Station Road, The Midland Educational Co Ltd Solihull.
My impression of Station Road is taken from an old photo in 1950, however my wonderful memories of The Midland Educational store was from 1968 until it closed 1981 magic I lived there it was fabulous place as a kid it had everything I wished for from toys, books to art.
My best friend & I would shop and save up to buy pocket size dolls not barbie it was too big to hide away from the school teacher, these small dolls were dressed in the latest fashion each was individual designed unlike barbie each had different colour hair styles and were able to be bend unlike the barbie dolls.
To my dreams of becoming an artist, I can picture it now in mine mind at found at the back of shop on the right hand side it had everything for the artist, artist equipment, all new discoveries of materials to coloured inks, modeling clay, charcoal, oils pastels, pencils & watercolours and so many tubes of oils. I had to save my pocket money up to buy my next selection of inks along with oil paint the brushes I may still have a few in my box. This is the place I found my love for painting & drawing.
I was so gutted when it closed by which time I was older and found Everyman in Birmingham, by Lewis’s.
Thanks to Solihull Library for further information of the stores along Station Road they have found an entry in the 1961 Solihull and District Directory that lists the businesses along Station Road. Manders is a Paint and Wallpaper shop. Then after Timpson it lists J Wilson - Drapers, The Ark run by A. R Kilminster – Ironmongers plus After that John Plant - Footwear, G. J Mason - grocers, Derwent Television, Houghtons - Gentleman's Outfitters, Palethorpe - Pork Butchers, Dale - Dry Cleaners, Bailey - Outfitters and sports, Alfred Ironmonger - Fashion House, W.M Taylor - Drapers
I like to give titles to my art which relate to the period, town soon discovery a little bit of history about a local girl I would like to think she also went to Midland Educational Carol McNicoll was born in Solihull, in 1943. She attended a foundation course at Solihull College of Technology known locally SCOT (where I also studied graphic design) where Carol went onto studied fine art at Leeds Polytechnic from 1967 to 1970.
An English studio potter whose work is mainly non-domestic slip cast ware, she is credited with helping to transform the British ceramics scene in the late 1970s
Carol McNicoll was awarded a Princess of Wales Scholarship to attend Royal College of Art from 1970 to 1973, where she felt women were "marginalised" and "attention went to the men who were interested in industrial ceramics".
Carol McNicoll worked as a wardrobe assistant at theatres in Birmingham and London in the early 1960s. In 1970 she designed costumes for Brian Eno of Roxy Music who was then her boyfriend. Her black cockerel feathered boa collar achieved an iconic status in the fledgling glam rock period. Carol McNicoll supervised the design of the cover for Eno's Here Come the Warm Jets album with one of her teapot designs being featured on the sleeve cover. She also worked as a machinist for fashion designer Zandra Rhodes,
Its another damp day in Solihull Our sweethearts are out with the family just coming from shopping for new poppit on the string Cinderella to play with her best friend with her collection of poppits. While her brother comes away another model tank to make with dad.