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Monday, May 14, 2012

Whitley Bay House In Wartime Skeleton Mystery!

We're replacing the glass in the bay window...


The glaziers called me to say they'd found an old newspaper jammed inside the sandstone supports...




Carefully gathering up the remains we were able to ascertain that it was a copy of The Daily Express dated 16th July 1945 had been used to bodge the work the last time glass was fitted.




There was some music ans entertainment news within its pages featuring Benjamin Britten and Kenneth Horne!

However, amidst stories of the Big Three and Potsdam and the like, one story caught my eye in particular. Given that I had just disinterred this newspaper after very nearly 67 years since it was placed inside the frame, this story had a peculiar resonance...



5 comments:

C said...

How fascinating! A little piece of history preserved! Are you able to (or do you want to) keep the paper, maybe frame it for posterity?!

hectoria said...

what a fantastic find. I dont suppose the mystery was ever solved.

Tim Sokell said...

Builders used to use newspapers to pack out any odd crevices, holes etc, particularly in window and door frames, before mastic came along.

The upside of their tardy practice is to our benefit in terms of recovered ephemera and bits of social history.

Sid Smith said...

Always fascinating to see these things. True story: when our neighbours Dave & Julie were having some work done to their house they discovered a near-fossilised joint of pork. It had been roasted and then inexplicably sealed behind a wall. I'm sure I blogged about it at some point and my even have a photograph of said pork.

Anyway, to answer your question C, Debbie immediately suggested we keep and frame parts of the paper.

Sour Grapes said...

Fantastic find Sid! We had a similar thing happen here recently ( we are living on a very old farm site) and found numerous horse/cow items from at least 1900. Amazing stuff.

The newspaper you hae found is a facinating piece of history

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