BRITISH ROYAL PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE 1920's & 1930's

Shown in this section are images taken by British Press photographers working for CENTRAL PRESS PHOTOS LTD incorporating Central News Illustrations Service of 119 Fleet street London EC4 in the 1920's and 1930's.

The majority have been taken from the original glass negatives so the quality is exceptional. In some cases staining and emulsion lifting is evident. The archive is quite large and will take time to digitise.

Many images taken by the Press photographers at each assignment and not all of them would have been published. Some negatives have been found to have a copy print with a press release in the same protection envelope, and these are the ones that more than likely would have appeared in a newspaper or periodical of the day. Other negatives have either nothing written about them or have only brief information written in pencil on the margin of the back of the negative; these ones may not have been published before.

All information known will be listed against each image.

There are a few negatives with no date or reference, and they will also be uploaded with the hope that information will be forthcoming in the future.

Some images have been taken by Jimmy Sime of the famous 1937 'Toffs & Toughs' photograph fame.

"Five English boys: two dressed in the Harrow School uniform including waistcoat, top hat, boutonnière, and cane; and three nearby wearing the plain clothes of pre-war working class youths. The picture was taken by Jimmy Sime on 9 July 1937 outside the Grace Gates at Lord's Cricket Ground during the Eton v Harrow cricket match. It has been reproduced frequently as an illustration of the British class system, although the name "Toffs and Toughs" may be no older than 2004." Information courtesy of Wikipedia -

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