Interesting that, I always thought they were too. I thought paper breaks down reasonably quickly. It does in my compost bin anyway. There was a lady on the radio recently who claimed to be an expert and said that plastic bags had a lower environmental impact overall than paper bags. However, she did not qualify or quantify her argument. So, I will stick with paper when I can.I wonder if those bags were more "environmentally friendly" than the plastic we have today, but you're quite right Morturn, the string handles used to cut into your fingers!
What a great set of pics. Thanks for posting them. Parts of the old town I have never seen before.Thanks to Robt and his expertise in improving photographs, I have at long last found the photos I took
View attachment 149205View attachment 149206View attachment 149207ook with my all new singing/dancing camera which proved I am no photographer. They were all on the Smallbrook Ringway area during construction taken in 1957/8. The lad stood by the pedestrians sign is not me, but my friend Malcolm (Mac) Newall, used to live Holly Lane and was at that time a trainee architect, after I got married we lost touch, but you will notice the smart grey suit, with full back to the jacket, knuckle length with stitched lapels and sewn pockets, 18inch trouser bottoms with outside seams, white shirt, cutaway collar and Windsor knot. We thought we were the cats whiskers. The old chap in the cap I do not know.
No I am afraid that was it, you are talking to the man who photographed a flamboyance of Flamingoes at Epcott to find that when developed, much to the amusement of my children,,,,,,the picture showed just one!!!great photos bob...do you have anymore to post...thanks
The top photo is Hill Street, with the underpass to Hurst Street, Smallbrook Ringway (as it was first named) going over the top. The building on lrgs was the first part of the rebuilt Smallbrook Street to be constructed, and sat (empty) until the adjoining blocks were erected. I wondered if there were staircases in the legs to access the offices (well I was quite young then!)
Have found this photo on the Internet of Worcester Street. The entrance to New Street Station via Queens Drive is on the left and the shops stretched up to New Street. I remember a Midland Red office in these shops. I once got a Midland Red bus, I think the X99 to Nottingham from here. I would date this picture to the 1950s from the Austin A40 Somerset.I have to admit, for the first time in my life I am embarrassed by all your appreciations for three terrible photos, I hope Robt will share the appreciations with me, he cleaned them up. Again thank you all but DavidGrain could you enlarge on the Worcester Street gabled houses. Where they over shops, are there any frontage pictures of them?
Worcester Street had taken a battering the night before in 1940 with heavy bomb damage on shops on the right side of the street but that wasn't going to stop folks going up to New Street as they casually stepped over the debris and fire hoses. (restored post)
A pre war close up of Worcester Street shops. (New St station behind, and the market hall [foreground] both lost their rooves to bombing later.Britain From Above have some photos showing those buildings. Here's one, there might be better ones...