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Flower Seller on High Street in Sheffield City Centre

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Flower Seller Sheffield High Street.jpg

 

Here's something really special

 
A flower seller outside where Walshes/Rackhams/TJ Hughes was on High Street.

This was taken in 1947 when the building was still badly damaged from the Blitz

Photo courtesy of Elaine Goddard who has a wealth of images like this and we hope very much she continues to share them with us lucky Sheffielders!

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Not a copious sales stock - it looks as if he's selling them for buttonholes.

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Most likely Primroses as a small posy for Mum or Girlfriend ( or even wife)??? The building was, more or less, just a hole in the ground in 1947 having sustained considerable damage during the Blitz and was awaiting  demolition ( by Jimmy Childs I think) and reconstruction ... when planning, cash and resources permitted. He is wearing  the then typical cheap working mans trousers produced from Melton cloth which seldom kept a crease and no doubt bought from his clothing coupon allowance. His shoes/boots show signs of being cobbled and were something not to be readily discarded ...as today's throw away society does!

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Here's another flower seller who we used to have in Fargate, his name was Joe, does anyone remember him?

My brother did a portrait of him after seeing this newspaper cutting of him in a local newspaper.

 

The Fargate flower seller 1.jpg

The Fargate flower seller 2.JPG

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What a splendid portrait!

In the early 1980s the Roebuck on Charles Street would sometimes see one old guy with a box of flowers from the Wholesalers selling them to the lunchtime trade. 

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I remember two flower sellers that stood under the underpass which goes from Angel Street to the Dove and rainbow pub. I think they were Father and Son but cannot be sure. I used to buy a bunch of flowers for my wife every Saturday 1980 ish. Does anyone remember these guys?

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my gran was a flower seller down the market near The Queens Pub, where  she invariably ended up. I can remember pushing wire through the rose bud heads and putting them in a flower box. We then had to put these on the bus under the stairs for her. If you didnt do it right, she had a pretty handy walking stick, which would help you to remember how to do it  properly

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