1960s work­ers smile for the cam­era

Black Country Bugle - - YOUR LETTERS - By DAN SHAW

SNAPSHOTS taken on the fac­tory floor are some­thing of a rar­ity, so we thank Janette Wil­letts for kindly sup­ply­ing this se­lec­tion that was taken in the 1960s.

Com­pa­nies would have pho­tographs taken in­side their works, for pro­mo­tional pieces and the like, but these tended to be for­mal and show the works at their best, usu­ally af­ter a tidy-up be­fore­hand. These kind of in­for­mal pic­tures, taken by the work­ers them­selves, are much rarer. Un­like to­day, when ev­ery­body has a cam­era on their phone and can take as many pic­tures as they like, back in the day of film cam­eras, pro­cess­ing the im­ages was not cheap. Peo­ple tended to save their pic­tures for fam­ily oc­ca­sions and hol­i­days and only took their cam­eras to work if they had a roll of film they wanted to fin­ish off.


Janette tells us these pic­tures were taken at the Judge-jury hol­lowware works in Quarry Bank but she can only name one of the men pic­tured. Her friend Derek Dunn was born in Birch Av­enue, Quarry Bank, in 1935 and worked at the Judge-jury works for many years. He passed away in 2016.

The Judge and Jury works were ini­tially two sep­a­rate hol­lowware mak­ers – the Judge works were founded by Ernest Stevens and the Jury works by his brother John Stevens.

Do you recog­nise any of these 1960s work­ers at the Judge-jury hol­lowware fac­tory in Quarry Bank?

Derek Dunn mak­ing dust­bins

Derek Dunn (left) at the Judge-jury works in Quarry Bank in the 1960s

These two ap­pear to be mak­ing plas­tic bucket han­dles

Un­known worker at the Judge-jury works

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