Old Slides
January 1, 1980
Mikey's Moments > Old Slides
Photos taken in my teenage years and scanned from slides taken with a Zenith EM - a very wonderful camera! It was Russian - made from metal and thick leather, totally manual, no electronics, no batteries, and it was incredibly heavy. I often joked that in a tight situation it could also be used as a weapon!

Most of the photos were taken in and around Pontypool and Griffithstown in South Wales, UK - where we lived at that time. For me these photos hold a lot of very nice memories from my teen years - but I think they also they capture a fascinating slice of life in South Wales and the surrounding areas in the early 1980's.

I am re-scanning my old slides now with a higher resolution scanner than I had ten years ago and am amazed at how much better they look!
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A Class 47 Co-Co Diesel-Electric Locomotive en route towards Newport


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A very peaceful scene along a wintery frozen Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal


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Celebrating Charles and Diana's wedding - July 1981


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The Afon Llwyd (Grey River) passing by the boating lake at Cwmbran


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A snowy scene somewhere in the hills at Pontypool Park


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On the summit of a very misty Pen Pumlumon Fawr in West Wales


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Good friend Paul caught having a puff at L'Estelles on a Spanish holiday


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The gorgeous singer Kate Bush snapped from her wonderful album Lionheart


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A busy beach at Palamos on Spain's Costa Brava


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Life must have been very difficult but peaceful living in such a remote place


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A beautiful steam traction engine encountered at the Royal Bath and West Show


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My poor Mazda 818 after an icy encounter with a telegraph pole on St Valentine's Day 1982


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Mum putting out her washing and my unscathed lovely Mazda 818 in the background!


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A very snowy scene looking down at Stafford Road in Griffithstown - Circa 1980


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Grampa Thomas snapped along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal - Circa 1980


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Nice view of the steam ship SS Great Britain in Bristol - Circa 1980


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All setup for a nights camping far out in the Brecon Beacons


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Isambard Kingdom Brunel's steamship S.S. Great Britain in Bristol before restoration


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Seaweed photographed on Brean Sands in Somerset


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Richard going home past snowed over BT vans. I bet Buzby was shivering!


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Another snowy scene looking south towards Pontymoile Corner from by the chip shop


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The source of the River Severn in the hills at Pumlumon Fawr in West Wales


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The mast of the steam ship SS Great Britain in Bristol


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Tea break at Pontypool Telephone Exchange. Ian at the back with glasses, Morris looking at me and John wondering what was going on behind him!


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Preparing the vans to go install and repair telephones. This was during the transition from Post Office Telephones to British Telecom. Some vans still have the red livery and Buzby (remember him?) whereas others have the new blue BT livery.


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A small waterfall on the Afon Llywd at New Inn near Pontypool


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Pontymoile Corner during the construction of the new road system


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View up to Pontymoile


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Pontypool Rugby Pitch - Home of the world famous Pontypool Front Row!


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View down the equipment frames at Pontypool Telephone Exchange


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Me (very left) and other hikers of my group at the summit of Pen Pumlumon Fawr in West Wales


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The Afon Llywd - the name is Welsh and means The Grey River


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The Maen Madoc stone is a menhir which lies adjacent to the Roman road Sarn Helen that runs across the Brecon Beacons in what was a key area of Roman Wales


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Mahmilad lies just north of Pontypool on the Abergavenny Road


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A somewhat younger Michael on an autumn day in Pontypool Park


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Snowdrifts at Pontymoile Corner south of Pontypool


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Mrs Cook was a very lovely and very dear lady who looked
after us at Pontypool Telephone Exchange


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Pontymoile Corner during the construction of the new road system


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Pontymoile Corner during the construction of the new road system


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My sister Gillian inspecting something on the beach at Brean Sands


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Canal Boat at Pontymoile Basin just south of Pontypool on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal


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A wintery photo taken along the Monmouthsire Brecon canal in Griffithstown


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A commuter train passes the Gasometer by Skew Fields in Griffithstown


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Heather snapped on the hills above Blaenavon


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This giant icicle was hanging outside the window of the telephone exchange in Pontypool


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A wintery photo taken along the Monmouthsire Brecon canal in Griffithstown


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The Red Arrows Royal Air Force aerobatic display team at an RAF St. Athens air show


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The Balls Pond lies just up the hill north of Blaenavon


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This photo was taken on the way back from Balls Pond. At the bottom right you can just see my Mother, sister Gillian and Nana Thomas. In the distance is Forge Side with the Coity Mountain rising over it.


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Canal Boats At Mahmilad on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
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