Wonderful pictures of Nehru and his daughter, Indira Gandhi, visiting China in October 1954 - possibly in public view for the first time.
Relatives in Delhi recently came across a package of photographs they had been given twenty years ago by a retired Indian army officer who was emigrating. They contain high quality photos of one of the most important of Nehru's visits overseas. In the 1950s, Nehru coined the phrase 'Hindi Chini bhai bhai' (India and China are brothers). In 1962, the two countries were at war - a conflict which India lost and which is reputed to have hastened Nehru's death two years later.
You can see the glamour of Indira Gandhi, looking much younger than her then age, 36. I am fairly sure that the Chinese leader in the photo above is Premier Zhou Enlai.
All these photos have recently deposited with the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library in Delhi.
'E. Mono, For Value'. This wonderfully evocative shop sign on Kentish Town High Street has just resurfaced for one last gasp of air. The site has recently been a cafe. Now it's being spruced up, and the renovation work has uncovered this old sign from half-a-century or more ago.
It is marvellous that such mementoes of the past can be retrieved. And immensely sad that, in all likelihood, the last trace of this old high street business will soon disappear for ever.
A web search has revealed no information at all about this shop. 'Mono' is a very unusual surname. But what business did E. Mono conduct here? In what trade did he provide 'value'? And when did the shop close down?
If anyone has an old trade directory to hand - or perhaps a half-hour to spare in the local library - then do share what you discover.
UPDATE - 8th October 2011: I walked past this site today - the old sign is still there and spruced up. One of the developers told me that they plan to incorporate it in the new shop facade. Good one!
A rebirth. Just by Tufnell Park tube station.
Just over a year ago, the newspaper stall outside Tufnell Park station closed abruptly. And with it went part of the routine of my - and many others - weekday mornings. I still miss it, and the cheery old guy who used to call me 'young man' (I'm in my 50s).
This week, the kiosk has come back to life. As a flower stall. 'Violet and Frederick', it's called. Open from lunchtime to mid-evening. It adds a little life and colour to what is a fairly drab five-way junction. I'll be doing my best to keep the business afloat.
And it's a good excuse to post again the picture which has generated far more interest than anything else I've put on this blog - Fermin Rocker's wonderfully evocative painting of the old newspaper kiosk. Enjoy!
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