October 12, 1934:

Farmer John Wright of Cheadle certainly knows his onions. Our striking image shows him hanging out rows of them as part of the ‘drying out’ process.

Home-grown produce was vital in the 1930s – a decade of deprivation following the 1929 stock market crash. Families were forced to make goods that were previously purchased in stores.

The period, known as the Great Depression, also saw the development of processed food as a cheap way of preserving items to make them last longer.

Onion drying in Cheshire

October 15, 1957:

Youki the giraffe welcomes two new arrivals at Belle Vue Zoo. It’s hard to see them as they’re two tiny Moscovite ducklings sheltering in the hands of Angela Melia, left, and Eileen Simkiss.

The first giraffes arrived at Belle Vue in 1871 to be followed by Maharajah the elephant in 1872.

Belle Vue was the first privately financed zoo in England. It was the third largest zoological gardens in the UK during its heyday.

Belle Vue Zoo, 1957

October 13, 1978:

Restoration work is under way at Manchester’s Palace Theatre with administrator Bob Scott making sure everything goes to plan. The old stage and brickwork supports are being replaced.

The theatre, which has been an Oxford Street landmark since its opening in May 1891, was designed by architect Alfred Darbyshire and cost £40,500 to build.

Stars who played the Palace from the 1930s onward included Judy Garland, Danny Kaye, Gracie Fields and Laurel and Hardy. It is widely recognised as one of the most well-equipped theatres outside London.

Palace Theatre administrator Bob Scott surveys the work being done to rip out the old stage and brickwork supports at the theatre 1978