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Black Straw Poke Bonnet, c.1850-1880

This example is made out of straw and is trimmed in lace and feathers. A beautiful floral decoration on the left hand side breaks up the dark colouring and makes it less formal. The cotton ribbon ...

Blossom & Two Figures. Photographed by William Blake.

Outdoor portrait of two ladies in formal dress posing amongst blossom. The woman on the left is named Jeannie but the one on the right remains unidentified.

Blossom and woman

Outdoor portrait of a lady in formal dress posing amongst blossom. The woman is named Jeannie. She is the subject of other photographs in the collection. Photograph taken by Longton photographer ...

Blue and White Clasp Bag, c.1920-1970

This handbag is made out of small metal discs sewn on to a metal frame with a metal chain. The bag is made entirely out of metal and was used as evening wear, as the bag is quite small. We're not entirely ...

Blue Cotton Shawl, c.1850-1880

This shawl is made out of blue cotton with a red woven pattern around the edge and blue tassels.

Blue Wedding Dress, 1920s

This wedding dress was worn by Lucy Harvey when she married Bill Hughes in the 1920s. It demonstrates the flapper style of the ‘Roaring Twenties.’ It is shorter in length and would have been worn ...

Blythe Bridge Road, Rough Close. Photographed by William Blake.

Street scene taken at Blythe Bridge Road, Rough Close, Nr. Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

Bodice with leg o'mutton sleeves, c.1895-1906

At the turn of the century people started to move away from the extravagance of the previous decades, as the crinoline and bustle died away. Instead people went with a more A-line silhouette and to make ...

Bolehall Swifts Football Club, Tamworth

Bolehall Swifts Football Club 1959 Belgium Tour. Photograph taken on the Amington Inn car park with the coach in background which took team and club members to Belgium. Players are (left to right): ...

Bonehill House, Tamworth

Bonehill House, near the north end of Drayton Park, was the seat of Mrs. Peel, relict of the late Edmund Peel, Esq., who died in November 1850 a few months after his brother Robert Peel. The Peel family’s ...

Boys School, Waterfall

On the far right of the friont row, showing his knees, is Charles Hall of Green Farm, Waterfall.

Brass Rubbing. Photographed by William Blake.

Photograph of a mediaeval brass rubbing displaying various coats of arms and a man and woman from the aristocracy.

Brassington Bros., Campbell Place, Stoke-on-Trent

This photograph showing one of the Brassington Brothers shoe shops is thought to have been taken between 1920 and 1935. It is situated in Campbell Place, Stoke. Notice how the window area is used to a ...

Bratt and Dyke staff outing

Staff from Bratt and Dyke's Hanley Department Store on an outing. Standing back left is Company Director Oliver Dyke. Draper Oliver Dyke opened a shop in Hanley in 1890 with the financial support ...

Bread queue in Market Square, Stafford

A queue outside the Guild Hall, Stafford, during World War I, waiting for bread tickets. This photograph shows Averil's chemists shop, Boots' chemists , Astons and Sons Ltd Furniture shop and the Guildhall. This ...

Brereton Road, Rugeley

A view looking south-east along the A51 just past the railway arches in Rugeley, which is part of Brereton Parish. On the right, a little past Wharf Road, is an area which was know as 'The City' and beyond ...

Brewery staff day trip, Burton upon Trent

A postcard view of Bass brewery staff pictured in Burton-upon-Trent on their way to or returning from a day trip Photographer: J.S. Simnett, Burton upon Trent

Brickmakers, Cradley Heath

Two women brickmakers pictured outside a workshop at Cradley Heath, West Midlands. Image courtesy of Birmingham Library.