Now I can’t be sure but I think we are looking at Piccadilly sometime before 1932.
It is difficult to be sure but I don’t think that the Ryland’s Building which is now Debenhams’s is there near the centre of our picture and if that is the case then this can be no later than 1932 and possibly sometime in the 1920s.
Like all the images in this collection owned by Sandra Hapgood there is much in the clothes and the vehicles to suggest this is the time frame.
Of course I might have missed some vital clue which can pin point the date and prove me wrong.
Either way it is one of those snaps of Manchester that I have been featuring. Each of them is not by a professional and all of them were I think taken quickly while on the move and as with so many snaps they are very personal, meant as a reminder of a day out or to share with family and friends.
And that is both their charm and their value because all of them are not the usual scenes of the city. Instead they are shot from odd angles or concentrate on places seldom visited by the professional.
Picture; from the collection of Sandra Hapgood.