The Portman Collection – part four: Netball, and some outdoor studies

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Image 10: Walsall Wood Secondary Modern 1954 Netball team – again, I note how smily and happy these kids look. Photo generously supplied by Tony Portman via David Evans. Click for a larger version.

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Tony’s notes for image 8. Click for a larger version.

In the fourth serialised article of what will turn out to be quite a few, here’s the next five photos from Walsall Wood Secondary School in the 1950s with accompanying notes, as introduced in this blog post here – This time, I am including the handwritten notes by Tony himself below each image.

Although I promised that I’d post the photos in batches of three so we aren’t swamped with too much information at once, I’ve featured two extra images today, out of order because they’re all related, and only one has notes, which make me think they’re a set.

I think you’ll see what I mean.

I shan’t comment on the notes directly, or attempt to transcribe: these are clearly a matter for readers as they obviously raise questions as well as answer them – and the last thing I want to do is lead the witnesses!

Thanks to Tony Portman who generously granted access to a remarkable collection, and to David Evans for scanning them so diligently. People like you gentlemen are keeping local history alive. Thank you.

Please, any comments, contributions or observations welcome. Either comment here, or mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.

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Image 11 – I’m breaking my own rule here, but the images following this have no notes, and I’m fairly sure it’s the same group (or subsets of it) on the following images – help welcomed. Photo generously supplied by Tony Portman via David Evans. Click for a larger version.

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Tony’s notes for image 11. Click for a larger version.

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Image 12 – No notes for this one – assuming same group as image 11. Photo generously supplied by Tony Portman via David Evans. Click for a larger version.

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Image 20 – What a pearler this one is. From the school garden, you can see houses along the Brownhills Road to the Coppice Road junction, what I think must be the long-gone institute on the corner, and the mine in all it’s grimy, smoky glory. . Photo generously supplied by Tony Portman via David Evans. Click for a larger version.

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Image 21 – Again, no notes, as I think it’s the same group, but bless my soul – apiary as a school topic… Remarkable considering the surrounding environment! Photo generously supplied by Tony Portman via David Evans. Click for a larger version.

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