A Press Photo History reader is wanting to get a print of the above image which includes Shenley Park House in the background shot in 1936. In fact any shot with the house around that date will be of interest …We traced images shot the same year by to Fox Photos who’s collection is now with the Hulton at Getty Images but this shot is not on that neg set and The Field magazine don’t have a photo library. So, if you have the image email me please firstname.lastname@example.org
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