Saturday, 31 October 2020

Bill Ward Pin Up Girls

 In addition to my own photography I am also a collector of images, having purchased many collections of photographs, images, 35mm slides, postcards over the years. A few years ago I bought a job lot collection of pin up girl cartoons and images, I was advised at the time that they were all copyright free or public domain so there is no intention to infringe any copyright by me.

Bill Ward was an American "Good Girl" artist and cartoonist who was notable as the creator of the comic character Torchy.  Born William Hess Ward on the 6th March 1919, he grew up in Ridgewood New Jersey where he developed illustrating as a hobby. Attending the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, Ward graduated in 1941 and obtained a job as an assistant at a Manhattan art agency, where he was eventually fired for cutting through a half finished illustration of a Ford motor car. After this Ward went to work for comic book artist Jack Binder, the creator of Daredevil a modern Marvel comics hero. Over the next several decades Ward worked on features such as Captain Marvel, Bullet Man, Blackhawk, Judge Dredd, and his most famous creation Torchy.

The following video features 20 of his "good girl" images with the original caption displayed in the clip.

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Saturday, 17 October 2020

Todmorden Unitarian Church

 Todmorden Unitarian Church is located at Honey Hole Road, Todmorden, West Yorkshire. The church was built in the memory of John Fielden a local mill owner, social reformer and member of parliament for Oldham between 1832-1847. Fielden was also a prominent member of the local unitarian movement. Building work began in 1865, paid for by his 3 sons Joshua, John and Samuel on land the Fielden family donated, the budget was not limited by them with the final bill over £35000 ( over £3.5 million at 2020 rates). The work was completed in 1869 with the church opening in April with a sermon preached by William Gaskell to a congregation of over 800 people.

The church continued to grow until the early pert of the 20th Century when like most other religions in the UK, congregations started to decline. As numbers decreased it became increasingly harder to fund the upkeep of the building and by 1987 the decision was taken to close the main church building and move services to the nearby lodge at the entrance to the church grounds. These services continued until 1992 when the church and grounds were closed completely.

After the complete closure the church decayed and was subject to large amounts of vandalism. In 1994 the Historic Chapels Trust took over the church and over the next few years spent over £1million pounds on repairs. The church is licensed for weddings and is used locally as a meeting place.

The church was granted Grade I listed status on the 22nd November 1966, with the lodge at the entrance gaining Grade II listed status on the 22nd February 1984.

The pictures below were taken in July 2020.

Todmorden Unitarian Church (2019)

They are also featured in an album of pictures I took around the church in 2013 and 2017 which can be seen in the album below.

Todmorden Unitarian Church.

The pictures below are taken from the July 2020 set.

Todmorden Unitarian Church

The church pictured from the eastern part of the grounds.

Unitarian Church Spire and Golden Lion Pub, Todmorden

The 196ft high spire pictured from the Rochdale Canal rising above the Golden Lion Pub.

Todmorden Unitarian Church Lodge

The lodge at the entrance to the church grounds.

Todmorden Unitarian Church Roof

The impressive church roof at the southern side of the church.

All the pictures taken in my various visits can also be seen in my video on YouTube. Please take a moment to subscribe to my YouTube channel.


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Sunday, 4 October 2020

Slaithwaite Railway Station

Slaithwaite Railway Station is a village stop 4 miles west of Huddersfield towards Manchester. Opened in December 1982 to replace a earlier station.

The original station was a larger complex, consisting of 4 platforms all with canopies and waiting areas, and all in alignment with each other, and it also had a large goods area, the modern day Manchester bound trains platform is now sighted here. It remained a popular busy station until closure in October 1968, despite campaigns to keep it open, these continued after closure and site clearance until the early 1980's when Metro (West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive) revealed plans to re-open the station.

The new station features 2 platforms staggered either side of Crimble Bank Bridge. There are limited facilities, only basic cover, no toilets or refreshments and the station is unmanned. Step free access to both platforms is available. Passenger numbers in 2018/19 were 208000 per year at an average of approx. 4000 per week.

These pictures were taken  on the 25th July 2020 using a Nikon d3300 SLR camera. There are a total of 15 which can be seen here, on Flickr and Clickasnap.

Slaithwaite Railway Station

Use the arrows to navigate the album. The pictures below are selected from the same set.

Slaithwaite Station Cobbled Entrance
The station entrance to the Manchester bound platform. The cobbled road used to lead up to the goods yard.

Train Approaching Platform 2, Slaithwaite Railway Station
Train passing platform 1 for Huddersfield bound trains. Platform 1 sits upon the site of the original  station which featured 4 platforms including a central island one. When the original station closed the line capacity was halved.

Platform 2 from Platform 1, Slaithwaite Railway Station
Looking towards platform 2 from platform 1. The Manchester bound platform is built on the site of the former goods yard which was closed in 1964.

Platform 1 Entrance, Slaithwaite Entrance
Platform 1 station entrance, this was also an entrance to the original station.

Welcome to Slaithwaite Bench at the Station
A artistic bench at the entrance to platform 1.

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