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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Unreadable (by me) words
« on: Monday 18 October 21 20:51 BST (UK)  »
There's what looks like a comma between 'spooling' and 'yarns'. I did wonder if 'spooling' was being used as a kind of generic, meaning miscellaneous items like reels or bobbins. I'm not sure yams were known in Victorian Britain, sprouting or otherwise, but an ingenious suggestion..

The documents I've been transcribing were certainly a bit dusty! I've been transcribing a lot of ledgers relating to the inmates of Saltley Reformatory, formerly in Birmingham, from 1848-c.1915. Several different series of information. I took several thousand photos of the pages and then slowly ploughed my way through them. It took a while...

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Unreadable (by me) words
« on: Monday 18 October 21 12:01 BST (UK)  »
Well, thank you! Words of appreciation are always - er - appreciated.

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Unreadable (by me) words
« on: Sunday 17 October 21 18:42 BST (UK)  »
Well thanks to the people who responded to this, Maiden Stone, Jen B, and arthurk. This is the last stages of a project I started 15 years ago, collecting and transcribing information from a number of sources, and over the last three years I have been collating all this stuff and creating 1300 pages of transcriptions. I wanted to clear my list of queries to finish the job, and with your help I have now done that. So a big thank you from me!

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Unreadable (by me) words
« on: Sunday 17 October 21 18:23 BST (UK)  »
That looks very promising, Arthurk. The father was living in Bolton, and given the Manchester area's connection with textiles, that would be very plausible. Thank you!

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Unreadable (by me) words
« on: Sunday 17 October 21 17:14 BST (UK)  »
Thanks, Maiden Stone - embarrassingly, I spent a lot of time trying, and failing, to read that. 'Spooling' is an interesting idea for 2. That 4th letter looks more like a u, but spooling would fit with yarns.

And thank you, Jen B. I've never come across the word before, but now I know, The ledgers that I was transcribing used to ask if the person named was scrofulous, but they dropped that question as it was never answered by Yes.

It's wonderful the help you can get, if you ask in the right place!

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Unreadable (by me) words
« on: Sunday 17 October 21 16:50 BST (UK)  »
Hi -I am hoping you can help here. I am coming to the end of a very long transcription project, and there are 4 words in different places I just cannot make sense of.

They are:

1. Particular marks - I have:  [can't read first word] bite of dog on left elbow.

2. Previous offences - I have: Stealing a bag containing [can't read] yarns, etc

3. Father's name and occupation - I have: Richard William Hampson  [can't read word]

4. State of Health - I have: Frail and of [can't read] tendency

Thanks for any help

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Staffordshire / Re: Indecipherable place name
« on: Monday 11 October 21 15:40 BST (UK)  »
Thanks, Gadget - I like to see the geographical context of these things, so very helpful.

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: What does he manufacture?
« on: Monday 11 October 21 15:39 BST (UK)  »
Duh - never occurred to me to do a Google! Many thanks, another mystery solved!

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / What does he manufacture?
« on: Monday 11 October 21 13:51 BST (UK)  »
Hi - I've struggled to identify what kind of manufacturer has signed this note. It reads, as best I can tell: ...will write [words crossed out] you, yours truly, Daniel Sutherland ... manufacturer. I am hoping that someone could identify this for me, please.

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