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About Ellesse

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  • Birthday April 14

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    Old fairground steam engines
  1. I was one of the part time summer workers at Sheffield Photo Finishers in about 1960. My mum and I used to cut up the photos and pack them and price them: some of them had deckled edges. I remember that one of the ladies who worked there was deaf, she worked in the processing department. I remember learning finger spelling to talk to her. All the photo's were black and white as colour printing was still in it's infancy and wedding photo's were hand coloured on a landing at the top of the stairs. The photo of the Lab staff brought back some memories. I recognised Mick Osborne as I went out with him a couple of times when we were all daft teenagers. Long time ago, I'm in my 70's now.
  2. My grandad was from a fairground background and lived on the Cambridge grounds in a caravan. An aunt of mine who had learning difficulties is registered at school with this as her address. Some years later they lived at 444 Penistone Road where my mum and dad used to winter in the yard there with the fair with my gran and dad's brothers and sisters. I remember that our yard used to be at the side of some sort of cement works or something. There were some big, tall gates onto the site but I seem to think that we could get onto the works grounds from our yard. I've been searching for some years for information about my grandad but only know that he was born in 1886 .... whereabouts not sure ... but died at 444 Penistone Road in 1946. Unfortunately my dad died before I became really interested in family history.
  3. Madannie77 - thank you so much, my husband is delighted as he was looking for no. 17 Francis Street as that's where his aunt lived - wow, after all this time a photo's turned up :wub:
  4. Everyone always seemed to come to our house for Christmas, so we used to sit down for Christmas dinner in sittings as mum used to cook for various of my aunts and uncles and the dining table wasn't that big. We always had a piece of beef or pork with yorkshire pudding. You had to be rich to have turkey or chicken!!! Mum sometimes made a trifle for christmas tea but we had to have a slice of bread and butter with it, or sometimes we'd have a tin of peaches, and we always had salmon sandwiches (pink, not red) and a pork pie. I remember as a child, over the years, getting film annuals with all the film stars and I always had a tin of toffees. I used to get knitting sets and sewing sets at times but always an apple and an orange. The house used to be decorated with crepe paper twists and fold out bells. My aunt and uncle used to live at the front of the house and their room used to be festooned in paper chains and hanging bells, so much so, that it was really dark in there and we used to have the lights on all the time. On the christmas tree we used to have candle holders that held real candles you could light, talk about a fire hazard. When I was older I used to work in the Midland Bank building at the top of Angel Street, so I was used to seeing the council putting up the lights - they always looked lovely. When my children were born I took them to see Santa in Redgates Toy Shop, they used to love it there, along with Wilson Gumpets where they'd spend all day if I let them, just looking. Happy memories
  5. My son was born Jan 31st 1972, weather was ok, but 1st Feb for a couple of days we had heavy snow. I was in Nether Edge Maternity Hospital and my husband and parents were trying to get over from Beauchief but couldn't get for a couple of days. ;-)
  6. I remember having to walk home from Granville College to Nether Edge one night as the buses had been taken off because of the fog. It was really eerie as sounds were muffled and the only way you could tell where the pavement ended was when you fell off it, so crossing the road was pretty hazardous. That was sometime in the early 60's (1960) before you ask he he
  7. The Sheffield Photo Company had a processing, printing and developing place in Nether Edge. I worked there along with my mum, in the summer holidays whilst at school, they used to employ students in the summer. All the photos were in black and white and the wedding photos were hand tinted. We use to take the finished photos and place them in their relevant envelopes along with the negatives and if people asked for deckled edges we used to have to do every individual print on a type of cutting machine that gave a jimpy edge. That would have been in the late 50's early 60's which was just about the time that the first colour printers were installed.
  8. I think the last time I went to the Playhouse was to see "The Stirrings in Sheffield". An excellent play in a fantastic little theatre. :)
  9. I was working at Samuel Osborn's at the time and when I eventually got to work, after ducking a precarious chimney at home, there was a slate embedded in one of the drawing boards in the office. It had been flung through the window and was sticking out, edge on, about neck height :blink:
  10. I'm confused now Their name was Howard and I'm sure the shop was next to a chip shop, somewhere near the Big Tree. Haven't been able to ask my sister in law yet, but it's intriguing me now.
  11. I'm pretty sure that my sister in law's parents owned that shop. It was on the right hand side opposite the Big Tree pub, if that's the one you're thinking about. I'll ask her if she's any photo's next time I see her.
  12. I was very sorry to hear that Jan Wilson had died. I knew her a long time ago (1960's) when we worked together at Samuel Osborn's on Penistone Road, and we all palled around together in a gang. She always was a feisty lady and Sheffield had a good champion in her. From some of the remaining gang that used to work with her - Rest in peace Janet.
  13. Thank you everyone for these leads. I met a very distant relative last week through Ancestry.com and she had given me this information, but didn't know how to go further with it. I knew that someone on this site would maybe help and you've proved me correct. Many thanks, :)
  14. I'm researching my ancestors and have been told that maybe there was a Biggins Brothers who had something to do with the cutlery trade. The person I spoke with seems to think that they had their own business. Is there any way of being able to find anything out about this ? ;-)
  15. My first car was an old Austin Devon which I paid £5 for, being the cost of the road tax (I think). The brakes worked when they felt like it, so you had to hope that nothing popped out in front of you and that you had to stop suddenly. The suspension was very soft - in fact it used to start bouncing on Archer Road and was still at it when I reached Hutcliffe Wood Road. The interior was lovely though, with real leather seats and wooden inserts (not in the seats, the dashboard and trims etc). If I was feeling rich I would put in a gallon of petrol, other than that I used to put in half a gallon. The garages didn't seem to mind It used to jump out of first gear and occasionally the rear door shot open when you went round a corner. When I first got it, the exhaust was wrapped around with a tin can - so my dad welded on a lorry part. It had a hand pump for pumping the petrol through and the choke used to stick - so when the car was warm I had to stop and open the bonnet and push it back in. This was in 1966 when M.O.T's hadn't been invented! I loved that car and was sorry when I eventually sold it for £10. I don't think I'd let a daughter of mine ride around in something like that nowadays, but I went all over in it at the time and felt quite safe.