Week 45: 8th November 1959 – 14th November 1959

Apologies for the accidental incomplete post earlier today. Here’s the full version!

Here’s what’s going on in the world this week in 1959

  • The first Ski-doo, a snowmobile with a new, light-weight (14 kg) engine, was manufactured in Valcourt, Quebec, one of 250 made on the first day of production. The lighter engine made snowmobiling more practical, and within a decade, more than 200,000 Ski-doos were being sold annually in North America.
  • British comedian and TV actor, Tony Slattery was born in Stonebridge, London.
  • USS Triton, at 447 feet in length and 5,000 tons the largest submarine to that time, joined the U.S. Navy’s nuclear sub force. With two nuclear reactors, the Triton had cost $100,000,000 to build.
  • Werner Heyde, a psychiatrist who had guided the euthanising of more than 100,000 handicapped persons in Nazi Germany, surrendered to police in Frankfurt after 13 years as a fugitive. Sentenced in absentia to death, Heyde had been practicing in Flensburg as “Dr. Fritz Sawade”. On February 13, 1964, five days before his trial was to start, Dr. Heyde hanged himself at the prison in Butzbach.
  • William Morrison, 1st Viscount Dunrossil was selected to become the new Governor-General of Australia. Morrison, a native of Scotland, had retired earlier in the year as Speaker of the British House of Commons.

And here’s what was keeping Peggy busy:

Sunday 8th November 1959
Thank goodness the fog has cleared. We had an early lunch – Mick dropped us off at Kingston about 1.25 & they then hit the road for home. We went to see Philip – he only took 3 1/2ozs feed but he looked and seemed better. He gave me some lovely smiles! Gillian has been very good – poor kid – she was tired out tonight.

Monday 9th November 1959
Pouring with rain today & I’ve a heavy cold so am unable to feed Philip. I’ve taken the milk in – Mrs Mott had Gillian while I went in. They told me Phil is anaemic now so is having to have iron to see if it will bring his blood count up!

Tuesday 10th November 1959
Good news at last. I took Gillian with me to hospital this morning and Doctor said we could have the baby home in a day or so – we’ve provisionally made it Thursday afternoon! What a joy it will be to have him with us once again. Gillian was very good – and so tired.

Wednesday 11th November 1959
I took Gillian with me to hospital this am. We found Philip happily having his bottle. I’m going in for the 2pm feed tomorrow & to bring him home Thur afternoon. I’ve done a boiler full of washing & other chores before going out to the village. Gillian walked there and back. She’s been very good again.

Thursday 12th November 1959
Philip comes home.
Thick fog today – I waited an hour for a train at Oxshott! – too late to feed Phil when I got to hospital. I didn’t think I was going to be able to bring him home because of fog grounding transport. However it turned up & we have our darling at home. 

Friday 13th November 1959
Dentist 11.30.
All behind it’s Sunday now!! What did I do on Friday Oh – we had a lazy sort of day not having to rush off to Kingston I shampoo-ed Gillians hair. Philip hasn’t been very happy this afternoon.  

Saturday 14th November 1959
I haven’t been out again today. Cyril went to Esher – & I tackled the chores. During the afternoon I started on the Xmas puds – & boiled two Mrs Chapman came along to see Phil & stayed to tea with us.

Poor Gillian – about 9.15 she cried out & she had been very sick in her pillow. She stayed in our bed all night & had one or two more attacks – consequently we didn’t have much of a night – Philip awoke at 3.15 & was awake on & off from then on.


