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Paul Cole was in one of the most famous photographs of the 20th century, and yet he wasn’t famous.
He is clearly seen in the famous shot of the Beatles walking across London’s Abbey Road, used as the front cover of the group’s classic 1969 album, “Abbey Road.” Over the years, the picture has been reproduced in books, on posters, coffee mugs, T-shirts and hundreds of other places.
The retired salesman is standing on the sidewalk, just behind the Beatles. Gawking at them.
On a London vacation with his wife, Cole declined to enter a museum on the north London thoroughfare.
“I told her, ‘I’ve seen enough museums. You go on in, take your time and look around and so on, and I’ll just stay out here and see what’s going on outside,'” he recalled.
Parked just outside was a black police van. “I like to just start talking with people,” Cole said. “I walked out, and that cop was sitting there in that police car. I just started carrying on a conversation with him. I was asking him about all kinds of things, about the city of London and the traffic control, things like that. Passing the time of day.”
In the picture, Cole is standing next to the police van.
It was 10 a.m., Aug. 8, 1969. Photographer Iain McMillan was on a stepladder in the middle of the street, photographing the four Beatles as they walked, single-file, across Abbey Road, John Lennon in his famous white suit, Paul McCartney without shoes. The entire shoot lasted 10 minutes.
“I just happened to look up, and I saw those guys walking across the street like a line of ducks,” Cole remembered. “A bunch of kooks, I called them, because they were rather radical-looking at that time. You didn’t walk around in London barefoot.”
About a year later, Cole first noticed the “Abbey Road” album on top of the family record player (his wife was learning to play George Harrison’s love song “Something” on the organ). He did a double-take when he eyeballed McMillan’s photo.
“I had a new sportcoat on, and I had just gotten new shell-rimmed glasses before I left,” he says. “I had to convince the kids that that was me for a while. I told them, ‘Get the magnifying glass out, kids, and you’ll see it’s me.'”
Paul passed away in 2008. RIP Paul. Paul Cole not Paul McCartney.
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The “Beatle Beetle”.
On the Abbey Road album cover, there is a white Volkswagon.
It’s appearance in the picture was a total accident, as it belonged to one of the people living in the apartment across from the recording studio, and and couldn’t be moved out of the picture because the owner was away on holiday. . Rumor has it that after the album came out the license plate (LMF 28IF) was repeatedly stolen from the car.
In 1986, Pete Gent, who owned ‘The Music Department’ musical instrument shop in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, came across the very famous car standing in a car showroom forecourt. Pete promply bought it – realising that the car salesman had no idea of the history of the car or the license plate.
The car was sold at an auction for $23,000 and is currently on display at the Volkswagen museum in Wolfsburg, Germany.
The Museum plaque states ‘Starting in 1962 John Lennon and Paul McCartney conquered the world with the music of the Beatles. They unleashed enthusiasm that continues unabated to this day. In 1967, John Lennon ordered this 1300 Beetle, license number LMW 281F and used it for daily transportation. In 1969 this particular Beetle became world famous when it appeared on the cover of the Abbey Road album and gave rise to months of rumours of Paul McCartney’s death because of the license number 281F. It was acquired by VW at an auction in the summer of 1999’.
The plaque is incorrect in saying that John Lennon ordered the car and used it for daily transportation. Lennon never owned it.