Tied up in 1958 Notts – 1
The caption on the The Way We Were, Nottingham 1958 (May 18) picture relating to the Austin 16 should be pointing at the car in front of the Mercedes-Benz about to cross the junction rather than the car next to the telephone box in front of the National Provincial Bank. This is a 1948 Morris 10 Series M, not a Hillman Minx.
I also believe the Standard 10 is the Companion estate judging by the longer roof and thus would have had van-like, twin opening doors rather than a tailgate. The shortage of new cars in the post-war period meant that people held on to cars longer than they do today and the Austin and Morris would only be about 10 years old.
There was a 30-minute waiting limit in the area which would have allowed customers to park and visit the bank or shops, where they would have been served quickly and efficiently. Malcolm Farmery, Leeds