PICTURES: Curious photos found in Sunderland Echo office

COOL CAR: A Daimler parked outside Grimshaw Leather and Co in March 1936.
COOL CAR: A Daimler parked outside Grimshaw Leather and Co in March 1936.
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Today nostalgia writer Sarah Stoner examines a fresh batch of intriguing pictures discovered at the Echo offices.

WEARSIDE Echoes readers are invited to take a step back in time – and help solve the riddles behind this new collection of old mystery snaps.

ROYAL FUN: Coronation decorations in Fawcett Street May 1937.

ROYAL FUN: Coronation decorations in Fawcett Street May 1937.

A Daimler car parked outside the Grimshaw Leather shop, the white horse of Cleadon in 1938 and several of Corporation Quay in the 1930s are among the photos featured.

Chinese educationists at Ford School in 1947, an electric clock in Newcastle Road in 1937, the Town Hall in 1937 and Roker’s old coastguard hut in 1939 are included too. “This is the latest selection I’ve unearthed from the Echo’s glass plate collection – most of which haven’t seen the light of day for years,” said archivist Susan Swinney.

“We have drawers and drawers full of amazing pictures. The first one contained many war-related photos, but this second drawer is packed full of street and people scenes.”

Other images featured today include the Swedish ship Ingeborg discharging cargo in 1936, as well as Coronation decorations in Fawcett Street back in May 1937.

DOCK SCENE: The Swedish ship Ingeborg discharging its cargo at Sunderland Corporation Quay in December 1936.

DOCK SCENE: The Swedish ship Ingeborg discharging its cargo at Sunderland Corporation Quay in December 1936.

The demolition of Cleadon Hall, Willmore Street Congregational Church, Sunderland’s last horse-drawn taxi cab and Church Lane in 1941 are pictured as well.

“One of my favourites has to be the cannon in Mowbray Park in June 1940 – what a great shot. I also like the ones of the coal staithes and Corporation Quay,” said Susan.

“If anyone can put names to faces, I would be very happy to hear from them. Every little detail helps in building up the information in our ever-growing archive.”

•Do you have information to share? Email susan.
swinney@jpress.co.uk

TAXI: The last of Sunderland's horse-drawn cabs pictured in December 1931.

TAXI: The last of Sunderland's horse-drawn cabs pictured in December 1931.

PARK LIFE: The canons of Mowbray Park in June 1940.

PARK LIFE: The canons of Mowbray Park in June 1940.

SHIPSHAPE: HMS Cairo in the River Wear in September 1936.

SHIPSHAPE: HMS Cairo in the River Wear in September 1936.

RIVER VIEW: The coal staiths of Hetton Joicey Coal Company in March 1938.

RIVER VIEW: The coal staiths of Hetton Joicey Coal Company in March 1938.

OLD VIEW: Church Lane in  July 1941, with the Dun Cow pub to the rear.

OLD VIEW: Church Lane in July 1941, with the Dun Cow pub to the rear.

ALL GONE: Cleadon Hall demolition January 1936.

ALL GONE: Cleadon Hall demolition January 1936.

FLAG FLYING: Coastguard Hut on Roker Cliffs in March 1939.

FLAG FLYING: Coastguard Hut on Roker Cliffs in March 1939.

TIME PLEASE: Electric Clock in Newcastle Road  June 1937.

TIME PLEASE: Electric Clock in Newcastle Road June 1937.