Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Littered Fruit On A Barren Tree


At first I thought this might be one of the old mills in West Vale, between Halifax and Elland, but its position on the negative strip suggests it is in Elland. The mill itself seems empty - not a strange state of affairs for West Yorkshire textile mills in the late sixties - and the splendid collection of cars in the lower right corner (yes, that is an old Ford Anglia) help to date the shot to the late 1960s or early 1970s. But it is that mountain of old metal pressings that captures the eye; the way they almost flow like magma out of the factory yard and become littered fruit on a barren tree.

11 comments:

Chairman Bill said...

Austin A40, a Standard of some description (if I'm not mistaken) and an Angle Box.

Heady days!

Chairman Bill said...

Oh, and I forgot the Mini.

Could the Standard actually be a Hillman Minx?

Alan Burnett said...

Is that an Hillman Husky at the end of the queue?

Valerie said...

Bet there was a fair amount of swarf amongst the littered fruit. I recognise that Anglia, we once possessed one in yellow and white... very modern at the time. Travelled to NI in it and earned the great respect of passing strangers who stopped to admire the new style.

Chairman Bill said...

Alan - I have it!

Austin A40
Mini
Wolsey 1500
Angle Box

Roy said...

Interesting... A metal-bearing tree!

Alan Burnett said...

CB : There goes a man who has spent all morning looking up the back end of old cars on Google

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John said...

Like the old mill, but I guess it's the back end of the vars that makes it. I would have said Hillman Minx, but I think I'll go with Bill and the Wolsley.

Vicki Lane said...

Kind of post-apocalyptic. Neat picture!

Mmm said...

hey, that littered metal junk coudl well be anywhere along Colorado where people seem to n ot mind miles of junked wasteland. Peculiar indeed.