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Vivian Slippers: 1957

Vivian Slippers: 1957

Wellington, New Zealand, circa 1957. "Bond Street, formerly known as Old Customhouse Street, photographed between 1956 and 1961 by Gordon Burt. Shows a narrow city lane." National Library of New Zealand. View full size.

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And the motorcycle looks like a Velocette LE.

Wow, Changed Heaps

Totally unrecognisable. The only building in this photo still standing is the one in the distance with the cupola, the Dominion Building in Mercer St.
All these others in Bond street were demolished in 1958 to make way for - you guessed it - a parking building!

Sad really, they also demolished Wellington's oldest surviving business premises from 1841, just out of view behind the building on the left in this photo.

Re: Parallel Parking

Exactly! Circa 1965, five of us tried to park a VW Bug in San Francisco's North Beach theater district one night. We found a space with less than 2 feet of clearance, so we got out, carried the Bug in, and went on our way.

Family Connection

I believe Vivian's brother was the great golfer Fred (Fuzzy) Slippers. I could be wrong.

I had one of those!

Car is a Morris 'Minor' MM. Mine was a 1952 version with a near useless 918cc side-valve engine that couldn't pull the skin off a weak rice pudding.

Minor Memories

I instantly recognized the car as a Morris Minor from my youth in Britain contemporaneous with this picture, since a couple of families on my block had them. Morris had a New Zealand manufacturing plant, so it probably wasn't imported.

Those were the days

When people knew how to parallel park!

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