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My favourite picture of New St Station, 1926.

THE photo of the old Snow Hill station, opened in 1852,and which along with New Street station provided Birmingham with two main line stations, was appositely described as a "cracker" (From Our Archives, Mail, March 27).

This magnificent station took the Great Western Railway routes through Birmingham and, as befitting a station of this status, had its walls adorned with salt-glazed bricks and terracotta cornices.

What opulence! Some photos of old Birmingham have that magic quality to capture the flavour and atmosphere of a moment in the life of our city that has changed dramatically in the last 100 years.

This is my favourite photo of the exterior of New Street station and shows a bustling Birmingham in the 1920s with trips to the Lickey Hills advertised and the back of the Queen's Hotel, which fronted New Street station, visible. The photo snapped from a tall building above the junction of Navigation and Hill streets does ample justice to the huge curves of the station roof, made of iron and glass, and reputedly the largest single-glass span roof in the world!

This postcard was posted from Birmingham to Plymouth in 1926, the year of the Queen's birth and the General Strike.

Peter Henrick, Northfield See pictures from our archives online at www.birminghammail.net - and send us your nostalgia pictures to paul.fulford@birminghammail.net
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