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A young boy models a suit for the clothing manufacturer's John Barran & Sons. (City Centre)
Black & White imageC1891. Image shows a young boy modelling a light-coloured suit with metal buttons and a waistcoat beneath, made by the clothing manufacturing firm of John Barran & Sons. The young boy is Walter Giles, born in 1880 at number 4 Waverley Street in Holbeck. He is the son of an employee of Barran's, a Machine Smith by the name of Arthur Giles. There was, at this time, a successful export trade in young boys' tailored clothing and a demand for miniature soldier's and sailor's uniforms and fancy dress. By 1891 John Barran's had a warehouse in an innovative building in St. Paul's Street, designed by Thomas Ambler and completed in 1877, now known as St. Paul's House. The firm also had a recently opened factory in Hanover Lane (1888). Later, in 1904, a further warehouse was built in Chorley Lane adjoining the Hanover Lane premises. By this time Barran's was employing 3,000 people, many of them women and young girls. The rapid growth of ready -to-wear tailoring business was due to the advancement in technology of such proccesses as pattern-cutting and sewing by machine, including blind stitching, button holing and buttoning.
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A. Booth & Sons, Briggate (City Centre)
Black & White imageCirca 1900s. Letterhead, A. Booth & Sons, tailors and costumiers, 143 Briggate, Leeds, with illustration of shop.
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ABC Cinema, Vicar Lane (City Centre) (22 comments)
Black & White image1970. View showing the ABC Cinema on Vicar Lane. The Cinema opened on 19th November 1934 as the Ritz Cinema. The name changed to the ABC on 23rd May 1959. The photograph dates from when the ABC was re-opened as a twin cinema, on 5th April 1970, with showings of 'Paint Your Wagon' and 'Spring and Port Wine'. It then became the first triple cinema in Leeds when the former stalls area of ABC 2 was divided. The triple opened on Sunday 17th March 1974 with showings of 'The Sting', 'Paper Moon' and 'Walking Tall'. The cinema changed its name to the Cannon in March 1987, then to M.G.M. in 1991 with a reversal to the ABC in 1993. The final closure of the cinema was reported in the Evening Post as 17th February 2000, although, it said, closure had been 'on the cards' since Christmas.
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Academy/Tatler Cinema at numbers 7 & 9 Boar Lane, interior view of equipment (City Centre) (4 comments)
Black & White imageUndated. View showing cinema equipment inside the Academy/Tatler cinema at numbers 7 and 9 Boar Lane, Royal Exchange Chambers. The 550 seater venue opened as the 'City Cinema' on Monday 4th October 1915 with a showing of 'Beulah' from the novel by Augustus T. Wilson. Admission prices were 1/- (5p) and 6d (2.5p). The cinema was designed by architect, J.P. Crawford of Leeds. On 14th October 1925 the name was changed to the 'Savoy' and then, on 1st January 1931, to the 'Academy'. It became the 'Tatler News Theatre' on 23rd December 1936 and closed as the Tatler on Monday 27th January 1964. The final showing was of 'Sodom and Gomorrah' starring Stewart Granger and Stanley Baker. The premises were demolished and Royal Exchange House was constructed on the site. The image dates from the time the cinema was either the 'Academy' or the 'Tatler' in the 1930s.
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Addleshaw Booth and Co. Solicitors (City Centre) (1 comment)
Colour image17th September 1999. View of Addleshaw Booth and Co. Solicitors on junction of Sovereign Street with Concordia Street. Cars can be seen parked on roadside.
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