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City Centre Photographs

oldMohawk

master brummie
In this 1951 Birmingham Mail photo the sun shines as they relax in their mid-day break. Reminds me it was the year when our crowd were young and fancy free. Four nights a week at the ice rink, the Gaumont cinema on Sundays, and first holidays without parents. Jobs were easy straight from school, money in our pockets, youthful fun.
Just a few concerns about the Cold War, Atomic Bombs, and for lads compulsory National Service ...
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DavidGrain

master brummie
The recently opened Metro Bank at the bottom of New Street at the junction with High Street have two massive blown up pictures on their wall from the Francis Frith Collection, one of the Council House in 1896 and one of Victoria Square in 1932.

They are very friendly and if you go in there and ask nicely they will give you poster prints of them.
 

Radiorails

master brummie
Traffic is also going clockwise in Victoria Square. I thought the traffic system changed in 1933 but perhaps it was in 1935.
It was 1933 David, but this photo (post 67) shows it in 1936 (that is the date that appears with the photo).
I guess the traffic appearing to come up New Street is actually from Penfold Street? Trick of the camera? ;)
 

DavidGrain

master brummie
It was 1933 David, but this photo (post 67) shows it in 1936 (that is the date that appears with the photo).
I guess the traffic appearing to come up New Street is actually from Penfold Street? Trick of the camera? ;)
No, Pinfold Street can only have had traffic going down the hill after the big change to one way system. Traffic coming up would be unlikely as it would have had to turn right to go down New Street and that would have been too sharp a turn.
We cannot however have any dispute about the date of the Silver Jubilee so I am confused.
 

oldMohawk

master brummie
In 1935 Phyliss Nicklin took the photo as shown earlier in the thread see quote below
In May 1935 Phyllis Nicklin stood on the pavement opposite the Council House, held her camera high above the crowd and took this picture on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee Celebrations for King George and Queen Mary.
A few seconds later she took another from the same spot and left a wonderful photo for us to look at ...
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Lloyd

master brummie
Traffic is also going clockwise in Victoria Square. I thought the traffic system changed in 1933 but perhaps it was in 1935.
The city centre gyratory scheme (!) was enabled in stages between 1933 and 1936. At the moment I am not able to define where and when the changes were made.
 

DavidGrain

master brummie
The city centre gyratory scheme (!) was enabled in stages between 1933 and 1936. At the moment I am not able to define where and when the changes were made.
OK thanks, That does make sense in that Victoria Square and New Street could be the last part to be converted
 

oldMohawk

master brummie
Albert Street date unknown but the tram track has gone so possibly mid 1950s.

In the car seen in the bottom corner, the driver is 'hand signalling', indicating that he is either slowing down, turning right, or even turning left.

The 'Beehive' shop on the right always seemed a little old fashioned when I went in there.
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Lady Penelope

master brummie
Albert Street date unknown but the tram track has gone so possibly mid 1950s.

In the car seen in the bottom corner, the driver is 'hand signalling', indicating that he is either slowing down, turning right, or even turning left.

The 'Beehive' shop on the right always seemed a little old fashioned when I went in there.
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That's a smashing photo oM. The driver you mention could also be holding his fag out of the window. I remember my dad doing this so that the car didn't fill up with smoke.
My driving instructor said that I had very elegant hand signals - the one and only time I've ever been associated with the word 'elegant'!
 

Radiorails

master brummie
1581606717911.png JOJ 191 (2191) Leyland PD2/1 with Park Royal body (not common for BCT).
Entered service late 1949 or early 1950. One of 50 buses withdrawn between 1965 to 1969.
An unusual feature of these buses was the continuous cobalt blue band beneath the destination box.
 
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