Leeds nostalgia: Sales queues as they used to be... in January

Leeds, C&A sales, 1st January 1973

Leeds, C&A sales, 1st January 1973

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Today is apparently ‘Cyber Monday’, a paper-thin marketing ploy which intended to wrap up the whole ‘Black Friday’ weekend, which by all accounts has become an annual event and, indeed, last year resulted in something like £5bn being spent by people on the hunt for a bargain.

Well, turn the clock back 40 years or so and we were very much the same. Of course, there were no mobile phones back then, so most of the people in this queue for C&A do not suffer from poor neck posture and are probably talking to one another, as opposed to standing in silence staring at a screen.

Leeds.  22nd December 1977

Nine-year-old Carl Denver's girlfriend came to sleep for Christmas.

With her big brown eyes and gorgeous coat, she made the neighbours' eyebrows rise in Selby Road, Garforth, Leeds - for lithe and lovely Lisa is a five-stone lioness!

But Carl can handle the situation purr-fectly.  He is probably the world's youngest legal lion tamer.  He received his licence to train lions from Leeds City Council this week.

Carl of Garforth House, Selby Road, Garforth, was brought up in the world of animal show business.  When he was a baby his mother Olga carried him into the circus ring on her back and Carl ate his first solid meal with chimpanzees.

Before his second birthday, Carl was training dolphins, monkeys, penguins and macaws.

Leeds. 22nd December 1977 Nine-year-old Carl Denver's girlfriend came to sleep for Christmas. With her big brown eyes and gorgeous coat, she made the neighbours' eyebrows rise in Selby Road, Garforth, Leeds - for lithe and lovely Lisa is a five-stone lioness! But Carl can handle the situation purr-fectly. He is probably the world's youngest legal lion tamer. He received his licence to train lions from Leeds City Council this week. Carl of Garforth House, Selby Road, Garforth, was brought up in the world of animal show business. When he was a baby his mother Olga carried him into the circus ring on her back and Carl ate his first solid meal with chimpanzees. Before his second birthday, Carl was training dolphins, monkeys, penguins and macaws.

Would we queue for C&A now? The answer is probably not but then they appear to have seen that one coming, as the chain departed these shores, closing its 113 stores way back in 2000.

They do still exist on the Continent, of course (and online, if you really fancy recreating a sense of fashion nostalgia). The picture was take in Leeds in January 1973.

The second pic (below) was also taken in Leeds but on December 22, 1977. It shows nine-year-old Carl Denver, of Selby Road, Garforth, with Lisa, a five-stone lioness.

According to the caption: “Cale is probably the world’s youngest lion tamer. He received his licence to train lions from Leeds City Council this week.

“Carl was brought up in the world of animal show business. When he was a baby his mother Olga carried him into the circus ring on her back and Carl ate his first solid meal with chimpanzees.

“Before his second birthday, Carl was training dolphins, monkeys, penguins and macaws.”

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