Leeds Basket Factory

Scope and Content

This file contains ten small photographs showing workers and machinery at the Leeds Basket Factory. All have annotated strips of paper attached on verso. Photograph one is an interior shot, showing a man weaving a basket. There are bales of material behind him. Strip on verso reads "Jack Sutcliffe " qualified journeyman, who has been at it 13 years here making a laundry basket". Photograph two is an exterior shot of a boy walking whilst balancing a stack of fourteen baskets on his head. The boy is walking along a path between the outskirts of a building and a tall brick wall. Strip on verso reads " 16-year-old Jack Brooke who has been at the job 9 months, is an apprentice earns £1.17.4d a week. When he is 21 he will be earning £10 as a fully blown journeyman. Here he is trying a "Covent Garden" porter trick with some of the baskets he has helped to make." Photograph three shows a boy using a handloom. Strip on verso reads "Donald Hammill at work on a handloom making mates [sic] with wool borders". Photograph four shows a man in the process of making a mat. There is a stack of mats next to him, and there is machinery in the background. Strip on verso reads " With a pair of outsize clippers and a collection of vicious looking shears Tom Pennock is responsible for trimming the wool borders of the fancy mats". Photograph five shows two men sitting at an office desk, posing for the picture. Strip on verso identifies them as " Mr Eddison and Mr Burn Group Manager and Works Manager respectively". Photograph six is an exterior shot, showing two women carrying a stack of eighteen baskets between them. They are walking along a path between the outskirts of a building and a tall brick wall. Strip on verso reads "Rosie Smith and Joyce Richards show us some of their products." Photograph seven is an interior shot of a man wearing breathing mask and goggles, who appears to be putting material into a machine. Strip on verso is torn, and reads "John Spink milling fibre on the whilÂ… and mask for protection against dust." Photograph eight is an interior shot, showing a woman working at a vice, making brushes. There is a storage unit behind her, holding baskets and brushes. Another woman is working in the picture, although she is partially out of shot. Strip on verso reads "Blanch Mann makes plastic hairbrushes." Photograph nine shows a boy weaving a basket. He is sat on a box, the basket is resting on a pallet, and there are bundles of material behind him. Strip on verso reads "16-year-old apprentice Jack Brooke making a waste paper basket." Photograph ten is an interior shot of a man operating a loom. There appears to be a storage area behind him, filled with material and boxes. Strip on verso reads "One of the two power looms which make doormats. Robert Wishart is the operator. Three different types of yarn are used " Calicut, Quilandry and Allapat, all from Ceylon coconuts." Black and white.