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davidfowler

Exiled Brummie
Although it's not relevant to Birmingham, I thought I'd post this picture. Hope it doesn't break the Forum's rules . I think that the photos are interesting regarding the fashion of the day. I think they're from the 1920s. The one with the nurses has an address hand written on the back, 11 Bessborough St, St George's Square, London20190923_153343.jpg
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
thanks david....what lovely photos...now begs the question...who are these people and do they have living relatives....i always think it sad that photos like these which are found in skips..charity shops etc are not with their rightful owners...i will also move this thread to the old photos section of the forum for you

lyn
 

jmadone

master brummie
Although it's not relevant to Birmingham, I thought I'd post this picture. Hope it doesn't break the Forum's rules . I think that the photos are interesting regarding the fashion of the day. I think they're from the 1920s. The one with the nurses has an address hand written on the back, 11 Bessborough St, St George's Square, LondonView attachment 137790
Lovely photos David.
Not sure what thread the following should be on but perhaps a mod will place it in it's correct place, if there is one.
This came up for sale at a specialist auction in London today. It had a guide price of £160.
Greetings telegram.jpg
I wonder if it was the world's first and did Mary Baldwin and the mysterious Eros eventually get together.
 

Bob Davis

Bob Davis
Lovely photos David.
Not sure what thread the following should be on but perhaps a mod will place it in it's correct place, if there is one.
This came up for sale at a specialist auction in London today. It had a guide price of £160.
View attachment 137792
I wonder if it was the world's first and did Mary Baldwin and the mysterious Eros eventually get together.
That is a cracker (or ripper as anyone down under might say. Wonder what it actually sold for? But as Lyn says above all these old postcards, photographs, cabinet cards et al wandering around the country with no names, no places and no idea who or where they were. I always say to people, put identity, date and location on a picture/postcard, just so that those that follow know the who, the where and the when.

Bob
 

MWS

master brummie
11 Bessborough St appears to be still standing, from google street view it looks like a lovely 4 storey Georgian (?) terrace house.

1921 electoral roll lists occupants as James and Alice Coleman and Emily Dart.
 

jmadone

master brummie
That is a cracker (or ripper as anyone down under might say. Wonder what it actually sold for? But as Lyn says above all these old postcards, photographs, cabinet cards et al wandering around the country with no names, no places and no idea who or where they were. I always say to people, put identity, date and location on a picture/postcard, just so that those that follow know the who, the where and the when.

Bob
Well we have a who, Mary Baldwin. A where, 37 Elms Road, Sutton Coldfield and a when, 14th February 1936.
 

MWS

master brummie
She's not there on the 1939 register. Bertram and Nellie Lowry (nee Busst) are and she doesn't appear to be their daughter.
 

davidfowler

Exiled Brummie
11 Bessborough St appears to be still standing, from google street view it looks like a lovely 4 storey Georgian (?) terrace house.

1921 electoral roll lists occupants as James and Alice Coleman and Emily Dart.
Thanks, maybe it was some type of hospital at the end of the First war.
 

A Sparks

master brummie
I know Bessborough Street, it's in Pimlico near where I used to work, as MWS says, there are some very nice typical London Georgian houses in the area.
That could be St George's Square where the car is parked.
The people in the top middle photo could be domestic staff, not nurses.
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
Re post #1. There are visible number plates on two of the cars. Maybe our car enthusiasts could help with a location ?

Can we deduce anything from the ‘Bhoys of the Column’ photo ? A Scottish connection ? Following David’s hospital suggestion, are some wearing (light) hospital uniform ? It’s definitely informal and possibly meant to be a humorous photo judging by the angle of some of the caps. ‘Bhoys’ can be translated as ‘tough’ too. Viv.
 

oldMohawk

master brummie
I notice the building next to those 4 storey Georgian houses is a 'Maternity Welfare Centre' Westminster Council 1937.
There appears to be a walled garden area behind it. Although the style of clothing looks earlier.
 

Radiorails

master brummie
I looked at this and it seems that the cars were registered in London. The soldiers could be Royal Artillery: Bhoys is usually associated with things Celtic - Ireland and Scotland.
The nurses - I believe that is what they are - are six plus two of lower qualification maybe. I make it 8 orderlies, 2 doctors?, 2 domestics and 2 administrators.
 

Pedrocut

Master Barmy
I looked at this and it seems that the cars were registered in London. The soldiers could be Royal Artillery: Bhoys is usually associated with things Celtic - Ireland and Scotland.
The nurses - I believe that is what they are - are six plus two of lower qualification maybe. I make it 8 orderlies, 2 doctors?, 2 domestics and 2 administrators.
The Bhoys, nickname for Celtic FC, so perhaps Catholic connection?
 

oldMohawk

master brummie
A couple of aerial views
The area in 1934 and of course the Maternity Building (1937) is not there. St Georges Square and the church on the left.
BessBorough1934.jpg

Today
bessnow.jpg
 

pjmburns

master brummie
On the 1911 census there are 3 separate entries for 11 Bessborough Street - it seems to be small sets of rooms. The entries are for 4, 3 and 5 rooms.
 
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