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All I can add is that in 1971/2 I had a couple of girlfriends who worked at "Sarfhauls" (as they called it), and I used to pick them up on my 'bike occasionally. Hannah and ? .... I'm getting old.
Once more, another piece of social history disappears.
morning janice yes this is the photo i have seen and i am just trying to confirm if it was southalls at alum rock...there was also a southalls in villa st where i lived and i know that this was hit during the war causing 1 death...looking at the photo im pretty sure its not the villa st factory but it would be nice to confirm that..
On the "Canal World" Discussion Forum, there's an overall map of Bomb hits, (HE and Incendiary) posted last March. Its very low resolution, but illustrates the number dropped. We are 20miles from B'ham City centre here, but in line with Castle Bromwich & Hams Hall, and there were about 100 or so out here.
Internet archive as just uploaded a Southalls catalogue of 1896 ( https://archive.org/details/b28081456 ), which can be read or downloaded. It is an interesting read. A beef tea & gravy extractor; all sorts of restrictive belts such as "for pendulous abdomen": travelling douches; ear trumpets; electromagnetic machines; Ingrams family enema apparatus all in " superior velvet lined mahogany box complete"; feeding bottles of all sorts; water filters, some very ornate; hot water bottles, including special ones for the ear, the teeth, the throat and the stomach; nipple shields, including a metallic one , presumably in case you have given birth to a vampire with very sharp teeth; plaisters (interesting that this is the original name for plasters) including ones with isinglass on silk. Also various "condiments" such as carbolic dentifrice (very unpleasant I should think) and toilet vinegar (?) ,