Man ironing 'Self-Stik' board laminate, c 1955
© NMeM / Daily Herald Archive / Science & Society Picture Library
A photograph showing a man using Self-Stik board laminate, taken by an unknown photographer for the Daily Herald newspaper in about 1955. The man is seen laminating his work surfaces with Self-Stik board laminate. To do this you needed to iron it onto the surface in a particular direction indicated by the instructions on the backing, so it would stick in place. Do-It-Yourself items like this were part of a rapidly growing industry in the late 1950s and early 1960s as people became more confident in tackling jobs around the home and there was more encouragement for them to do so through DIY magazines. This photograph has been selected from the Daily Herald Archive, a collection of over three million photographs. The archive holds work of international, national and local importance by both staff and agency photographers.