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Does anyone remember Gratispool
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 10:27 pm    Post subject: Does anyone remember Gratispool  Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Been talking with my mum about old pictures for the site and she told me about a company that traded out of Glasgow called Gratispool who sent a free film with your prints  She then found this site.. Fasinating
http://www.photomemorabilia.co.uk/Gratispool.html
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

I don't remember the building but it was one of the main photo processing companies and most people would have got their films developed by Gratispool I think.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

I well remember Gratispool. They seemed to gro big time in the 70s by heavily marketing  the angle of ‘buy  and develop your spool (and yes we did call, them spools) from us and get the next one free’. They had a big shop down at the Saltmarket that I can remember. They were welcome alternative to having to put your film into the local ‘chemist’ for developing – the chemists were a) expensive b) you usually had a bit of a wait for the developed film c) they were sometimes sniffy about what prints you could get ( even maybe about whether you got the negatives without asking).

It wasn’t until the first time I was in France on holiday in that period when it struck me … French for free is ‘gratis’… we called  the film a ‘spool’… so we got ‘Gratispool’… Duh, that’s pure dead brilliant, we thought! Oh how we entertained ourselves in those days before street lights, VCR  and digital TV.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 12:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

didn't know where/what/how, but 'gratispool' is etched on my brain from when i was a youngster, mainly from looking through family phots, esp. the 70s - it was either on the 'wallet' or a bit of paper inside

when it was mentioned, i had a rake through phots  i have (the rest are at my mum's) and came up with these:

photie wallet


inserts


just imagine, a glesga photie service with the emblem 'FFS'

also, never mind 'new york, london ,paris, etc.' when you have 'maidenhead, glasgow, brum, amsterdam, brussels'
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 3:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Aye but the Amsterdam ones were always blurry ...
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Isn't it strange how fate always place a hand with some things.

Whilst working on a wee project for a friend I came across a photo with this cover.



Funny how these things seem to happen at the right time.
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I couldn't leave the photo in it as it is a very personal photos of someone and I don't think they would have been to pleased if I posted their school photo all over the internet  
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Alex Glass wrote:
   

I couldn't leave the photo in it as it is a very personal photos of someone and I don't think they would have been to pleased if I posted their school photo all over the internet  


How No  
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

bloody hell, of course!

even with no photie in it, as soon as i saw the frame, i was thinking 'school photie'

mind ye used tae get two big photies and about 6 wee yins

and for some reason these photies always brought out the worst in yer haircut    


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