Penny Lane Austin mini

Two or possible Austin minis were covered with old pennies in 1967 and used to promote the Beatles record Penny Lane.

This mini is covered in pennies

The 1960’s conjure up images of flower power, hippies, mini skirts and the birth of pop music. The iconic car was the Austin mini designed by Alec Issigonis and the Beatles were undoubtedly the biggest group of my teenage years.

In 1967 the John Lennon and Paul McCartney single “Penny Lane” was recorded during the Sergeant Pepper session and released with Strawberry Fields forever as part as a double A side. Penny Fields was the area of Liverpool where the Beatles grew up which was named after an 18th century slave owner James Penny.

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As part of the promotional tour two or possibly three minis were covered with 4,000 old pennies and used to advertise the record.  I photographed this one at the Royal mint experience in Llantrissant near Cardiff. Another one ended up at the Rock and Roll museum in San Francisco. In 1971 Britain introduced decimal currency and the large pennies became worthless.

This post will be added to Thursday doors a weekly photo challenge run by Norman Frampton a Canadian photographer where door lovers from round the world come together to share pictures of doors and the stories behind them. If you click my link you can see what other bloggers have posted or even create your own post for the challenge.  I believe strongly that physical isolation need not mean social isolation so if you can make someone smile so much the better.

Author: Anne Fraser

I am a retired nurse from Bristol. I am married with five grown up children, two grandchildren, a boy and a girl and two cats Heidi and Tilly. I like rambling, history and travel and I am hoping to connect with other people around the world who share my interests. I am especially keen to hear from other older bloggers.

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