'And finally, not everyone’s being doing topical. In fact, here’s the rather lovely 6 Oxgangs Avenue devoted to the history of the development of the area, this week highlighting how the block of flats came into being. Could have been prompted by Who do you think you are? Or just a timely reminder that not everything worth blogging about is in the here and now.'

Kate Higgins, Scottish Roundup 26/08/2012

Friday, 19 October 2012

The Key To The 1960s?

Jeanette Winterson writes in her latest book Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal about never having a key to the front door and being regularly locked out of her home.

For very different reasons, throughout our childhood at 6/2 The Stair a set of keys remained in the front door. With three children in the house coming and going throughout the day it saved Mrs Anne Hoffmann from having to get up every ten minutes or so to let children back in to the house.

The Stair was busy with forty adults and children living there; friends came and went; and a range of Hawkers, Pedlars and Salesmen arrived throughout the day to sell their wares and services.That the keys were never removed or stolen and that there was never a break-in to the house says much about the decade and the culture of the community at that time.


Unknown said...

Yes our key was on a string through the letterbox. Guess there were no burglaries because there was always people around and there was never anything of value in our house worth knocking!

Peter Hoffmann said...

Aye-had not considered that! Smart though with the key on the string.