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MYSTERY HOSTEL: These are believed to Sunderland folk enjoying a youth hostelling trip in the 1940s - but where is it?
MYSTERY HOSTEL: These are believed to Sunderland folk enjoying a youth hostelling trip in the 1940s - but where is it?
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TODAY we are serving up more Wearside history on a glass plate - thanks to the Echo’s archives.

Hospitals, hunger marches, Home Guards and hostel snaps are the focus of this week’s nostalgic look at bygone Sunderland - but mystery surrounds many of the images featured.

MYSTERY BUILDING: The original caption states "birthplace of the Union of Seamen 1944"...but is it?

MYSTERY BUILDING: The original caption states "birthplace of the Union of Seamen 1944"...but is it?

“I’ve now reached the fifth of around 50 drawers of glass negatives, and there is a certainly a treasure trove of different scenes contained within it,” said archivist Susan Swinney.

“But sadly - yet again - very few pictures have names, dates or places attached to them.

“Some have short captions, but I’d very much like to gather further information on them all.”

Among today’s batch of mystery snaps are undated ward scenes at the Royal Infirmary, shots of an unknown hostel, and Home Guard soldiers involved in exercises in 1942.

OLD SCENE: Low Row in 1944 - with the Mayfair Toffee Company to the left.

OLD SCENE: Low Row in 1944 - with the Mayfair Toffee Company to the left.

Protesters marching to London in 1936, the “Manor House on The Green”, the “birthplace of the Union of Seamen” in 1944, and model-maker William Stewart Spain are also featured.

“I’d love to know more about all the photos, and am particularly intrigued by Mr Spain, who apparently ran a ship model-making company with his sons in the 1940s,” said Susan.

“I would also appeal for more details on the photo which claims to be the birthplace of the Union of Seamen - as I always believed that actually happened at The Exchange in 1887.

“The Echo’s archive of glass plate negatives is a tremendous asset, but to preserve these photos properly for the future I need to find out all the correct names, dates and places.”

PRISON BARS: If you fell foul of the law in 1944 - this is where you could have ended up... the old lock-up in Coronation Street.

PRISON BARS: If you fell foul of the law in 1944 - this is where you could have ended up... the old lock-up in Coronation Street.

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

FILM STAR: Margaret Lockwood in Sunderland in 1947.

FILM STAR: Margaret Lockwood in Sunderland in 1947.

MODEL MAN: This is believed to be William Stewart Spain, who ran a ship model making company with his two sons, Richard and William.

MODEL MAN: This is believed to be William Stewart Spain, who ran a ship model making company with his two sons, Richard and William.

MARCHING ON: The Jarrow March in 1936 - but this photo taken in Sunderland?

MARCHING ON: The Jarrow March in 1936 - but this photo taken in Sunderland?

WARD DUTIES: Inside the extension of the Royal Infirmary in the 1940s.

WARD DUTIES: Inside the extension of the Royal Infirmary in the 1940s.

WAR DUTIES: Sunderland's Home Guard during an exercise in 1942.

WAR DUTIES: Sunderland's Home Guard during an exercise in 1942.

FIGHTING THE WARTIME BLUES: A wartime show at Low Row Church Hall in 1940.

FIGHTING THE WARTIME BLUES: A wartime show at Low Row Church Hall in 1940.

BYGONE SCENE: The only caption for this is "Manor House, The Green, 1944"...can anyone shed any further light on this?

BYGONE SCENE: The only caption for this is "Manor House, The Green, 1944"...can anyone shed any further light on this?