IMPRESSIONS OF IPEX, 1955
Boys from the Printing Department visited IPEX (International Printing Machinery and Allied Trades Exhibition] at Olympia and the
two following entries are the winners of a competition for the best report on the visit, Terence Davies winning first prize and
C. Pettman second.
On a fine summer morning, the entire department of printers sallied forth to visit the International Printing Machinery and Allied Trades
After a somewhat monotonous journey (especially for the Wimbledon boys), we arrived at Olympia, right in the heart vast metropolis.
Once inside we were "briefed," told where to rendezvous, and we were let loose among the teeming thousands.
Walking straight in I came to the Vickers-Armstrong stand. This interested me, for they were demonstrating a plastic binder; I had been in the
warehouse for only a week and binding becomes a trifle ardous and rather painful.
I gazed with awe at the American Miehle, with admiration at the Heidelberg, and with joy at the neat array of varnished frames and cases,
hoping that in the not-so-distant-future our own room may be equipped with such fabulous property.
On Frys' stand there was some rotary stereos, comprising of the daily papers; there we also saw a very marvellous four-colour job, it was a
portrait of Her Majesty the Queen, and was made entirely of a's, e's, g's and many other case characters.
The second floor showed us the smaller things a printer requires, but all as valuable. One "shop" that interested me was that of "Bob's Bindery".
It was outwardly a shop with bay windows after 17th century style and inside was a binder at his work as his ancestors worked just 300 years
On the third floor (reached by an escalator or a lift) I saw a very interesting thing. It was a stand called "Training for Tomorrow"; it was
devoted to the upbringing of younger printers in Technical/Printing schools.
The most amazing machine was the Intertype, but I admittedly cannot describe this machine in so short a space.
As usual a good outing finishes all too quickly; we reluctantly withdrew from a world of noise and undeniable interest, to our present world
IPEX was over, but the memory shall linger on and we can say, "Oh, I've been to IPEX."
Lasty I must on behalf of my colleagues express sincere thanks and gratitude to Mr. Millar, Mr. Powell, Mr. Stackwood, and all others who
made this such an interesting outing. Thank you
The first stand I visited was the Flexoproof stand. I saw the Trumax Type 207 All-purpose Hydraulic Press; it was not work-I still interesting
to look at. I then went and looked at the cornerstone stand. On show were squaring gauges, numbering machines recoil tape, line inkers, roller
gauges, standard quoins, space savers, swivel blocks, It is hard to believe that the human brain can think of all these ideas.
Joyce & Co. Had some cases on show, which could be altered . This was in a wood cabinet, with a seat for rthe compositor to sit on.
One of these more interesting machines was the Crimped Cup machine, which makes paper cups for cakes. The paper cups were made at a
Wilson & Jubb had an interesting stand. There were big round cylinders with the words and pictures already set up on them. These are used
to print national and county newspapers.
The postcard stand must be mentioned as I managed to get 34 postcards. There was a plan of London Transport Underground, printed by
Heidelberg, to show the creasing and inking colours.
Riscatype had some pocket books on typefaces, rule borders, ornaments, economy founts end card founts. I often look through the books
of type faces and compare sizes from books with those in the pocket book. J like the Riscatype Palace Script.
Bruce's showed how effectively colour can be used on a high-bulking paper. The picture shows a green woodpecker, inset is its egg.
Johnson & Bloy had four different colours of some flowers in a vase. The colours were: Green polymetallic, cerise polymetallic,
sovereign gold letterpress, dark blue poiymetaliic, which I thought . was the most effective. I got a book on "Faces Old and Modern,"
which shows how different type faces can be used for different jobs. George F. blotters & Sons (photogravure equipment) had an
extremely big and complicated machine; it must be hard for the men to learn the different parts. It looked like the biggest machine at the
I had plenty of rides on the lifts. It was one of the happiest days I have ever spent. I learned a lot. It was well worth going.
On Saturday, nth June, we entertained members of Headquarters' Staff Social and Sports Club at Goldings. It was a day of sunshine, and those
who came here had a most enjoyable time. We were very pleased to see so many who are working hard on behalf of the Homes, and to make
their acquaintance once again.
The Staff Cricket team had a match with Chasesids Cricket Club, and two members of the Headquarters' Staff had quite a lively game for the
visitors, who arrived two men short. Some played tennis, others had a swim, while many enjoyed themselves on the lawn with deck golf.