Week 44: 1st November 1959 – 7th November 1959

Here’s what’s going on in the world this week in 1959

  • In Rwanda, violence between the Hutu and Tutsi people was triggered by an attack upon Hutu activist Dominique Mbonyumutwa. Over the next two weeks 300 people, mostly Tutsi, were killed, in what was known as the wind of destruction.
  • The government of Morocco imposed emergency measures after more than 6,700 people were paralysed by tainted cooking oil. The emergency measures included the death penalty for manufacturers who had sold the oil in Meknes during the feast of Ramadan in September and October. Peanut oil had been mixed with a jet aircraft engine rinse purchased as surplus from a United States Air Force base at Nouasseur, and the victims were poisoned by tricresyl phosphate More than 10,000 people eventually required treatment for injuries. Five of the manufacturers were sentenced to death, but never executed.
  • In Boston, USA, Dr. Bernard Lown was inspired to create the direct current heart defibrillator after using a 400 volt shock to restore the heart rhythm of a patient, known to history only as “Mr. C___”.
  • Speaking at France’s École Militaire, President Charles de Gaulle announced that France would build its own nuclear strike force, the “force de frappe”, “whether we make it ourselves or buy it”.
  • Cliff Richard and The Shadows’ ‘Travellin’ Light’ became UK No. 1 single, replacing Bobby Darin’s ‘Mack The Knife’.

And here’s what was keeping Peggy busy:

Sunday 1st November 1959
We’ve all been to Kingston this pm. Cyril & I had a peep at Philip – he is comfortable & taking his food – with only a little sickness . I longed to go into his “room” & pick him up! Jill, I fear, has a cold on the way – she’s a bit irritable poor girl.

Monday 2nd November 1959
Jill & I went into the hospital this afternoon – we were there by two o’clock. I didn’t think Philip was looking very well – saw the Doctor who said he was being treated for a temperature. He’s taking 2ozs food every 2 hours so is having to have a supplement – I haven’t enough for him.

Tuesday 3rd November 1959
Today I’ve nursed my baby for half an hour – I went in to give him his two o’clock feed – he wasn’t patient, only anxious to have it – but I think he enjoyed being on his Mum’s lap for half an hour. He is still looking very yellow & far from well. I hope he soon picks up. Mrs Mott had Gillian for me as its been such a cold wet afternoon.

Wednesday 4th November 1959
Today I saw an improvement in our darling boy – he wasn’t so yellow looking. Sister said he temperature is normal now & he’s keeping his food down. He will have his stitches out next Tuesday so should be home soon after that. Jill & I were in Kingston soon after nine – she’s been very good. Dr L examined her this afternoon & she’s quite fit.

Thursday 5th November 1959
I didn’t enjoy nursing Philip so much today as my poor little Gillian was sobbing so in the waiting room – she was in such a state when I went to her. We went to see Father Xmas afterwards but she didn’t like him! Philip didn’t take a very big feed – only 4ozs. He looks much about the same.

Friday 6th November 1959
Mrs Mott looked after Gillian today so I enjoyed my 1/2 hr with Philip much more than yesterday. He took 5oz feed – & I don’t think it will be long before we have him home. I’m wondering if Dad & the boys will be coming tomorrow. 

Saturday 7th November 1959
Dad & Mick
I went off to Kingston in thick fog this morning & found Philip quite well. He’s taking his feed satisfactorily & Sister said it shouldn’t be long now before he’s home. Jill has a bit of a cold. Found a letter from Dad saying he & Mick would arrive about 3.30pm – hope it won’t be a foggy journey for them.
Dad & Mick arrived in thick fog – which they had encountered at Henley – about 5pm. It was nice seeing them – we had a card session this evening.


Week 43: 25th October 1959 – 31st October 1959

Here’s what’s going on in the world this week in 1959

  • A propeller driven plane served as Air Force One for the last time. President Eisenhower flew from Augusta, Georgia, back to Washington on the “Columbine”, a VC-121E Super Constellation.
  • Pakistan’s President Muhammad Ayub Khan instituted the program he called “Basic Democracy”, whereby the nation would be divided into 80,000 constituencies, each of which would elect its own representative. These 80,000 persons would elect members of parliament and provincial legislatures, as well as the President, and would carry out governmental programs.
  • The synthetic fabric spandex (trademarked as Lycra) was introduced by DuPont, relying upon a “Fiber K”, a synthetic elastomer that was lighter and more durable than conventional elastic, making it ideal for swimsuits.
  • Television was seen in Africa for the first time, as the Western Nigeria Television Service started commercial broadcasting on WNTV in Ibadan.
  • Lee Harvey Oswald entered the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and told officer Richard Edward Snyder that he wished to renounce his American citizenship. Snyder accepted Oswald’s passport and a written note, but told Oswald that further paperwork would need to be completed. Oswald did not complete the process and returned to the United States in 1962.

