I get some unusual enquires here, and sometimes the best way to approach them is somewhat obliquely – this is a cracker from the wild man of Clayhanger Marsh, Chaz Mason, who’s trying to confirm his memories of an advertisement painted on the wall of a railway goods warehouse in Walsall, that existed in the 50s and 60s.
I have edited the message Chaz sent me; he’s told me what he thinks the advert was for, and what it said, but I think it would be more useful in this instance to see what was remembered by other people or could be pulled from the archive.
I’ll let Chaz explain:
I wont to tap into the local history expertise of your readers with a local history enquiry which is a bit unusual..
As you might know I was born on the Pleck Road in the fifties and to get into town we used to walk down Bridgeman Street, under ‘The Subway’ and up to the cenotaph. As we did this two things stand out in my memory. One is some graffiti on the left hand side saying ‘Yanks out of Cuba’ (I have looked for any surviving evidence of that particular bit of social history but to no avail) while on the opposite side of the road (where the car park is now) was a railway Goods Warehouse and that is the source of my enquiry.
Painted on the wall of this building was a huge advert – possibly for fruit. Does anyone remember what it was?
Were you aware of this and if you were, are you aware of any photographs of it? This really came to mind with Jack passing away as I am pretty sure that if anyone had a photograph of this it would be him.
What do you know muka? No rush with a response, I don’t want to add to your load but thought you might be the man to ask.
I’d like readers to please wrack their memories for this advert, and see what they can recall. Cheers to Chaz for a brilliant, brilliant question, and for the continual friendship and solidarity he offers. Chaz is one of the longest-standing local bloggers, and although our subjects don’t often overlay, his blog is always top of my reading list.
Check out Chaz’s work here.
In the meantime, if you have any ideas, do get in touch – comment here or mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Thanks.