THIS typical workplace photograph from around ninety years ago shows employees from as young as their early teens, in a gathering with more long in the tooth colleagues.
The older fellows, on the stairway at the rear, in their flat caps and bowler hats, contrast with the young boys and girls at the front, who couldn’t have been long out of school.
It is doubtful whether anyone shown is still alive, but we wonder if any readers can recognise a parent or grandparent in the group? The only name we have is that of Fred Price, who was a veteran of the 1914/18 war. He is on the third row from the front, fourth from the left.
Fred was the uncle of Den Jones of Cradley Heath, who has kindly supplied this photograph to us, found in his late Aunt Lily Price’s belongings at Colley Gate.
The place of work depicted was Hope Emery’s Timberyard, at the bottom of Waterfall Lane Old Hill, close to the Crown public house.