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They Were Caught In Our Old Street Pics...

Nico

master brummie
I used to sit on the mudguards. I had a Matchbox American Ford Station Wagon and a Chevrolet Impala, Nan called it a Chev Vrollit Impla.
Parents had a Morris Minor and a Standard 8, then a 10, dad went on about Dickie Seats. Grandad got old cars and did them up just for hil amd us though. They were never happier him and my mum under the car doing oil changes etc.
Perhaps the toffs went out shooting in the shooting brake. I remember the word chara charabanc. or Bang. Gran said you had to get out and push on hills as the poor horses couldn't make it.
 

oldMohawk

master brummie
In this 1935 pic in Church Rd Yardley, he looks like he has never seen a camera before... I can see bread in a bread basket, but the pail, is it for milk ? I can see the buildings in the centre of the pic on Streetview and he would probably recognise the middle one today, it has hardly changed although maybe the gravestones have.
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derekw

master brummie
There's flowers along the wall now and its still a pretty place to walk...I remember the old forge from many moons ago.
 

brumgum

Proud to be a Brummie!
In this 1935 pic in Church Rd Yardley, he looks like he has never seen a camera before... I can see bread in a bread basket, but the pail, is it for milk ? I can see the buildings in the centre of the pic on Streetview and he would probably recognise the middle one today, it has hardly changed although maybe the gravestones have.

The original pic is in the post https://birminghamhistory.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=38737&p=431273#post431273
The wall is still the same but the top is missing and the gravestones have gone and...it's where i live. Wonder if the bodies are still in situ:uncomfortableness:
This shot is about where the chap is standing and the snowman sat on top of the wall last winter:pride:
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Stephen0002002

master brummie
I remember those old hand brakes ... on my older brothers Consul - much better then the levers I reckon and much much better then the hand brake buttons now. And love the description of the hand brake even if it isnt 100% correct :) ... brought back a great memory for me TY.

The school children that commute along Stratford Road today still walk in twos with a teacher in front and one at the back :)
So some ideas are still there.

Funny how we view our earlier times with a smile.
 

Rupert

master brummie
Not better than a lever...not enough simple mechanical advantage and difficult to operate. However with a bench seat, which the Consul had, it was a solution for an operating mechanism.
 

Nico

master brummie
Mum had a shooting break, the break was so stiff she couldn't lift it to put it on once and had to come back home. She also drove to Weymouth and got hit by a milk float. It knocked the steering out and she couldn't go round corners!
 

Rupert

master brummie
'Shooting Brake' denotes the type of vehicle and has nothing to do with the braking system whatsoever. Visualise a van with windows in wooden sides and rear doors. Better still...Google the term. Station wagon is a similar (American) term although not used with wooden sides anymore.
The rich folk would drive to the Grouse Shooting location in one of these...hence the word shooting...maybe others know what brake denotes. Perhaps you opened the back doors and served Champs to the shooters.
I think the under dash pull mechanism was called an Umbrella style...possibly. Yeah, they did require a bit of muscle.
 

oldMohawk

master brummie
In the pic in post #41 a man seemed out of place, the man in this pic looks in place but interesting.
It is Stratford Road/Stoney Lane in 1952, the camera was ready, the street scene was set as a uniformed man rides in on his motorised bike.
He has large leather cuffs on his sleeves, badges and shiny buttons on his double breasted jacket, he stares at the camera, I wonder what he was thinking ? I can't seem to place the uniform maybe he was a tram driver, but I remember those motorised bikes, a postman in our road had one and I used watch him going off to work pedalling furiously to get the motor started.
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oldMohawk

master brummie
It certainly looks like a Morgan. What about the interesting looking car behind the cyclist ?
I'm still puzzled by his uniform, he seems to have a typical round number badge I remember bus drivers and conductors wore, but he looks to have epaulettes with buttons and I don't seem to remember them.
 

jimbo

master brummie
oldMohawk. The cyclist appears to have a number/registration plate on his cycle handlebars. Any thoughts? jimbo
 

oldMohawk

master brummie
oldMohawk. The cyclist appears to have a number/registration plate on his cycle handlebars. Any thoughts? jimbo
Hi Jimbo - He has a number plate because a petrol engine is driving a small wheel which contacts the back tyre and propels the bike. I can see some sort of throttle lever on his handlebars. Presumably because it was motor driven he had to register it and fit the number plate. The motor was probably like the one in the pic below.
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