Vintage Childhood #1 – Monopoly

PLAYING Games

My family ancestors have always been a rather competitive bunch even when at play.  My mother relates wonderful stories of Friday evenings spent with my father’s family in the 1950’s  surrounded by the numerous aunts and uncles (all 13 of them plus assorted spouses)  engaged in the serious business of a game of whist. My mother, happily for the sanity of our little family, is not a competitive person atall and was frequently harangued for the lack of seriousness of her Friday night ‘play’.  One of my father’s  Aunts, a rather portly dame by the name of Annie, whom I remember vaguely fom my own childhood, was particularly renowned for her fabulous ability to appear totally clueless at the gaming table whilst invariably  walking off at the end of the evening’s proceedings with everyone’s money – in those days perhaps a few pounds, shillings and pence.  Despite my father’s encouragement to learn the mysteries of cards, I preferred as a child,  the less taxing, more enjoyable variety of games of chance, one of my favourites being that astonishingly enduring favourite – Monopoly – I would have to admit however, that in true family tradition I played a pretty mean game ………. !

ALL PHOTOS © JANE MORLEY

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  1. west517 says:

    FANTASTIC!! I love Monopoly! These are really great- I particularly like the “Old Kent Road” with the small dog 🙄 . The colors are perfect — and the game pieces nicely “well-used” ~ I’m ready to get out my set … I was the reigning “Monopoly Champion” of our house once upon a time. ❤

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    1. I have to confess that I was extremely competitive when it came to Monopoly, but my Dad was very annoying and would always win! Never any quarter given 😀 Glad you like the pics and the colours, they seemed to suit somehow! 🐻 🙂

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      1. west517 says:

        In truth I think my Dad always let me win 🙂 Yes I really enjoyed these pictures! 🐱

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      2. Dad’s can be very challenging sometimes, or very generous! 🙂 I really like the caticon 🐱 🙂 🐻

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      3. west517 says:

        Love the caticon and the bearicon — lol — I’m giving them: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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      4. Too right! ⭐ ⭐ But I think we need to invent a cheerleadericon ❓ ❗ 💡 🙂

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      5. west517 says:

        Oh yes — I think I might change my blog picture if they released that one! 😀 😛 XD

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      6. 😀 Personally I don’t have the legs for a cheerleader – and I fall off high heels o_O 😦 but I could learn to do the icon OK if there was one 😀

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      7. west517 says:

        Hahahah 🙂 🙂

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      8. west517 says:

        Ive fallen a time or two myself 😦 no fun but I figure there are some heels worth the risk 🙂

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      9. Like your leopardskin numbers this morning for example ? So true ! 😉 😀

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      10. west517 says:

        Oh yessss 🙂

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      11. As I spend most of my time in boots and loafers I don’t get much chance to put on my heels, but I can dream….! 😀

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      12. west517 says:

        😉

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  2. Gosh…the thought of two of my favourite bloggers…Both blonde…..In high heels!!!
    Be still my beating heart.

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    1. Well hello there sh! Just about to turn off the computer in case of thunderstorms and there’s a cheeky sh comment and a post unopened – will zap over to your’s straight away….. 🙂 A tout à l’heure…

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      1. You will of course be welcome…However kittenish your heels.
        😎

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      2. Unfortunately I have renounced my heels for practical country footwear (if you saw the dog pooh I clear up in the mornings you’d know why) I was always too clumsy for kitten heels anyway, more a Chelsea boot or Doc Marten girl when all’s said and done! 😎

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      3. ‘Madame de Morlaise does Chopin in Chelsea Boots’
        It has a ring.
        :/

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      4. Do they have a store in Chelsea? I could be a flashmob and do a recital …. :/

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      5. Jeez, this blog is getting trendy….Flashmobs? Whatever next?

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      6. Now if I was trendy I could probably tell you but as it is… 😦

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      7. Well even flashmobs are way to ‘dans le vent’ for me…
        I feel anachronistic at a soiree.

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      8. You probably just need to loosen your cravat and cummerbund ? :/

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      9. I’m only just getting used to the pink cardigan, and have yet to find a cummerbund with the necessary girth….
        😦

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      10. Have you tried outsize man at C&A? :/

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      11. I’ve never tried any man at C&A and don’t intend to start now…I’m way too old for that kind of excitement.
        :/

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