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The real peaky blinders

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darragh mangan

on 25 January 2017

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Transcript of The real peaky blinders

background
The Peaky Blinders were a criminal gang based in Birmingham, England during the late 19th century
members
Notable members included David Taylor (imprisoned for carrying a gun at 13 years old), "baby-faced" Harry Fowles, Ernest Haynes, and Stephen McNickle.
location
The Peaky Blinders emerged at the end of the century in Adderley Street, in the Bordesley, and Small Heath areas, extremely poor slums of Birmingham.
popular culture
A BBC television drama series called Peaky Blinders and starring Cillian Murphy premiered in October 2013. It follows a single gang based in post-WWI Birmingham's Small Heath area and tells the story of the shelby family whom ran the gang
uniform
The gang were known to have a distinctive clothing style, wearing peaked caps, cravats, bell-bottom trousers, and jackets whose "line of brass buttons down the front gave added distinction"

Girlfriends of gang members also had a distinctive style: "lavish display of pearls, the well-developed fringe obscuring the whole of the forehead and descending nearly to the eyes, and the characteristic gaudy-coloured silk handkerchief covering her throat
"peaky blinders"
the gang were giving the nickname due to there "peaky" flat caps which they would hide razor blades in to blind enemy gang members with a simple headbutt
The real peaky blinders
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