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LAYING THE ELECTRIC CABLE early 1900's
Photo: RON HUNT
Views: 744
Item #: 33318
Photo courtesy of the Science Museum. Can anyone identify the location?

Comment by: Veronica on 11th September 2021 at 17:40

It must have been really hard work in those days without the fancy 'diggers'. Not a job for softies, I bet they had calloused hands with their pick and spades.

Comment by: Maureen on 11th September 2021 at 20:08

They deserved every penny they made.

Comment by: Tonker (off Wigan World) on 11th September 2021 at 20:30

Actually, that's wrong.
He isn't laying electric cable.
The cable has already been laid and he'll be the jointer. What he's doing there is covering the joint with bitumen to seal it.
Probably!

Comment by: Barrie on 13th September 2021 at 09:16

Was that the company vehicle of the times? Can't make out the model though. The bucket behind him looks like it had just been thrown and about to land. Now a days a scene like this would be all barriered off, and access from the residents gate "plated" over but not always the case. I appreciate the photographer of the times, recording the scene for posterity. A bye gone era.

Comment by: RON HUNT on 13th September 2021 at 13:24

Barrie the car is a ROYCE reg M1137

Comment by: Rev David Long on 13th September 2021 at 16:15

Given the same cart is in the next pic in this series, I would think that this London (Middlesex?) - registered car is probably the photographer's.

Comment by: Tonker (off Wigan World) on 13th September 2021 at 19:17

The car belonged to the company who supplied the cables, Glovers ltd., of Trafford (later part of BICC).
Why would a photographer travel from Middlesex to take photos of a cable laying job?

Comment by: Rev David Long on 13th September 2021 at 22:44

Tonker - you're probably right - I'd just remembered that some M+ registrations were Middlesex because I had an uncle from there with such a reg. But M ---- was a Manchester reg. - but still probably the photographer's vehicle....

Comment by: Tonker (off Wigan World) on 13th September 2021 at 23:56

The car belonged to the company who supplied the cables, Glovers ltd., of Trafford (later part of BICC).

Now, that's twice I've told you!

Comment by: Rev David Long on 14th September 2021 at 09:29

Yes - I got that first time, Tonker - and probably being used to take the photographer from location to location....

Comment by: davey on 14th September 2021 at 11:49

The buildings on the left hand side behind the workers appear to have no windows fitted as you can "see straight through" the upstairs.

Comment by: mike on 16th September 2021 at 20:37

Rev.got ypu bang to rights there Tonker

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