Kevin’s Brilliant Career

Is this what inspired a young boy in the 1950s to become a printer?

IPEX_1955_2The image is from a 3,500 sq ft display at the 1955 IPEX exhibition at Olympia.

This “educational feature” was designed and produced by staff and students of the Canterbury and Maidstone Colleges of Art.

Other images from this remarkable stand can be seen in the Archives of the University for the Creative Arts.

One boy in particular went on to study at the Maidstone College of Art and Printing. He gained his City and Guilds in Printing in 1970, the year in which Ladybird Books published the first edition of The Story of Printing* and inspired a new generation to become printers. The future was looking bright and a great career in print lay ahead for this young man.

The_Story_of_Printing

And for Kevin Snoad it really has been a story full of achievements.

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Kevin during the last chapter of his career in print, as Managing Director of Buckland Media Group. Buckland Press, as it was called then, joined PODi five years ago. In these few years Kevin has successfully steered them towards a new destination as a marketing communications partner and made sure that the future will continue looking bright in Buckland.

But now 45 years later, it’s time to close the book and head out on to the golf course.

Congratulations, Kevin, on your retirement today and best wishes from me and the rest of the PODi community.

*For die-hard fans of the 56pp 40″ x 30″ sheet size full colour format of Ladybird Books there’s an exhibition of over 200 original illustrations spanning the 1950s to 1970s at the De La Warr Pavillion in Bexhill on Sea. Is that a Roland Rekord on the cover? 

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