast's most exclusive department store, it was famous for its Irish linens and excellent service.  Sadly, the store closed in 1984, and its elegant interior marble staircase was auctioned off and can now be found at Ballyedmond Castle, Rostrevor, County Down.

Former Robinson & Cleaver, Belfast (3) - store’s name, at roof level, on the Donegall Place side, 11 October 2009 / © Albert Bridge / CC BY-SA 2.0

Former Robinson & Cleaver building, Belfast (2) - exceptionally rich in detail., this is but a sample of what is to be seen on the Donegall Square North façade, 20 May 2007 / © Albert Bridge / CC BY-SA 2.0

Portrush harbour, 23 September 2013 [cropped] / © Gareth James / CC BY-SA 2.0



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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

(Not-So-) Wordless Wednesday: Mom's Europe Trip, 1953 - Leaving Scotland

From Mom's Europe trip diary, in the "PLACES VISITED" section:
August 18, 19, & 20 – Road between Bridge of Allan and Larne, Ulster [2 pages]
Next morning [Aug. 20] got up and drove to Stranraer where we waited until 5:15 for car ferry to leave. Also ate lunch on road. Ferry trip 2.5 hours arrived in Larne and spent night at Kings Arms Inn in Larne.
Practically our whole trip through Scotland was in rain so therefore do not have many pictures.
Country very beautiful, especially heather topped hills, black headed sheep, carrot topped kids who were adorable, friendliness of people. 
Enjoyed stay in Scotland very much.
High Street, Stranraer 5 June 2008 /  © Rose and Trev Clough / CC BY-SA 2.0

 1500 feet high! above Larne town. Taken during a helicopter trip over Larne; image details  include Larne Town/Harbour in the foreground, European Highlander (car ferry) departing Larne for Cairnryan. Mid picture; Ballylumford Oil Jetties and Power Station,and Islandmagee, 20 September 2003 / © Wilson AdamsCC BY-SA 2.0

Excursion party, Kings Arms Hotel, Larne, Co. Antrim / National Library of Ireland / No known copyright restrictions

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Travel Tuesday: Mom's Europe Trip, 1953 - Scotland

From Mom's Europe trip diary, in the "PLACES VISITED" section:
August 18, 19, & 20 – Road between Bridge of Allan and Larne, Ulster [2 pages]
Next day [Aug 19] drove through Trossachs and to Loch Katrine, then went north and drove along side of Loch Lomond, where we had lunch. Drove through Glasgow and stopped for night at Symington—place called Half Way Hotel. Very nice.

 The Trossachs 26 July 2013 / Remi Mathis (Own work) / CC-BY-SA-3.0

Loch Katrine October 2000, taken just above Stronachlachar, looking eastward the length of the loch
which supplies Glasgow with drinking water.  / ©  Richard Webb / CC BY-SA 2.0
View of Loch Lomond, 15 December 2005 / Abubakr Hussain, Mohammed-Hayat Ashrafi, Maaz Farooq,
 Farmaan Akhtar, Mohammed Shah / CC-BY-SA-2.5
1960s Glasgow - George Square in 1966 / © Gerald England / CC-BY-SA-2.0 
Symington War Memorial, 10 March 2011
/ Rosser1954 Roger Griffith (Own work) / CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Matrilineal Monday: Mom's Europe Trip, 1953 - Edinburgh and Bridge of Allan, Scotland

Geraldine Guokas and Joye Murphy at the Sunken Gardens in Edinburgh, Scotland, 18 August 1953

From Mom's Europe trip diary, in the "PLACES VISITED" section:

August 17 & 18 – Edinburgh
The next day [Aug. 18] went shopping – bought a sweater & two scarfs* which sent to boat. Took a few pictures, lunched at Caledonian Hotel, then went to see Mrs. Bishop.** Talked to her & had tea. Lovely people and very nice to us. Took us to Sunken Gardens which were beautiful. Left Edinburg around 5:00 p.m.
August 18, 19, & 20 – Road between Bridge of Allan and Larne, Ulster [2 pages]
[Aug. 18] Drove to Bridge of Allan where we stayed for night at Walmer Hotel. Very nice place. Did my washing.

