Batsford's Birmingham Then and Now | Pavilion BooksThe book is a revised edition of Keith's "Birmingham Then and Now," which Alabama Booksmith owner Jake Reiss says has been one of the most successful titles in the history of his store. When: 2 p. Saturday, June To glance at some of the past and present photographs featured in the book, click on the slideshow at the top of this story. If you are unable to make it to Keith's book signing this afternoon, the Alabama Booksmith will have additional signed copies available in the store, which is at 19th Place South in Homewood. For more information about "Birmingham Then and Now," go here.
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Series: Then and Now. Birmingham Then and Now is the latest in the long-running series that uncovers archive photos of the landmark sites of a city and re-photographs them from exactly the same viewpoint today. Using many images from the Batsford archive the book traces the history of the city using vintage photos from the Victorian and Edwardian era, through World War II and into the s and s with some gloriously nostalgic vintage colour comparisons. Many of the grand buildings of the city centre are featured, such as the Town Hall and the Bingley Hall, but also the railway stations, shops, schools, markets, factories and football grounds that make up the fabric of the city. Alan Clawley was trained as an architect.
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Birmingham then and now
With Birmingham bustling. The photo of the world-famous Edgbaston Cricket Ground is very different from the scene today. The distinctive Thwaite Memorial Scoreboard, built in , is at the centre and ground staff are testing out a new machine that sucks water from the pitch. In the venue started using a large cover known as the Brumbrella, which has now also been removed. Now the new shopping centre is dominated by glass walls and silver bubbles.