Wednesday, 23 January 2013
Sepia Saturday 161
For the main part, I've gone with shop fronts for this week's posting. For someone who is not much of a shopper, I find shopfronts quite fascinating. They , or should I say used to, add character and interest to our towns and cities. Unfortunately all too often towns contain the same shopping centres with the same shops, selling the same, or they consist of Estate Agents, fast food joints and charity shops.
South Parade, Matlock Bath in Derbyshire, C1900. It is when I would liked to go there. Unfortunately, I can only go now
North Parade, Matlock Bath,taken a few years ago. Whilst, it is more attractive than many towns, it is still over-run with cars
This is included, not because of any charm, but almost for the opposite reason. I think they are probably celebrating the end of the Great War - hence the garish display. The reason for it's inclusion is that a distant cousin was living in Paradise Row when the 1891 Census was taken
As I've done the Yorkshire part of the family, I better do the Hampshire bit as a matter of balance. The above are two Victorian images of Winchester where my Isle of White ancestors settled after leaving the Island a few decades earlier. They lived in a street just behind these shops where genteel folk would hesitate to go. In the mid 1800s, small terraced houses were often occupied by two or more families living poverty and squalor. Today, the remaining properties now go for £350,000.00 or more
So much for family connection, the rest have been gleaned from searching the Web and are included because....
If it hadn't been for Charlie's middle initial he would have missed out on his appearance in SS. Chas. Foote, is not quite the same as Chase Foote (sounds like a racing game) when I was a youngster I seem to recall that people often spoke a a foot chase - the expression doesn't seem to be used today.
This is entitled country store - it strikes me as being a bit Hill-Billy (no offence meant to our American Country Cousins) or somewhere in the Appalcian Mountains.
Not only does this deserve to be included because it scores on several of the suggested themes, it's location. in Snohomish, demands an appearance.
The Corner Book Shop
And, inside for the sweet-toothed
I went away from the Introduction to this week's piece, with the Idea that Alan's curved legs were bowed and thought of doing something along those lines. After looking at a few images, I decided it would be just too cruel.
I did include this from a collection of Glasgow cuttings held by parkheadhistory.com.
And, finally for the poetic and mathematical minded amongst us;
As I was walking by St. Cleggs,
I met a man who had Bow Legs,
Forsooth what kind of man is this
who wears his balls in Parenthesis