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A Portrait of Gary Arber by Sebastian Whyte

July 17, 2015
by the gentle author

A year after Gary Arber closed his print works and W.F. Arber & Co passed into East End legend, it is my pleasure to present this sympathetic portrait by Sebastian Whyte entitled, STATIONARY


Photo of Gary Arber in his comp room in 2010 by The Gentle Author

Read my stories about Gary Arber

Gary Arber, Printer

Gary Arber’s Collection

Return to W.F.Arber & Co Ltd

At W.F.Arber & Co Ltd

James Brown at W.F.Arber & Co Ltd

Last Days at W.F.Arber & Co Ltd

6 Responses leave one →
  1. July 17, 2015

    Very interesting video, but sad at the same time, so many places, traditions and trades just disappearing. Valerie

  2. sue permalink
    July 17, 2015

    Beautifully portrayed. We’ve know Gary for many years, and he doesn’t need a script! Wishing him a long, happy and healthy retirement with his lovely wife.

  3. Mike Meakin permalink
    July 17, 2015

    Strangely both poignant and an uplifting reminder of the human spirit.

  4. Carol Rich permalink
    July 17, 2015

    I remember very well going to Arber’s shop in the 1950s to buy Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books. There were just a few books on the shelves as I recall but the shop seemed to sell a mixture of so many things and it had such an atmosphere. I was so pleased to see it again on Spitalfieldslife. Thank you.

  5. July 17, 2015

    What HAS happened to the presses and the type, etc? I saw letters from years ago asking that the National Trust be contacted.
    Have I missed the column that told us the fate of the wonderful materials in the shop?
    thanks!

  6. Gary Arber permalink
    July 18, 2015

    I have just looked at Seb’s film. In ,an answer to Linda G.
    The old presses have been given to “Catseye Press in Happisburg, Norfolk where they are being restored and put into use by Graham & Mark Pressman.
    The Wharfedale is fully restored and Graham is powering it with a steam engine
    Gary Arber

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