I featured Carriages and Carts in a recent Sepia Saturday post. As a result I heard from my cousin with a photograph (new to me) of his grandfather, John William Oldham.
Here he is below on one of the horse drawn vehicles owned by the family business of carters which I have featured before on my blog. The adverts on the wall are promoting McDougall's Flour and a performance of Mendelssohn's oratorio "Elijah" on the North Pier, Blackpool
The Oldham family 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, Lancashire in a house with a large yard, hay loft, tack room. and stabling for around 7 horses.
Beamish Open Air Museum, near Newcastle is one of our favourite family outings. In 300 acres of countryside it recreates and explores the everyday life of people in North East England from around 1880 to 1950. with a High Street of houses, shops & trades, vintage trams and buses, a colliery with a pit village, farm, manor house and railway station. Here is the stable yard, with advertising billboards.
To service the "inner man" (or woman) on a carriage drive, here are some billboards and adverts:
Back to a family connection,but still in North East England. My father-in-law John Robert Donaldson came from South Shields, County Durham (near Beamish). He was a sign-writer and painter and here are two examples of his work in South Shields, with, standing alongside, his son Ian who followed in the family business.
Dating from just after the Second World War, it was painted directly onto the board, because of a shortage of paper. Nowadays, amidst anti-smoking campaigns, this advert for cigars would be banned.
The story here went that the railway company who owned the wall eventually tried to paint over the advert, but the original paint kept showing through.
Having a well earned rest!
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