Roads and Rails of Birmingham, 1900-39
As the 20th century moves into its last quarter, Ray Coxon puts on record his impressions of the transport scene in the Birmingham area during the first 40 years of the century. As he was making tramcar noises before he could talk, he was evidently taking it all in at a very early stage; he soon realised how much of the Edwardian/Elgarian period carried over into the 1920s and began building up a pictorial record at a time when to take photographs of buses or trams was to invite comments from curious bystanders —and they have always been around. Many of the photographs which thus came to light have gone into this book, together with impressions and stories from that period which, although only a few decades back, already seems —such is the rate of change today — to be a remote as the Crimean War. Certainly the men of the First World War are now very thin on the ground, and those of the Second are getting long in the tooth; it therefore seemed right to put on record the variety and colour of those days when it really was the 'Open Road' (though 'No Entry' signs had begun to appear in the 1930s I). It is hoped that the book will recall pleasant memories of those times for those who remember them, and present a picture, for younger readers, of quite another world.
Hardback with dust jacket, 18x24cm, 192 pages, black & white photographs
Condition: Good/Very Good with inscription on EP
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