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A long long time ago

I worked for I C I Paints Division.  This was the opening of a new retail paint and wallpaper shop and we had the "Dulux" dog for the opening and took polaroid pictures of people with the dog. There was a big queue!

 

Mac Hurdman who had been a rep for one of the paint merchants decided to open his own shop and Ange and I were at the opening. He became a good friend and it was a great shock when he died far too young. I think he was only in his forties 

A long long time ago

I worked for I C I Paints Division.  This was the opening of a new retail paint and wallpaper shop and we had the "Dulux" dog for the opening and took polaroid pictures of people with the dog. There was a big queue!

 

Mac Hurdman who had been a rep for one of the paint merchants decided to open his own shop and Ange and I were at the opening. He became a good friend and it was a great shock when he died far too young. I think he was only in his forties 

comments (15)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 16 Jan 2017, 00:43
Lovely blast from the past, Bill...that mutt featured on Dulux signs in Oz, too.
Bill Phillips: Still does here Ray.
Some nice throw backs! Very sad about Mac...
Bill Phillips: Yes he was a nice bloke.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 16 Jan 2017, 06:23
J'aime beaucoup le chien sur la première photo.
Bill Phillips: They are lovely dogs and have the ideal temperament for this sort of thing
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 16 Jan 2017, 06:25
You are feeling nostalgic this week as well, Bill
Bill Phillips: Partly because I have not had any time to go out and take pictures
  • Chris
  • England
  • 16 Jan 2017, 06:40
This really does look like the olden days, back before the interwebs and general onlinery
Bill Phillips: Early Seventies. A different world. Most shops like this have long gone
Those are indeed memories, Bill, both good and bad.
Bill Phillips: Most of the shops like this have long gone
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 16 Jan 2017, 07:16
Those were the days.... and I am sorry to hear that your friend died too young, being a shop-owner can take its toll.
Bill Phillips: It was a shock Astrid. He was a very nice bloke
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 16 Jan 2017, 07:43
What a lovely memory for you - what a big choice of wallpapers - and what a dear dog! What is a 'rep'?
Bill Phillips: Representative or salesman Philine.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Jan 2017, 08:14
A fascinating insight into the tastes of pop art Britain at that time. The lady in the second shot appears to be wearing a dress made from one of the wallpapers. That's a huge pot of paint.
Bill Phillips: That's no lady.....that's my wife
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 Jan 2017, 09:14
A long time ago indeed. I used to work for ICI too, only in Dyestuffs. That dog was the best advertising gimmick they ever came up with.
Bill Phillips: As I recall the original dog was called Dash.
I love the dog at the top and if I am not mistaken, the bottom shot shows the young Ange.
Bill Phillips: Old English Sheepdog. They are beautiful dogs with a lovely temperament. Yes it is Ange . she must have been about 24 or 5
Two fine shots of times gone by. I hate it when Maureen wants to look at wallpaper!
Bill Phillips: We never use wallpaper.
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 Jan 2017, 16:03
A sign of the times Bill, no more personal service, now it's just wandering through miles of aisles at the likes of B&Q
Bill Phillips: It was one of the reasons I left ICI. The growth of the sheds. I actually went to work for a retailer who had been a customer. It didn't work out but we remained friends for many years
Only the good die young, Bill smile
Bill Phillips: On that basis I should live forever
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 16 Jan 2017, 20:25
Time to get my own back, Billiam ... Generally speaking this is worse than watching paint dry.
Bad news about your work mate
Bill Phillips: This is social history matey.

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