Whilst trawling the great tat-bazaar yesterday, I noticed a regular um, ‘reproducer’ of historical images (the least said about that the better) had an interesting take on a common image of Brownhills High Street and William Roberts Brewery that used to be behind the Station Hotel – It would have been about where B&M is today.
The auction is here – note it’s a ‘Photo from an Edwardian Image’ – you’re buying a print of an existing image, not the original. This is happening a lot on eBay and nothing has changed in that respect since I wrote this article and also this one.
The image seems like an original scan by whoever made it of a cropped version of the following image:
Note the lad on the extreme left holding something is in the right of the foreground group. In the auction image, the coffee shop is cropped out and the view up the high Street easier to see.
This image was beautifully cleaned up and restored by talented friend of the blog, Lisa Ashby a while back.
As a guide to this picture, visible are the old coffee shop on the corner of Lichfield Road (later Plumber’s Paradise), Brewes Bakery opposite, and a busy High Street with an assembled crew of interested kids. From the appearance I’d say it was taken between 1900-1910, and is a close relation of a much inferior card published by George Lewis.
I wonder what they did with the kids between the shots? This is an interesting illustration of the life and morphology of common historical images of areas we know. If you have a view on this, please do comment here or mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers.