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