This is a scan of a negative I took over fifty years ago, in the mid 1960s. I can date it because of the rest of the shots on the strip of negatives – but even if they had not been there, I would have some idea of the date by the shape of the straw bales. These are good, […]
My brother Roger sent me an email earlier today complementing me on the new Blog lay-out, and asking me to try and feature more of my old negatives and more old family photographs. I am able to kill two birds with one stone because, by chance, the next strip of negatives awaiting scanning features family members – indeed, none other […]
In suspect that this photograph dates from around 1970. Whilst the precise date may be lost, the location is undoubtedly West Yorkshire and that part of the county characterised by stone walls, chapels and mill chimneys.
I reach into an old box of 35mm colour slides and pull out three random slides for scanning, all of which date from the 1960s. The first was taken in the Autumn of 1968 and shows my bedroom at Fircroft College in Birmingham complete with Cuban posters and a picture of Karl Marx that was a constant feature of the […]
A walk around Sheffield, thirty years ago courtesy of a strip of negatives I scanned today. The River Don from Lady’s Bridge, with the old Exchange Brewery on the left hand side. Until 1961, the brewery was owned by Tennants, who then became part of the Whitbread empire. These days all traces of the brewery are gone, other than the […]
I took this photograph over fifty years ago at the Halifax Charity Gala. Even though it was the infamous “swinging sixties”; times were simpler then, and high-tech entertainment consisted of a hardboard bowing alley and some half drainpipes.
It was the early 1980s: a time when Arthur Scargill was King and the NUM believed it was invincible. I took this shot at a Yorkshire Miners’ Gala as preparations were being made for Arthur to speak.
All I have about this old negative from my collection is the hint of a caption which is “Back Street, Halifax”; and even this I suspect I invented 20 years after taking the picture. This makes it about as reliable as stories of Robin Hood written in the 19th century.