And here’s what was keeping Peggy busy:

Sunday 25th October 1959
Fine but cold. I was up with Philip before six – so stayed up & gave himself & Gillian a shampoo before breakfast!- so Cyril had a little lie-in, Molly & Ted came for half an hour at 2pm & brought Gillian a very nice cardigan which Molly had made her. 

Monday 26th October 1959
Poor Philip was awfully sick last night – I took him to the Doctor this morning & he’s given me some medicine for him – & I’ve only to give him sugar water for 24hrs. I’ve felt very sorry for the poor little scrap today – I’ve managed to do the wash & iron – have to go to the Doc again tomorrow.   

Tuesday 27th October 1959
A/N. Clinic for Post Natal.
Cyril for half day.
Took Phil to the Doc again who said he should be alright now but was disappointed to hear he had been sick while I was at the clinic. I took Jill with me & she was very good. I saw Mrs Macnamara & Mrs Watson again – also two or three other new Mums. Jill was very good.

Wednesday 28th October 1959
A sad day. Dr. Lyttle has been twice – the second time to tell me to take Phil to Kingston hospital. The ambulance came at 3.30 & it nearly broke my heart to leave my darling lying in his hospital cot. The Doctor examined Philip & said he may have Pyloric Stenosis

Thursday 29th October 1959
I went into the hospital this morning to feed Phil – but wasn’t allowed to as he’s only on glucose. I peeped at him & he looked so sweet – & helpless. I have to take the milk in again at 10am. tomorrow. Mrs Mott had had Jill while I was away. She’s been a very good little girl – I may take her with me tomorrow.

Friday 30th October 1959
We’ve had a day of it today Gillian & I we’ve been to Surbiton Kingston Esher & finally London to lunch with Daddy. Philip was just the same today – he didn’t look so bright we can ring this evening to see what the specialist has to say. Gillian was thrilled to see the little one. 

Saturday 31st October 1959
Doris & Will
What a load off my mind today – our little darling has been operated on – & when I rang at twelve he was cosy & warm in his cot. Sister said he will be fine now – she also said he certainly needed the operation – it was Pyloric Stenosis. He should take a drop of milk tonight. I was in there for 9.30 this morning. Did the shopping in Kingston – a bit of a tear. I was back about 12.15 – Doris & Will had arrived & we all had a pleasant day. Jill doesn’t seem well tonight – I think she may be cutting her back teeth.

Week 40, 41 & 42: 4th October 1959 – 25th October 1959


We’ve got behind again so here’s a bonus three weeks of Peggy.

Here’s what’s going on in the world this week in 1959

  • The IBM 1401 computer and data processing system was introduced, providing the first fully transistorized computer intended for business use. The three piece system, which could be rented for $2,500 a month, had a memory ranging from 1.4 KB to 16KB, could read 800 punchcards per minute and could print 600 lines per minute. More than 14,000 units were installed.
  • On Baghdad’s al-Rashid Street, Iraq’s President Abd al-Karim Qasim was ambushed on his way to the East German embassy. The five man team, led by future Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, killed Qasim’s driver and wounded Qasim. One assassin died and Saddam himself was injured, but escaped to a farm. After the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, Saddam fled to the same farm, where he was captured on December 13th of that year.
  • A Taiwanese RB-57 surveillance plane, flying at an altitude of 20,000 meters, was downed by three V-750 missiles as it flew near Beijing. It was the first time that a surface-to-air missile (SAM) had brought down an aircraft.
  • In the British general election, the Conservatives, led by Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, increased their majority in Parliament, capturing 365 of the 630 seats. Labour had won seats, followed by the Liberals (6) and the Independent Conservative Party (1).
  • James Earl Ray was arrested after robbing a supermarket in St. Louis, and given a 20-year sentence in the Missouri State Penitentiary. With more than twelve years remaining on his jail term, Ray would escape on April 23, 1967, and assassinate Dr. Martin Luther King the following year.
  • Kirsty MacColl, British singer/songwriter and daughter of folk singer and Ewan MacColl, was born in Croydon. She died in a boating accident in 2000.
  • The Russian Lunik 3 probe took the first pictures of the far side of the Moon, 29 images that were later transmitted back to Earth.
  • An American B-52F bomber and KC-135 tanker plane collided during refuelling and crashed in Kentucky. The two nuclear weapons on the bomber were recovered without release of radiation.
  • The University of Oxford revised its rules to elevate its five affiliated women’s colleges (Lady Margaret Hall or LMH, Somerville, St Anne’s, St Hugh’s and St Hilda’s) to equal status with its men’s colleges.
  • Ex Nazi rocket engineer Wernher von Braun’s and his team were transferred from the US Army Ballistic Missile Agency to NASA where they designed the Saturn V rocket that enabled the 1969 Moon landing.
  • Ten members of India’s Central Reserve Police Force were killed near Ladakh at Hot Springs, while defending an incursion by soldiers from neighbouring China. The other members of the 21 man patrol were taken prisoner, though later released. October 21 is now observed as Police Commemoration Day throughout India.

