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Roger Turner
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91 of 97  Wed 2nd Aug 2017 9:27pm  
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I visited my friends in Coventry yesterday and as usual we mull over old times - Coventry and the things we got up to. I mentioned the photo on Broadgate thread 421 and referred to the wartime open air "shanty" West Orchard market, that I sometimes visited during lunch time from school, I don`t know what date the photo is, but I think it is later than 1947/51 when I was about. My friend immediately mentioned the static water tanks that I think were alongside the old Woolies, funny because I had been looking for them myself and couldn`t see them on the photo, so perhaps they had gone under the new Smithford Way building. The conversation then drifted on to what were the attractions on the stalls and we all immediately said "Home decorating". I don`t know if every front door had to be wood grained after the war, but there used to be a chap on the market demonstrating in front of a small crowd. He had a flat block of wood in front of him, on which he painted some brown scumble (he called it) then he applied a tool that was like a block of wood shaped rounded, like an old fashioned ink blotter. He pushed it up and down the block oscillating it as he went and lo and behold a wood grain finish appeared. The talk then turned to the perils of redecorating living room walls just after the war - no wallpaper available, so some went for a stipple finish which used to imprint the shape and colour of flower foliage in stripes up and down the wall. Does anybody remember those days of make-do and mend.
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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92 of 97  Thu 3rd Aug 2017 2:26am  
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I do certainly Roger, My mum's shop was stippled from top to bottom. One in King Richard St. also the one in Batsford Road. Awful it was but served the job when needed (with a sponge). Thank heavens you don't see it now - or do you? Roll eyes
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Helen F
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93 of 97  Thu 3rd Aug 2017 9:18am  
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The fake wood kit and scumble were still being pushed as late as the mid 90s (if not still going). The people presenting it on TV and in markets were very good. Whereas most who tried it, weren't. It and other texturing techniques fell out of favour with the advent of The House Doctor, as far as I can tell. People started making places much more neutral, adding patterns in cushions and feature walls. Those things can be easily changed when you get bored or move. People who tried neutralising to attract a buyer, discovered they quite liked the effect. Through the same period bathrooms went white and carpets lost their patterns. The various design industries despair because people aren't changing big priced items like bathrooms as fast as when a colour/pattern was either in or out. Whether busy forms of decoration will ever return I don't know. Whenever I've had to strip a wall of paper, especially woodchip I swear I'll never go that way and there has been a boom in people buying un-modernised properties to do up and sell. Sadly it's part of what has priced youngsters out of the market. In the past, a property with scary decoration was a bargain. People often lived with the design mistakes until their income matched their taste. Now those properties are a sought after investment and many young people are so used to pristine properties they reject places that don't fit their idea of habitable. Sad I was lucky that my university digs prepared me for the worst - rats, hot and cold running slugs and holes you could see daylight through. My first home (in Coventry) was perfectly sound under multiple layers of regrettable decorating fads. Thumbs up
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LesMac
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94 of 97  Thu 3rd Aug 2017 10:52am  
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Our home in Hall Green Rd suffered some roof damage after a bomb fell on Tom Taylors 3 acre meadow. It took about a month before the War Hag got round to carrying out the repair. During that month water damaged much of the upstairs d├ęcor. When the painters eventually moved in, all upstairs needed decorating. The only choice we had was green background with a yellow stipple or a yellow background with a green stipple, we chose the first option. All the woodwork was grained, the painter had a choice of combs for various wood effects. The overall result would have been thought ghastly today but then it was thought to be quite pleasant.
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pixrobin
Canley
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95 of 97  Thu 3rd Aug 2017 4:17pm  
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LesMac suggested "All the woodwork was grained, the painter had a choice of combs for various wood effects. The overall result would have been thought ghastly today but then it was thought to be quite pleasant." I guess you mean like this. When I moved to the house in Accrington in 1990 all the internal doors were decorated so.
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Roger Turner
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96 of 97  Thu 3rd Aug 2017 6:08pm  
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Now you`ve got me guessing Pixrobin. You must have had a reason for taking and keeping that photo. "Ghastly today but then quite pleasant" Which of the two was it then? Cheers
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pixrobin
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97 of 97  Thu 3rd Aug 2017 7:34pm  
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My paternal grandfather did graining in London, I think during the 1920s/30s. I never delete pictures - but that's why I have 2x 3 terabyte drives attached as network drives. I currently have around 150,000 images stored that I have taken since the beginning of the century. Since returning to Coventry 2.5 years ago I have added around 12,000 new images, but I am not as mobile as I used to be. And now that image has proved its worth in that some younger members may never have seen what 'graining' looks like.
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