James Cryer recently discovered a handwritten diary of his grandfather who left Sydney in 1913 as a 21-year old letterpress printer to try his hand working across the US.

James is typing up the diary as it may be – possibly – the only first-hand account of life and times and the printing industry as it was (warts and all) in that pre-war era.


Some of the hundreds of postcards Walter James Cryer II sent from the United States during 1914 to his fiancee-to-be, who was waiting patiently back in Sydney.


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