The Quarterly No. 84 - October 2012


Benjamin and Richard Nun(n), The Dublin Paper Makers - Eddie Jordan

The Nun(n) family were Irish papermakers who operated from the mid-18th century until the turn of the 19th century. This article, which is part family history and part industrial history, charts the family's involvement in the paper trade.

8 pages, 6 illustrations


Henry Fuseli: Necessity or Frugality? The Artist's Selection of Drawing Papers - Ute Larsen & Camilla Baskcomb

Fuseli (1741-1825) was a Swiss-born artist who settled in London where he studied with Joshua Reynolds. This article describes a project undertaken to identify how the artist used paper; the sides upon which drawings or paintings were executed; and the importance of stains and various ephemeral items such as paper patches in documenting the life of a work of art.

10 pages, 9 illustrations, 3 tables


Humour in the Paper Mill: Sandoz Cartoons

Humorous cartoons on the subject of industrial processes are often taken as the domain of Heath Robinson, whose cartoons on the subject of papermaking have been featured several times in the pages of this journal. Yet, although Robinson is undoubtedly the best known cartoonist, he was not unique. These two cartoons, dating from the 1950s, were produced on behalf of Sandoz, a Swiss chemical firm that supplied the paper industry with dyes and other chemicals.

2 pages, 2 illustrations


Martin Billing and his Ownership of Tibberton Paper Mill - Mike Malley

Tibberton is a small Shropshire village, not particularly well known for papermaking, yet the industry flourished for well over two centuries. This article gives the most detailed account yet of the history of the three mills involved, the last of which stopped production in the early 20th century.

7 pages, 5 illustrations


History of Paper Test Instrumentation Part 24: Laboratory Papermaking Apparatus - Daven Chamberlain

The previous article in this series described apparatus designed to test wet pulps. This article follows on with detailed descriptions of the apparatus used in laboratories to transform wet pulp into paper sheets, such that their properties could then be assessed using other laboratory equipment described in many previous editions of the series.

7 pages, 6 illustrations


Lost & Found: Part 1 Trews Weir Mill, Exeter - Daven Chamberlain

The start of a mini-series in which the sites of former paper mills, or other buildings related to the paper trade, are identified and photographed as they appear today. Included in the short text is data (postcode or map references) to allow readers to find the sites.

0.5 page, 2 illustrations


Papyrus, Parchment and Paper. Part 1. Early Writing Materials - Introduction - Richard L Hills

The author intended this to be the introduction to a book on the subject of early writing materials, which was ultimately to chart how paper came to be the preferred material of choice worldwide. Unfortunately the project was shelved, which has allowed BAPH to publish the various chapters in serial form in the pages of The Quarterly. This article sets the scene, and describes the origin of writing before focusing upon various early writing materials including wood, stone and textiles.

3 pages


A Visit to the Laboratory and Experimental Paper Mill of Arthur D. Little, Inc. - S Chas Phillips

The consulting firm of AD Little is today one of the largest of its kind in the world. What most customers of this firm probably do not realise is the founder was a cellulose chemist, and among the industries he targeted in the early 20th century was paper and pulp. For this he built (in America) a laboratory and had installed an experimental paper machine. In effect he provided an American equivalent to the services offered in the UK by Cross and Bevan.

3 pages, 3 illustrations

Packs of Cards, Old & New - Charles Dickens

The master writer describes the evolution of the cards, from the tarot cards of the middle ages, through the many historical- and political-themed packs of the Renaissance, to the 'modern' Victorian playing card.

3 pages

In Memoriam: Harry Dagnall, BD MA AKC FRPSL (1914-2012) - Peter Bower

An obituary of one of the BAPH's most consistent supporters, which describes some of his interests and research topics from which he managed to publish in excess of 500 books, articles and reviews. A life lived to the full, and remembered fondly.

1 page, 1 illustration

A Unique Watermark Combination - Peter Bower

A short description of an unusual sheet containing a watermark of the Royal Arms of England (used approx. 1694-1702) and a countermark (Crown / AR) used between 1702-1714. To the knowledge of the author, this particular combination is unique.

1 page, 2 illustrations

Book Reviews:

Protecting the Business: The John Dickinson and British Paper Company Volunteer Fire Brigades - Paul Sturman, Michael Stanyon & Alan Penwarden
A small booklet, published by The Apsley Paper Trail (APT), on the fire brigades that were a part of many mills up until recent times. (This particular booklet is based heavily upon an article in The Quarterly No.75.)

A Lion Goes to War: from Waterloo to World War 2 - Michael Stanyon
Another small booklet from the APT concentrating upon how the firm operated during wartime.