Printing Apprentice by Ron Elmore

Found the job of being a printing apprentice in a career book. Went to work for Stanford and mann at the age of 15 in 1961. Learnt how to use a Heidelberg Automatic. Left the job eventually as he didn’t want to study and joined the Merchant Navy.

Old railway trackside hut Typical of those provided to afford protection to the track maintenance gangs when they were working on the track.Later on he was a plate layer and lengthman for the railway. It was a very responsible job. His job was to maintain a particular length of line. No money in it. Became a ganger after just two years. It was a hard job out in all weathers on high speed mainlines. Did a visual inspection of the track over a ten mile distance every day. There were 16 people in a gang on a ninety mile track.  Sometimes it was very hard to hear the trains coming especially the electric ones. Just heard a humm when they were 30 yds away. The train driver blew the horn but if the wind was blowing the wrong it could be a close thing!

Memory contributed by Ron Elmore


Lynne’s work as an Office Junior for three newspapers

Lynne Taylor in 1960s. Photo supplied by Lynne. Copyright Lynne Taylor

Photos supplied by Lynne. © Lynne Taylor

Lynne started work as an office junior at the age of 15 in 1962. She was sent there by the Labour Exchange. Her tasks included sorting the post then taking it round the offices and printing works. The statement addresses were on a lithograph which was then punched onto new metal address plates. A Franking machine was used for outgoing post and newspapers. Newspapers were ordered for home and abroad. She also had to answer the phone and make tea. The newspapers were The Evening Dispatch, Sports Angus and Sunday Mercury.

The Evening Dispatch was amalgamated with the Birmingham Post and Mail and we all lost our jobs at that point.

Memory contributed by Lynne Taylor, Elgin

Additional Information
Archive section of the Birmingham City Council
Sports Argos Information page. This newspaper finally closed in 2006.
Cartoon Archive– look at newspaper cartoons form the past