Even by Beamish collection standards this curved lino-type printing plate is an unusual object. Donated by the Sunderland Echo newspaper, the cast plate was used for printing the front and rear pages of the 24th April 1976 edition. It is an intriguing (though heavy!) insight into the matters of the day, concerning such varied subjects as the 1975 ‘Wedding of the Year’ competition, horse-racing odds, and the closure of a Sunderland shipyard. Interesting to make the contrast between this and the racks upon racks of individual block-type in our Edwardian printers!
As we’ve said more than once on this blog, one of the joys of being in Beamish’s collections team is one never knows what weird and/or wonderful objects will turn up at the Regional Resource Centre next. This rather swish pair of 1980s roller boots were donated on Friday afternoon, and once we found they fit Meg, one of our dedicated band of ’20th Century Collectors’, she was away!
Hello, Beamish Collections followers, you might have noticed it’s been very quiet on the blog front lately. Although we’ve plenty of objects and miscellanea from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries we’d like to share, we’re currently dealing with some very 21st century I.T. issues which sadly have resulted in our losing every post since early November (we’re hoping they’ll turn up again soon!)
We’re hoping to resume normal service as soon as possible, but in the meantime here’s a rather appropriate photograph from our archive…