Paper Making Films


 

FOR A SHORT TIME ONLY

A vintage film showing the fascinating processes involved in making paper by hand from beginning to end in a commercial environment where paper was made in large quantities on a daily basis. 

You will see specialists in their own field, more often than not, apprentice trained for many years.    

 

THE MAKING OF WHATMAN'S HANDMADE ANTIQUARIAN DRAWING PAPER AT THE SPRINGFIELD MILLS OF W&R BALSTON Ltd.

Filmed in 1931

Discovered in the Whatman archive on cine film, this silent black and white film has been digitally mastered with descriptive subtitles and subtle background music.

This fascinating silent documentary film was shot at Springfield Mill in 1931 and shows the process of making the largest commercially available sheet of paper made, J Whatman Antiquarian, using an apparatus called "The Contrivance" which required 3 men to operate it plus a team to couch and press the sheets, such was the size of the device.

The processes of making paper by hand today is generally a one person operation. In times gone by it was very much a team operation with one person responsible for a single aspect of making a sheet, be that a vat man or a coucher etc. This film shows those processes in some detail as well as giving an absorbing insight into how commercial mills operated in the days when it was still commercially viable to make paper by hand.

These processes are shown in (black and white grainy) detail. 

Running Time: 9 mins 30 seconds.

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©W&R Balston Ltd 1931

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