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No 12 Shop, Carpenters Shop, c1890s

No 12 Shop, Carpenters Shop, c1890s


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Size: 3000 x 2390 (812KB)

Date: 13th July 2007

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No 12 Shop, Carpenters Shop, c1890s

Carpenters have downed tools and posing for the photographer in this early image of No.12 shop in the carriage works. A foreman can be seen on the steps of the office on the left of the image

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1890s Carriage Works Staff Swindon Swindon Works Victorian Bowler Hats Carpenter


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In this print from the late 1890s, we are transported back in time to witness a rare moment of respite for the hardworking carpenters at No. 12 Shop in the Swindon Carriage Works. The image captures a fascinating glimpse into the lives of Victorian workers as they momentarily down their tools and strike a pose for the photographer. The scene is bustling with activity, showcasing an array of skilled craftsmen proudly displaying their trade amidst stacks of timber and various carpentry equipment. Dressed immaculately in their traditional work attire, these dedicated individuals exude both strength and pride in their craftsmanship. Notably, on the left side of the photograph stands a distinguished foreman positioned on the steps leading up to his office. His presence adds an air of authority to this otherwise candid snapshot, emphasizing his role as overseer and guardian of quality workmanship within No. 12 Shop. One cannot help but be drawn to another intriguing detail - every worker dons a stylish bowler hat atop their heads, symbolizing not only fashion trends but also professionalism during that era. This remarkable print serves as a testament to both industrial progress and human connection. It immortalizes these unsung heroes who played an integral part in shaping our transportation history through their dedication and skill at Swindon Works.

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