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| Letter to the Editor | | |from Bernard Wheeler (1583) Dear Mr Editor, established elsewhere. Congratulations on taking up the For the past three years a ‘freelance’ reins again. editor who moved to Newnham has During the summer I had a visit from a brought along a weird variety of people to look at the plant, but none of them is lady with typographical interest who had a printer. He has some odd ideas about visited Robert Smail’s Printing Works ¹. altering the premises, which are unlikely to progress as the building is listed. The lady was of the opinion that Severnside Press ² had a much larger If any members attending the Bristol range of type (several hundred fonts, Convention have useful ideas I should be metal and wood) than the Scottish interested to hear them: although this is museum, and more interesting ancillary my nearest Convention for many years I equipment such as pinhole perforators. am unlikely to be there, as at 92 I restrict The machinery is almost a carbon copy my driving to short distances. of that in Scotland, including an Albion (1860s), a Wharfedale (1890s), an Arab I discovered the photograph shown and a Heidelberg (1930s). below when I was going through some old correspondence – I believe it to date All this has lain idle since I suffered from around 1970. I am in the centre of two strokes in 2003. I continued to print the picture, but I cannot now recall who long after retirement age simply because the others are. In those days there were I enjoyed it. Not surprisingly, there has frequent visitors from both Bristol and been interest in museum projects but Cardiff branches. all those that made sense have been Image © Bernard Wheeler ¹ This museum, owned now by the National Trust for Scotland, is in Innerleithen, a little over 20 miles south of Edinburgh and only just north of the Scottish border. It featured in an article published in the December 2012 issue of Small Printer. ² Bernard owns Severnside Press at Newnham, about 12 miles south-west of Gloucester.