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A postcard of Fargate that hasn't been posted so no date. Does any one have any estimates?

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I've been trying to zoom in to see some of the shops and business's of the day but scarcely recognise any. Mid fifties looks a good bet.

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Yes, from the vehicles and with many women wearing hats I would agree that the photo dates back to the mid 50's. The immaculate flower bed pre-dates the building of the Goodwin fountain in 1961.

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A bus enthusiast may perhaps recognise the single deck bus or coach coming up the road - it looks as if it was a quite modern one at the time. When was that type introduced?

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That style of coach was introduced as early as 1951.

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Good, so we now know that the photo is from 1951 at the earliest and 1961 at the latest.

I am looking for other details which might be clues. When were those concrete 'bus shelters introduced?

North British & Mercantile Insurance was taken over by the Commercial Union in 1959, but it is unclear whether their branches were rebranded straight away.

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22 minutes ago, Sheffield History said:



Loving that photo! Thanks for posting it's ace!

You are more than welcome. I'll put up more when time permits

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On 12/5/2017 at 22:24, eldomsmith said:

Some info on the shop on the left - S. A. Turvey - Furrier. It's still trading and their current website mentions this shop and the owner Sarah Anne Turvey

http://www.turveysfinefurniture.co.uk/about_us

Thanks for that, nice to see a local business surviving for so long these days

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12 hours ago, Arif said:

Thanks for that, nice to see a local business surviving for so long these days

They were evidently astute, changing from "furrier" to "furniture"! It would be hard to make a living selling furs these days as they've been out of fashion for 20 years or more.

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