Saturday, August 10, 2013

North Wales map and a cooperage - an envelope from Great Britain


Country: Great Britain
Place:  Wirral
Received: 31/05/2013
Distance: 1 857 km
Travelled: 18 days

An envelope from my friend Scriptor


Poor Teddy

James Greig's cooperage

This one is a photo of a cooperage in Liverpool, which dates back to the year of 1900. The cooper's craft traditionally had four divisions. The "dry" cooper made containers for dry goods - cereals, tobacco, vegetables and fruits. The "dry-tight" cooper made containers for keeping dry goods in and moisture out. The "white cooper" made containers like washtubs and butter churns to hold water and other liquids. The "wet" or "tight" cooper made containers for long-term storage and transportation of liquids. 

North Wales map, Wirral with a red cross is where John lives :)

North Wales (Gogledd Cymru in Welsh) is the northernmost region of Wales, which was known as the Kingdom of GwyneddTwo of the three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Wales are located here - Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and canal and the Edwardian castles and town walls(CaernarfonBeaumaris, Conwy and Harlech)

Elizabeth II and Mr. Potato

Mr. Potato comes from a set of ten nicely photographed fruit and vegetable stamps, accompanied by 72 stickers. The idea is that you can create your own fruit and vegetable faces :)



  1. Just found your blog after googling james greig cooperage. Have been researching my family tree and he is my great great grandfather. Was it sent to you by one of his descendants?

    1. Hi :) Thank you for your comment. This card was just sent me by my friend John Edwards, he doesn't mention any details about some relationship, unfortunately. I've looked, this card was printed in the U.K. by Beric Tempest & Co. Ltd. St. Ives, Cornwall. The title is: James Greig's cooperage, 23 Virgil Street, off Scotland Road, Liverpool, about 1900. Merseyside Museum of Labour History, Islington, Liverpool, L3 8EE. Hope, I could help somehow.

  2. Hello Mish - I seem to have missed this blog entry. I'm not a descendant and you've given as much detail as I could have done.
    It seems ironic that I should learn about coopers - as I have done - from a Belarusian site. Shouldn't it be the other way round? :-)