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↑ Alfred James Robinson – London News Agency Photos 1908 – 1959
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.
↑ Sue with her Grandfathers cigarette case – and close up of the engraving ↓
Date or Birth: 2nd May 1894
Born in Greenwich London
Residence Islington London
Left School aged 14 (1908 according to his school records) – would have gone into work from then
Worked as a printer at London News Agency in 1911 aged 16 (as of 1911 census record)
Possible date LNA started 1908/09
Had 40 year service award of cigarette case – hallmarked 1945
Therefore must be after that date as he would only have been 11 years old so estimate of 40th anniversary date would be 1948/09
Retired from LNA in 1959 but carried on working freelance for them until 1972 when he thinks that the agency ended.
Died 4th June 1977 aged 83
All photos supplied by Alfred’s Granddaughter Sue
↑ A wonderful early photo of Alfred with LNA workmates in what looks like a Fleet Street pub after work
↑ Alfred with workmates photographed on what looks like the roof of the LNA building Fleet Street
↑ Alfred at work printing photos at the LNA offices Fleet Street
↑ Alfred preparing a shoot in the LNA studio
↑ Alfred with workmates at LNA offices Fleet Street
↑ London News Agency 46 Fleet Street
↑ Alfred with staff LNA offices Fleet Street
↑ Alfred photographed in the LNA offices
↑ Another milestone? – a watch presented to Alfred
↑ This time it’s a clock!
↑ Alfred during the war war Rank: Air Mechanic 1st Class Rank (2nd) Photographer
↑ other workmates or Key staff at LNA?