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by Brian Thornley
May 2015
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Sunday, 13 October 2013

Post Cards 'Hyde & Gee Cross

Today's post is from Susan

Susan say's: I'm sharing a recently acquired postcard of Hyde Chapel.  In my collection, I have many others of the chapel but none quite like this.  Unfortunately, as it was not posted I can't date it, but on the back is the printer's identity - Woolley, Tower Street Printing Works, Hyde.  I've never heard of them and wonder if anyone else has.  The card obviously has age to it, as the requirement is for a 1/2d stamp.

I'm also attaching another new recently obtained card of Manchester Road, below Newton Street along with its approximate location today.  What a difference!  Again, I can't date this card as it hasn't been posted, but looking at what the men on the right are wearing, I'd say late 20s early-mid 30s.  As a child I remember a shop on the left of the picture called Busy Bee which sold children's wear.  You can just about pick out the corner of Newton Street where, I suppose Garbett's shoes were there even at that time.

1 comment:

Trish said...

Nice photo of Manchester Rd Susan, like you, I am not too sure of the date either, so my guess is sometime in the 30s like you, though others may beg to differ! I remember the Busy Bee shop very well, in fact in the early fifties there was a fashion show held by the Busy Bee at Hyde Chapel School, and I remember reluctantly having to walk down the catwalk wearing pretty dresses, I was very young, very shy, and not that bothered about pretty dresses then, as I was a real tomboy!
And yes Susan, Garbett Comfort Corner shoe shop was there then, it was my family's shoe shop, and what a treat Manchester Rd looks back then,looks a great place to shop, doesn't it? I love all those canopies, though later in years when big lorries/waggons turned the tight corner onto Newton St, they would sometimes catch Comfort Corners canopies and completely ruin them, on one occasion we even had some waggon shedding their load and smashing into the shop windows. I think this was sometime in the sixties. (think the reporter did an article on it back then) The lovely Comfort corner shop was pulled down to make way for the motorway slip road in 1971 (sad day, I still miss seeing this wonderful shop!)