View of men, women and a boy at work at the Coalport China Works

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This photograph shows the printing shop at the Coalport China Works. Men were employed to operate the heavy presses which printed the patterns onto sheets of tissue. Women cut out the patterns, applied them to the unglazed china, and then brushed off the tissue using a soapy liquid. Mrs Irene Thompson worked in the printing shop in the early 20th century and recalled that a total of fifteen women and six men were employed to carry out the transfer printing.

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