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.
“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.
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.”
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