The photos were taken in the 1960s and 1970s by a friend of David’s family. They capture a snapshot of the city centre’s pubs at a time of sudden change.
The quality is mixed (maybe the photographer took some of the shots after having a drink) but the detail is fantastic. Some pubs are long gone, some have hardly changed at all.
The fonts are universally fantastic.
It’s not all pubs either. Here’s the oldest house in Manchester, on Shudehill.
Some disused steps on the Irwell.
And the CIS Tower under construction in April 1962.
How many of these pubs have you been to?
You can find more photos of most of these scenes by checking the Manchester Local Image Collection.