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Old Birmingham / Re: Birmingham Mail Charity Boots
« Last post by Tricia Benn on Yesterday at 06:54:56 PM »
J Hughes - unlucky not to get the boots, but so fortunate to have a dad in work (although I don't suppose that meant much to you in those days).  Did you already have some shoes?  Can't imagine there were barefooted children in 1937!
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Old Birmingham / Re: Birmingham Mail Charity Boots
« Last post by Tricia Benn on Yesterday at 06:50:49 PM »
From what I read earlier today, Frederick, it was only in the latter years that the girls had shoes instead of boots together with white socks - which must have been so exciting for them after boots and grey socks.
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Old Birmingham / Re: Birmingham Mail Charity Boots
« Last post by Tricia Benn on Yesterday at 06:44:50 PM »
I can't tell you how grateful I am for your detailed reply Phil, and for the photograph which brought tears to my eyes.  Now I know why my mother had painful feet for as long as I can remember, and why she always insisted that my sister and I had our feet measured for new shoes.  She used to say "take care of your feet, and they will take care of you" !!  They were always so reticent about their childhood and, I'm ashamed to say, I am only now learning about the hardships they endured.  But they turned out to be good and loving parents - as most true Brummies from those days did, always wanting their children to have better lives than they had.  Thank you again Phil
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Old Birmingham / Re: Birmingham Mail Charity Boots
« Last post by frederick on Yesterday at 06:43:58 PM »
Did the girls have something more like a shoe and not a boot. Any help with that one.
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Old Birmingham / Re: Birmingham Mail Charity Boots
« Last post by Hughes on Yesterday at 06:37:43 PM »
around 1937 my Grand mother took me to Colmore Rd Sshool to obtain a pair of these boots.they looked splendid and I was quite upset
when I was refused beacause my father was in work
J Hughes
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Old Birmingham / Re: Birmingham Mail Charity Boots
« Last post by Phil on Yesterday at 06:12:50 PM »
Hi Trica,

Welcome to you, a lot of posts on the forum come direct from posters memories (including some of my own). Whilst memories are great things to share they are not always accurate. This is a report on the history of Charity Boots from The Birmingham Mail Christmas Tree Fund on the Birmingham Art Gallery & Museum website.

The 'Birmingham Mail Christmas Tree Fund' supplied these boots to a Birmingham child in the 1930s. The fund relied on donations from local people.Between 1888 and 1948 it bought almost 500,000 boots and shoes for the City's poorer children. The Fund's work meant that Birmingham was the first big city in Britain to see an end to barefooted children.Boots like these were specially made for the fund. They were well made and hard wearing,but often ill-fitting. The BM stamp we can see was to discourage pawning, however many children endured playground teasing for wearing BM marked charity boots.
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Birmingham Photos and Videos / Re: School Photographs
« Last post by BrummieGeoff on Yesterday at 05:30:36 PM »
Catlover,
Yes, I remember the older Cox and Townsend sisters too.
I don't recall the Howlings, but I think I remember 2 Swindell sisters .... one was in my class.
I now live about 5 miles away from Greet. I went for a walk around the Sparkhill/Greet area a couple of weeks ago, and enjoyed it hugely. Of course lots of things have changed, but much is still recognisable from the 60's.
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Birmingham Photos and Videos / Re: School Photographs
« Last post by roy one on Yesterday at 04:52:00 PM »

hi Catlover


the school photo was in black and white so I decided to add a tad of colour to try and show how colour was just coming of age in school photos most at that time was black and white  each colour you see is what I decided they may have looked like at the time    just a bit of info    roy
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Old Birmingham / Birmingham Mail Charity Boots
« Last post by Tricia Benn on Yesterday at 04:46:08 PM »
Hello, I have just joined this site after reading a very old post here about Birmingham Mail Charity Boots. I remember an aunt telling me that she and my parents had some.  My parents never talked about that time.  However, in the post it suggested that they were issued to children in the late 30s/40s.  My father was born in 1901 and my mother in 1904, so the late 30s issue wouldn't have applied to them (my father went into the airforce at the start of the second world war).  I would be so grateful if someone could please enlighten me about the boots which would have been given to my parents.  Thank you so much.  O0
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Birmingham Photos and Videos / Re: School Photographs
« Last post by Catlover on Yesterday at 04:32:25 PM »
Roy One : yes that's Greet School now.
The playground is much smaller than it was in my day .... it must be hopeless for playground cricket. We used to get "6 and out" if we hit the ball over the fence. And we then shouted to passers-by to throw it back!  :)
Catlover: I spent a few years in the class that left in 1966, and other years in the class that left in 1967. I recall Dennis Fellows lived in the sweet shop on the corner of Lea Road, Alan Weatherspoon who lived on Percy Road between Evelyn and Fernley, and Steve Cox who lived further down Percy. I lived in Thornhill Road.
The names I remember from the cricket team are Townsend, Jones, Stone, Wilson, Peters, Smith, Cotterill, Perryman, Worral, Cox, Bevan.
Some of the names I know. Dennis Fellows and his siblings were friends of mine. As for Steve Cox, I knew his sister Janet. As with Townsend, Peters and Worral, I think I knew the older siblings. Wow, small world.
Do you remember the Howlings Family in Lea Road, they all attended Greet School, Also the Swindells in Percy road.
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