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Classic Advertising From Late 60s 70s Birmingham And Black Country Nostalgia | Design & Artwork | Helix | Wilton | Claude Hooper | Carpet Industry | Severn Advertising Agency | Donnelly Burns Davis | Lye, Cradley Heath, Bilston, Stourbridge, Kidderminster, Worcester, Quinton

Severn Advertising Kidderminster Peter Donnelly began his career in advertising at Severn Advertising in Kidderminster in the late sixties. Debrett Wilton Below is  the company brochure from around that same time. At the time this must of been quite impressive PR material with die stamped cut-out panels and tracing paper overlays. Petes sat on the floor in this shot! Following on from Pete's stint at Severn advertising he set up business with colleague Bob Burns and moved to premises in Lye then a larger space in Cradley Heath. Helix Helix manufactures of stationery who actually patented the drawing compass were based in Lye, West Midlands In the 1960s, Heres an copy of an advert designed by Peter late 70s 80s Helix Lye The good news is Helix, one of the Black Countries great companies is alive and well and are currently based in Kingswinford, West Midlands. Barnett The Barnett Sports good company was originally based on the  Ettingshall  Industrial Estate In Bilson and is known

Postcard 12 Pack People And Places | Birmingham and The Black Country By Peter Donnelly Photographer | Birmingham And Black Country Nostalgia 1962 - 1965

Postcard pack of 12 images by Peter Donnelly Photographer. Real people, real trains, real moments in time, like the kids playing football in the streets in Aston, Birmingham circa 1962 - 1965. 

A unique set of Canal Postcards. Photographs taken during a 3 year period in the 1960s.  

"The Cut" (canal) was once one of man's greatest industrial building achievements. A network of watery highways that in their hey-day were navigated by hundreds of brightly painted working narrowboats, ferrying their cargoes to and from mine, furnace and factory. Ironstone, coal, slack and countless other materials, materials that played a major role in bringing the regions to their historic industrial. greatness. At the time the photographs were taken the glorious achievement had been forgotten, decay and neglect had replaced the endeavour and taken their toll. For the cut, its working time had passed and left only memories.

Our postcards also look great framed as a collection and put on the wall. Printed in Birmingham they are a great way to relive some nostalgic & colourful memories. 

Postcard 12 Pack People And Places | Birmingham and The Black Country 

By Peter Donnelly Photographer 


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Peter Donnelly 1932 - 2005 by Dr Carl Chinn MBE

Peter Donnelly was born in Birmingham, educated at Corpus Christi junior school, Stechford and later at the holy rosary, Saltley. While at the Holy Rosary he took and passed a drawing examination for Moseley school of art at which he spent several years tuning his artistic talent.

On leaving the art school he joined Birmingham printers, Sam Currier & Son in brook street, St Pauls square, as an apprentice commercial artist. After completing his apprenticeship he left Sam Currier and worked at various printers and advertising agencies gaining valuable experience before starting with his working associate Bob Burns (typographer). Donnelly Burns Graphic Design studio was in Chapel Street, Lye before moving to larger premises in Cradley heath then Harborne.

Before starting the business Peter entered and won the Sunday Telegraph national photographic competition. He submitted an essay of photographs illustrating the demise of the Birmingham and Black Country canals with fellow photographer Norman fletcher. To Peter and Norman, Midlands photographers and photographic societies seemingly had ignored the once great industrial arena that surrounded their everyday lives.

What an arena! what powerful exiting subjects for the camera; neglected canals, weed and web woven towpaths, old worn out narrow boats – redundant and half submerged in silted murky brown waters; steam trains rattling, hissing and bumping their waggons into line and the rail men who worked the line at that time.

Old foundries, run down factories and scrapyards – the industrial flotsam of a once great manufacturing region. Many six o’clock early morning starts were walked and many miles covered by peter and his camera.

Now over 50 years later, photographs taken during those early excursions are being published - looking back at the time, long before the surge of change and reconstruction 1962 - 1965