Teesside and Old Cleveland / A Final Selection?

Teesside and Old Cleveland / A Final Selection?

:   Robin Cook
:   Cleveland
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-5650-9
:   144
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Once again, I have put together a very varied and fascinating selection of early postcards relating to the Teesside and Old Cleveland area. The task does not get easier - hence the choice of title for this volume! I am keen to maintain the level of interest and the social history content of these selections, and suitable new material continues to get much harder to find, even though visiting the various specialist postcard fairs which are now so popular across the country. I have again concentrated particularly on local topographical postcards from before the 1914-1918 Great War. This includes some wonderful Eston material, with the considerable assistance of Harold Hoisey, and substantial help again in the Middlesbrough section in particular from John Armstrong, who has always been very supportive to me in this series of books. Material has also been loaned to me again by Peter and Barbara Fletcher, and I would like to thank all of these collectors for their help in making it possibie to sustain the quality of the postcards selected.

My previous five volumes in this series have covered Middiesbrough, Stockton on Tees, Towns and Villages of Ancient Cleveland, Teesside and Old Cleveland Re-visited, and Teesside and Old Cleveland Once More. In total, with this volume, a collection of 840 early postcards and photographs. 1 have been very appreciative of the warm reception which they have all gained. I am also most grateful to European Library for making it possible for me to create

this valuable photographic archive of our district in several volumes for posterity. Most of the early postcards have not survived, and the ones I have used from my own collection or from other people's collections are not otherwise generally accessible. Many of them may in due course also disappear, but the books will survive so that later generations can be even more amazed than ourselves at the quaintness of life in the very early part of this century, which is already so close to its end. How fortunate for us that the camera was just becoming much more widely used from about 1900 onwards.

I have tried to ensure again that every picture teils a story of life long ago in this area, and have avoided postcards which are not sufficiently unusual for my purpose. The captions are designed to bring out as much interest as possible, whilst providing accurate factual information about the particular background circumstances of the postcard. As usual, I will be pleased to learn from readers anything more about the cards reproduced here, and on the basis of my previous experience, I am sure that I will not be disappointed.

In conclusion, I would like to record my special thanks to Peter Dobing of Darlington for photographic assistance, and to Doreen Sewell for recording the complete text on the word processor.

1. An exciting postcard find, which brings back a familiar sight from the streets of central Middlesbrough in the summer of 1913. A horse-drawn Corporation dustcart collects the household refuse. Note the special barrow for carrying the heavy dustbins. The tarpaulin on the cart carries the Middlesbrough Corporation title.

2. A most unusual view of the Transporter Bridge, taken on the overhead walkway high above the carriage and the River Tees. Many workmen used to carry their cycles up the staircases, ride across this walkway, and carry their cycles down the other side. The public are no longer allowed up here. Taken about 1920.

3. An aerial view of Bell Brothers' Clarence Iron and Steel Works at Port Clarence, taken from the Middlesbrough side of the River Tees about 1920.

4. A Haig Parry view of shipping movements within the Middlesbrough Doek basin, with a steam paddle tug towing the 'Matra' of Liverpool into position. Taken about 1920, the number of dockside eranes gives a good impression of how busy the River Tees was in those days.

5. An advertising postcard by the Teesside Bridge and Engineering Works of Middlesbrough, in which their 'Unaided Gravity Davits' are iIlustrated. Presumably the weight of the es ca ping passengers caused the lifeboat to gently lower itself to the water level. From about 1920.

The PRINCE OF WALES Leaving Mîddlesb rough Station, July 2nd, 1930


6. The Prince of Wales -later (briefly) Edward VIII - visited Middlesbrough on 2nd July 1930 to open the Constantine Technical College. He travelled from the railway station to the new college in this splendid Rolls Royce, and can be seen in the rear seat raising his hat to the crowd, with the Lord Mayor at his side.

7. A fine postcard view of the rear of the Royal Exchange, with Albert Road lying beyond at the front of the building. Opened in 1868, it was eventually demolished in the 1980's to make way for an overhead road bypass. A bus station was built in the foreground in 1925, when the statue of Henry Bolckow was moved to Albert Park.

8. A fine view of the old Post Office building in Exchange Square, with the statue of Henry Bolckow in the foreground and Jordisons Printing Works on the extreme right. This postcard was posted in 1920.

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