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Plough and Harrow Hotel, Hagley Road, circa 1900

 Plough and Harrow Hotel, tiller-car, circa 1900

This picture of a tiller steered car is reproduced courtesy of the John Whybrow collection. Although the hotel is only a few minutes' walk from Williams Street the scene shows a completely different world existing nearby. The woman and young girl are healthy, clean and fit. They are dressed in fashionable, expensive but informal clothes, and clearly aware of their image. The driver is uniformed and has either been directed to, or has unconsciously adopted a position appropriate to his status in this group.

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