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(From the Sun archives) Photo The staff of the Sun Engraving Co., Milford Lane, London, c.1917.
See, in particular, the Timeline, Facts & Opinions, and People pages. The Storeys, civic-minded art lovers, were quick to realize photogravure's potential for producing good quality art reproductions at prices the working classes could afford. The programme's pages are a lively mix of cartoons, in-jokes, spoofs, and doggerel, all poking gentle fun at company personalities (among them director and general manager David Greenhill).Staff at the Alex and Ani City Center has already swapped the cars' softer ice tires for harder ones designed to work on the bare concrete of the ice rink.Plans for the summer include getting a large soccer ball and letting the riders play bumper-car soccer.He had been working for the company as a 'boy' since April 8 of that year. In the same row, fifth from left (dark hair, clean-shaven, no glasses), is Mr Wilson, who later moved to Sun Printers to take charge of the Proofing Room. The rest of the employees of Rembrandt Intaglio Printing Co. Gladys Rendell, back row, left, is the only employee in this image who has been identified so far. Heavy wood furniture, candlestick telephones, an Underwood typewriter, and, on the desk behind, an Oliver Visible Typewriter - a downstroke machine that was hugely popular in offices in the early years of the 20th century (it was excellent for stencil cutting and could produce up to twenty carbon copies at a time). We don't know for certain that this handsome, well-appointed office was Edward Hunter's, but chances are that it was; it is clearly that of a senior executive. Note the two candlestick telephones behind the desk, one of them on an extendable mount. There is no name on the small office with its elegant desks, brass flower pots, and framed photo of an Alsatian dog (an image used in the 1929 Sun Compendium to demonstrate the effects of different halftone screens), but L.
Leslie will stay with the Sun as an etcher and overseer until his retirement 49 years later. In the front row, far right, in suit and glasses, is George Bell, a director (who chose not to move to Watford when Rembrandt did). In the upper right corner atop the panelling are four bells, two for each telephone. Another intriguing glimpse inside the firm: studded leather chairs, a roll-top desk, an Underwood typewriter, candlestick telephones. [Len] Cotton's name appears on one of the lockers just outside the office door.
(From the Sun archives) Photo Leslie Hodge's apprenticeship indentures. Workers gather for a photo outside Rembrandt Intaglio Printing Co., in West Norwood, London. So did many photos of production departments at the Watford works. Blocks of engravings, ready for packaging, are lined up on a bench furnished with a weigh-scale, a glue pot, balls of cord, and labels reading 'Press Blocks - Urgent', 'Bristol', 'Ex Paddington', 'Ex St Pancras', and so on.