Posts Tagged ‘ Hamilton Central Library ’

More than chops at old-time butcher

Feb 12th, 2014 | By
Od time butchers on Victoria St.

Hamilton Libraries Perry Rice takes a look at butcher shops from times past. Surely that’s not sawdust swept under the bench? Yes, that bench – the two sawhorses with the old door on them. Rolls of meat, maybe pork? Pork above? You could get a few chops out of that lot. This shop must have

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Old postcards keep telling the story

Nov 13th, 2013 | By

Postcards from days past allow splendid insights into what folk got up to, writes Hamilton Libraries Perry Rice. Look – another photo of Victoria Street. Yes, there are hundreds of them I guess, but this one is special – it’s a postcard. Postcards were a commonly used medium for brief emails as the Edwardians hadn’t

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The grand architecture of Bisleys

Nov 3rd, 2012 | By

A M Bisley & Co were, it seems, known (vaguely) as Bisleys Grain & Seed Merchants. That is the notation on the reverse of the photo index card in the library. This photograph shows that they were also insurance agents and land salesmen. They were more than that though and as the sign says, they

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A walk down old Victoria St

Jul 22nd, 2012 | By

‘What,’ some Steampunk enthusiasts are wont to ask, ‘would it be like to wander about in the old-time buildings of Hamilton?’ Don’t have to wonder – go and do it. There is a goodly number of old-time photos in the library collection. The thing is, that’s a relative remark and it’s relative to your own

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Raking it in

Oct 11th, 2011 | By

Following right on from my last photo, I was browsing the collection (seven thousand six hundred and twenty nine digitised images) and came across this one. A Waikato farm around 1900, and this time there are no women in sight! So, there’s probably no war and there are enough men and boys, one young lad

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