The Portman Collection – part seven: A stitch in time, and a switch to indoors

Image 19: An intriguing indoor group, possibly in the school hall. Would this be a drama class or theatrical group possibly? Very smartly dressed, and mixed ages.  Photo generously supplied by Tony Portman via David Evans. Click for a larger version.

Tony’s notes for image 19. Click for a larger version.

In the seventh serialised article of what will turn out to be quite a few, here’s the next three 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.

I return now to featuring images in order. The gap between 19 and 22 has previously been covered in this post with the lads’ gardening images. Interesting is that the focus now switches to indoor shots.

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.

Image 22 -Needlework – what a wonderful image, stylish. Photo generously supplied by Tony Portman via David Evans. Click for a larger version.

Tony’s notes for image 22. Click for a larger version.

Image 23 – Another needlework image – notable is that they’re sharing the Singer hand sewing machines, not one each. Photo generously supplied by Tony Portman via David Evans. Click for a larger version.

Tony’s notes for image 23. Click for a larger version.

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3 Responses to The Portman Collection – part seven: A stitch in time, and a switch to indoors

  1. Some of those in image 19 are from my class at that time but I don’t recognise the occasion.
    Dave (Eddy) Edwards

  2. Alvin Cox says:

    Hi Bob photo 19 I see my brother on the bottom row at 5th from left he did not go to streets corner school he was at the central school at Brownhills hope this helps. Regards Alvin Cox

  3. Bill Breakwell says:

    Morning Bob,looking at that reminds me when I first married my wife at 18 in early 60’s made a couple of dresses quite simple patterns very much in the style of Twiggy.She’d been taught the basics at school.
    Nowadays Mrs B’s daughter and older granddaughters any simple sewing shortening trousers etc
    she has to sort for them.

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