Market Lavington Museum

From the Easterton Echoes


The Easterton Echoes is a long standing news sheet serving, as you’d expect, Easterton. Much of the content is about events in the village but from time to time little extras creep in. This little snippet comes from the December 1981 issue. This was issue 79, the first having been in May 1975.

From the Easterton Echoes for December 1981

From the Easterton Echoes for December 1981

The magazine editor clearly wanted the readers to have some idea as to who composed this verse celebrating facets of the village. I’m afraid we don’t know who was 86 then, but they were born in 1895.

Of course, we of the 21st century can look back those 35 years and be amazed at the method of production. This was produced on a typewriter which was used without a ribbon to cut a stencil. The stencil was transferred to an ink spattering duplicating machine whish managed to press ink through the holes in the stencil made by typing and on to paper. If it was an ancient duplicator each sheet of paper would have been fed by hand and the rollers turned also by hand. More modern ones could pick up sheets of paper and may have had an electric motor to drive the mechanism.

What seems amazing is that the system worked albeit we can see that the e key didn’t cut the stencil quite as well as might have been liked. It looks too much like an o in many cases.