Tag Archives: 1930’s

Christmas in many guises

When I asked at the weekend for Christmas stuff for the blog, I never expected such an embarrassment of riches; not only did a certain reader (I’ll let you lot guess who) send me the above images of himself with Santa Claus – possibly at Grays in Walsall, but John and Paul Anslow have hit upon something that I think has a wider significance than they might imagine.

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Crawling under the hedge

Oh my goodness – yet another wonderful image has been sent in to the blog by John and Paul Anslow, whose previous contributions to our record of local history have created so much interest and debate here on the blog.Nurses' Fete Continue reading

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Thanks for an ingratitude

From time to time, I like to feature articles out of old gazetteers here on the blog – they are a great love of mine, and they help shine a new light on old, familiar places, as well as giving a neat insight into the times they were written in.
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Bettered its manners

Last weekend I introduced readers to one of my longstanding passions – the 1930s gazetteer series that is Arther Mee’s ‘Kings England’ – back then, I broached the subject with Arthurs florid, but charming take on Wall, the little local village with the big Roman history.th Continue reading

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The first superhighway

Here’s a lovely film, spotted by twitter friend Kris Davies and posted on Twitter last night – It’s a documentary film covering a the journey of a cargo load by narrowboat on the Grand Union Canal from London to Birmingham in the 1930s.

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‘You could buy anything at all here…’

Here’s an interesting weekend post from reader David Evans, who asked a good friend what shops she recalled from her childhood in Walsall Wood. Can you add to these? All contributions gratefully received. Hi Bob Following David Oakley’s excellent list … Continue reading

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Mr. Thomas Platt, Brownhills, circa 1930

After I featured some 1930’s photos of Brownhills High Street for Steve Hickman in this week’s old photo feature, Steve mailed me a really interesting image, for which I am immensely grateful. Steve had this to say: Great photographs thanks … Continue reading

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