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Daily Mirror Photographers and the Great War

As the 100th anniversary of the Armistice is looming I am asking for help to contact any living relatives of former Daily Mirror photographers who served in WW1 or worked for the paper in the UK during the conflict. 

I am particular interested in Bernard, Thomas and Horace Grant  who had all covered conflicts around the world before the outbreak of the Great…


Posted on October 17, 2018 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

Enquiry: Where in the World?

Can anyone help in locating where the image below was taken? It was found in a suitcase stuffed full of 5x3 film negatives, which was transferred to the Reach Central Archive, Watford at the end of 2017 when we moved the Surrey Advertiser Archive. From other negatives found in the suitcase we believe it is somewhere on the English South Coast taken in the…


Posted on August 9, 2018 at 9:30 — 11 Comments

Information request: H G Crabtree

Over the past six weeks we at  Trinity Mirror central archive have reviewed our holdings from the Birmingham Gazette. A number of images have come to light by a photographer by the name of H G Crabtree. He appears to have worked for the paper from the early 1930s to the mid 1940s.

Any information about his life and career at the Birmingham Gazette…


Posted on March 12, 2018 at 15:30 — 1 Comment

Cambridge News Archive

Last week saw the Cambridge News photography archive move to its new home at Trinity Mirror's central archive at Watford. The move was triggered due to the impending move of the Cambridge News from their Milton offices.

The negative archive starts in 1959, if anyone knows the whereabouts of the pre 1959 collection please drop me an email, also names of any photographer…


Posted on November 20, 2017 at 9:30

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At 9:21 on March 2, 2012, Mel Sambells said…

Thanks John!

At 20:29 on February 27, 2012, Lesley Valentine said…

I will try to gather together the photos I have.

Before Ivor worked for the Mirror he had his own studio in Bristol.

1898 - 39 Park Street, St. Augustines Parade (he was only 21 yrs old then)

1901 - Triangle, 61, Queens Road

1902 - 36, College Green to 1905

In 1916 Ivor was at the helm of an exhibition at the Grafton gallery where there were very large prints, some 6 x 3 metres.   I have a photo of him with Queen Mary and the Prince of Wales at this exhibition.



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