By Ge­orge – flat out in Stan­dard Mo­tor Co’s early days

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

Ithought that CCW read­ers might be in­ter­ested in this photo, taken in the very early days of the Stan­dard Mo­tor Com­pany in Coven­try.

It was shot around 1926-29, and shows my grand­fa­ther, Ge­orge Stret­ton, who started work there about that time. He left the lo­cal coal mines to fol­low his brother Jack, who also worked there. The pic­ture shows Ge­orge, hand on hip, at the rear of a car body, which I be­lieve he and the other men were flat­ting down be­fore paint. He told me that when he was first em­ployed the paint was ap­plied by brush to a very high gloss fin­ish.

No work clothes were sup­plied in those days, but note the waist­coat, and starched white stiff col­lar and tie – also the highly pol­ished boots. Just imag­ine flat­ting down a car of the size pic­tured in a stiff col­lar and waist­coat. Phew – I’m sweat­ing just think­ing about it!

Ge­orge con­tin­ued with ‘ The Stan­dard’ all his work­ing life, and spent his lat­ter years at the de­fects and war­ranty work­shop at Alles­ley on the old A45, where he was known as ‘ The Grand Old Man of the Paint Shop’. He re­tired, aged 65.

Bob Beau­mont, Tam­worth, Stafford­shire

On track – a glimpse of the Stan­dard Mo­tor Co. pro­duc­tion line in the 1920s. Don’t those chaps look su­per-smart in their col­lars and ties?

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