Incoming from one of the Robs:
Hello, one of the Robs.
Hope you are well.
Mustn’t grumble, as people say when inclined to.
YouTube’s mysterious algorithm just recommended this video to me and I thought it was your cup of tea.
Maybe the past was more colourful than we tend to imagine.
The past in this case being the 1920s. I think most of us get that life has always been in colour, albeit not necessarily all that colourful, long before photography learned to register this fact.
To be more grateful and more serious, what struck me was those curved staircases at the back of the buses. The Boris Bus clearly harks back to that shape. I had not realised this.
YouTube, having established that I wanted to watch this, then showed me some film from before WW1, back in the age of horse-drawn buses. Apologies, I lost the link to this, but basically we’re talking about a world dominated by these things. Was one of the driving force behind the motorisation of buses the fact that so many of those horses were sent away to fight in the above mentioned World War? Well, no, the timing is all wrong. Dragged out of retirement, more like. By the time that war had started motorised buses had already arrived in a big way.
And as soon as they did, lots of adverts.