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Birmingham : Coventry Road Billboard Advertisements [1958]
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This row of billboards were located on Reddings Lane, almost on the corner of Warwick Road, at Tyseley. Two of the billboards were displaying messages for charitable institutions. The cartoon of the small boy was part of a poster for the National Society for Mentally Handicapped Children. To the right was an appeal to Help Refugees. The bush is hiding much of the text but it would appear to be a week-long appeal by a church organisation. Above the billboards is an advertisement for Albert Garrison, a builder and property repairer who lived at No.1 Reddings Lane with his wife Lily.

Birmingham : Coventry Road Billboard Advertisements [1958]
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This row of billboards was located on Coventry Road, between the railway bridge and the junction with High Street Bordesley. Smarties, Exide Batteries and Mackeson are standard poster prints but the advert of the Hippodrome is more engaging in terms of local interest. The photograph dates from January 14th, 1958 and the advertisement showed that the Hippodrome was running twice daily performances of "Jack And The Beanstalk," starring Beryl Reid, Reg Dixon, Audrey Jeans and Freddie Frinton, the latter playing the part of the Dame. Opening on December 21st, 1957, this was the first traditional pantomime to be performed at the Hippodrome.

Birmingham : Camp Hill Billboard Advertisements [1961]
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Photographed in July 1961, these billboard advertisements were fixed to the end wall of No.208 Camp Hill. The house to the right of the image formed part of Wellington Terrace. The advertisements were for Kellogg's Corn Flakes, Ambrosia Custard, the latter boasting that it "Tasted Creamier." The advert to the right features a woman sipping a glass of Mackeson.

Birmingham : Billboard advertisements for Ansell's beer and McDougall flour at Moseley Road [1958]
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"It is the better beer" was the claim made on this billboard advertisement for Ansell's and on display at Moseley Road near Highgate Park in January 1958. The McDougall flour advert seems to suggest a new book had been published by the company.

Birmingham : Billboard advertisement for Staybrite at A. B. Row [1938]
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This photograph was taken in February 1938 at A. B. Row, the old border between Aston and Birmingham. The billboard advertisement is for Staybrite which was being produced and marketed by Firth-Vickers Stainless Steels Ltd. of Sheffield. The billboard advertisement attempted to shows the wide range of applications for Staybrite stainless steel. This was a good product to be distributing between the wars as demand for Staybrite cutlery soared. The man who had the vision of stainless steel in the domestic market was Harry Brearley. Legend has it that he accidentally invented stainless steel in Sheffield shortly before the First World War. Indeed, it was the metallurgist's attempts to solve the problem of erosion in gun barrels that led him to the discovery of what he originally dubbed "rustless steel." He was subsequently awarded the Iron and Steel Institute's Bessemer Gold Medal in 1920.

Related Newspaper Articles

"Rush hour traffic screeched to a standstill in Birmingham city centre - as a new controversial advert showing a model performing a striptease was unveiled. The 20ft billboard in Paradise Circus part of £1 million advertising campaign by Pretty Polly shows Spanish supermodel Miriam Fernandez wearing a black dress which within seconds disappears to reveal her wearing just a pair of tights. The billboards, which are being erected this week in every major city, have drawn criticism from road safety groups concerned about drivers being distracted by the image. The advert takes 11 seconds to run in total and is the brainchild of Balsall Heath-born Trevor Beattie, director of advertising company GGT. Trevor, aged 38, also dreamed up the traffic-stopping Wonderbra and Pretty Polly Legs campaign. Both the AA and the Edgbaston-based Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents have branded the advert a "disgrace." The organisations claim it is "a hazard for drivers." Model Miriam said at yesterday's launch : "Drivers are only glancing at it - it is all just a bit of fun. It is very flattering for people to suggest that motorists will have difficulty concentrating on their driving because of me." Advert creator Trevor said : "This advert is based on the product and if the product turns heads then we are happy. This image aids safe driving as drivers will have to slow down to watch the advert."
"Traffic Stopper!"
Birmingham Mail : September 19th 1997 Page 19

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