Searching for: LNA image early 1930s – N. London cabinet-making

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c1930? North London cabinet-making

Dear Will

Many thanks for your time earlier.

Here is the front and back of the photo I am trying to identify.

It was most probably taken in the early 1930s but I can’t be sure. It was almost certainly taken in North London – Haringey, Palmers Green areas perhaps.
The man standing on the front left with glasses is my grandfather – William Purvis or (Purves).

I would really love to find out more about where/when this was taken, if it appeared in the local press, and whether there are other photos in the sequence still in existence.
With very many thanks for offering to post this on your site and to circulate.

Best wishes
Claire

PPHP: LNA has been split between a few existing image libraries – if you represent the early part of the collection and can help on this image email will@pressphotohistory.com and I will put you in touch.

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Searching for: Harry Smith Horticultural Photograph Collection – 1950s, 60s and 70s

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This in from PPHP reader Sarah McDonald, Heritage Collections Manager at the Royal Horticultural Society

Hello Will,

Hope you’re very well? I’ve inherited a photographic collection in my new job at RHS and am trying to track down some info or photographers.
I wonder if it’s possible to put a call out on the Press Photo History site?

We are trying to trace any photographers who worked for, or had work placed with, the Harry Smith Horticultural Photograph Collection which operated out of Hyde Hall, Essex in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. The colour library became Garden World Images but we have inherited the black and white archives. We’d be pleased to hear from any-one with information about this collection. In particular the photographers: Dick Robinson, Kathleen Rastell, Les Hammett, Anthony Huxley, peter Hunt, Nancy Mary Goodall, Ernest Crowson, JE Downward.
Please contact sarahmcdonald@rhs.org.uk Tel: 020 7821 3654

Many thanks and all the best,

Sarah.

Sarah is in communication with photo library Garden World Images – just looking for any more information PPHP readers may be able to come up with.

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Searching for: Images – Teddy Baldock champion British Boxer 1920′s

Updated 15 Oct 2014 The Press Photo History Project is now working on finding more images and footage on Teddy Baldock. Any leads to will@pressphotohistory.com

First notice Sept 26 2013
Teddy Baldock Topical Times

Baldock KO's Felix Friedmann 30 March 1927
Baldock v’s Felix Friedmann 30 March 1927 – Express Newspaper

WEDDING Feb 12 1931 Daily Sketch
WEDDING Feb 12 1931 Daily Sketch

This in from Martin Sax the grandson of British Boxer Teddy Baldock:
Dear Will

I’m hoping that you may be able to advise me on Press Agencies to contact ref trying to find images of my Grandfather Teddy Baldock who was once the hero of British Boxing when he won the world bantamweight championship in 1927. He appeared almost weekly in the National Press from 1926 to 1931.

I have contacted the main agencies:

PA
Solo Syndication
Getty Images
Topfoto

Because my grandfather appeared in so many magazines of the time ie Topical Times, The Football and Sports Favorite, All Sports Weekly, The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News I always wonder if there are any smaller agencies who would have the photo archives from these independent magazines of the time.

Any guidance/advice would be greatly appreciated.

Kindest regards

Martin

All enquires to will@pressphotohistory.com or Will on 07802437827

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Neg search: Sweatman Hedgeland Ltd Maidstone, Kent

A Press Photo History reader is trying to trace the negative archive of Maidstone, Kent based photo agency Sweatman Hedgeland Ltd.

Hi Will,
This may be a long shot, I am a military vehicle historian and researcher and have recently obtained a small set of original photos of RAF trailers taken by Sweatman hedgeland photographers of Maidstone and would appreciate your assistance in obtaining a contact to find out if any of these world war two photos or negs are still in existence. Maidstone is in my area and i understand that the owner has recently died i believe at the beginning of this year and the reason i have contacted you is the company is in your listings, any assistance would be greatly appreciated
Regards
Les

It appears the owner of the agency Peter Hedgeland passed away at the beginning of this year. If you have any details please email or call Will UK mobile:07802437827 office:01622320011 Email will (at) pressphotohistory.com – Thanks.

Update:

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Owners found: Various orphaned images

Latest photos reunited through the PPHP. – cheers!

Dear Will,

Thanks for your help. I seem to have stumbled on just the right place and person.

I am writing a book for a small Amercan publisher in Oregon about the evacuation of children to America in World War II. There are a few photos I would like to consider using and would like to have permission to do so and find out what conditions or charge there would be.

The credits in the History are given as

Central Press Photos Terry Chambers: Lord Carrington, Bob Worcester and the Queen.
Alpha Photography/ Sport and general: Mrs. Roosevelt presented with flowers
Planet News: General Marshall and Prime Minister Attlee
PA: Attlee and Eisenhower
PA: Duke of Edinburgh, General Ridgeway, Churchill

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Alfred James Robinson – 56 years Staff at London News Agency Photos Ltd 1908 – 1964

I recently met with Sue Bonnington the granddaughter of a chap who worked in the photo department of London News Agency in Fleet Street for most of his working life…even returning in retirement. The LNA is an agency we are regularly asked to trace photo licensing enquires for. Thousand of their prints survive in newspaper archives around the world but the negative archive has disappeared. LNA was one of the leading agencies in the golden days of UK press photography so to have this detail from Sue is just great.

