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Sweeneys , tv rentals

Astonian

gone but not forgotten
does any-body recall sweeneys tv.s rentals from the fiftys
we had our first tele from them but we always had problemswith there
sets and the old man went and rented one from a tv shop on the aston cross yards from the goldencross pub where he worked and a couple of doors
a way from the aston cross libary
best wishes to one and all astonian ;;
 

G G Jean

Brummy Wench.
Do remember sweeneys Astonian as my aunt Nell used to rent from there. We couldn't afford a tv then so I spent loads of time over the road at aunt and uncles. When we did rent one is was from somewhere on the Coventry road and can't think of the name but they were very good. Jean.
 

col h

master brummie
'the old man went and rented one from a tv shop on the aston cross yards from the goldencross pub where he worked and a couple of doors
a way from the aston cross libary'


That sounds like Boyds of Bond St.
 
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BernardR

Guest
Our first telly came from our local Sweeney's it were a Murphy and our dad got it so we could watch the Coronation.
 

jennyann

master brummie
Staff member
Hi Jayell: I was trying to think of the place that my parents rented their first colour TV from and now I remember it was Radio Rentals. Did they have a shop in Town? I think a lot of people rented their colour TV's because the price was very high to buy one and if your set went wrong it cost a lot of money to get them fixed.
 

robert

master brummie
There used to be lots of tv rental firms in the 60s national as well as local, i cant think of any still trading now.
 

G G Jean

Brummy Wench.
A lot of people used to rent from Jolly's on the Witton. My friend Dianne worked there for years. Jean.
 

Astonian

gone but not forgotten
hi jean
i remember jollys tv and radio shop at witton
when i8 lived in inkerman house new town row in the 70,s
and went scouring around for a tv it was a sunday night and the UB 40
Was making a video for there records and standing in there door way was the lead singer mimeing and they was recording the shot my old dutches got estatic and she got id autograph and thats how i never for got good old jollys he was quite
reasonable in is prices , col h ; i think you was right at first it was bonds , then it changed to sweeneys of the cross have a nice day every body even thou its gonna be a wet one . best wishes astonian ;;;
 

johndavies

master brummie
My dad used to rent a TV from Les Smith, a radio and television shop in Witton Road. Les Smith was an Aston Villa player and I remember him commenting on my thighs saying I would make a good player. If he only knew I was to develop a lifelong loathing of the sport.
I also remember there was no delivery and installation service in those days,I can still picture dad carrying a TV up Trinity Road and how later in the day the frustration of tuning the set. Dad was a man of little patience though fortunately the sash windows were too high to throw it groundwards. Andy Pandy, Bill and Ben the flowerbox men...and of course Lunchbox. Happy days!.
 

G G Jean

Brummy Wench.
John how about Luby Lue?. Pete remembers Les Smiths shop as he lived close by and his parents had their first TV from him. Rented I presume. Jean.
 

PaulE

master brummie
does any-body recall sweeneys tv.s rentals from the fiftys
we had our first tele from them but we always had problemswith there
sets ...
I bought one of their ex-rental Ferguson sets in 1989 from their shop in Acocks Green - it would have been made in 1982 I think.

I am still using it as my main TV set now! Perhaps I was lucky?

I don't want a flat screen - it wouldn't fill the space in the corner properly ;-)

Regards

Paul
 

Alberta

Super Moderator
Staff member
A neighbour of mine once had a rental telly that was coin operated,she was forever knocking the door for coins.
I can't remember what coin it took.
 

col h

master brummie
My first job was for a firm called View Well on Dudley Rd ( no. 504 I think ). Almost next to, and partly above Woolworths.

By any chance has anyones got a Photo of that bit of Dudley Rd, or of the Woolworths etc.
 

G G Jean

Brummy Wench.
Alberta our first couple of tv's had coin boxes on the side and I think they were for shillings. Jean.
 

Alf

Gone but not forgotten. R.I.P.
My dad used to rent a TV from Les Smith, a radio and television shop in Witton Road. Les Smith was an Aston Villa player and I remember him commenting on my thighs saying I would make a good player. If he only knew I was to develop a lifelong loathing of the sport.
I also remember there was no delivery and installation service in those days,I can still picture dad carrying a TV up Trinity Road and how later in the day the frustration of tuning the set. Dad was a man of little patience though fortunately the sash windows were too high to throw it groundwards. Andy Pandy, Bill and Ben the flowerbox men...and of course Lunchbox. Happy days!.
John nice story about Les Smith, Aston Villa were appearing at Wembley in a League Cup Final. My late Sister knew how much I was a Villa Fan and one weekend near the Final she walked in to Mom's and said here's a present for you, it was a ticket for the Final. How did you do that got it from Les Smith, yes I walked into the shop and told him how you had been a supporter for years and he gave her a couple of Tickets.
I put this story on another thread about Electrical Shops in Witton months ago.
 

Alf

Gone but not forgotten. R.I.P.
Yes Jean and sad, she was my younger Sister and isn't around to read my message
 
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