Avro York - 1946

Reference Number:- Sprake Number:- Godden Number:-
obk 8   not listed recorded without number
 

Brocklehurst-Whiston (BWA) silk image of the Avro York aircraft
The image of this silk was very kindly donated by Mary Brittan, UK.

Words:
Woven at top of silk:-    

AVRO YORK
    
Woven at bottom of silk:-  
woven in silk
 

B.W.A.
 
Macclesfield
 

Printed at bottom of card mount:-
 

Size:
Card mount:
cm deep by cm wide

silk:
8.0 cm high by 19.0 cm wide

 
Technical Details supplied by Lewis Cowen:
First Sketch:       Mr James Norris
Design Draft:Mr James Norris
Card Cutter:Mr William Stubbs
Weaver:Mrs Ruth Collier
Design No:Z.5970
Comments:

by Lewis Cowen:
When the second world war was over, the directors at BWA had to consider how best to re-introduce silk to a new generation of customers growing up in an era of rationing, and they came up with the idea of making a silk picture that would demonstrate not only the capabilities of their looms, but also the skills and versatility of the crafts involved in silk weaving.

At that time, at nearby Woodford aerodrome, a new aeroplane was being built by A V ROE, based on the successful wartime bomber - the Lancaster. This new aeroplane would be a transport aircraft capable of being converted to passenger carrying. It was called the Avro York, and was eventually to make some 30,000 flights to Berlin during the famous post war airlift of 1948/1949.

BWA's directors felt that the first 'York' to be sold to an airline would make a suitable subject for their first silk picture. It would promote the skills and flexibility of the silk Jacquard loom, and copies could be given to employees and officials of A V ROE and to passengers on the inaugural flights. In 1946 the project was commenced.

There are two schools of thought on the precise sequence of events from this point. One is that the design and weaving fell behind schedule, and the pictures were not ready for the inaugural flight. The other suggests that A V ROE found the finished article to be not to their liking and refused to have any part in its distribution. Whatever the reason BWA were faced with the problem of finding another outlet for them, and this they did by having the silk pictures mounted on beige/brown card and attaching a calendar, suspended by ribbon, underneath. These were then sent to prestigious customers and one was given to each of the BWA's employees. Many went abroad.

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