MT Print, based in Darlington, has discovered a document dating back to 1916 from the company’s original owners, W. E. Mawer and E. Stobart.
In a note penned on the outbreak of war the owners explain the closure of the printing company, then called Electric Press, for the duration of the war.
The closure was due to the whole of the printing firm’s staff based on Leadenhall Street being ‘either with the colours, about to join up or on munitions’.
The note also asks for all debts to be paid before Mr Mawer joined up for active service in January 1917.
MT Print is now only a mile away from the original printing site and its directors, Phil Harburn and Phil Evans commented: “It is an honour to be a part of the history of MT Print, and to know that the business was obviously an important part of the community 100 years ago is really heart warming.
“It was very exciting to discover the document and we are so thrilled that we will be framing it to put in our reception for everyone to see.”
Thankfully Mr Mawer returned from the war and the printers reopened in 1918, to be passed down the family line to his two sons.
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