Monday 26 February 2024

Defacing Walls - Sheffield July 1909

The following cutting is from the Sheffield Daily Telegraph dated 27th July 1909 and it appears in the Letters section of the paper.

I must admit I had a wry smile when I came across it - I wonder what he would have thought of todays "graffiti artists" and "taggers"!   

It appears that boys and youths were in the habit of using chalk on public buildings in Sheffield and this had raised concerns amongst the papers readership about the disfigurement of the said walls..

However NEMO the writer of the letter has upped the concern by referring to another form of "mural decoration" that of spitting. He adds that the main target is Sheffield Town Hall which was only opened 12 years earlier and raised fears that the newly constructed Post Office in Fitzalan Square will suffer a similar fate.

His solution - warning notices, the installation of spittoons and a dedicated striking for matches is admirable but I feel would have had little impact given that humans are creatures of habit. 

Friday 23 February 2024

Thirty-four Years On - The Grand Hotel Sheffield March 1950

This cutting is from the Sheffield Telegraph dated 13th March 1950.  

The print is not the best but the phrase "but looking at you the years drop away, and I remember you as you were" is a very apt caption. 

Mr James Henderson F.C.A. - A Sheffield Philanthropist

I came across this article in The Sheffield Daily Telegraph dated Friday 17th October 1930 that appeared under the "Who's Who in Sheffield" section.

Well, I have never heard of him but when you read the narrative you wonder why you never did. 

His family connection is also interesting - his brother in law Sir Harry Johnston has an interesting entry in Wikipedia

"Explorer, colonial administrator and artist Sir Harry Hamilton Johnston studied painting at the Royal Academy Schools from 1876. From 1879, he travelled through Africa as a painter, natural history collector and journalist, journeying through Tunis, Angola and along the Congo River. He joining the consular service in 1885 and spent three years administering a British protectorate in eastern Nigeria. He later obtained treaties on which the UK based claims to Nyasaland (Malawi) and Northern Rhodesia (Zambia). He later became the first British Commissioner in Malawi and published some 40 books on African subjects. Knighted in 1896, he was Consul General in Tunis for two years and then Special Commissioner in Uganda from 1899 to 1901".