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    Archives and Local Studies staff had an extremely successful day at the auction of the Tim Hale Photographic Collection yesterday. Thanks to generous public donations together with support from the Graves Trust we saved over 2,000 cards for Picture Sheffield. We secured a fantastic range of subjects including street scenes, sport, hospitals, pubs, transport, temperance, industry, Sheffield greetings cards, local elections, advertising, early aviation, World War I, schools and theatres, and many more. We’ll be sorting through the photographs over the coming weeks - watch out for them on www.picturesheffield.com. We’ll also be arranging a display in the Central Library later in the year. Thanks again for all your support! Peter Evans Archives and Heritage Manager
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    A huge thank you to everyone who donated to our emergency appeal to raise funds to save as much of the Tim Hale Photographic Collection as we can for Picture Sheffield. The response to the appeal has been amazing, raising several thousand pounds in just a matter of days. We hope to buy at least some of the collection at the auction and make it available for everyone to see on Picture Sheffield. Thank you once again. Peter Evans Archives and Local Studies Manager
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    BBC News - Postcards showing Sheffield's history to be sold at auction https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-49609097
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    I think I've identified the mysterious railings and platform. I think that they are at the front/rear of the building to the immediate top of the garden area and directly across from the telephone call box on the bus station. If you study the 1950's map carefully there seems to be a small area that faces onto Pond Street. I'm afraid my editing capabilities aren't up to placing an arrow on a copy of the map. Sorry about the "wild goose chase" hilldweller
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    I think you are right there, but if that is the case I can't work out what that other landing with the railings is. I seem to remember the steps being almost opposite the 71 stand when the new bus station was built. There was a zebra crossing at one time and when you crossed it you had to go a bit to the left for the steps. The area changed so many times and so quickly it's hard to remember but is this the steps and landing on this photo' ? http://picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s15872&pos=44&action=zoom&id=18623
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    Women wearing trousers on the tramway was not as unusual as you might think. I think they actually wore cullottes (if that's how you spell it!) which looked like a skirt but were actually made like trousers. I think (but I'm not sure) taht these came in around the time of WW2 when a lot of women were recruited by the transport department, both as 'motormen' and conductresses. The cap babdges are interesting as the chrome one which was used up until the 60s just appears to be a plated version of the previous brass one. My guess is that crews didn't polish the brass ones enough to give the correct and proper appearance, so they swapped to something that didn't need to be polished every day. This would also have matched the uniform silver buttons, some of which I have somewhere. From memory I think you'll find buttons that say Sheffield Corporation TRAMWAYS on them and also others that say Sheffield Corporation TRANSPORT, from the days when staff were not necessarily working on trams any more. The blue badge is probably a motorman's badge, which would show their company staff number. It's a pre-cursor to the plastic PSV driver and conductor badges that platform staff on buses wore in the 60s and 70s. Unlike motor vehicles, tram driving licences are issued by the company, not the DVLA. So drivers licences (and sometimes conductor licences for undertakings that bothered with them) are different from town to town and not interchangable. For example if you drove a tram in Sheffield you couldn't just go and be a tram driver in Blackpool without retraining and getting a Blackpool licence. Incidentally, it's only within the last 20 years that you need a car licence to be able to learn to drive a tram! I know lots of old tram drivers who could never drive a road vehicle. Finally, I'd just like to mention the Bell Punch ticket machines in many of the photos on Ashley's site. These were common ticket machines of the era but, unlike the competing Williamson machines, were 'handed' because of the way you pressed the lever. Few of these survive now because they were often scrapped due to them having a high silver content. Left handed versions, which would confusingly be worn resting against your right pocket and be operated with your right hand, do exist and are extremely rare. The tickets were different colours because when the machine punched a hole in the ticket, the little dot they cut out was retained inside. At the end of the day some poor soul had the job of emptying the machine and counting the confetti. If the total of the numbered tickets sold didn't match the bits from the machine then the depot inspectors knew the conductor had been on the fiddle!
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    Hi all I've totally revamped my Sheffield Corporation Tramways uniform/staff page. Please feel free to take a look and advise of any errors/omissions. Also, if anyone has any decent photos that would improve the page, please do let me know. http://www.tramwaybadgesandbuttons.com/page148/page152/page157/page157.html Ashley (High Peak)
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