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Worktown Photographs of Humphrey Spender

I heard about this interesting photographic archive on the radio today.  Perhaps the images are not quite as old as many of the photographs discussed here but nevertheless this collection of photographs of life in Bolton just before the Second World War is fascinating.

All of these pictures were taken by Humphrey Spender as part of the first Mass Observation project which was called Worktown by it's founders.

You can view the collection on-line at In my view its well worth a little of your time.

Image: Humphrey Spender, Working Man’s Hair Specialist - September 23, 1937, Copyright Bolton Council, Image ref. 1993.83.01.25. Print ref. INV:20016

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