The Portman Collection – part eight: After the rain – some more group photos

Image 24: Back to class photos again, I think. That’s some man spreading by the teacher, there…  Photo generously supplied by Tony Portman via David Evans. Click for a larger version.

Tony’s notes for image 24. Click for a larger version.

In the eigth 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- today is a brief return to class photos, before some quite stunning ones next week!

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 25 – Some great skirts in this one, and I’m very intrigued by the cool lad on the left – dapper! Photo generously supplied by Tony Portman via David Evans. Click for a larger version.

Tony’s notes for image 25. Click for a larger version.

Image 26 – A staff group – again interested in how relaxed and happy they look. Lady second from right, front row has a lovely smile. Photo generously supplied by Tony Portman via David Evans. Click for a larger version.

Tony’s notes for image 26. Click for a larger version.

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One Response to The Portman Collection – part eight: After the rain – some more group photos

  1. Brian Edwards says:

    The teacher Miss Ash went on to teach Domestic Science at Shelfield Seniors Mob Lane. She is actually in a video that is shown on here where she is teaching and participating in a cookery lesson at Mob Lane. Of course as children are, she was bestowed with the nickname of ‘ Fag’. She lived at the very bottom of Shire Oak hill on the Sandhills side of the nearing Cartersfield road.

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