Bristol, The City Centre 1900

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Caption for Bristol, The City Centre 1900: Barrow boys, porters and carters do their best to earn a few shillings. Note the large pair of spectacles above the optician's shop. Victorian retailers were fond of using such devices, which were usually painted gold, to advertise their premises.

An extract from Around Bristol Photographic Memories.

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The family that ran this shop in the early 1960's were the Stefano family. I was at school with Peter Stefano who later took a pizza franchise in Baldwin Street. In the mid 60's I and friends bought 2nd hand demob suits from Madame Virtue (theatrical costumiers) around the corner in (...Read full memory)

The old St James Barton area of the city was demolished in the late 1950s to make way for Bond Street and the bus station. The rebuilding of the city started almost as soon as the Second World War had ended. The blitz destroyed many historic buildings and St James Barton was changed forever. It is (...Read full memory)

Eastville Park is a large park with a small lake, just to the east of the M32. The lake at Eastville Park was instigated as part of a social scheme by Ernest Bevin (a well respected westcountryman) who later became Minister of Labour under Churchill in the coalition government of the Second World War and later Foreign (...Read full memory)

The Transport Department at Southmead Hospital when I joined them consisted of an officer, foreman, and four porter drivers, with two buses, three vans, and two cars. We were responsible for supplying the group hospitals with staff, goods, and laundry. The group was comprised of nine (...Read full memory)

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Caption for Bristol, The City Centre 1900: Barrow boys, porters and carters do their best to earn a few shillings. Note the large pair of spectacles above the optician's shop. Victorian retailers were fond of using such devices, which were usually painted gold, to advertise their premises.

An extract from Around Bristol Photographic Memories.

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