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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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196 of 251  Wed 22nd Mar 2017 1:28pm  
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There is something very dramatic about the old black and white photos. I like that one, to me it looks as if all the people had frozen in time. Thanks for that one Neil. Thumbs up
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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197 of 251  Sat 25th Mar 2017 6:19pm  
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Another shot I don't think I have seen before from the newspaper archive
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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198 of 251  Tue 22nd Aug 2017 3:52am  
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I don't think I've ever seen this view of the Coventry Arms before and that side - the Kings Head just visible on the right.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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199 of 251  Tue 22nd Aug 2017 7:53am  
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Brilliant find, Neil Cheers It's great that you're back on nights again Lol Coventry Arms on Real Ale Rambles Thumbs up
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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200 of 251  Tue 22nd Aug 2017 8:53pm  
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Thanks Cliff - obviously have a lot of work to do but made sure I have my priorities right Big grin
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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201 of 251  Tue 10th Oct 2017 1:51pm  
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Just going back a while to that 'mystery' light - this image reminded of the puzzle - but confirms Rob's detective work - different location I know but almost certainly the same kind of light. Edited by member, 10th Oct 2017 1:51 pm
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Helen F
Warrington
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202 of 251  Tue 10th Oct 2017 4:34pm  
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LOL. Even before I read your comment I was thinking 'it's that bl***y lamp post'. Good picture though. As a focal point it wasn't much used and none with any clear lines.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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203 of 251  Sat 25th Nov 2017 5:57am  
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Another good aerial shot here during early stages of the development during the last days of the street. Very early work on what would be the M&S building here and interesting to note what was on West Orchard at that time.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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204 of 251  Sat 25th Nov 2017 7:51am  
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I guess that's the static water tank top left?
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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205 of 251  Wed 29th Nov 2017 12:00pm  
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Probably seen before but interesting to see the final elements of the 'Street' before it became the 'Way'. This one also shows the lines that were Vicar Lane and Market Street, with foundations in early stages for Broadgate House.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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206 of 251  Wed 29th Nov 2017 1:26pm  
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Long before traffic lights, no parking and no crossing signs I believe Smithford Street was a very narrow street with two way traffic, mostly horse drawn drays and a few new cars, scores of cycles with bells ringing and bustling pedestrians. People sold laces, silks, matches, bobbins of cotton, all from an open case. New cars had klaxon horns that made you jump, and often frightened the horses, so in a crowded, bustling street you had to mind horses rearing, carts backing wheels on pavements, bike bells, traders yelling, and kids like us dashing in and out of the crowd. The Burges was two-way traffic, the clanging jangling trams sweeping down from Broadgate, scores of people, old ladies dodging across the road between the trams, had you holding your breath if they were going to make it. Shops with wide open doorways, different aromas, people with gaily knitted shopping bags that were more pleasant than plastic. Shopkeepers that were friendly and had time to pass the time of day, and so much more. Made to a whole lot of excitement and shopping a pleasure and not a chore.
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Roger Turner
Torksey
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207 of 251  Thu 30th Nov 2017 9:50am  
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Kaga you have a gift. The ability to set a scene and stimulate the imagination of others (well mine at least), but your description of the hustle bustle of a street scene during a past period, does remind me what I do when all pictures of street scenes of Coventry in all threads are published is to look at the "detail" and wonder what the characters are about. But you have also given me a reminder, I know somewhere in a dusty old box full of family photos, there is one of my mother taken I think in a Coventry street, before WW2 by one of those people who used to take snaps of people and then give you a ticket to go and buy it later. I must look it out, it will show not just only her, but it is also what happens to be in the background I would like to see. Thanks Kaga, please keep the good work up. Mods' note: This post has created discussion off-topic, and therefore has been copied, with responses, into a new thread "What photographs can reveal"
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Helen F
Warrington
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208 of 251  Sun 3rd Dec 2017 6:49pm  
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An auction lot of Francis Frith photos, including Stratford, Guy's Cliff Mill and what I think must be a very early Smithford Street in pretty good nick. It's similar to several in the library but looks like it was taken early in the morning. Get a copy while it's still there because it won't last. Temporary link to image of Smithford Street. Edited by member, 3rd Dec 2017 6:54 pm
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Rob Orland
Historic Coventry
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209 of 251  Sun 3rd Dec 2017 10:49pm  
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That really is a super shot of Smithford Street. Shame the photos aren't being sold individually though - can you see anyone spending their "estimated" $500 - $700 on just 12 images?
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Helen F
Warrington
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210 of 251  Sun 3rd Dec 2017 11:25pm  
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The minimum bid is $250, so I dunno, maybe people will buy it for the Stratford one or maybe they're just testing the water.
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