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Factory for Mabie Todd & Company Limited, Liverpool: the assembly line

Ley Colbeck & Partners
NOTES: Mabie Todd & Company, famous for Swan pens and ink, began producing dip pens and mechanical pencils in New York City in the 1840s and took out its first fountain pen patent in 1878. A London office was opened in 1884 and the manufacture of pens in the UK began around 1909. The Company's prosperity declined after World War II and production ceased before the end of the 1950s.

Post Office Underground Railway (Rail Mail), Paddington District Office, London

NOTES: The Post Office (London) Railway Bill was passed by a Select Committee of the House of Lords in 1913 which reccommended the construction of an electric railway with driverless trains to connect the West and East ends of London. Construction of the tunnels began in 1914 and was completed in 1917. The operating equipment was not installed until after World War I and the railway finally opened on 5 December 1927 with parcels traffic running between Paddington and Mount Pleasant. The line was extended to Liverpool Street on 2 January 1928.

The Monument with workers at Billingsgate fish market, City of London

Hooke, Robert (1635-1703)
NOTES: The Monument, a colossal Doric column, stands at the junction of Monument Street and Fish Street Hill in the City of London. It was built between 1671 and 1677 to commemorate the Great Fire of London and to celebrate the rebuilding of the City.

Builders working on the facade of Palais Jacques Coeur, Bourges

NOTES: This building underwent restoration in 1928-1938 in an attempt to restore multilations during its use as the Palais de Justice between 1820 and 1923.

Ship cleaner


Berthold Lubetkin chats with miners of the east Durham coalfield, County Durham

Lubetkin, Berthold (1901-1990)
NOTES: Lubetkin was architect-planner for Peterlee New Town, County Durham 1948-1950.

Chichester, West Sussex: view towards the market cross and Cathedral

NOTES: James Ayton Symington was the illustrator of county guides and children's books, and this particular topographical drawing is one one of a number drawn between 1890 and 1897 depicting English market places. The drawings were probably intended as illustrations for a book or article but were possibly never published.

Sketch of a peasant woman standing by a rustic vaulted staircase

NOTES: The woman in the drawing is depicted hand-spinning thread using a drop spindle and a distaff.