Update: NEW – Photo agency stationary
Update: I am now extending this search to include Photo Agency Stamps worldwide…
Photo agency stamps were the email and website details of the pre digital age, stamped on the reverse of a press photo agency Press Print to identify the copyright holder for payment if the image was chosen for publication. Press Prints were produced in their thousands with every agency sending their best edit of a shoot directly to every relevant publication. This process slowed up in the mid 1990’s, many photo editors I meet today who remember the prints, piles of them all over the photo desk and stacked up all around the office propped up against walls and desk sides.
For the Press Photo History Project the information on these stamps identify the current address of an agency at time of printing, which helps with our Photo Agency directory tracing the life of a particular agency.
These just in from a huge print archive edit we are doing for a client in the UK, mixed with stamps sent by PPHP readers.
Harris Picture Agency Fleet Street – Info Please
Peter Tauber Press Agency 146 Fleet Street – Info please
Aitken Ltd Print No date info please
Not Fleet St I know but the artwork on this stamp from Epic Press Agency Liverpool had to be included Peter Halligan, no date info please
FEATURE PIX No date
BOB THOMAS Sports Photography 1982
No where near Fleet Street but had to show this one! On he verso of a celebrity photo “ZARB Photographer Of The Stars” – 1950’s
Camera Talks …info please
Art Pho’ Service …info please
Pictorial Press 1926?
British Newspaper Pool no date
Benson’s Press Service 1955
General Pictures News …..1932?
Barratt’s Photo Press LTD 1951
Barratt’s represented photographer
Found a Block Maker stamp – Sedgwick technical and Fine Art Photographers – EC4
Mirror Features – 1932?
KIPPA – Kovesdi Press – 1975
Allied News Agency – combine?
Baron Photo Centre LTD 1947
Angus McBean for Covent Garden Opera Company – date?
Verity Press Features 1973 – info please
I know it’s not Fleet Street …but couldn’t resist ! Chicago Police Dept 1967
London News Agency LNA 1967
Scotsman Photos 1959
James’s Press Agency – 1929?
London Photo Agency 1969
• Info on LPA from Mark Leech, owner at Offside Photo Agency:
Interested to see the old LPA rubber stamp with a photo credit to Brendan Monks. When I started work at the Holborn offices in 1973, they had already split to LPA and LPA (Sport) after a big row between Alec Byrne and Frank Baron. The building at 7a Lambs Conduit Passage was divided in a scene similar to Steptoe & Son. By 1974 LPA (Sport) had been renamed Sporting Pictures (UK) Ltd. Brendan worked for the Daily Mirror until taking the Daily Mail Sport picture editor’s job.
British Combine Photos S&G 1943
Fox Photos Date? looks early
Fox Photos Ltd 1936, Fox appear to change the agency stamp regularly adding decent effort to the design each time.
Fox Photos LTD 1937
Fox Photos date? . Sent in by PPHP reader and press photo collector Ruoyu.
This one in from PPHP advisor Matt Butson (Vice President ‑ Getty Images, Hulton Archive) showing the photo agencies now housed with him and is team.
Verso: Popperfoto July 1971. Sent in by PPHP reader and press photo collector Ruoyu.
as above July 1971. Sent in by PPHP reader and press photo collector Ruoyu.
EUROPIX date? Sent in by PPHP reader and press photo collector Ruoyu
P & A Photos ….31 Lines!
Camerapix Nairobi and Kenya
Central Press Photos 1960
VU Picture Agency 1966? …The date stamp on the verso if different to the text from the agency usually dates the published date in a paper or magazine not the date the agency produced the image.
ANNAN Photographer? any info to firstname.lastname@example.org please
Evening Standard Syndication Dept. 1935
Birmingham Post / Mail 1947
These in from PPHP reader Kevin Coombs, Senior Photographer at Reuters:
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We provide a copyright search service connecting image license requests with image owners through our network of contacts at newspaper archives and commercial photo libraries.
We are mapping the lives and whereabouts of press photo agencies and newspaper photographers based in and around Fleet Street and the UK from 1904 - 1995, with a long term plan to map all press photo agencies throughout the world.
Why is it important?
At the turn of the 20th century, there was vast growth in press agencies and photographers due to the massive thirst for images in newspapers. Many are still in existence but others have been sold, absorbed or simply disappeared, effectively leaving gaps in the history of this industry… many agency offices were bombed during the WWII London Blitz resulting negative and print files being water damage from the hoses quenching the fires …most archives were in the building basements.
The Press Photo History Project is building a ‘family tree’, which is helping to find the original owners of content. Eventually this would also provide an educational resource centred on the history of press photography. Starting with the Mapping of Fleet Street, this aims to include an index to photo agencies working in and around the ‘street’ and photographers memories of working lives.