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A Window into the Industry Collections – June 2016

Mark Etheridge, 29 June 2016

As usual in this monthly blog post I’d like to share with you some of the objects that have recently been added to the industry and transport collections.

The first, is a collection of documents, photographs and objects relating to Smiths Potato Crisps Ltd. This company was formed by Frank Smith and Jim Viney just after the First World War. The Smiths Potato Crisps factory went into production at Fforestfach, Swansea in 1947, and the factory was officially opened in October 1948. The first ever flavoured crisps (cheese and onion) were produced here in the 1960s. The factory was later taken over by Walkers, and closed by them in 2006.






This baseball cap has the logo for 'Walter Energy, Western Coal' on it. Walter Energy (originally known as Walter Industries Inc.) was found in the U.S.A. in 1946. The company owned Aberpergwm Colliery from April 2011, but the company filed for bankruptcy in July 2015. Aberpergwm Colliery was closed by British Coal on 7 October 1985, but reopened in 1996, as of June 2016 it has been mothballed.



This plate, and also a pewter mug, were presented to men leaving Cwm Colliery in 1986. The union couldn't offer a presentation lamp after the strike, so these were produced instead. The plate has a presentation inscription on the front, and also historical details of Colliery painted on reverse.



Finally this month, this T-shirt was produced for sale during a tour by the protest singer Billy Bragg. The tour was in June 2009 and was to ‘Mark the Anniversary of the Miners' Strike, 1984-85', and travelled to a number of venues throughout Wales.




Mark Etheridge
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16 December 2019, 11:39
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Alison Heath
14 December 2019, 01:57

I'd just like to add some information for you about the lovely photo you've published on this page of the first rally of the Welsh Automobile Club. The youngish man standing with his motorcycle on the far right of the photograph is my Great-Grandfather, Ivor L Roberts. He was a cycle and motor cycle dealer ( and later motor cars) with a shop in Oxford Street, Swansea. He was one of the founding members of the Club, which I think became the Swansea Motor Club. I think this photograph was taken in 1905.


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