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I was talking to an elderly lady about this today. She told me her father had a building firm in Birmingham in the late 1920's. One of the young lads came to work in a peaked cap which he thought may carry some metal. The lad denied it but when his cap was removed it was found to have blades embedded in the peak. The lady's father took the cap and gave the lad his cards. She thinks it may still be in the family home so I asked for a photo. A piece of social history not very nice but still history.
I hope you enjoy it Shady. My gt grandfather Thomas Smith is mentioned in the book he was secretary of West Bromwich Albion. Finding him in the book lead me on an amazing journey that I will never forget.
Good read, recognised loads of the street names in and around the city centre, also places in Erdington and Shustoke, Coleshill. Had map up on google to look at the places as they are now. And could just about remember some of the locations in dudeston and nechells as they used to be before some of the industrial estates were built. Now just waiting for the tv programme.
[h=1]BBC Two announces brand new six-part drama series Peaky Blinders[/h] Date: 27.07.2012Last updated: 30.07.2012 at 11.05 Category: BBC Two
Commissioned by Janice Hadlow, Controller BBC Two, and Ben Stephenson, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning, Peaky Blinders is created by acclaimed writer Steven Knight and produced by Caryn Mandabach Productions and Tiger Aspect Productions.
In his first television drama, creator Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things and Eastern Promises) says: "The story I want to tell is based on family legend and historical fact. It is a fiction woven into a factual landscape which is breathtakingly dramatic and cinematic, but which for very English reasons has been consigned to historical text books."
Peaky Blinders is an epic gangster family saga that begins in 1919 in the lawless slum neighborhoods of post-war Birmingham. Returning soldiers, newly-minted revolutionaries and criminal gangs all fight for survival in an industrial landscape gripped by economic upheaval. Guns smuggled home from the trenches find their way onto the streets and become lethal currency. Communists don't just dream of revolution - they are planning for it and the government is expecting it. As Churchill mobilizes his Special Branch forces, illegal bookmakers make fortunes in speak-easy betting shops and traumatised infantrymen drink away their shell shock in riotous ale houses.
There is still a gentler city at the fringes, where gypsies and canal boatmen deal horses and tell fortunes, but sitting at the top of this industrial jungle are the extended Delaney family, whose many brothers, sisters, cousins and uncles make up the fiercest gang of all, the 'Peaky Blinders'. Named for their practise of sewing razor blades into the peaks of their caps, the Peaky Blinders make their money from off track betting, protection and robbery.
Their boss Tommy is the most ruthless brother of them all, but his leadership is about to be put to the test. A ruthless new police chief arrives in town from Belfast to clean up the city and, perhaps more lethally, a beautiful woman arrives in the neighborhood with a mysterious past and a dangerous secret.
Peaky Blinders is a dazzling picture of England which blows away preconceptions even though the characters and events are taken directly from the pages of history. They now burst into life in a vibrant evocation of a hedonistic age, where the clothes are razor-sharp, the music fast and the dancing outrageous. The real Peaky Blinders were a scandal and this fiction will be the same. The Delaney's will be a family not to be taken lightly.
Controller BBC Drama Commissioning, Ben Stephenson, says: "Building on BBC Two's reputation for world-class drama, Peaky Blinders is a phenomenally authored drama series shedding light on a piece of hidden British history. Authentic, bloody and utterly compelling, Peaky Blinders welcomes Steven Knight and Otto Bathurst to BBC Two and adds another boldly crafted drama to our roster of upcoming shows."
Head of Drama, Tiger Aspect Productions Greg Brenman and Chief Executive, Caryn Mandabach of Caryn Mandabach Productions says: "Speaking on behalf of Greg Brenman at Tiger, and all of the other producers who are fortunate enough to be associated with this groundbreaking work, we couldn't be more lucky or more honored to be supporting Steven's vision. This is television at its best
There is a write up today in one of the supplements of the Mail on Sunday giving Birmingham a good un' 'But its Birmingham thats the star of the show - people forget that it was a powerhouse, a world manufacturing city more important that Detroit or Chicago - We are putting our city back on the map.