And here’s what was keeping Peggy busy:

Sunday 4th October 1959
Mum & Eileen arrived about 11.30 – just before they came, Olive Frank, Valerie & Pete turned up so we were quite a houseful! Both children have been very well behaved – its 7.30 now & Philip isn’t crying!!!! I’m just going to write to Muriel.

Monday 5th October 1959
The children weren’t any trouble this morning – except that Gillian will insist on going into the garden at the bottom. Its very close again – I feel quite worn out after walking to the village Philip hasn’t slept this afternoon so maybe we’ll have a quiet evening.  

Tuesday 6th October 1959
Robert J (Birthday)
I drew our family allowance today for the first time! Its been another warm day but tends to turn chilly. Note from Joan in the M G (morning?) to say she may be paying me a visit one day this week. The children have been well behaved today – except that Phil has cried most of the pm!

Wednesday 7th October 1959
Philip has put on 13ozs this week & now weighs 11.3!! Dr. Lyttle examined him & said he will have to go on cereals when he weighs 12lbs to satisfy him!! Both children have been good – its been another hot day Letter from Dad.

Thursday 8th October 1959
Election day – but its very quiet here – we made our own votes by post. Philip slept all morning – but he has cried most of the afternoon – He’s gone down well this evening. Anne came home with Cyril – I’m tired out again tonight.  No letters – I wonder if Joan will come Tomorrow?

Friday 9th October 1959
Took Philip to the Doctor today to have his foreskin pulled back. It was a nasty job – & bled quite a lot. He hasn’t been very happy since. I was very pleased when Joan turned up about 12.15 We went to the village this pm – & her friends called for her about 6.30.

Saturday 10th October 1959
Raining today – the first time for ages. Cyril went to Leatherhead & I carried on here. The children have been very good. Daphne took Jill out this pm – I took Sue to Browns. It started to pour with rain so I went to the village to meet Jill & Daphne. We were all soaked to the skin – I hope Jill wont catch cold. I rang Pages to see if they would like to come over tomorrow – Frank & Kath were out but Anne said they would probably come.

Sunday 11th October 1959
Another bad night last night has given us all the miseries today! Philip has been crying on & off all day. Frank and Kath Page & Anne came to tea but they didn’t arrive until nearly 5.30 – we’d had our tea.

Monday 12th October 1959
Thank goodness for the Spin Dryer – without it I would never have got the washing dried & ironed today – its been raining hard all morning. This afternoon its a bit brighter so Gillian is having a spell in the garden – both she and Philip have been very good today. Letter from Dad & Joan.

Tuesday 13th October 1959
A bit better day than yesterday – we’ve been able to go up to the village Philip & Gillian were very good this morning. Jill was in disgrace last night & awake at 5am! No letters. I’ve posted my entry to the Anglia competition! Philip is yelling now – 4.30pm

Wednesday 14th October 1959
Better day today – I’ve been to the clinic this am – Philip gained 7ozs this week & is 11.10 now. I decided to do my mid week wash when I got back so have had a very busy day – have ironed some of it too. Feel quite worn out tonight. No letters.

Thursday 15th October 1959
I’ve had a day of it today – 5.15 now how glad I shall be when Phil & Jill are asleep. I hope Jill isn’t sickening for anything but she has been a grizzled & wouldn’t rest this morning. It was very foggy first thing but cleared & has been a sunny afternoon.

