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RayJones4

proper brummie kid
I have had this circa 1912 postcard for some time & I feel the style of building is sometimes found in Birmingham, particularly in Ladywood. It appears to be a Roman Catholic procession, proceeding slightly downhill. The shop window in the middle appears to be that of C. Lee or Clee at No. 120. I cannot trace someone with those names as a shopkeeper anywhere. The corner shop in the background is almost identical to that of G. F. Andrews on Freeth Street but the location does not fit. Other corner shops are also very similar. Any help welcomed.procession052.jpg
 

Vivienne14

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The third banner is of the Rotary Club. With the exception of the first banner, all the others seem to have a similar inscription at the top and bottom. Viv.
 
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RayJones4

proper brummie kid
There are Union Jacks on display. Would this be typical in a Roman Catholic procession ?
As far as I can make out the Union Jacks are hanging from a bedroom window so not sure really (news of war poster in one shop). But the decipherable banners refer to St Catherine & St Cecilia.
 

pjmburns

master brummie
The third banner is of the Rotary Club. With the exception of the first banner, all the others seem to have the same inscription at the top and bottom. Viv.
I wondered if the separate banners were for several different churches. In which case if might be a diocesan or archdiocesan procession rather than parochial.
 

RayJones4

proper brummie kid
The third banner is of the Rotary Club. With the exception of the first banner, all the others seem to have the same inscription at the top and bottom. Viv.
I doubt it is Rotary? The third banner say St ???? League & St Catherine so the wheel may refer to St Catherine (she was stretched on a wheel!).
 

mikejee

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I am not convinced that the Lee ij the window is the name of the shopkeeper, rather than an advertised product , but, if it is any jelp, here are all the Lees listed in the 1912 Kellys

Lees  in 1912 Kellys.jpg
 

Astoness

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from the view we have it strikes me that whatever the parade is it could be an all girls thing....girls are all wearing sashes and carrying flowers maybe the celebration of holy communion...just a guess but certainly a typical looking birmingham street but again it could be anywhere

lyn
 
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pjmburns

master brummie
If it is a Catholic procession with mainly girls then I suspect it is a May Procession - taking place in the month of Mary. I don't know if there would have been one round the streets of Birmingham but certainly most parishes held a procession where possible. At my church (in 50s and 60s) we processed round the considerable grounds - girls in white dresses and boys wore blue sashes. Flower petals would have been strewn and I see most of the girls are carrying flowers.
 

mw0njm.

A Brummie Dude
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Sometime around 1674 the British flag became formally known as the 'Union Jack' when mounted on a warship and the ship was not in harbour. At the same time the British flag was referred to as the 'Union flag' on land.
 

Pedrocut

Master Barmmie
Given that the Easter Rising took place in 1916, the religious tensions would have been high at the time. The route may well have been known, and the Union Jacks could be a show of allegiance.
 

Pedrocut

Master Barmmie
Probably a pure coincidence but the lady and gentleman behind the wall on the left of the picture look a bit aggressive.
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
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Probably a pure coincidence but the lady and gentleman behind the wall on the left of the picture look a bit aggressive.
to be honest pedro i can only see one smiling face...in my experience the people who had photos taken back then usually looked serious ......even the dog has turned his back :D
 
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RayJones4

proper brummie kid
from the view we have it strikes me that whatever the parade is it could be an all girls thing....girls are all wearing sashes and carrying flowers maybe the celebration of holy communion...just a guess but certainly a typical looking birmingham street but again it could be anywhere

lyn
As someone involved in photography & postcards for over 30 years I have struggled to find this sort of urban environment anywhere else - similar yes but not so Brummie in all respects.
 
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