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« on: November 23, 2009, 08:48:34 PM »

Over the years there have been some iconic street signs and Birmingham City Transport street furniture, which is instantly recognisable and familiar in as unique a way to Brummies as the red post box and red telephone box is in general to the people of Britain. ( If indeed they're not recognised all over the world as British )

This thread is for anyone who wants to post anything relating to both old and new street furniture, no matter what it is. It's a loose thread so post whatever you like as regarding interesting street symbols of Birmingham both old and new past and present ....

Of course I'll get the ball rolling with a few oldies from B C T of a few bus stops. To some they will be familier, from another era, evoking warm memories of going up town, to a club, on a date or visiting friends .... Always about going somewhere, either going out or heading home .... about expectation ...!

Someone else can post the modern ones if they like ....  


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* Bus and Phone Box.jpg (16.89 KB, 348x220 - viewed 200 times.)

* Bus Stop 1.jpg (13.13 KB, 300x252 - viewed 170 times.)
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« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2009, 03:37:25 PM »

The first thing that came to my mind was Flag stones, or, if you wish.... STREET CARPET
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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2010, 05:37:44 PM »

A few images of some iconic 50's and 60's Birmingham Transport images that we were all familiar with .... and one from much later in the 70's towards the latter end of the life of the Bundy Clock ....

The Bundy clocks I remember were in either green or dark blue .... I remember green mainly .... Loved the old navy blue and cream hop on hop off buses .... many memories coming from school, Leigh Rd, Washwood Heath and hopping off as the bus slowed to take the corner at the top of Melvina Rd, corner of Duddeston Mill Rd, Nechells ....

Will post a few beauties when I find them .... By the way that anorak is not me ... lol


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« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2010, 07:54:55 PM »


  Memories memories,  these are gone but not forgotten..

  Oh Telstar are you the grey haired old geezer with hands in pockets then???


  I remember the grills in the pavement and the hot air that used to come up..
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« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2010, 08:30:51 PM »

Yes Sheila all memories - Think the grey haired man is just too old to be Telstar - 
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« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2010, 09:43:47 PM »



 Ok Beryl, whats he got you want, buttering him up,

 if he aint the Geek he must be the other bloke.......

 Anyroad I love White/grey hair,it looks distinguished
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« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2010, 12:55:36 AM »

Hi Sheila and Beryl .... neither of them are me .... Lol .... I did say that " The anorak isn't me ? " And the oul lad looks a bit like an old uncle of mine .... Lol ...!

I tried to post a couple of pics up of me but they are in bitmap form and they wont go up .... If I knew how to change them to jpeg I would .... there are two of them, one when I was 37 and the other about 18 months ago when I was 50 ....

I'm only a babby, sure .... I'm very lucky to still have all my hair and I'm still dark .... If you were on facebook you could see my facebook profile, there are pics of when I was 9 -10 - 19 - 20 - 30 - 35 and 50 .... but they are all in bitmap format so there's nothing I can do ....  
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« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2010, 01:42:31 AM »

Any how Sheila I like most men  Grin - grey haired ones too - I have one a tall Scot who makes me look like a midget

Telstar I think i may have seen a picture of you on Facebook and i would say you have more of an Irish look - than the grey haired gent with his hands in his pocket
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« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2010, 03:22:28 AM »


Oi Beryl.  I,m going to have a word with that tall Scot about you,
liking men indeed, be satisfied you have one and think of us poor old
things needing a bit of attention..

I did as you know join Facebook but just could,nt connect,it was much
to busy for me,  I prefer things as they are, Chers  S.
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« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2010, 01:19:49 AM »

Sheila - Stuart knows me well We have been married 50 years
By the way I was 12 we were married  Grin  

The fact is I admire the boldness of men and the clarity in the way they think - Yes I do play around trying to find a balance between two opposite streams of thought which can be a real challenge,.  
  
Anyhow Telstar we love the pictures you post - Thank you
 
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« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2010, 06:23:09 PM »

Hi Telstar Have just sent you a message - Beryl
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« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2010, 07:42:10 PM »

Being unfaithful to BS&H I contacted  BF.
When I was a member of that group, Tramp was then extremely good when I
was ill  however knowing he lives in the Dominicon Republic
I contacted Roy to see if he was ok...Weeeeeel he was "charming" even
mentioned my garden, not that he has seen it....Oh and yes he is ok, well


Btw  Tiny Tim never dated me, but there again nor did a lot of males, I was
rather particular.

Telstar thank you for asking..I am not quite a box of birds but am doing o k
Celebrating my 80th next month,whacko.......
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« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2010, 03:08:44 AM »

Telstar - I have sent you another message - Beryl
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« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2010, 03:39:54 PM »

Birmingham had it's own unique style of street signs that were as familiar to brummies as the bus stops, Bundy Clocks and lamp posts .... Here are a few pictures of the Bundy Clock in green and also in blue .... Later the style was to change ....


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* Navy blue bundy, bus and shelter.jpg (89.99 KB, 500x335 - viewed 272 times.)
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« Reply #14 on: January 27, 2010, 04:05:19 PM »

Over the years, Birmingham's street signs have been changing. Shown here, are another few old ones ....

Note .... for the last 60 years, Birmingham City Council have been quietly dropping the possessive apostrophe from any new signs that have had to be made.

Early last year, this made national news last as it came to the attention of the media. Many people suddenly thought this dumbing down was a new phenomenon and much debate filled the airwaves and internet ....

The international media also quickly took up the story ....

In the first picture, St. Mary's Row has had the apostrophe painted out .... The other two are signs of the same place. The first one is a Victorian one with the apostrophe included .... The later updated one shows it to be completely missing ....

The lower bottom ones are where the new signs are heading stylewise ....

When asked by the BirminghamandSuburbs for a comment, a spokesman for Birmingham City Council he said he could be quoted as saying ....

" oh thee apostrophe .... naa ..... we couldn't be bovered anymore .... a lot of people are really fick so it dunt really matter anyway .... It's to bring it down to there level en it .... we're gonna start abreviating some signs in text speak soon so people can understand them better ...? "


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* St Paul's Square 1930.jpg (51.29 KB, 800x600 - viewed 179 times.)

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