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Scan - Arthur Kelly and George Harrison, aged 16, at Blackler’s Christmas Dance, Grafton Ballroom, Liverpool, December 1959

“The finest photograph of these best buddies was taken here, their hair defying all known laws of gravity, two 16-year-old working men wearing smart suits and big natural smiles for the camera before they moved in to check out the birds.” - The Beatles - All These Years: Tune In by Mark Lewisohn

“[G]iven the job [as an electrician’s apprentice] of maintaining the lights in Blackler’s Christmas grotto, he’d fused them, casting a Scouse Santa and a queue of excited kiddies into darkness. It was something for George and Arthur Kelly to laugh about during Blackler’s Christmas dance at the Grafton Ballroom.” - The Beatles: All These Years - Tune In by Mark Lewisohn [x]

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Formerly Blacklers Store (where George was an electrician’s apprentice) - what is now Whetherspoon’s, Great Charlotte Street, Liverpool.

Snapped by thateventuality; more from my journey here :)

“I had a short go at being an electrician’s apprentice, but I kept blowing things up so I got dumped.” - George Harrison, at a ’60s press conference

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“[G]iven the job of maintaining the lights in Blackler’s Christmas grotto, he’d fused them, casting a Scouse Santa and a queue of excited kiddies into darkness. It was something for George and Arthur Kelly to laugh about during Blackler’s Christmas dance at the Grafton Ballroom.” - From The Beatles: All These Years - Tune In by Mark Lewisohn

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“[The Cavern’s electrical troubles meant that, frequently, the fuses would blow] As often as not, George would go round the back to fix the fault while John and Paul entertained the audience.” - From The Beatles: All These Years - Tune In by Mark Lewisohn

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“I enjoyed it [the apprenticeship]. It was better than school. And with winter coming on, it was nice to be in a big warm shop. We used to play darts most of the time.” - George Harrison, The Beatles by Hunter Davies

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“If I hadn’t been a guitar player, I don’t know what I would have done. I was definitely not a welder. I was an electrician for about six months; after I left school, I worked at Blackler’s in Liverpool as an apprentice electrician.
That was just a job, in my mind, filling in time between school and doing this [music] professionally.” - George Harrison, Granada Reports, 3 December 1976

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“The boy who snagged the window-dressing job before George could get there, Peter Cottenden, became his best pal at Blackler’s. He was just a year older than George and their friendship was rooted in a quickly discovered mutual love of Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly. ‘George was a nice lad, really a very nice lad, and we got on well. He had to wear a grey boiler-suit all day and every day. I remember one job he did: he had a bucket of water, a rag, a paintbrush and a stepladder, and he had to clean out the fluorescent lights. It wasn’t exactly electrical, but it was where an apprentice began.’
Almost the first thing George did after joining Blackler’s was nip around the corner to Hessy’s on Whitechapel to buy another guitar. It was payday, 20 November [1959], and he picked out a solid-body electric [the Futurama].” - From The Beatles: All These Years - Tune In by Mark Lewisohn

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"So I got a job cleaning all the lights with a paintbrush, all those tubes to keep clean, and at Christmas I kept the grotto clean and occasionally we broke the lifts so we could have a skive in the liftshaft and then also there was darts. I learned to play darts and I learned how to drink fourteen pints of beer and three rum and blackcurrants and eat two hamburgers (Wimpys) all in one session. All this I learned and at night we were doing gigs and we got the gig to go to Scotland. I went and told the boss at Blacklers ‘I’m leaving, I’m sorry.’ This was great, really nice to say. Still only seventeen and I resign! They really got their money’s worth out of me; they sent me off to Bootle to lay one of those big ten-phase cables in a warehouse which they owned. Thirty bob a week I got.” - George Harrison, I Me Mine

Writing down my thoughts on stuff

1. I thought Crud-ler’s name was actually “crud”( Like “aw crud!”), but it’s actually “Crude” without the “e”.

2. When I first saw Steam-ler I kinda assumed he was Indian or something because he had a darker complexion than the others(he sometimes appeared brownish). Found out his (mod) Russian, and concluded that he might be a tannish Russian.

3. I thought(and still do) Gent was English or something, because he’s kinda posh.

4. Creep-ler, Spider-ler and few others would be awesome for a Tim Burton movie.

5. When I read Right-ler’s dialogue and stuff, he sounds like Dr. Doofensmirtz from Phineas and Ferb. Left sounds like Jeremy Johnson. In my head it does.

6. I read Steam-ler’s stuff with Beljeet’s voice, and Wantsler is Honey/Hunny-Senpai.

7. Pimp has to be older than 20. I think he’s at least in his early 30s, maybe like 31 or older. Maybe around 35.

8. Since Gold-ler’s headcanon(?) voice is John DiMaggio(Jake the Dog, Bender, Dr. Drakken), Black-ler’s voice should be Jess Harnell(Wakko Warner) or Rob Paulsen(Yakko Warner). Either voice could work.

[George] had rested it [his first guitar] against a wall and was talking to a mate when someone suddenly pushed back a chair right into it. Although George had it repaired, it was never the same again. What he really wanted, though, was an electric guitar, but Dad wasn’t keen on him having it on hire purchase. He always said you shouldn’t buy anything unless you had the money to pay for it.

‘Anyhow, one night George, who was then working for Blackler’s, came round to my flat. He went into a long speech about how much better an eletric model would be. I realised he was working up to something, but said nothing. Then he finally came out with it. He knew Dad wouldn’t let him have anything on hire purchase, so he wanted me to sign the guarantee forms. I wasn’t very keen but he persuaded me to go to Hessy’s, the Liverpool shop where all the groups bough ther instruments. There he showed me the guitar he wanted. It was priced at £120. George fiddled with it, trying to look like an expert, but no sound came out. So the salesman pushed a button on the amplifier, and suddenly there was a tremendous blast and all the instruments on the opposite wall crashed to the floor. After that, I just had to let poor George have his guitar.

—  Harry Harrison, quoted in The George Harrison Encyclopedia by Bill Harry