Where were you in September 1970?

Another fine set of photos from the Retronaut…

  • leftofcentre

    Wow they all look like they are 50.

    This guy must be a time traveller he looks to modern:
    http://www.howtobearetronaut.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/1199-520×346.jpg

    On a related note:
    http://imgur.com/gallery/jfMa1
    (caution: some swearing for the sensitive amongst you.

  • lamhdearg

    7 from the bottom, Tom cruise?.

  • sliabhluachra

    Interesting hair styles, thighs and wallpaper. On the latter: why are younger people so anti retro wallpaper and carpets?
    Back then young people did not worry about such things but got on and partied. Now, if the wallpaper and carpets (ugh) are not right, the young wuns are up in metaphorical arms.

    Kevin Myers had a good piece on the demise of the bedsit recently.
    Younger people tend to be a bit hung up about the wrong things.

    I also liked the can of Harp. Now that is retro.

  • Tomas Gorman

    Students my arse…I can see only about three out of the lot of them that look in their twenties.

  • Mick Fealty

    Harder times than now Tomas… Seriously, anyone recognise anyone’s mum, dad, granny?

  • Ah I was 18 then.
    Student Party? They actually give me the impression of being young civil servants, bank clerks etc rather than students.
    Hot pants……came out (so to speak) in April of 1970. I remember seeing my first pair at Easter 1970.
    I also remember the first time I was up close (so to speak) with Hot Pants….or rather a lavender/lilac Hot Pant suit with a great big gold zipper down the front…..a blonde lady who was a hairdresser……in a MANS barbers in Church Lane Belfast……..a far cry from my usual haunt on the Glen Road.
    What can I say I had just left school and happily paid 15 shillings. to have my long locks thinned out by the novelty of a lady hairdresser …..just like swinging London.
    And my usual haunt did not have pop music and an opportunity to sing along to Mungo Jerrys “In The Summertime”
    First time I ever tipped a “barber”.
    I went back a few times to that barbers in Church Lane.
    She always had big tips (sic).

  • On a semi serious note, the summer of 1970 was a hot one (or is my memory playing tricks?) And somehow it was a dividing line between childhood and adulthood and probably the only normal summer that the “Class of 1970” would ever have.
    That generation “expected” a smooth transition but we were denied it….save for that one glorious summer.
    I voted for the first time (Gerry Fitt) and the first real experience of going out with other 18 year olds to Bangor, Newcastle etc. And yes…parties.
    But it seemed to end very quickly. 1969 and 1971 were both very different worlds from 1970.

    If those “students” in the pics are really “students” Id not expect many to be known as anyones Granny or Grandad. Not locally. Possibly some would have gone “home” to teach Geography in Cookstown or Chemistry in Larne……..but most of this lot would have moved on out of Norn Iron.
    Coincidently one of Belfasts leading Grammar Schools had a reunion just ten days ago for leavers in the period 1968. Alas I had a family wedding the same day.
    But its bizarre that those men in and around 60 now……like those in the pics………were a generation who completely lost touch with their peers.

  • Don’t know where I was but an on again/off again ex-girlfriend of mine is there.

  • John Ó Néill

    Wow, I didn’t know that Harpic was a classy drink once upon a time.

  • Mary Anna

    I was at the riots every night 1970 and marching almost every day for civil rights. and looking out for the talent at the Derry riots, building barricades! The troubles was were good craic then until – the murders started and that spoiled community spirit!

  • Rioting creates community spirit? First time I have heard that take on things.

  • The yokel

    Hot pants……came out (so to speak) in April of 1970. I remember seeing my first pair at Easter 1970.

    An Easter rising FJH?

    Just carrying on the theme – humor (I use the term loosely) as remember it back then.

  • Harry Flashman

    “a hairdresser……in a MANS barbers in Church Lane Belfast……..a far cry from my usual haunt on the Glen Road.
    What can I say I had just left school and happily paid 15 shillings. to have my long locks thinned out by the novelty of a lady hairdresser …..just like swinging London.”

    And I have no doubt that when you went to the hairdresser (with a big “Unisex Salon” sign) for the first time and she pointed to the sink to get your hair washed you knelt on the chair and put your head face first into the basin like you did at home.

    It’s ok to admit it, we all did it.

  • Cynic2

    “I didn’t know that Harpic was a classy drink once upon a time”

    ….still is where I am