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I HAVE been trying to ind some information on the old Co-op Factory at Pelaw, Gateshead. I have a pair of watercolour paintings (given to my parents in 1939 as a wedding present). The paintings were signed J or T Wilson. They were framed at the factory.
As I live in North Somerset it is possible the paintings were purchased at the Bristol Co-op Store (destroyed in WWII).
I would like to find out about the painter and if the store commissioned local artists to do work then framed them and then they were sent out to various stores for sale.
The pictures show lakeside scenes with mountains in the background - could be anywhere in the UK or beyond.
I guess people employed at the factory are probably long gone by now, but maybe a relative or friend may have some recall of the factory and it workings. ROGER COLLINS Email: rogercollins59@mail. com