I AM CHRISTOPHER LEACH THE ARTIST. I started this blog so that I can share with everyone my vast collection of transport photographs showing a personal and nostalgic view of the industry with images that span some 45 years taking in the U.K and some of Europe. I have no darkroom and so rather than being the perfectionist after tidying them up I upload the images warts and all, and even those that won't scan squarely or are scratched. In a way it adds age and character. You are all free to download these for your personal use but please remember I still own them and you are not just free to use them without prior permission for any knd of publishing. Click on images to enlarge them and if you want to see more leave your comments or visit my website for the mother-site with galleries including those Buses & Girls: PICTUREWORLD

Sunday 17 June 2018

Blackburn GUY CBV 433: Two Faces of Modernism

Blackpool with it's tacky bling might still have it's tower which can be seen from miles away but even humble Morecambe has it's architectural treasure the magnificent Art-Deco Midland Hotel. Having just passed it on the recent Ribble Enthusiasts Running Day was this Blackburn Guy with Crossley bodywork which had been restored to original condition. When built in 1949 this Manchester  streamlined styling was considered state of the art in some town halls especially after the austere wartime utility buses but it looked rather ugly on this Arab111 especially as it's over decorative lining-out belonged in the past on the old tramcars it replaced.


Ross said...

For me it's those small windows at different levels which completely ruin the design; I've been turned off long before I even start noticing the details of the livery!

christopher said...

Yes Ross I think it is ugly anyway as well and not helped by the overhang below the cab window.

Unknown said...

Well I love it. Which is a good job, since I own it!

Bob said...

I love it too there’s loads of old London buses around very few of these it’s nice to be different