Nostalgia writer Sarah Stoner today delves into the Echo archives for the latest batch of vintage snaps in our Mystery Mondays series.
A MEANDER down memory lane to Wearside in the 1930s and 40s is on offer here - but can you help unlock the puzzles behind pictures?
Shots of the river, long-gone churches, Cherry Knowle Hospital and an election campaign are featured - as well as ships, shops and even Durham County Hall.
“This is the latest batch of images I’ve unearthed from the Echo’s old glass negatives collection but sadly, as usual, few have any details,” said archivist Susan Swinney.
“Obviously, some places haven’t changed - like County Hall. But others are mere memories, such as the Town Hall, and I would also like to put some names to faces too.”
A view of cobbles snowed up in the South Docks in 1947, Durham Road Methodist Church in 1938 and new cranes at the deep water quay in 1934 are included here.
Also featured in a 1936 reception for the crew of HMS Cairo at the Town Hall, HMS Dorsetshire visiting Sunderland in 1941 and the Daneshmand at Corporation Quay in 1947.
“The one of HMS Dorsetshire is interesting, because it was passed by the wartime censor for publication - but ONLY if the torpedo tubes were blacked out,” said Susan.
“I also like the one of Daneshmand. The ship was launched as Empire Sally in 1945, but later re-named. It was the first Wear ship built with a complete air conditioning system.
“My favourite from this week’s collection, however, has to be the shot taken down the East End during the General Election in November 1935. It is a wonderful picture.”
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