Here is the working life of Alfred James Robinson – London News Agency Photos 1908 – 1964

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↑ Alfred James Robinson – London News Agency Photos 1908 – 1964

Sue’s email to the Press Photo History Project:
Dear Will

I have been reading with interest the work that you are doing in compiling information about the Fleet Street news agencies.
My Grandfather Alfred Robinson worked as a photographer for the London News Agency from a young boy in the early 1900′s in fact he worked there from the day it started. I don’t actually know the date he started work there but I do have a presentation cigarette case (see photos below) for his 40 years service on the 40th birthday of LNA presented by Thomas McArthur. I have several photo’s of him and his colleagues who he worked with.
When he passed away in 1977 I was left his collection of photo’s which he took or printed during his time there. They include 2nd world war, royal family, silver screen film stars and general interest photo’s. Most of them have the LNA stamp on the back and a press release write up.
I would love to show you the collection for your advice of what to do with them as they are of great social interest.
I look forward to hearing back from you.
Best wishes
Sue Bonnington

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↑ Sue with her Grandfathers cigarette case – and close up of the engraving ↓

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Alfred with his camera
Timeline for Alfred James Robinson
Date or Birth: 2nd May 1894 in Greenwich, London.
He grew up in Islington the son of Alfred Robinson, who worked as a warehouseman for the Daily Express newspaper in Fleet Street.

Alfred left school aged 14 in 1908 and started work as a printer for the newly established London News Agency Photo’s Ltd – 46 Fleet Street and by 1914 he had become a staff photographer for the agency.

He served throughout WW1 with the 5th Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps in 1915 -1918 and the 31st Squadron of the RAF until 1919 as an air mechanic and observer photographer serving in France, Egypt, India and Afghanistan and clocked up over 600 hours flying time taking thousands of Arial photographs behind enemy lines.

He returned to LNA and continued to work for them as a press photographer until the agency closed in 1964 having worked for the LNA for 56 years. During that time he received his 40 year service award of cigarette case in 1948 on the 40th Anniversary of the LNA. He also received a watch for his 50th year service award and a clock on leaving the LNA in 1964.
He continued to work every day in Fleet Street for Industrial Photographic Features (London) Ltd. until his death on 4th June 1977 aged 83.
All photos supplied by Alfred’s Granddaughter Sue Bonnington

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↑ A wonderful early photo of Alfred with LNA workmates in what looks like a Fleet Street pub after work

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↑ Alfred with workmates photographed on what looks like the roof of the LNA building Fleet Street

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↑ Alfred at work printing photos at the LNA offices Fleet Street

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↑ Alfred preparing a shoot in the LNA studio

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↑ Alfred with workmates at LNA offices Fleet Street

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↑ London News Agency 46 Fleet Street

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↑ Alfred with Thomas McArthur, Director of the LNA

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↑ Alfred photographed in the LNA offices

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↑ Alfred receiving a watch from Thomas McArthur for his 50 years service award

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↑ A clock as his “retirement” award after 56 years service

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↑ Alfred in the RAF (1918) aged 22. Stationed in Risalpur India Rank: Air Mechanic 1st Class Rank (2nd) Photographer

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↑ other workmates or Key staff at LNA?

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If you have any LNA information please drop me a line

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‘Vision of War’ – the story of nine Daily Mirror photographers covering WW1

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Fergus McKenna, Head of Syndication & Licensing at Mirror Group, has published a web feature called ‘Vision of War’ which follows the nine Daily Mirror journalists who are known to have served either as press or official photographers within one or more theatres of the First World War. – on PhotoArchiveNews.com

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Searching for: Photographer Geoffrey Douglas Bolton – copyright to clear

This in from a London production company:
Good news – I have managed to make contact with relatives of the photographer ‘Smedley’, so this case can be closed now. Thank you for your help.
I wondered though if you might be able to make another post for us, relating to another photographer which we are trying to contact?
We are trying to track down a photographer, the details of which are as follows:

Geoffrey Douglas Bolton
Geoffrey Douglas Bolton published a variety of photographic travel books during the 1950s.
We would like to make contact with any relative or representative of Geoffrey Douglas Bolton regarding use of one of his stills.

Details and info to will@pressphotohistory.com

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AP’s Nick Ut – People Magazine interview

People Magazine have run a full interview with AP photographer Nick Ut about his experience covering the Napalm attack he photographed in 1972. People Magazine

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2nd Central Press Photos staff gathering sees ‘friends’ fly in from Australia, Spain and Italy

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↑ Meet the Class of Central Press Photos 62,63, 64…and Beyond

This photo in from Mike Conway who told PPHP: “Meet the Class of 62,63, 64…and Beyond. All gathered on the steps of the Knights Templar public house in Chancery Lane 17th May for a further major reunion of former Central Press Photos employees.”
“Twelve months on from the inaugural gathering the numbers were boosted to 19 by the arrival of colleagues from Australia, Spain and Italy, newly found CeePee vets in the Uk and a couple of welcome ‘Friends of Central Press’ to make it a truly special occasions.”
“A passer by was collared to ensure that everyone was in the frame for this very special image that all present will treasure.”

In the photo are ‘Central Pressers’ Alan Sparrow, Roger Jackson, Ernie Smith, Clifford Kent, Rob Taggart, Michael basstoe, John Sheppard, John Hercock, Ricky Macgregor, 2 x Brian Jones, Michael Stephans, Alan Coomes, John Wormley, Mike Conway, Roger Taylor. ‘Friends of Ceepee’ include Tony sapiano, Glenn Copus and Richard Watt (four others were unable to attend because of clash of holiday dates)

• View the 1st reunion photos and back stories to Central Press Photos Here
• View all Central Press articles Here

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