Snapshot of Sunderland life in the Sixties

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A SNAPHOT of Wearside life is the focus of an appeal.

Photographers from Wilson & Ramsey captured the industrial landscape of Sunderland – from factories to council houses – for decades.

Sunderland Oil terminal, South dock 1963.

Sunderland Oil terminal, South dock 1963.

But, following the demise of the firm in the 1970s, it is believed most of the glass-plate images were dumped in a skip and lost forever.

“These 1960s photos are all by Wilson & Ramsey. I’m sure there must be more out there,” said Bill Hawkins, of Sunderland Antiquarian Society.

“It is a real shame we lost such wonderful images to the skip, but perhaps Echo readers can help us rebuild at least part of the collection.”

Wilson & Ramsey operated from offices at 4 Athenaeum Street and John Street in the 1960s, and also had a photographic outlet at Derwent Street. “The firm specialised in industrial and business-related photos, capturing life across Wearside during an ever-changing era,” said Bill.

“I have no idea exactly what photos went missing, but I’m sure they would have been fascinating. It would be great to get some of them back.”

Among the few Wilson & Ramsey photos recovered so far are shots of Sunderland oil terminal, Fawcett Street and a council house showhome.

“I have to say one of my favourites is Barnes Northern Auto, with the car up on scaffolding. It is so evocative of the 1960s,” said Bill.

“It really is a shame if shots like that ended up in the skip.

“If anyone has any Wilson & Ramsey photos, I’d love to hear from them.”

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