A TREASURE trove of vintage photos from the Echo’s archives – featuring buildings, ships and people – are the focus of today’s nostalgic look at bygone Sunderland.
But mystery surrounds many of the glass plate images shown here, as any information once attached to them has long since disappeared. Do you hold the key to unlocking their secrets?
“I am slowly, but surely, working my way through drawers and drawers of our old glass negatives,” said Echo archivist Susan Swinney. “Today’s pictures all come from drawer four.
“Each time I dip into the archives I find new treasures, but sadly very few have names, dates or places attached to them. I’d very much like to gather further information on them all.”
Among today’s batch of mystery snaps are scenes of the river, fish quay and Pottery Buildings – all without dates or names. A name is also sought for an East End fishwife.
Susan is seeking to identify a mystery police wireless operator too, as well as track down information on Octagon Cottage in Hendon – which was photographed by the Echo in 1944.
“I’d also love to know more about a photo showing another tumble-down house, said to have once been home to Jack Crawford. When, and where, was this taken?” said Susan.
“I want to pin down a date for the marvellous photo of the police station and magistrates’ court as well, and find out more about the police on horseback photo too.”
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