1958 – Truly Distinctive
The G Plan Vintage collection is named after some of Britain’s most historic years. We’ve explored the heritage behind The Fifty Three model and now we’re taking a look at what happened in the year The Fifty Eight design originated from.
1958 saw the opening of one of London’s most famous landmarks – The London Planetarium. It was once a notable tourist attraction, housing space shows and astronomy, but closed in 2006 and is now a part of Madame Tussaud’s.
If you’ve ever travelled to London from the North, you may of used the M1. Britain’s first ever motorway was opened in 1958 by the Prime Minister at the time – The Rt. Hon. Harold Macmillan, M.P. and solved the problem of traffic congestion for commuters. It’s not all good news for drivers though, as 1958 also saw the first parking meters installed in Britain (something we’re still not too chuffed about today).
This iconic year also saw the birth of a classic TV programme. Blue Peter aired its first ever episode and is still going strong today. It’s the longest-running children’s TV show in the world and a childhood favourite for many of us. Carrying on with great TV, the first ever Carry On movie was released marking the first of 30 – the largest ever British film series.
1958 was a notable year for Britain and we celebrate it with The Fifty Eight. Beautifully designed and crafted for comfort – it’s a statement piece that brings a distinctive look to any room.
Image Credits: prospectmagazine.co.uk, telegraph.co.uk, museum.unl.edu, theguardian.com, geograph.org.uk, welovebluepeter.blogspot.com, moviemuser.co.uk