Christmas Cards: Alma Colgan

When I was a kid, so many people sent Christmas cards the postman came twice a day, once in the morning then again in the afternoon. I was always so excited to get a card of my very own. My Aunt Barbara used to send each of us one. My mother would stick them in the middle of the tree to hide the bare spots. I just thought she did that so we could see them every night bathe in the lights of the tree.

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11 Comments on “Christmas Cards: Alma Colgan”

  1. Hedley Says:

    Alma Cogan and John Lennon ? Maybe
    She was very much part of the transition in the early 60s and often on the BBC radio light programme and on TV. Bubbly, attractive and she could sing but the times were changing very fast. And she was gone oh so young.
    Thank you for remembering her today Kat.

    • Kat Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I did not know of her friendship with the Beatles, particularly John Lennon, her maybe secret lover. I went hunting for more information and came upon this:

      I was happy to post this song. It has a lilt I love.

      • Hedley Says:

        Great link. I think that it is fair to say that she was enigmatic.

      • Hedley Says:

        OK Kat here we go….Ready Steady Go was The Music show….., 5,4,3,2,1 sang the Manfreds, we were told “The Weekend Starts Here” a generation of boys fell in love with Cathy McGowan, who had replaced Dusty Springfield, and everyone was on the show.

        So go figure there is a youtube clip of John Lennon talking to Keith Fordyce and then introducing Alma Cogan. Towards the end of the clip you will see Macca dancing with Cathy and Alma not even pretending to lip sync to Tennessee Waltz.

      • Kat Says:

        Thanks! That was a great clip. John Lennon was a bit off-putting, but he did look great. I think I saw Paul McCartney dancing in the crowd.
        It was fun to see the hair-do’s and the clothes. I remember all of it.

        Alma was gorgeous.

  2. Birgit Says:

    Yesterday a holiday postcard from India arrived, signed “M.+H.N.”. We have absolutely no idea who wrote it, but it was a nice surprise anyway.

    • Hedley Says:

      Birgit – Please take a bow on behalf of Germany for Tinsel

      I was listening to Radio 5 Live who featured Festive Productions of South Wales who are making tinsel AND saying they are out selling Chinese tinsel AND that demand is increasing. They even have a tinsel showroom in Cwmbran

      Well, after expressing incredible tinsel success and growth in sales, the discussion turned to where the tradition started and the answer was Germany. Supposedly tinsel began in the 17th century when thin stripes of gold and silver were hung on trees to reflect the candles.

      Now they didnt say that it was Rothenburg or Kathe Wohlfahrt, but you should take a bow.

      • Birgit Says:

        Wikipedia says that tinsel was invented in Nuremberg around 1610. Nuremberg is less than 50 miles from Rothenburg!
        Unfortunately tinsel isn’t very popular anymore, but a classic phrase by comedian Loriot is common knowledge over here: “There used to be more tinsel”, which means: Everything used to be better.

      • Hedley Says:

        I do like the idea that down in Bavaria, having accepted the Reformation, the good citizens of Nuremburg were sitting around and suddenly someone said…I know what we need, tinsel….and bang the world got tinsel

    • Kat Says:

      I love a good mystery!! If you figure it out, let me know please.

      When I was in college, I worked every summer at the post office. The Cape is a tourist mecca with all the beaches and many of those tourists sent post cards. We’d find some written with a message and with a stamp but no address. I’d have someone write it out to a friend. I figure I do created a surprise and a mystery.

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