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|obk 24||not listed||recorded without number|
Legend printed on inside cover of card mount:-
N.B. The barge which features in this silk was owned by John Green (Carriers), Macclesfield. The name " Julia ", which appears on the barge, was the name of John Green's daughter.
18.2 cm deep by 23.9 cm wide
Technical Details supplied by Lewis Cowen:
by Lewis Cowen:
In 1951, in time for the New Year, the next picture, THE GOODS WHARF, was available, and this was to be the last time a silk picture appeared in calendar form. In the early 1950s the company was informed by HM Customs and Excise that as the pictures had been produced as calendars they must attract Purchase Tax, and a sizeable amount was owed. This was totally unexpected and, of course, a blow to BWA. After settling the bill it was decided to alter the format. Pictures were mounted on either a brown or beige card, with a mask in front. These were not subject to Purchase Tax!
By this time the pictures were becoming much sought after, and after the distribution to customers, surplus pictures from the strictly limited edition were sold in cream coloured folders, with the appropriate legend incorporated.
The card mount is brown colour attached to a cream/beige backing, with the calendar hanging below on two brown ribbons. It is the coloured mounts which define the original issue of this silk picture. Several years later BWA realised their pictures were being bought as collectors items, and they seem to have reissued all the early ones mounted in a white card mount. It is probable however that the silks of these white reissued pictures came from the original weaving.