When I first saw this photographic prompt, my reaction was "This will not be for me". Yet here I am writing a second posting. (See also "Forward with Flat Caps" ) It is amazing what you can pick out when you look more closely at a picture, that at first glance does not appeal.
This time the truck in the picture reminded me of the Oldham family of Blackpool. They were carters and coal merchants for three generations - Joseph Prince Oldham (1855-1921), his son John William Oldham (1880-1939) and his granddaughter Elsie Smith, nee Oldham (1906-1989),
The business was founded around 1890, steadily became prosperous and in 1905 moved to near North Station, Blackpool in a house with a large yard, hay loft, tack room. and stabling for around 7 horses.
Shortly before his death Joseph had purchased the first vehicle (below) which was used alongside the horses and carts. until the 1930's when two new vehicles were bought. May Day and the dressing of the horses with brasses was a colourful event remembered by the family.
This vehicle (c.1936 ) wasw requisitioned during the Second World War by Government for use by the Fire Service. It was neve returnedd
|Elsie Oldham(1906-1989) |
See the posting Bobbing, Shingling and Marcel Waves
With thanks to Elsie's son, Stuart (my third cousin) for these photographs and family history.