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Prof
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91 of 93  Thu 23rd Feb 2017 5:19pm  
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That first picture of the two Baz is just as I remember the City Arcade, looking from Smithford St towards the Barracks Market, complete with the clock. But I only knew it late in the war and after. The windows were boarded up with small panes of glass in the centre when it came into use after the bombing!
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Midland Red
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92 of 93  Thu 23rd Feb 2017 5:51pm  
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On 23rd Feb 2017 4:46pm, Prof said: What a fantastic image NeilsYard, it makes one feel you could walk down Market St to see it. Looks as if this was the side entrance to Boots which fronted onto Broadgate as seen in many photos, so this must be Market Street.
This postcard clearly shows Boots on Broadgate Thumbs up
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Kaga simpson
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93 of 93  Sun 26th Feb 2017 11:27am  
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Yes, these old photo's really do bring back old memories. But to me I believe the first world war was the start of the picture postcard, at the start of the twentieth century the only way people could communicate to others afar was by writing, and with photo's making giant strides someone put them together. With mass production thousands of cards were sent to the troops, I believe the Royal Mail and the Army had a special service. The Three Spires was the most popular postcard for Midlanders, but in the twenties and thirties the picture postcard was cheap and easy to send small items of news, with three deliveries a day was fast and efficient. Today we are most grateful for those cards to look back on history. The second war, it was widely used for home use, farther afield the six-penny airmail came in to use.
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