1960s workers smile for the camera
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