The Quarterly No. 6 - March 1993

The Tramping System - Jean Stirk

The tramping system developed from the mediaeval custom among the longer established, older crafts of giving informal assistance to visiting craftsmen. Each member of a Friendly Society, Benefit Club or Trade Union, the craft journeyman who had paid his regular contributions while working, would be entitled for agreed benefit payments for sickness, unemployment and funeral expenses. However, if unemployed the journeyman would be required to travel around the country seeking work in order to claim, this article details the travels required to be done by unemployed paper workers and the effects on the trade and the workers.

5 pages, illustrated

Advice on Working in the Paper Industry - Joseph Collier

Extracts from "The Parent's and Guardian's Directory and the Youth's Guide in the Choice of a Profession or Trade", published in 1761, supplied by Tanya Schmoller. Descriptions of the work of the Marble-Paper Maker, the Paper-Hangings Maker, the Paper-Maker and of the Rag-Man are given.

2 pages, illustrated

Empire Paper Mills: The Original Machines - Anon

Follow up article to "The Early History of Empire Paper Mills" in The Quarterly No 5. Comprehensive details of each of the machines installed in the Mill are given including manufacturer and the eventual fate of the machine.

2 pages, illustrated

Archives of Paper History, part 1 - Peter Bower

It is intended in this and subsequent articles to draw attention to the range of information now available. We begin with: The Loeber Collection of the Dutch Foundation for Paper History. This collection is the culmination of forty years of travelling Europe photographing and drawing mills and machinery, documenting watermarks and talks with papermakers, merchants and historians. The collection is housed at the Municipal Archives, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, and consists of 18,000 tracings of watermarks, 7,000 technical drawings, 15,000 photographs and other archival material.

3 pages, illustrated


In response to the second part of Richard Hills article on the Cylinder Mould Machine, Alan Witt, Divisional Sales Development Manager of Whatman Paper Ltd. points out:

Your interesting article on the cylinder mould machine (December 1992) referred to Whatman's past production of drawing papers: "when Whatman Drawing papers were still being made at Springfield Mill". In fact we are still making them. A new range of mould made watercolour and printmaking papers were introduced in 1983 and now have distribution in more than fifty countries. We do also, as Richard Hills pointed out, use the mould machines for other speciality products including filter papers and this year will be commissioning our first mould machine to supplement our existing capacity which includes a Fourdrinier.

Book Review

The Art and Craft of Papermaking. Sophie Dawson.