Tuesday Photo Challenge – Nostalgia


Now there’s a thing. Something I do a lot, especially as I’m of an age to remember pre decimalisation here in the UK, and (sadly) still convert prices back to the old (and considered real) pounds, shillings and pence, or £sd.
threepenny bitI remember this, the thruppenny bit.
Four of these made a shilling, and twenty shillings made a pound, so in those days your pound was worth 240 pennies, not a mere one hundred as it is now. What a con that was!
My Mum used to save them in a green long-necked wine bottle with a flat rounded base which was kept on the piano.

It was not unusual for me to ‘raid it’, not for sweets, but to pay the 6/3d (25 coins at the time which is worth about 31p today) to the insurance man who called every fourth Monday, but never timed it right for when my folks were in.
It wasn’t that they were avoiding him, but Dad was a builder and had to take advantage of good weather and natural light, and Mum was working full time.
I suppose today that might be construed as unprofessional, I mean a man calling on a house where a young girl, not quite a teenager, was alone, but at the time you don’t think of things like that do you?

I remember lots of things about the old currency coinage, we had paper notes (50p was never the same as having a ten bob note in a birthday card), my savings account was with the post office and I had a book, not a piece of plastic, and if you had a pound as pocket money, you were megga rich!
You could do so much with it: a bus ride to the picture house cost you 3d on a Saturday morning for the cartoon show, admittance being sixpence, sweets from the tuck shop at a penny a shot, ice cream at 3d in the interval, and hot dogs, soda pop and pop corn were yet to be on the menu.

Our money has gone full circle though, and next month sees the introduction of the new pound coin.

new pound coin new pound coin
Look familiar?
It may have the face value of a pound, but to me it will have spending value of thruppence.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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12 Responses to Tuesday Photo Challenge – Nostalgia

  1. colinandray says:

    Ah………. ‘apeneys, tanners, two-bob bits and half-a-crown! Such are memories ( I don’t go back far enough florins (at least by that name)!! 🙂

  2. stevetanham says:

    And the old thruppeny bit made a wonderful noise when you rolled it on a hard surface… sort of ratattattat…

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  4. judithreid says:

    I remember saving up my threepenny bits to buy my first koala bear toy 🙂 Still have her !!! Happy days. 🙂

  5. Wow. Great post ❤ Lovely to meet you. ~Debbie

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