Daily Chronicle – Surprise Touch of Royal Blue during Factory Visit.
Clad in overalls, the Duke of York, as president of the Industrial Welfare Society, made a tour of the works of the. Greenwich Inlaid Linoleum Company yesterday. In one of the mixing sheds the Duke was invited to start one of the machines. His selection was haphazard, but when the mixing drum was opened he found that the colour was royal blue. In one department there was a pungent smell and the Duke asked if the fumes affected the health of the work- people. He was assured that the resin and oil fumes had no ill effect. Many workpeople whom he met had over 30 years’ service.
THE DAILY EXPRESS -THE DUKE IN OVERALLS.
A brown linen overall was worn by the Duke of York while he was inspecting the works of the Greenwich Inlaid Linoleum Company, near Blackwall Tunnel, yesterday, in his capacity as president of the Industrial Welfare Society. The Duke was informed at the outset that the tour would involve going about machinery and into a department where finely ground cork filled the air with dust. A complete tour was made, and the Duke saw the whole process, from the manufacture of the raw material to the dispatch of the finished rails.
The Duke of York, as president of the Industrial Welfare Society, visited the works of the Greenwich Inlaid Linoleum Company Limited; near the southern end of the Blackwall Tunnel
Daily Telegraph THE DUKE OF YORK. VISIT TO LINOLEUM WORKS.
The Duke of York yesterday, in his capacity as president of the Industrial Welfare Society, paid his first visit to works and workpeople, and displayed practical interest in both. The works inspected were those of tile Greenwich Inlaid Linoleum Company, near the southern end of Blackwall Tunnel.
At the outset the Duke was informed that a tour would involve getting about among; machinery and going into a department where finely-ground cork was used. The latter filled the air with dust, and he was advised to put on overalls. His Royal Highness first saw the showering of linseed oil and watched it through various stages of development until it emerged in an oxygenated condition very like sponge. Then he saw a molten mixture of this substance, with gum and resin, and its ultimate appearance in a form very similar to sheet rubber. Having watched the process of preparing the groundwork of canvas, he saw in operation very intricate machines which rolled the material into sheets, cut them into minute pieces, built those pieces into patterns, inlaid the patterns on the canvas rolling and finishing the material. One of the machines was turning out the minute squares at the rate of a quarter of a million pieces per minute.
The Royal visitor drove afterwards to a second factory, where he saw the working of the cylinders with which the patterns are applied, and also visited the cork mill, the mixing-room, the laboratory, and the packing department. In one of the mixing sheds he was invited to start a machine. His selection was made haphazard, and when the mining drum was opened .the colour was seen, to be royal blue. Throughout the tour, which extended to about an hour and a half the Duke made a point of getting into personal touch with as many of the workpeople as possible, and particularly those with long service to their credit.
DUKE AT GREENWICH,
Factory Tour In Overalls
Fascinated By Machines
The Duke of York spent several hours to-day watching the manufacture of linoleum at the Greenwich Inlaid Linoleum Works. He was amazed-at the speed -at which the .work was, carried out. “It quite puts to shame the jig saw puzzle, he exclaimed, commenting on some of the pattern- making devices. As he had to go among the machinery and into a department where finely-ground cork is used, he was advised to put on overalls. He saw the “showering” of linseed oil, and. its ultimate appearance in a form like sheet rubber, then the preparation of the groundwork of canvas, and the intricate machines which cut the sheets into minute pieces, built them into patterns, and inlaid them on the canvas, and rolling and finishing the material. In one of the mixing sheds he was invited to start, one of the machines. His selection was haphazard. When the mixing drum was opened it was found that the colour he had chosen was royal blue. When he left he declared that the visit had been most interesting. The workpeople turned out to cheer him, and the works sirens blew a farewell.
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