Making J Whatman Paper in 1931 - a digital download.
Making J Whatman Paper in 1931 - a digital download.

Making J Whatman Paper in 1931 - a digital download.

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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 converted and descriptive subtitles added which explains the processes of making this paper from beginning to end.

This fascinating silent documentary film was shot at Springfield Mill in 1931 and shows the incredibly laborious and repetitive process needed to make the largest commercially available sheet of paper ever produced by hand in Europe - J Whatman Antiquarian.

Because these sheets were so large it was made using an apparatus called "The Contrivance" which required 3 men to operate it plus a team to couch and press the sheets.

The last time this paper was made by hand was in 1936.

The processes of making paper by hand today is generally a one or two person operation because it simply isn't a viable business any more.

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. These men and women spent their entire working lives mastering one or two of these processes. Can you imagine that in 2018?

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. 

Please note that as there have been some costs involved with producing this film we have to place a charge on the download. 

This film is subject to copyright, making it illegal to share this file. Also, more importantly, sharing it would be uncool/unfair to the people who invested their time and money in making it available to us all so please don't.  

Running Time: 9 mins 30 seconds. 

©W&R Balston Ltd 1931

©Copyright STEPHEN & THOMAS HILL, 2012

Stephen & Thomas Hill have asserted their rights under the Copyright, design and Patents act 1988 to be identified as originators of this edition which must not be copied or otherwise distributed without prior written permission. 

DIGITAL DOWNLOAD - 430mb