The Gym. team gave a display on the lawn, and this was followed by a Cadet Band display of marching and counter-marching. The adults
felt thev would like to have seen more, while the children were fascinated by these displays.
After a lovely tea, served in the boys' dining hall by members of staff, the visitors were conducted round the workshops, schoolrooms and
gardens by the boys, and had lots to say about the skill and craftsmanship of the boys.
To all members of staff who worked so hard, especially with the refreshments, may I say "Thanks very much" for the readiness with which
S. C. C.
Many visitors took the opportunity to look round the School, shops and grounds at Goldings on the 25th June. There were displays of boys'
work in the shops and in the School a film was shown depicting some aspects of our life at Goldings.
There were several outdoor attractions. The Cadet Band gave a display, there was a home cricket fixture and the sale of refreshments enabled
our visitors to spend a pleasant afternoon with us.
THE CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW, 1955
This show is the premier event in the gardening calendar, and is held each year in the grounds of Wren's Royal Hospital, Chelsea. It is an
occasion of splendour and triumph, and I considered myself fortunate once again to be able to visit the show at the Special Preview, set aside
for Fellows of the Society. Chelsea Show, ranking with classic events such as Ascot and Wimbledon, both for quality and fashion, reflects
current trends in horticulture. Perhaps the major attraction is the three-and-a-half acre marquee, which houses plants and flowers to suit
everyone's fancy—orchids, carnations, sweet peas, roses and tulips.
My personal interest eventually drew me to the Scientific Section where all recent data and new introductions from the many research stations
and institutes are carefully set out for the benefit of the growers and general public. Included this year was a collection of plants flown over
specially by the Nairobi Horticultural Society, and another which also created great interest was a group of plants raised from seeds which
were gathered at a recent plant hunting expedition in Nepal.
The rock gardens always attract thousands of people, and it is only with great difficulty that one can get near enough, to get a full view of the
gardens are always set out to blend with natural surroundings, with their out-jutting rock formations, waterfalls, cascades etc. Formal and
informal gardens, garden furniture, machines of all types and sizes, cloches, frames and enormous glass house, in fact everything for and
from the garden is to be seen at Chelsea the greatest flower show of them all.
Both staff and boys at Goldings will be interested to learn that at long banana plant is bearing fruit. Everyone who visited the greenhouse
while the plant has been slowly developing, never failed to ask the stock question, "Will it fruit?" Since last October the swollen main stem
had indicated that a flowering spike had developed inside, yet it wasn't until the last week in June, that the fruiting spike appeared with
purplish like bracts and "hands" of some four or five dozen fruit.
The plant was brought to Goldings as a one year old sucker in 1948, and according to rules and regulations ought to have borne fruit in 1952.
Poor English summers, however, and the absence of fire heat during the so called hotter months, were not congenial enough for the Musa
genus, thus the great event has been delayed some three years.
Musa Cavendishii is a dwarf growing specie, and requires less heat than most other types. It is the best one to grow where fruit-bearing is the
object, as it does not grow to an unmanageable height—5ft. or 6ft.—and produces good bunches of singular-looking fruit. Like most
commercial Musas it is increased by suckers, which are sent up from the base with amazing regularity, and where root room and a
temperature of 68 °F. by day can be provided, fruit can be expected in two to three years. When the fruit ripens, the parent plant dies, and
where the plants are growing in their natural environment the life cycle is carried on by the surrounding suckers.
For those not fortunate enough to get a taste off this crop, I can only say "stick around until 1960, when Musa Cavendishii the second hits
GOLDINGS OLD BOYS' DINNER AND DANCE
Many friends and member attended annual dinner at the Mayflower Hotel, Hertford it was a most enjoyable dinner and there were several
Our Headmaster paid tribute to the manner in which the Old Boys' Association helped the School and mentioned particularly the table tennis
trophy which had been presented to the School by the Association. He then proposed the Loyal Toast and a toast to the memory of the late
Dr. Barnardo and Mr. William Baker.
Mr. "Jimmy" James proposed a toast to the School and received well-earned thanks for all he has done as Secretary. Mr. Powell summed
up, wittily, the activities of the Club during the previous year. Mr. R. Howitt, Chairman of the Association, then welcomed the guests and
introduce Mr. T. F. Tucker, who, as we expected, concluded amusingly, the speeches.
After dinner members and guests enjoyed dancing to the music provided by "Sapsed and Wick."