Friday 16th October 1959
Doctor with Philip
Up & out by 8.15 – Doctor Lyttle is quite satisfied with Philip’s little “Tinkler” – he gave Gillian her second polio injection to save me a trip tomorrow. She didn’t cry but gave him an old fashioned look! I gave her one too about an hour later when she made a mess in her pants!!

Saturday 17th October 1959
Fine day – but quite windy. Cyril has been to L’head – I didn’t get on so well in his absence – both children needed attention. However had baked & washed (Cyril ironed) before lunch. This afternoon I took Gillian & Philip out for a while – had a bath on my return & went to the dentist at 5.45 – put Philip down before I went & Cyril had Gillian bathed & down by the time I got back

Sunday 18th October 1959
I reckon I didn’t have much more than 4 hours sleep last night with getting up to Phil – & Jill had us awake from 5am!! I feel tired out & am just going to bed 9pm Dodger & Gee Gee came for a couple of hours this pm. Nice to see them again.

Monday 19th October 1959
Poured in the night – but has been fine all day so the washing is dried & ironed. We haven’t been far today only to the phone box The children have both been very good. Philip is having his cry session now – 5pm Letters from Dad & Joan. 

Tuesday 20th October 1959
Fine but cold – we need a fire early evening now. Jill & Philip have behaved well – except that Phil started his session a little early today – about 3.30! & went on until 5.30!! Cyril home a bit earlier as he’d been to the dentist. Gillian had four birthday cards today.

Wednesday 21st October 1959
Its poured all day today & we haven’t been anywhere – I’ve even missed clinic for the first time – Gillian has been tormenting poor Sue – & Philip is having a cry session. I’ve washed, ironed some of it & iced a cake for Jill – with her help!!

Thursday 22nd October 1959
Our darling Gillian’s second birthday.
Great excitement today – Gillian has had I think 26 cards & lots of presents – and a party with Jennifer, Gillian M & Micheal – Andrew couldn’t come as he has a cold. Cyril had a half day & has taken photos.

Friday 23rd October 1959
Gillian was too excited – she wouldn’t settle in the evening last night – we had Philip up too – but they were both quiet when Cyril got back from seeing Anne onto the train. Two more cards for Jill today – making her total 28 – she has been very good & so has young Philip. Letter from Mur.
Lousy night with Philip.

Saturday 24th October 1959
Quite a change today – we were up very early with the children. I had a bath then did some washing – & boiling – bathed Phil, settled him – put Jill to rest & then went to Esher on the 11 o clock bus. Had an enjoyable hour’s shopping – bought nylons & a pair of red trews for Jill. Got home at 12.45 to find Cyril nursing Philip – the lad hasn’t had much sleep today. Cyril has had an hour in the garden this pm – he’s also started a cold!

Week 39: 27th September 1959 – 3rd October 1959



Here’s what’s going on in the world this week in 1959

  • Three days after departing the United States, where he had met with President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev began talks with China’s Chairman Mao Zedong in Beijing. In 1967, Khrushchev would tell an interviewer from the West German magazine Stern that “In 1959 Mao Tse-tung said to me, ‘We must just provoke the United States into a war, then I will send you as many divisions as you need— 100, 200, 1,000’.
  • The 10th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China was celebrated .
  • Aleksandr Alekseyev, a Soviet KGB agent and correspondent for TASS, arrived in Cuba to forge a relationship between the U.S.S.R. and the Castro government. By October 12, he had met with Che Guevara, and by October 15 with Fidel Castro, creating a Soviet ally 90 miles from the United States.
  • The ballistic missile submarine, USS Theodore Roosevelt, was launched from Mare Island. Alice Roosevelt Longworth, the 75-year-old daughter of the 26th American president, broke the champagne across the submarine hull on her second attempt.
  • Celebrated senegalese singer, Youssou N’Dour, who became perhaps the first worldwide star of ‘World Music” was born in Dakar.
  • A total eclipse of the sun was visible from the northeast United States to West Africa.
  • ‘Only Sixteen’ by Craig Douglas was in its last of four week as UK No. 1 single.
  • The Brunei Constitution and Agreement of 1959 gave the British colony of Brunei its first written Constitution and protectorate status. Great Britain was given complete control of the external affairs of the South Pacific nation, while the Sultan, Omar Ali Saifuddin III, presided over an Executive Council. Brunei became fully independent in 1984.

