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  1. I wondered about 75kg too and I would be surprised if she could lift that alone. I know I couldn't. Good info on the Keystone View Company. I had assumed it was something to do with the Keystone Press Agency who still exist in some form. The photo appeared on the site of a German postcard dealer so maybe it had been sent to a German publishers for use, which may explain the use of kilograms. It's still for sale and not cheap, but it's a striking image that could make someone some money. https://www.delcampe.net/en_GB/collectables/photography/photographs/professions/photo-keystone-ansicht-sheffield-mrs-p-g-woodfield-shefields-only-woman-coal-dealer-887764159.html
  2. Thanks to Hugh Waterhouse on Facebook for the following. She was following the tradition of taking her husband's name - Ellen Florence HURDITCH married Percival George WOODFIELD on Christmas day 1930 in Owlerton. Her father was a coal merchant. Percy was a 'motor driver' and I think (from a court case) that he worked for a coal merchant in the 1920s. In 1939 Percy was a driver for a chemical factory and they lived in Farfield Road.
  3. From the reverse: THIS WOMAN IS NOT AFRAID TO WORK Mrs. P.G. Woodfield is Sheffield's only woman coal dealer. She delivers the bags of coal herself, as well as driving the lorry, and doing the necessary repairs. Some of the sacks of coal she delivers weigh 75 Kilogramms. Mrs Woodfield unloading sacks of coal from her lorry during her daily round at Sheffield.
  4. Did anyone ever notice the fasces framing the Sheffield coat of arms on top of this building? It was originally a Roman symbol and was adopted by Mussolini's Italian Fascist Party as their symbol and it's where we get the word fascist from. The date of 1929 puts it firmly in the period of Mussolini's rule.
  5. This is well worth watching all the way through. The £10,000 they spent on the Christmas lights in 1971 is equivalent to £152,000 now. https://www.facebook.com/BBCArchive/videos/2528136420734381/
  6. The university has the archive and has published all the photos on flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/jrjamesarchive/
  7. Woodside from the 1971 AA Guide to Great Britain. The photo must be from either Park Hill or Hyde Park flats.
  8. Harry Epworth Allen deserves to be much better known in his home city. Here's a photo of him at work and some of his paintings of Derbyshire. "Derbyshire Walls". The only artwork by Harry Allen owned by the city. It was on display at the Graves until this year, no idea why it was removed. The view is looking towards Foolow and Longstone Edge "Burning Limestone", the view is Stoney Middleton "Mayfield Valley in Winter" "The Road to the Hills", unidentified location, but it has to be the Peak District. This one is on display in Derby Art Gallery.
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