17 July 2012 /

Master Printer Websdale

Jonathan Joy writes : I have been researching into my family tree, and have found an ancestor who was a master printer, John Websdale Peel [Peele]. He lived at the Cut in the mid 1800s, and actually helped set up a printing press in the then Royal Victoria Theatre. Most theatres at that time had their own printing presses. I’ve also found some early theatre posters from Drury Lane – printed by J Tabby in 1824 – and posters from the Theatre Royal Covent Garden. They are quite fragile and I wonder what is the best thing to do with them as they are historically interesting. I was also perhaps thinking of incorporating my research into an article related to theatre presses.

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