I saw this example of a classic motorbike made by AJS of Wolverhampton, it was so well made and probably state of the art about 100 years ago! It still looked cool with it’s classic lines, silver trim and it’s black paint job though.
Wolves win the FA Cup!
Yes I know that its hard to believe with the current performance but here is the evidence (and the camera doesnt lie) this is from when the boys bought the cup home in 1960 when the final ended Wolves 3-0 Blackburn Rovers.
I saw a fine example of a once working narrow boat that had been restored, the painting and art work was impressive.
The owner was really into the boat and its history, the barge was built in the 1930s and worked up to the 1960s transporting fuel oil.
The water jug below was once a functional item, enamel or whatever paint was available, was used to prevent rust and protect the steel.
Check out the detail, the castle could represent the one at Dudley which was a major hub for canal boat transport in the area.
There is a river Stour which runs through the area, this boat was also named the Stour.
These photos are from the family area, this was an incredibly small space where officially two adults and two children where allowed to live on the boat. There could have been more children resident than the regulation two on this boat though, its hard to imagine.
The owner explained how the family would sleep with a series of fold down boards to convert the area into two main bed spaces divided by a curtain.
The colour of the art work and the plates, oil lamp and other fittings gave the tiny cabin a kind of homely feeling.
Some of the interior paintings where original, again castles feature, the owner explained how damage to the art work could be touched up in the spare time by the resident family.
This is the kind of ‘cottage industry’ that was going on in the black country about 150 years ago, chain making. These are photos from a demo that I watched where a chain link was made for us.
My brother Paul was involved with installing this forge that is being used here from another site as an enginerring project in the late 70s. It would have been about the time when the museum was being set up.
I can also remember my gran talking about chain makers when she was a girl growing up in what was then a village called Lye.
Chain makers where paid by weight of chain produced, they worked at the forge for approx 6 hours a day and where paid above the average wage.
The guy demoing the technique said that sight problems probably resulted from working with hot metal for such a long period. Here is the finished link.