* from PURCHASES section, it indicates Mom bought a red pullover cashmere sweater and two scarves at Romanes & Paterson on Princes Street, and spent £7.19/6

** from PEOPLE MET section, this is Mrs. Bob (Dorothy) Bishop, at 175 Gorgie Rd.

Romanes and Paterson Princes St Edinburgh 15 April 2010 / Tony Hisgett  / CC-BY 2.0

Caledonian Hotel, 30 October 2012 / © kim traynor / CC BY-SA 2.0

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sentimental Sunday: Mom's Europe Trip, 1953 - Edinburgh, Scotland

"Edinburgh Castle from the North" 10 August 2012 / Kim Traynor - Own work / CC BY-SA 3.0
From Mom's Europe trip diary, in the "PLACES VISITED" section:
August 16 & 17 – Road between London & Edinburgh
[Aug. 17] Next morning went through Westmoreland and Cumberland & then into Scotland. Went through some moors and some beautiful highlands. Ate at nice place in Moffat – food has improved. Drove into Edinburgh by 2:30 p.m.
August 17 & 18 – Edinburgh
[Aug. 17] Arrived at 2:30. Managed to find a place to stay* – not too nice – even had to pay to take a bath. Drove around a little bit – went to Edinburgh Castle and up and down some of the streets. Started raining so decided to go back to place where we were staying.

*from the  "HOTELS STOPPED AT" section: a boarding house at 10 Windsor Street

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Shopping Saturday: Mom's Europe Trip, 1953 - Last Days in London

From Mom's Europe trip diary, in the "PLACES VISITED" section:
London [last two pages out of 4]
Aug. 15 went to Mass at Westminster Cathedral, which is huge like St. Patrick’s and real sooty. After breakfast went shopping for sweaters with Sylvia – bought a pretty shade of green sweater – cardigan style – cashmere for a little under £7*. At night went to Martinez Rest.** where we got good food for once.
Came back & packed preparatory to taking off for Scotland.
[Aug 16] Got up next morning, went to Mass, and checked out of hotel. Drove through London a little bit, went by Grosvenor Sq. to see Roosevelt’s statue and also No. 10 Downing Street
August 16 & 17 – Road between London & Edinburgh
Left London at 12 noon driving through Hereford, Northampton, Rutland, Nottingham, Riding, and Yorkshire. Stopped at Golden Fleece Inn in Thirsk for night.

*from the PURCHASES record in the diary - this was at Dickens and Jones (which closed in January 2006) on Regent Street.  It had been at this site since 1835.  I remember seeing my mother wear this green cashmere cardigan as I was growing up. Sylvia is Sylvia John, Mom's co-worker and travel companion.

**In 1953, Martinez Spanish Restaurant was located at 25 Swallow St., not too far from the hotel where Mom was staying.  It was at this location from 1923 until it closed in 1988.

"Westminster Cathedral 4227r" -  Blessed Sacrament Chapel, 8 December 2008
 / Patche99z - Own work / released to public domain

"Beauty hall" at Dickens & Jones on Regent Street, 12 January 2006 / Ann / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Grosvenor Square with Franklin D. Roosevelt statue, 21 June 2006 / © Stephen McKay / CC BY-SA 2.0

"2010 Official Downing Street pic - cropped to door arch"- No. 10 Downing Street /
Jdforrester crop from original by Prime Minister's Office, HM Government, 31 March 2010
/ Open Government License v1.0

The Golden Fleece, Thirsk, 12 November 2011 / © Bill Boaden / CC BY-SA 2.0

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Those Places Thursday: Mom's Europe Trip, 1953 - London, continued

From Mom's Europe trip diary, in the "PLACES VISITED" section:


August 12, 13, 14, 15 – London [4 pages, excerpt only for this day]
[Aug. 14] The next day we got up – caught a double decker bus to The Tower of London. From there walked to Old Bailey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and thence to Madame Tussaud’s Wax Works. Very interesting. Went to see stage play “The Moon is Blue” at night. Quite good. 
Amazing things about England – parks beautiful (lots of trees and space), buildings sooty but almost all with flowerboxes, friendliness & honesty of people, lack of flavoring in food which makes everything seem tasteless, the way the people look – all pink cheeked, men in black suits and black Hamburgs, 12 yr. old boys in short pants, eating ices and drinking coffee at seats during intermission at a play, standing up for “God Save the Queen” after a play. …
[That]… night we went to French rest. where we got pretty good food.

