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When Everyone Wore A Hat...

oldMohawk

master brummie
Some fine looking hats worn by a large group of ladies waiting on this GWR station with posters showing places south and west of Birmingham. All look very serious and we can only guess what sort of excursion it was but definitely ladies only.
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paul stacey

master brummie
As Maurice says, "Formidable", looking at this picture it dos make you wonder how in heaven they managed to get about with daily tasks, let a lone get on and off Bus's and the like. Paul
 

oldMohawk

master brummie
Hmmm - Formidable! :)
Maurice
Hi Maurice ... Looks like the train was late ... pity the driver !
Looking again at the pic, a large group of formidible women, no children of school age, and no men, maybe it was some official women's society outing. The station looks small and reading the notices it seems to be GWR connected with Birmingham, but after studying many photos of local stations the roof does not look like typical GWR.
As Maurice says, "Formidable", looking at this picture it dos make you wonder how in heaven they managed to get about with daily tasks, let a lone get on and off Bus's and the like. Paul
Hi Paul ... I suppose women of those times were used to the high steps and steep stairs of trams and looking at the ladies of the church choir in post#254 they were prepared to do some climbing ...:)
 

sospiri

Ex-pat Brummie
Hi Phil,

These buildings were mostly built to a common pattern, so determining exactly which station could be an impossible task. Ladies in such long dresses would presumably only have to negotiate the two steps to the lower deck, and the upper deck was the preserve of men, who could smoke up there and enjoy there journey in peace!

Maurice
 

oldMohawk

master brummie
Hi Maurice, an elegant looking lady climbed the stairs of this old tram and sat there wearing a magnificent hat ... well pinned on no doubt !
Phil
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Vivienne14

Super Moderator
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The respectable lady in the plumed hat would probably be horrified to learn she was sitting immediately behind the Dunvilles Whisky sign ! Viv
 

sospiri

Ex-pat Brummie
I take your point, Phil, but it couldn't have been easy with all those yards of fabric. And she couldn't negotiate those stairs with castors, Maria! As for Dunvilles, I had to look that up. Liquidated in 1931, but in 2013 another company revived the brand name. Personally I detest the after taste of whisky and we've had an unopened bottle of 12 year old single malt that we won in a raffle some years ago still sitting in the cupboard. Must be at least 18 year old single malt by now!

Maurice
 

DavidGrain

master brummie
The station looks small and reading the notices it seems to be GWR connected with Birmingham, but after studying many photos of local stations the roof does not look like typical GWR.

I agree with Old Mowhawk that the roof does not look GWR although the station is definitely GWR from the posters. I am wondering if the station could be somewhere like South Wales having been built by a railway company taken over by the GWR say at the Grouping in 1923
 

oldMohawk

master brummie
Everyone wearing hats in Villa Road makes it worthwhile having another look at this forum pic. A busy scene and no overhead cables means it was before electric trams were introduced.
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norfolk brummie

gone but not forgotten
Had to watch where you were treading, with the pools of water, and horse manure.

A little like the 'horse country' lane that we live in.

Eddie
 

oldMohawk

master brummie
It is interesting comparing this forum pic with the one in post#312. The large building on the corner was not originally half timbered ... it must have been a profitable shop to have received such a 'makeover' !
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A Sparks

master brummie
That's very interesting, I'd be interested to know how and why that was done.
It looks the same building but I see they added a top to the turret.
 

DavidGrain

master brummie
I am logged in but


Apparently I was not logged in inspite of my name appearing on the ribbon at the top of the page. I can now see the photos posted by OldMohawk.
 
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oldMohawk

master brummie
All of the military (Home Guard) in this pic are wearing their hats (helmets) but maybe some of the watching crowd probably not. Some spectators stood on the window ledges of the building opposite for a better view. Probably the largest number of firearms ever seen in Colmore Row.
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