Sunday, 9 October 2011

Digbeth project- even more references

With our animation based around the history of Digbeth, and set to feature iconic locations and brands from a range of different time periods, it was crucial that we researched these elements to create something even remotely accurate.

In my last post, I provided a link to the MACE archive, containing video footage from the 50s onwards. This post is focused more directly on the key locations and brands of Digbeth, and how they have developed throughout the ages. The following images have helped a great deal in establishing the aesthetic style that we shall emulate for each time period. Furthermore, we intend to feature many of these buildings directly in our animation, so having reference images of them (from the correct time period) will be invaluable.

Digbeth in 1954:

A range of Ty.Phoo Tea advertisements throughout the brand's lifetime, showcasing different visual styles representative of their respective time periods:

The Old Crown- the historic oldest inn in Birmingham, dating from 1368:

(Above): The inn during the Victorian era.
(Below): A drawing of The Old Crown, likely pre-Victorian. This is a good example of the visual style we are aiming for at the beginning of our animation. 

The Old Crown as it stands today- one of just two original Digbeth buildings still standing.

The Golden Lion pub, the second remaining building, in its original place before it was taken down brick by brick and reconstructed in Cannon Hill Park in 1911:

The Golden Lion pub in Cannon Hill Park, present day. The old building is suffering structural issues, and the council is looking into ways to preserve it. Plans have been proposed to move the pub back to Digbeth:

An eighteenth century drawing of The Golden Lion pub in Digbeth, featuring typical crosshatch artwork: 

Another old drawing of The Golden Lion- judging by the lack of buildings surrounding the pub, it is likely this is the earliest image of those that I have gathered (assuming that the drawing is authentic and accurate): 

Bird's Custard (formerly Alfred Bird & Sons Ltd.) advertisements ranging from 1892 to 1939:

Bird's Custard advertisements from the 1940s to their current logo design:

The Midland Red bus station. The station opened in 1958, and the company still runs buses today in and out of Digbeth Coach Station:


  1. That is NOT a Midland Red garage / station, certainly not Digbeth - which opened in 1929, not 1958.

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