QUIZ PICTURE – N0. 4

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  • #4897


    Billy

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    Shopping hasn’t always been as dire as it is today in Wolverhampton.
    Take for instance regarding Childrens attire we had in the mid 1960’s the likes of Lindy Lou,in Victoria Street. Windridges in Worcester Street
    etc..Those were Happy day’s.

    And talking of Happiday’s do you remember where they where!.

    HAPPIDAY SMALL

    Below the old cellar head.

  • #4903


    georgenabbs

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    I don’t recall Happidays, mind you children’s clothing would not be at the top of my agenda in the late 50’s. Windridges though specialised in posh Perambulaters or prams, as they were commonly called and had a large painted advertisement on the gable end of the shop reading “Why worry wheel a Windridge.” Every so often you would hear that one of your friends was looking a wee bit worried as there was a strong possibility that through circumstances beyond his self control, his girlfriend was likely to become his wife, a matter much frowned on in the 50’s, usually by the young ladies father. Meeting your mate and being told of this life changing matter, your reaction would be to look serious and say, “Why worry, Mate. Wheel a Windridge .”

  • #4914


    Billy

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    It doesn’t look like there are many people who recall “Happidays” in Wolverhampton But perhaps by the time we get a few more interested Quiz followers here on Puzzle corner they may have returned.

    Happidays Baby Linen Dealers came to Meadow Street off Chapel Ash in the late 1950’s about the same time as this photo was taken showing a flourishing shopping area at that time.
    The clock on the tower of Charles Clarkes on the corner of Bath Road, reads ten past ten and next door F.C.Goodhall greengrocers is open for business.

    Chapel Ash 1956 printed

    Below the old cellar head.

  • #4932


    georgenabbs

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    Hallo Bill,
    Great photograph, but you failed to mention the window cleaner. His barrows there and the ground floor ladders there, the pointed one, but the he’s missing. Drinking Tae at the Green Grocers?
    They say the invention of the wheel changed everyone’s life, it could certainly be a move upwards, Think about it, with a bike, you could be a Lamp Lighter, you could be the one riding around twice a day, a bamboo pole with a hook on the end, turning the gas on and off
    Two wheels and a box and there’s no limit to your horizon, a bucket and a chamois and you’re a Window Cleaner with your own round, “Mek sure yo gerr in the corners”. Or with a set of brushes, two hessian tater sacks and you’re a chimney sweep. “Leave the soot I can use it on the roses.”
    Two wheels, a set of handlebars and you move up the social scale. You could be the Clubman, though you had to have the regulation gabardine Mac and trilby plus bicycle clips. Sixpence a week with the Liverpool and Victoria Assurance Company and Granny was assured of a burial befitting her status. Top of the ladder, the Rent Man. How many time were you told to stand behind the door and don’t make a noise, “We ae gorrit this week.”
    Move up again; add two more wheels and a horse, some goldfish and you would be a rag and bone man, a 1940’s Del Boy. Perhaps a mobile Green Grocer, a set of scales on the back of the cart and you were in business. Like to get your hands dirty, sell coal, you didn’t need a yard, go down to the “cut”, fill up the cart, straight off the barge and at the end of the day you tie the horse to the end of the bed and you were on the way to your first million.
    If you couldn’t afford wheels, a coke brazier, to sit in front of, a night watchman, guarding a hole in the road. Must have worked, I never heard of one being stolen, although really you were there to see the Council Paraffin Lamps never went out.
    The Apprentice? They haven’t got a clue.

  • #4934


    Billy

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    The material you can glean from a photograph is amazing George I thought you may have mentioned Fred Goodhall you being in the trade at one time.

    But such interesting observations although the old timers who can recall those callers such as us two are getting very thin on the ground now.

    Incidentley the chap who had the Chapel Ash window cleaning round in the 1980’s was Bill (?) from Pattingham and his absence from the scene was that he is probably on his second pint of Banks’s in the Clarendon.

    Below the old cellar head.

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