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Started by starcross, Apr 10, 2016, 08:56 am

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Apr 10, 2016, 08:56 am Last Edit: Apr 10, 2016, 09:24 am by starcross
This may be the Best photo we've seen for an AP1 yet dated roughly at 1930.
Finally a photographer has been behind the Post instead of just a step in front.

The unique clock on the Building ahead is for the Daily Telegraph and is still there.

Also of interest is the person in the Photo.
Assuming he is at least 5-6 feet tall gives us the relative height of the AP1 to work with.

CoL 51 - busy-fleet-street-1930s-a66rg7 - Crop.jpg
CoL 51 - busy-fleet-street-1930s-a66rg7.jpg

Source Photo dated 1964
CoL 51 - Fleet Street - AP2 - Crop.jpg
CoL 51 - Fleet Street - AP2.jpg

Source: OS Map 1971 Scale=1:1250
CoL 51 - Fleet Street - Crop.jpg
CoL 51 - Fleet Street.jpg


Apr 10, 2016, 11:59 am #1 Last Edit: Apr 10, 2016, 12:18 pm by hb88banzai
Oh, that's a beautiful shot of an AP1.

Interesting, so the circular detail we had glimpsed on the sides of these older Posts is a cross in a circle like on top and nothing mechanical at all. Seems the public wasn't trusted to have access to call the ambulance at all, the Posts requiring a Constable to unlock the door.

A very different concept to the Fire Alarm Posts sprinkled around the city (some of which I've caught glimpses of in the old photos and films we've been looking at).


Apr 12, 2016, 01:20 am #2 Last Edit: Apr 12, 2016, 01:25 am by hb88banzai
A comparable view of the Ambulance Post No. 2 as that of the AP1 above, this from 1951 --

CoL 51-Fleet Street, London,  1951.jpg

Blowup --

CoL 51-Fleet Street, London,  1951-Blowup.JPG


It's like a "where's Waldo" for the PA3, but after all sorts of Buses sitting in front of this Post Its close enough.
That's the Hat Trick for this location, confirmation of all three Eras.

Source: Alamy
"Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II royal procession Fleet Street London 7th June 1977"
CoL 51 - PA3 -  silver-jubilee-of-elizabeth-ii-royal-procession-fleet-street-london-DR6BXG - Crop.jpg
CoL 51 - PA3 -  silver-jubilee-of-elizabeth-ii-royal-procession-fleet-street-london-DR6BXG.jpg


Perhaps a bit closer shot of that PA3 is in order (16 August 1984) --

CoL 51--fleet-street-ye-olde-cheshire-cheese-pub--16 Aug 1984--C48T4N.jpg


Another Fine side profile photo in that spot, it really was the best place to take a photo of St. Pauls.

I like that PA3 is in excellent condition here, No stupid stickers or graffiti to make it ugly or broken glass stuffing it with garbage. I guess it makes a difference when the system is in use.   

What do you make of the paint shade used here vs what we see today.
They aren't too far apart in shade, but I think the modern paint job is a bit brighter.


Fabulous pictures, I enjoy looking and reading your post, keep em coming.
Dale :)
"In 900 years of time and space, I've never met anyone who wasn't important"



Here is another of Fleet Street Post C1960