Faded Memories
Faded Memories
Here are a selection of brand names, clever marketing ideas, images and sounds, everyday items and trivia which have made a lasting impression upon me.

Photo: 'Going to the beach' Light Straw circa 1963.
| EXIT | Faded Memories | Faded Books | Faded Decades | Faded Delights | Faded Facts |
| Faded Lights | Faded Notes | Faded Screens | Faded Stars | Faded in Time | Faded Writing |

It's no coincidence that this section traces some company histories and includes advertising and lyrics, because it is the clever, catchy sounds and images which tend to be the most memorable.

Times change, products evolve, tastes and fashions move on and manufacturers always have to make a profit. This simple rule explains why many of the once well-known household names are no more!

Click on the images to remember more..

Faded Books
Books from your childhood which you'd almost forgotten...
Faded Books Johnny The Clockmaker The Project Club
Books from your childhood which you'd almost forgotten! 
Faded Decades

A look at some of the culture, styles, fashions, products and 'fab gear' of less austere times...
Never Had It So Good by Dominic Sandbrook White Heat by Dominic Sandbrook Look at Life
A brief look at the some of the culture of decades not so long ago.

Faded Delights: Cakes, Confectionery and more...

Here we look at a selection of sweets, drinks and foods, which once were, or still are, in demand.
Faded Delights: Terry's Neapolitans Faded Delights: Wispa Bars Coca-Cola
The secret of the Black Magic box and other memorable sweets, drinks and slogans. An assorted collection to satisfy your cravings...
Faded Facts
Here we check out the more serious facts and plenty of trivia too!
Faded Facts and trivia
Bar Codes - The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum.

Yellow tennis balls were introduced at Wimbledon in 1986 for better visibility.

Why do many escalators have a lurid green light underneath them which can be glimpsed between steps at the top or bottom?

UK mains wiring colours.

Faded Lights
Faded Lights
Legacy lamps: These days it's considered pretty dim to use filament lamps (light bulbs).

Manufacturers (generally) have been slow to produce light fittings (and shades) which (easily) accommodate low energy lamps. However, the latest energy saving bulbs are made in a greater variety of shapes and sizes and are brighter than 'first generation' types.
A CFL Spiral
Traditionally, the brightness of an electric lamp was rated by its wattage, e.g. 100w, 60w, 40w. However, as CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lamps) produce the same illumination for a much lower rating, e.g. 11w, the existing 'brightness standard' is no longer a useful measure of output.

Consequently, from 1st September 2010, all CFLs have to specify the Lumen output on the packaging. Thus, for a typical 11w CFL, the packaging reads: 630 Lumens, 52w brightness, 10,000 hour lifespan.
Faded Notes: Musical & Financial
Famous bands, decimal money and making music; songs and lyrics...
The Beatles Faded Notes: Decimal Money Faded Notes: Hammond Organ
The Hammond Organ with Leslie speakers and drawbars, Music Workshop Stage I as part of the Singing for Schools, and other faded notes...

Faded Screens: Film, TV & Computing
A selection of memories from film and television programmes and early computing...
Faded Screens Faded Screens: Computing Ollie Beak and Fred Barker 
Stars of the small screen(s), technicalities and more.

Faded Stars:
Stars of film and television of not as long ago as you thought?
Faded Stars: Star Wars Star Maidens Faded Stars: Anneka Wills
Stars of film and television - a look at some memorable DVDs which have been released...

Faded in Time: Adam Adamant & Doctor Who
Travellers in time and space, part of the very fabric of 20th century Britain!
Adam Adamant Lives! Doctor Who Blakes 7  
"The Doctor? He's always been around. He's part of the very fabric of space-time in the 20th century, and beyond."

Take a look at Sci-Fi at its best...

Faded Writing
Alphabets and writing paper...
Alphabets and writing paper...
Paper Sizes:

A0 1189 x 841 mm

A1 841 x 594 mm

A2 594 x 420 mm

A3 420 x 297 mm

A4 297 x 210 mm

A5 210 x 148 mm

A6 148 x 105 mm  
The Initial Teaching Alphabet (ITA) spelling system was designed by Sir James Pitman (grandson of the man who devised shorthand) to help young children learn to read more quickly.

'A' paper sizes have been used since the UK went metric, circa 1970s.

Design, images and text compiled by Light-Straw. Page last updated 29th June 2012. Checked May 2021.

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