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  1. Sheffield 1939

    Anywhere up a hill was affluent. The further down the hills you lived the poorer you were—as a rule of thumb.
  2. Where was this?

    I remember that entrance to the market at the bottom of Commercial Street really well. I have an image in my head of an old chap, clearly an old soldier damaged by the First World War, who used to lie on the pavement under the window of that tobacconists in the early '50s. I must have been four or five at the time but it clearly left an imprint on my mind. Does anyone know more?
  3. Pedestrians and Traffic 1950

    Sound was recorded separate from the camera in those days, by a second person armed with a tape recorder. The footage looks un-edited (the frame jumps in a characteristic way at cuts), so I'm guessing it was recorded by a single cameraman armed with just a mute 16mm Bolex or similar, on a tripod.
  4. Does anyone know what these are?

    Aha! Then it must be to emboss the caps?
  5. Does anyone know what these are?

    Were they the interchangeable parts of moulds used in the glass blowing process when they made milk bottles for various companies? Specifically, was this the base mould?
  6. The Good Old Days

    Hi Tozzin [I didn't hit 'reply' as it would have repeated your long list of executions.] To avoid any confusion; I did not use the word 'spoof' myself. The hanging referred to in the poster/leaflet was indeed a real event. The point I was making is that it was not an official announcement, rather it was a satirical notice produced by the abolitionist movement about a real event. It highlighted the inhumanity and hypocrisy of hanging the 17-year-old girl. Cheers.
  7. The Good Old Days

    It occurred to me that the first poster about the hanging of the girl exhibited a level of sarcasm (particularly the seemingly anti-religious tone of last paragraph) that suggested it's the work of the abolitionist movement. I therefore looked up the name of the publisher at the bottom of the leaflet, 'C Gilpin'. This revealed he was a Quaker, Charles Gilpin: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Gilpin_(politician). The Quakers were leading players in the abolition of capital punishment and it would appear one of their tactics was to publish leaflets/posters adopting a tone much like 'Private Eye' today. It also explains why the child being hanged was not named.
  8. Sheffield Student Rag Parade

    As others have said, the Rag parade was one of the highlights of my year in the late '50s and early '60s. I went took part in rag weeks in both Norwich and Nottingham at the end of the '60s and early '70s but their parades weren't a patch on Sheffield's. Looking at the pictures in the thread above, I'd say the parade hit it's peak in the mid '60s, in terms of the lavish decoration and sheer scale of the floats. If I close my eye's I can remember some of the best bits in great detail. We usually watched it on West Street.
  9. Baaa !

    Today's street scape from roughly the same place. In the late '50s I always stood with my friends on the pavement to the right of this picture, collecting 'penny for the guy'. In 1900, before motor lorries, the only way to transport a flock of sheep long distances was to herd them. Three or four miles from, say, Stannington to the Cattle Market next to Victoria Station would have been considered a short journey.
  10. The number 52 to Crookes

    No, it's a MkII Escort. Produced 1974 - 1981.
  11. Fargate postcard

    I'd guess mid '50s.
  12. Myers Grove

    My sister just sent me a link to this: '10 Years of Myers Grove'. The film is 1970—so a couple of years after I left the sixth form. My father, Mr (Cyril) Russell, pottery teacher, with my mother; is in it just after 26 minutes. http://www.yorkshirefilmarchive.com/film/ten-years-myers-grove-school-film
  13. Walkling through the River Porter culverts

    I walked through part of this route back in the mid sixties as an adventurous teenager. I was pleased to read that Sheffield is planning to open up some of its culverted rivers. They're a great resource that will give the city even more character. http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/feature-bold-plans-to-uncover-sheffield-s-hidden-rivers-1-8421598
  14. Do you recognise this Sheffield scene?

    Brook Hill next to the University around 1963. Only one building still remains—the white fronted one on the left. The trams for Walkley used to run up Leavygreave Road and right to left across Brook Hill and past the side of the cinema (?) there. Then they went directly through what is now the Arts Tower.
  15. Drainspotting!

    The middle grate of the three you posted, Calvin, looks higher capacity (flows more water) than the other two. Could it be that by hinging it, the weight is reduced for anyone wanting to open it? Certainly the hinged version was the 'deluxe edition': a bit more complicated to manufacture and probably a higher price. Today nearly all the heavy duty 'gully grates' (correct name) are hinged and typically cost £50-£150 a piece, depending on strength. They are usually graded by the weight they can carry. It's a lot more complicated today than it was in the C19th :-)
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