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Retreat and Spotty Dog

Here is another pic of iconic Spotty Dog the roadhouse on the Main Road of Retreat, taken in the mid or early 1960s. I’ve previously written about Spotty Dog in another post so go here to read about the history. The building is so iconic and so often photographed without context that it was nice to find a second drive-by photo in the same collection of the nearby Retreat Shopping Centre. Grandly named but actually a small, traditional Cape grocery store situated right on the Main Road and displaying a large array of fresh produce. Together the images give one the flavor (if you’ll excuse the pun) of the area.


Long forgotten by some is the fact that Retreat was once one of the largest ‘locations’ in Cape Town – an area where black South Africans lived. It saw forced removals under Apartheid throughout the 1950s with many people being moved to the new township of Nyanga. In 1961 the area was declared a ‘colored’ group area. Spotty dog witnessed all this South African history (maybe that’s why he’s showing a few cracks). The building is fondly remembered by people all over the world.


Where does the name Retreat come from? “The suburb of Retreat in Cape Town was so named because the Dutch retreated to that area when they were losing the Battle of Muizenberg (1795). The Dutch landed there after the Retreat and declared the area to be ‘Terugtrekking van de nederlandse 1795′ or in English, Retreat of the Netherlands 1795.The signage with Terugtrekking van de nederlandse 1795’ written on it can be found at a Museum in Cape Town, South Africa.” (Wikipedia)


Posted by on March 6, 2016 in Bars&restaurants, Political, South Africa

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View Alcatraz

Fishermans Wharf S.F. August 1962. This pic was taken 2 months after one of the most daring prison escapes in history. 7 months later, in March 1963 Alcatraz closed forever. Read more.



Posted by on October 20, 2013 in America, Political, Sightseeing

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Belgian State Visit

One of the most rewarding aspects of collecting is doing research on the images. I really enjoy probing the Internet to see what I can find out from the threads of information contained in the image. As a result, my general knowledge of things odd and unusual from all over the world is growing!
The coat of arms turned out to be British but these are not members of the British royal family. It was a Facebook friend who took a wild guess that this is ‘Fabiola of Belgium’. She turned out to be right. I looked up inbound state visits to the UK dating back to the 1950’s and learned that King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola of Belgium visited the UK from 14 – 17 May 1963. It was their last official visit to Britain. The slide was taken shortly after their arrival by royal train at Victoria station where they were met by Queen Elizabeth and then rode in a carriage procession to Buckingham palace.

Teacher Protest

My guess is that this is in Belgium or Holland in the 1970s. A rather polite looking teacher’s protest, whether school or university teachers I’m not sure. I haven’t had it translated yet and hope someone will see this and help me out!

A nicely composed shot, quickly snapped. The old slide was quite clean and needed little input from me. I corrected color and tone and sharpened it.

Before and after. Click for big.


Posted by on February 12, 2013 in City square, Europe, People, Political

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