And here’s what was keeping Peggy busy:

Sunday 27th September 1959
Philip didn’t sleep so well this morning but had a good session this pm. Cyril took Jill & Sue to the station to get his ticket – so I had an hour on the bed! No visitors again today – much to our surprise. I’ve written a couple of letters this evening while Cyril nursed Phil!!

Monday 28th September 1959
The children have both been very good enabling me to do all the washing & I finished ironing this evening. We went to the village this afternoon – & the novelty has worn off the pram seat _ Jill wants to walk most of the time – making it a slow job! 

Tuesday 29th September 1959
Fred (Birthday)
Philip has been good today but Gillian has been a bit irritable & hasn’t had much sleep. We’ve been to the village – a long slow trek with Gillian walking. It makes me so tired. Have cleaned some of the windows today as the window cleaner came.

Wednesday 30th September 1959
Philip had us awake for a couple of hours during the night & hasn’t been very good this morning. We went to the clinic this pm. – he weighs 10lbs 6 now having put on another 9ozs. The health visitor thinks his crying spells are due to the fact that he is overfed! Joan sent a pretty dress for Philip today.  Gillian has been a good girl!

Thursday 1st October 1959
Defrosted the frig this am. Cyril insisted on boiling up my wash last night & rinsing it. I’m glad now that he did as Phil cried all morning & Jill joined him from about 1230! What a pantomime! We haven’t been out this pm – as Phil is asleep I’ve done the ironing.

Friday 2nd October 1959
Sue Clip
Philip has excelled himself & been very good all day – & this evening I hope he keeps it up through the night as I’m really very tired. These broken nights are beginning to tell on me! Present for Phil today from Dodo – pretty pram pillow case & feeder

Saturday 3rd October 1959
We had an awful night with Philip last night – & Cyril has bought him a DUMMY today!!! Its another hot day – I carried on with the chores while Cyril went to Esher – this afternoon Daphne & I took Gillian & Philip to the village. I bought a couple of vertex vests for Baby as I think the woollen ones are too hot – have also opened his P.O. account with Molly’s £1 note. I’m hoping the children will behave this evening as I want to have a bath & facial!!

Week 37 & 38: 13th September 1959 – 26th September 1959


We’ve got a week behind with diary blog posts again, so decided to catch up and publish a bonus week. Two weeks for the price of one again. In the news this week in 2019 was the 75th Anniversary of Operation Market Garden, otherwise known as the Battle of Arnhem, in which 35,000 Allied paratroopers were dropped behind Nazi lines in the Netherlands in an attempt to open an invasion route towards Berlin. The operation was an horrific failure and 11,500 of those Allied troops, including Peggy’s younger brother Pat, lost their lives. Pat was 19. Peggy was forever grateful for the Dutch family who took responsibility for the upkeep of Pat’s grave and I know would be utterly appalled by our current politics of isolationism, nationalism and little-England neo-fascism. It’s the very thing she fought against in the war and what her beloved Brother gave his young life to stop. 

Here’s what’s going on in the world these two week in 1959

  • A man-made object landed on the Moon for the first time as the Soviet satellite Lunik 2 crashed near the Sea of Tranquility. Astronomers on Earth with telescopes were able to watch the results of the impact, which spread dust and debris over an area of 40 square kilometers over five minutes, in a radius of 3.5 km.
  • Television was introduced in India, with a station going on the air in Delhi as a project of UNESCO. Initially, programming was limited to 60 minutes on Tuesdays and Fridays, with 40 minutes of education and 20 of entertainment, to be seen at community viewing centres and schools.
  • The first successful plain paper copying machine, the Xerox 914, was introduced at a show at the Sherry-Netherland Hotel in New York.
  • A federal court in Pennsylvania struck down as unconstitutional a 1928 law that required the reading of ten Bible verses each day in US state schools.
  • A British proposal for worldwide disarmament was presented to the United Nations by Foreign Secretary Selwyn Lloyd. The three stage program called for an international control agency to oversee reduction of stockpiles of nuclear and other mass destruction weapons, and eventually reducing conventional weapons and manpower to levels required only for internal security. A Soviet proposal was presented by First Secretary Khrushchev the next day.
  • Serial killer Harvey Glatman, who posed as a photographer and lured his victims through classified ads, was executed in California’s gas chamber.
  • A ‘jetway’; the extending bridge that permits airline passengers to travel directly between the terminal and the airplane door without going outside, was used by airline passengers for the first time.
  • Unable to persuade businesses to spend thousands of dollars to buy its copy machines, the Haloid Xerox Company introduced a leasing program that would become a model followed by other businesses. The $95 per month lease could be cancelled on 15 days notice, and included repairs and 2,000 copies each month, 4¢ per copy afterward. Created by the consulting firm of Arthur D. Little and Associates, the program increased Xerox annual revenues from $30 million to $2.5 billion by 1972.

