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Offline burnsy

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Re: East Ham High Street
« Reply #270 on: 16 September, 2018, 03:35:54 PM »
Interesting to see a close-up of shopfronts with those side blinds.
As a teenager I had a saturday job in a hardware store opposite the Granada cinema (the chamois leather shop). The shop still used those old blinds and put a pavement display of goods out. My first job of the day was to sort the blinds out. First, pull down the top blind on a roller with a large pole which had a hook on the end. Once retrieved from the back of the shop and unrolled, the side blinds had to be hooked into an eye at the top of the roller blind. The hook on the side blind was on the end of about 10feet of 2x2 which was fixed to one side. Once hooked in, the sides were tied to the front corner of the roller blind and the back edge tied at various points to the wall of the shop. At the end of the day, the blinds were removed, laid down on the pavement and rolled up, much to the annoyance of the bus queue outside.
Manhandling those huge canvas and timber side blinds was quiet tricky for this weedy 15 year old.