vintage, 1949 negative from the Ashley Series archive of photographs (which was
produced between 1938 and 1956 by photographer Donald Birkinshaw, see below).
This negative is of Hughtown, Isle of Scilly in 1949 and shows a street scene in the town, at the far end of the street is a shop and hotel.
The negative measures 6cm x 6cm
views come from an extensive archive Library of over 15,000 images, taken
between 1938 – 1956 covering views from Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, Devon,
Cornwall, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Somerset, Dorset, Isle of Wight and the Isle of
The Archive lay un-discovered for many years until 1997, when it
was purchased from the Birkinshaw family, and has proved to be a very Rare
Archive covering the II World War period, when photographic film and equipment
was expensive and hard to find.
The Stunning quality of Birkinshaws
photographs covering the small local villages, towns, farming scenes and
beautiful South East England landscape are works of art and are being brought
back to life for the first time in over 50 years, some images have never been
Please note the ‘mementoes’ logo
is not on the actual negative.
Please see my other ebay lots for more negatives from this collection that show
villages, pubs, shops, post offices, windmills etc.
Please note: This is an original,
vintage negative and not a print of any kind, the image shown here is just
representative of what the negative can be used to produce and therefore due to
the nature of this item returns are only accepted if the negative is not as
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sale please do not buy this item.
Birkinshaw - 1922- 1988 - (Short Biography).
Birkinshaw was born on August 29th 1922 and attended Nottingham High School and
Whitgift Grammar School, Croydon.
From an early age the
countryside, photography and classical music were his hobbies.
His photographs were
accepted for county magazines as early as 1938.
He joined the civil
service in 1939 working for the Home office, Ministry of Transport and Ministry
of Agriculture until 1946, the following year he produced his "Ashley
Series" of postcards and calendars.
He stopped production
in about 1953 as purchase tax made his profit margin too small to continue.
From 1953 onwards he
only took photographs for his own pleasure.
Donald never married,
living with his mother on the Hog's back near Farnham Surrey until 1970 when
she died, he later moved to Wiltshire, Somerset and Cornwall where he died on
June 25th 1988.
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