Here are some photos of these places - one of which was taken by my mother:

Double-decker at Bus stop in London, 1956 / via Stockholm Transport Museum / no known copyright restrictions


The Tower of London, 14 August 1953 / Geraldine Guokas Pape / CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
Old Bailey, London 14 June 2004 / Nevilley / CC BY-SA 3.0

"St Paul's Cathedral High Altar [and apse], London, UK - Diliff"
as viewed from the choir, looking east, 30 May 2014/ David Iliff  / CC BY-SA 3.0

"'Madame Tussaud' herself at 'Madame tussauds waxworks in London" 26 May 2010
 / Rudolph.A.furtado - Own work / Public domain

Marie Tussaud made a wax model of herself in 1842, just eight years before her death. It remains on display today and was likely on display in 1953 when my mother, Geraldine Guokas Pape, toured the museum.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

(Not-So-) Wordless Wednesday: Mom's Europe Trip, 1953 - London

From Mom's Europe trip diary, in the "PLACES VISITED" section:

August 12, 13, 14, 15 – London [4 pages, excerpt only for this day]
[Aug. 13] The next morning we got up – got our free breakfast – walked through Berkeley Sq. to Green Park and thence to Buckingham. From there we went over to Parliament, took a ride down the Thames River to Tower Bridge – then walked back to hotel through Trafalgar Sq. & Oxford Circus.
Here are some photos of these places - four of which were taken by my mother:

Berkeley Square evening December 2005 / JustincCC BY-SA 2.0

Green Park, London, England / ChrisO / CC BY-SA 3.0

Buckingham Palace from gardens, London, UK - Diliff / Diliff  / CC BY-SA 3.0


Palace of Westminster, meeting place of Parliament, 13 August 1953 / Geraldine Guokas Pape / CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Thames River and Tower Bridge, 13 August 1953 / Geraldine Guokas Pape / CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
Nelson's statue at Trafalgar Square, 13 August 1953 / Geraldine Guokas Pape / CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Decorations on The Mall in London remaining after the June 2 coronation of Elizabeth II, 13 August 1953
/ Geraldine Guokas Pape / CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

East on Oxford Street at Oxford Circus, 17 June 1949 / Ben BrooksbankCC-BY-SA-2.0

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Travel Tuesday: Mom's Europe Trip, 1953: Arrival in Southampton, England

Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch, London, England / Ewan Munro / CC BY-SA 2.0

From Mom's Europe trip diary, in the "GOING" section:
Saw Le Havre from boat.  Crossed English Channel—arrived at Southampton about 2 p.m.  Went through immigration on boat & had to wait until 5:25 before getting off boat.  No trouble through customs.  Got car O.K. and drove to London, 78 miles away arriving at Cumberland Hotel by 10 P.M.

She tells the story a little differently in the "PLACES VISITED" section:
August 12 – Southampton
Landed at 5:25. Went through customs without them looking into suitcases. Had to wait for car. Gas cost total of 2 pounds 25 shillings and 5 pence – about $6.38 in all – got full tank.
Decided to drive on to London – no trouble with left side of road – just cyclists. First time I ever made a left turn on red light.
Countryside beautiful – green, hilly – interesting villages, shops, and houses – roads sometimes lined with trees.
August 12, 13, 14, 15 – London [4 pages, excerpt only for this day]
[Aug. 12] Drove to Cumberland. Could only get singles for night. Went out and had supper and got some English money.

The "HOTELS STOPPED AT" section indicates this is the Cumberland Hotel at Marble Arch, pictured at the top of this post.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sentimental Sunday: Mom's Trip to Europe, 1953: Gala Dinner

Gala Dinner, August 10, 1953, SS United States.  From right:  Geraldine Guokas, Joye Murphy, Huguette Linn.

From Mom's Europe trip diary, in the "INCIDENTS" section:
Last night on board Ted gave us wine for dinner. That night helped Dixie Oliver drink her bottle of imported champagne.

Some of the people Mom, Sylvia, and Joye met on board ship (from the "PEOPLE MET" section of the trip diary) were:
  • Audrey Barbour - from Virginia
  • Ted Ricci - from Boston
  • Erna Roessle - from Philadelphia
  • Huguette Linn - from New Jersey
  • Dixie Oliver - from New York
Mom said Huguette was a Frenchwoman who had married an American soldier and moved to New Jersey.  She was on the ship headed to France to visit her family.  I think Ted Ricci must be the lucky guy at this table full of women.

The picture at left of the tourist class dining room is from a brochure advertising the ship.  Steven Ujifusa, a historian and author of A Man and His Ship (which is about naval architect William Francis Gibbs and the building of the SS United States), wrote in his blog that "The tourist class dining room, located forward on A deck, was, like the rest of tourist class, very spartan and somewhat cramped. The walls were decorated with 18th century sailing/nautical motifs."

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