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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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1 of 36  Tue 4th Jun 2019 2:38pm  
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This is my Nan and stepgrandad on their wedding day, 5th July 1941. I think she looks very smart, as she always did but I am not sure about the fur. I think it had a head on it, how anyone could wear that I don't know but I suppose it was accepted then. Uncle Eric looks a bit like Charlie Chaplin, he looked better when he got older! They were married at the Register Office and I think the picture may be at the back of the Chace Hotel. Edited by member, 4th Jun 2019 2:38 pm
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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2 of 36  Tue 4th Jun 2019 3:05pm  
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Annewiggy, Lovely - very smart lady, bet she pinched some of her family's coupons. Special day called for special help all round. Can see where you get the smiling face from. The fur was mainly for show, can't remember ever seeing one worn although many of my aunts had them. The weather was kind too. Yes, a very lovely photo for what was going on all round. To me, now there is the spirit of Coventry, not the buildings.
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Rob Orland
Historic Coventry
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3 of 36  Fri 5th Mar 2021 2:06pm  
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If we ever need reminding that this Historic Coventry Forum ought to be kept "on track" and decent, it might be this.... Our daughter has recently begun a placement at a Primary School, as part of her qualifying year. Teaching is all she's ever wanted to do, as she loves to help children progress both educationally and as decent human beings. During her first week, which was with 6-7 year-olds, when history was mentioned, she asked the teacher what resources they used. The teacher opened the browser and showed her the familiar cream & brown Historic Coventry. "Wow, that's my dad's website" exclaimed Mandy, proudly! The teacher told her that they particularly enjoy the "Now and Then" pictures, to see how our city used to look. So now we know that children from 5 to 11 years old (and beyond) will be using the site - and many will, out of childlike curiosity, click the links and wander onto this discussion part. These impressionable youngsters, folks, are part of our audience. Connected with this subject is the fact that only children of 13 years and above are allowed on Facebook - for good reason - so that style of social media is not where we wish this site to end up.
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Helen F
Warrington
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4 of 36  Sat 6th Mar 2021 10:39am  
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Re very old topics - questions were and will be asked before there are enough information and experienced members to answer. Some people have posted and then never returned because they don't get much of a response. Sadly they sometimes get a reply long after and it makes me sad that people miss a potential connection. It's the nature of the limited and dwindling number of people with old memories or the same ancestry. There is value in returning and bumping a long lost question every now and then to see if things have changed. If those old posts are deleted, then there will never be a starting point. However there isn't much point artificially bumping old topics because it just makes work that the original poster won't appreciate. I asked loads of questions that I can now answer and loads I still can't.
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Helen F
Warrington
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5 of 36  Wed 26th May 2021 12:23pm  
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I just dipped my toes into buying pictures at auction on the internet. It was very stressful. eBay is much less scary. It's funny the old tat that sells for more money than you'd think, especially as you have to add 25-30% fees. I wasn't prepared to venture much and although I seem to have been the high bidder on most of the items, they had a higher reserve (not that you know what it is in advance). Curiously the mike went off during all the sales of similar items, so presumably the owner was asked if they wanted to sell. I expect that they'll reappear at a specialist sale... or even eBay but they may not get more than I offered. Of course due to the magic of the internet, I can enjoy the pictures without paying a penny Thumbs up Funnily enough, while postcards sell for high prices on eBay, old books and artworks can be extraordinarily cheap. Weird.
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Helen F
Warrington
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6 of 36  Sun 30th May 2021 7:07pm  
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Sort of a buyer beware - This eBay item is supposed to be the Burges but is probably Bruges. Even as an image from the early 1800s, it doesn't fit the maps or the known images of any of the bridges. Potentially it's a very stylised image and there was a Victorian artist who could be responsible but all of those I've seen by that person have been in black and white and they draw tiny weird people as part of the scene.
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Prof
Gloucester
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7 of 36  Tue 1st Jun 2021 7:56am  
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Sunset & lighting recreate burning effect. Another chance to see this wonderful photograph by Arnold Frederick Storey. Post copied from topic Old Cathedral and Church of St Michael on 4th Jun 2021 7:42 pm
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Fourmilier
Coventry
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8 of 36  Tue 1st Jun 2021 10:59am  
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Loving the cathedral and the sunset, but why the Moeraki Boulders in the foreground?
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Prof
Gloucester
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9 of 36  Tue 1st Jun 2021 7:31pm  
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They are there permanently as I understand. Perhaps to prevent parking there?
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Suitably Chastised
The beautiful Staffordshire Moorlands
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10 of 36  Tue 1st Jun 2021 11:45pm  
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It could only happen in this madhouse of a city. Can you image the outrage if the respective local authorities dumped these dirty great concrete balls outside Salisbury, Durham, Canterbury, St Pauls cathedrals etc etc. What is it with these jokers! Who comes up with these ideas? Are you having a giraffe? Edited by member, 1st Jun 2021 11:51 pm
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Helen F
Warrington
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11 of 36  Wed 2nd Jun 2021 2:14pm  
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I don't dislike them as a feature. They're hard to nick and resemble big canon balls, which is kind of appropriate having them dotted about. Better than bollards.
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Helen F
Warrington
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12 of 36  Wed 2nd Jun 2021 2:19pm  
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Buyer err... fall about laughing. Now I don't want to besmirch Sarah Coventry jewellery but is it just me or does this look like it was made of teeth.
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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13 of 36  Thu 3rd Jun 2021 3:17am  
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Opals come to my mind Helen.
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Suitably Chastised
The beautiful Staffordshire Moorlands
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14 of 36  Thu 3rd Jun 2021 5:13am  
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Pearls of wisdom... teeth, maybe!
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Rob Orland
Historic Coventry
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15 of 36  Thu 3rd Jun 2021 9:54am  
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An early attempt at Bluetooth?
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