The Portman Collection – part nine: physical pursuits

Image 28: 1953 Walsall Wood Seniors Football Team – they look like a handy bunch of lads… Photo generously supplied by Tony Portman via David Evans. Click for a larger version.

Tony’s notes for image 28. Click for a larger version.

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

There are only supplied notes for two images in this set, so I included a few more photos. Any memories or help with identification welcome, obviously.

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 29: A very active girls gym class. That shot must have taken some setting up – respect due there.  Photo generously supplied by Tony Portman via David Evans. Click for a larger version.

Image 30: She looks dedicated, and great use of sunlight.  Photo generously supplied by Tony Portman via David Evans. Click for a larger version.

Tony’s notes for image 30. Click for a larger version.

Image 31: I’m assuming the connection between the two images is that woodwork students made the lecten?  Photo generously supplied by Tony Portman via David Evans. Click for a larger version.

Image 32: Hard at it in the woodwork shop. I can still smell the shavings. Photo generously supplied by Tony Portman via David Evans. Click for a larger version.

Image 33: I think this is a scene most lads of a certain age will recall – the white coat, the aprons. Anyone know the teacher, please?  Photo generously supplied by Tony Portman via David Evans. Click for a larger version.

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One Response to The Portman Collection – part nine: physical pursuits

  1. David Evans says:

    that woodwork shop! I signed up for a night class to use the wookwork room facilities many years ago. I made a telephone table with secret haunched mitred mortice and tenon joints. So the lessons I had learnt from my own school days came in useful years later….and I only had to provide the materials! The image of the church lectern is a puzzle; which church or chapel was it made for, and by which pupils?
    I understand that pupils left the school to go on to technical and colleges..at the age of fourteen, was it, so perhaps some of the images were “leaving” photos.
    Many thanks for all your hard work in editing and posting these images, Bob.
    kind regards
    David

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