Post-War Papermaking: Stoneywood Mill c.1948

Paper manufacturing follows the same basic process today as when it was invented by the Chinese around 2000 years ago: fibrous raw material is disintegrated to its constituent fibres by mechanical attrition; the fibres are then diluted in water, and strained through a mesh to yield a sheet, which is then pressed and dried. The process of forming paper on a mesh was performed solely by hand until the development of the paper machine at the beginning of the nineteenth century. By around 1840, manufacture of paper was dominated by the mechanised process. Since that time machines have increased in size and speed, such that today they can reach up to 10m in width and operate at speeds in excess of 2000m/min. This exceptionally well-illustrated booklet shows state-of-the-art papermaking equipment from a bygone age, just after WWII ended, installed in the Wiggins Teape Stoneywood Mill near Aberdeen. It illustrates processes and methods that have almost all been superseded; as such it forms a unique and detailed historical record of how fine papers were once made, within living memory.

A5, 40 pages, 23 illustrations, some colour.

£3 plus p&p £1.00 UK, £1.50 EU, £2.00 RoW, ISSN 1759-765X

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