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  1. In my house te real reason was the fuel needed to heat two rooms. And we didn't have it.
  2. Back in the 1950s, it was known as the "Central Technical School" and it had a dual focus. The first was for electrical workers and the second was for construcion people.
  3. Yes, I remember them well and, as far as I know, they were not rationed. Then, of course, there was that dreadful disease that killed most of the wild rabbits. At least, here in the USA, one can buy farmed rabbits but not as good as the old wild rabbits.
  4. Well, I do thank the person who filled in a lot of the unknowns.
  5. The major reason that I remember was that I attended City Grammar School, that was on Leopold Street, and I passed it every day to catch the tram or bus home.
  6. Don't forget "The Raincoat Shop" was on Orchard Lane.
  7. During the long school holidays back in the 50's, I worked for a Sheffield University department. Anyway I went every week to collect horse blood and sometimes the heart of a cow to make a serum to grow bacteria. Hated it but it was a job and I did it.
  8. Anything is possible but I do remember, or seem to remember, that Noel Fusco was the owner and fish frier.
  9. There was no question that beer was drunk at work and it was paid for by the men. Sometimes the apprentice lad would be sent if nobody else was around. The old story used to be that a man went to his doctor and was asked how much beer he drank. "Well," said the man, "I usually get through about seven or eight pints a day but I must confess I have quite a bit at weekends,"
  10. It also occurred to me that, if we can find one of their children, they may be able to clear up the "mystery".
  11. The man I knew at Block and Anderson was/is Noel Fusco. Whatever other names he had/may have had is beyond my imagination.
  12. No, I first met Noel Fusco at Block and Anderson around 1962. Then he moved into promoting the sale of electrostatic copiers made by Smith Corona Marchant. The last I saw of him was in 1966 or thereabouts. So, no I'm not related but just via work.
  13. So here we do have a mystery. The wedding picture looks like Noel Fusco to me but the other names are an enigma to me. Perhaps someone can help?
  14. Yes, that is Noel as he was and his appearance is amazing after all these years.