And here’s what was keeping Peggy busy:


Sunday 13th September 1959
I don’t know why but I’m feeling a bit down in the dumps today – I suppose its because I’m anxious to go home – & scared in case I won’t be there for Gillian’s return! Cyril came in this afternoon – & saw Philip – but he was asleep!

Monday 14th September 1959
I’ve been waiting all day for my P.N. – & have been quite worried about not being home for Gillian! However – Sister got the Doctor to come in just before visitors & he has passed both Philip & I fit for going! So we’re off home tomorrow.

Tuesday 15th September 1959
Gillian comes home.
Another Red Letter Day in the life of the Wards. Today we brought our dear son home _ and Joan Mick & Ted brought Gillian home. Its so nice to be together again. By tea time Sue was here too. Philip has cried most of the day – and Gillian was very shy of me to begin with!

Wednesday 16th September 1959
Gillian slept all night – Philip woke at 2.20 and 6am so that wasn’t bad – he went back to sleep after a feed. He’s been very good today – sleeping out in the garden morning & afternoon. We’ve all been for a walk as far as the church.
Philip up all evening, Jill in our bed all night!

Thursday 17th September 1959
I took Jill to the village this morning & felt I’d been on a five mile route march!! Philip hasn’t had a lot of sleep this morning – he seems to be a bit windy!! Cyril has been busy again today – making cakes this morning!!!

Friday 18th September 1959
Mum (birthday)
Philip took a long time settling at quarter to three this morning but hasn’t been too bad during the day. It’s not so sunny today – we haven’t needed the canopy on the pram. Cyril went round to Browns this morning & is going to take Jill out when I rest.

Saturday 19th September 1959
Ted (birthday)
We had Gillian up all evening last night – so its Philip’s turn tonight!!! He has played up this morning – I rather think he’s been a bit over fed!! This afternoon I’ve been round to Browns & the paper shop with the children while Cyril ‘did’ Sue – he came to meet us in case I was in difficulties – as I was this morning when he went to Esher! I wonder if I shall ever manage on my own?!

Sunday 20th September 1959
Up & at it quite early this morning after having a disturbed night with Philip. We thought we would have visitors today from Frimley – but only one came! We only went a short walk with the children & Sue. 

Monday 21st September 1959
H’dresser 2.30
I wish I could feel happier about Philip – he seems to cry such a lot & has tummy troubles – I shall be glad to take him to the clinic on Wednesday to have him weighed – he seems to be losing all the feeds he takes. I’ve been & had a hairdo – poor Cyril had to cope this pm until 5.30 – he was nursing Phil & putting his back when I got in – as he had been doing most of the afternoon.

Tuesday 22nd September 1959
Cyril has done one of his jobs today – he’s cemented the path & now can hardly straighten his back. Philip has had a crying morning – & I’ve had a face lift by the Beauty Counter – & ordered lots of makeup!!!

Wednesday 23rd September 1959
I’m in tears tonight. Philip has cried all day long – & is still crying (8pm)! I’ve been to the clinic with him he’s put on 11 1/3 oz in a week so there shouldn’t be anything wrong with him! Cyril washed the rugs today – & I’ve polished the downstairs furniture.

Thursday 24th September 1959
Had quite a good sleep last night. Philip missed his 10pm & 6am feeds & seems all the better for it – he’s slept all morning & has slept out this pm. Cyril took Jill to Kingston & had her hair cut and bought his vests – at last! I was up 5 times in the night – 3 to Jill & 2 to Philip! Jill awake from 5.15 onwards & us.

