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.
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.
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.”
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