Friday 25th September 1959
Molly (birthday)
Cyril took Jill up to the village this morning & bought a second hand pram seat for 7/6 – its in very good condition too. I’ve done another load of washing & have taken the children for a walk this afternoon. Card from Olly – U.S.A. this morning.

Saturday 26th September 1959
Had a terrible evening & night with the children – Cyril in a bad mood with me – & I with him. I slept under the blankets in Philip’s room in the end. Cyril has been to L’head this am. While I’ve been getting on with the chores here. Phil too tired to take his feed this am. – but he’s asleep. Slight rainfall. Gillian has gone to sleep this evening but the lad was up until quarter to nine!!!

Week 36: 6th September 1959 – 12th September 1959



Here’s what’s going on in the world this week in 1959

  • The first jet airliner landed in Honolulu, a Pan American 707. With the advent of jet travel, a trip to Hawaii was less than five hours from the mainland, turning the islands into a prime tourist destination. The same plane landed in Tokyo at 8 pm, cutting flight time between the United States and Japan from 29 hours to 17 hours.
  • Eighty-one students from Kenya departed from Nairobi on the first flight of the East African Airlift, en route to New York City and then to colleges in the United States and Canada. The operation, which has been called “The Kennedy Airlift” because of its sponsorship by then-U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts, would bring hundreds of young East African men and women to North American universities and colleges during 1959 and 1960.
  • Prime Minister Harold Macmillan announced that a General Election would take place on October 8, with Parliament to be dissolved on September 18.
  • At Mountain Lake Park, Maryland, seven children were killed when their school bus stalled on a railroad crossing and was struck by a freight train. The bus, with 26 on board, was on its way to Denett Road Elementary School in Oakland when the accident happened. The following day, a train again killed children on their way to school. Mrs. Irene Zimmerman and her six children were struck while on their way to Sacred Heart Parochial School in Waseca, Minnesota.
  • Bonanza appeared for the first time on US television, on NBC. The Western, first to be broadcast in colour, ran for 14 seasons and 440 episodes until January 1973.

And here’s what was keeping Peggy busy:

Sunday 6th September 1959
Today has been a sad day – there is an air of gloom – one of the Mums in our ward collapsed and died – she was almost due to go home. Its awful. Cyril came in this afternoon with Molly – she & Ted had lunch with Cyril & they brought him over. Long evening – no visitors.

Monday 7th September 1959
I’m feeling much better today – and I’ve had my stitches out so can sit more comfortably. Letters from Joan & Mur today & I’ve had the message to Joan, Mur & Dodo – & Cyril! Gillian is still very happy – & Philip has quite good today. I think I’m allowed to change him from now on.

Tuesday 8th September 1959
Another very hot day – Philip has been a bit unhappy this morning & cried rather more than usual – but I think he’s OK this pm. I’ve changed him myself today for the first time – found I managed quite well! Gave Cyril a ring this pm & am looking forward to seeing him tonight. 

Wednesday 9th September 1959
I was supposed to have my Post Natal today to determine when I should go home but Dr. Lindsay hasn’t been near the place. Very hot still – I think we feel it more spending so much of the day in bed. Philip doing nicely. 

Thursday 10th September 1959
It’s 3.30 now – & we’re still waiting for our Post N’s – two of us in here. Cyril was hoping I’d be able to tell him when I was going home. Heard from Joan that they are bringing Gillian back on Tuesday. Very hot again.

Friday 11th September 1959
Still haven’t had my Post N! Still it doesn’t matter so much now as poor little Philip has some sort of infection in his mouth which has cleared up – and that will probably take a few days. Feeling a bit depressed about it.

Saturday 12th September 1959
Eileen C (birthday).
I don’t like Saturdays in hospital! I keep wanting to go round the shops!! – & here I am still waiting for “Horace” to do my post natal! Philip has been very good today – in the ward all day without crying! He’s taken his drops so I’m hoping his mouth infection will soon clear up. We’ve been sitting out in deck chairs today – very nice its been too – & I’ve even done some knitting.