Ducklings, in Norfolk.
Interesting shots. Thanks for posting.
Normally photos like this look too synthetic, not normal, but these look like they were as they were shot, very good.
I have just viewed and enjoyed Parts 1 & 2 of your 1939 photo restorations - the year of my own birth. Particularly, I enjoy the thread of your family's story connecting these widely distributed pictures together just like a gentle soundtrack. It brings them to life and together and much more than otherwise.Very well done and thank you for sharing!
Most of the photos seem, to have been shot in North Norfolk. Could this be connected to the fact that grandfather had TB when young? He may have had fond memories of the pinewoods south of Sheringham that housed one or more sanitariums for the treatment of that disease, both before the war and for some time after. The location was Kelling (sometimes known as High Kelling). The idea was to cure the TB by exposing patients to fresh open-air living.Thanks for the memories.
Barney, these photographs are wonderful. As many have said, thank you for taking the time to restore and post. I have a similar hoard from my parents honeymoon in 1962... but have not had the time, and probably don't currently have the skill to restore.
The ruin is almost certainly Castle Acre Castle.
Slide 1/3 is I believe, taken from Salthouse Heath (Norfolk) looking down Bard Hill into Salthouse with salt marsh and sea beyond.
Image No 4 is most definitely Wiveton Bridge, between Cley and Wiveton, Norfolk. Has hardly changed at all except that the house in the background can no longer be seen through the trees.
Image No 3 I'm pretty sure is a aview from Bard Hill in Salthouse, North Norfolk. In the distance are Salthouse and Cley Marshes.
Wow amazing stuff. How did he get the film though? My understanding is that early colour film was REALLY expensive and scarce unless you were in the States or Germany...
Looks very similar to Kodachrome process, looking on Wikipedia apparently Agfa was, an subtractive process which coincidentally doesn't fade as much as additive (?) (E6 etc). So I suspect if you have a slide scanner with a Kodachrome capability they'll scan just fine, and maybe Digital ICE or suchlike might save the degraded ones?
I am from the US, and also found my way here from google. I didn't see picture #7 in part 1 or 2 either. It has a signpost reading (Bl)ackmore End, Wethersfield, and possibly Finchingfield (mostly obscured).
My father (USAF) was stationed in England twice in the 1950's, the second time at Wethersfield, RAF base, and we lived "off base" nearby. My older siblings attended school in Finchingfield.
Thanks for sharing such a wonderful find.
I am 81 yrs. old and visited the UK in 1983 and 1987. I am wondering if the picture No. 29 "Prentice St. in Lavenham, lady in hat" is possibly Shaftsbury in Gold Hill. The old pictures are spectacular! Would love to know if I am correct about the location. The "Shaftsbury" picture was also on the cover of National Geographic and I also took a very similar picture. Thank you. Doris Carr
Found my way over from Google, on that article, picture 26 is in a city, and to the left is a VW Beetle, which had to be one of a handful built before the war.
I don't see that slide shown on either 1 or 2 here, is there a 3?
I really enjoyed looking at the pictures!
I found this location using google earth. The coordinates are close to 52.86182, 0.54451. Everything is still there just like it was in 1939. The brick wall is somewhat overgrown with ivy now.
I found these on Yahoo, so imagine my surprise when I was directed to DPR. A very nice find, thank you for sharing.
http://www.castleuk.net/castle_lists_east_anglia/155/images/clarecastle.jpg is a pic of it more recently - could be...?!
I haven't read all the comments but I have a feeling that the photo of what looks like a ruin, on top of a hill, (where you asked if anyone knows where any of the pics are taken (like this one)) could be of a ruin in the old train line station in Clare in Suffolk as there is a mound there that you climb and there is an old ruin at the top that looks remarkably like that photo.
I agree, it very well COULD be Castle mound in Clare Country Park (just unsure of the pieces of wall lower down - i dont think they exist anymore). How lovely to see - if it were then the only change to today is the addition of a fence and handrail up to the castle ruins themselves - and the recently installed flag!
All, Just to say I have only registered to say what a wonderful collection of colour photos. Thank you for sharing. I am only sorry the married couple did not make it to Southampton. Never mind and thank you again! kip
Hi, the photo of your grandfather stood on top of a ruin with other building debris at the bottom of the slope in the foreground could be Burgh Castle on the Norfolk coast nesr Gt Yarmouth. It's a ruined roman fort. I grew up in the next village and spent many a summer afternoon rambling over those walls! There is one particular section where one of the towers has fallen away down the embankment, not to mention the fort is made of Norfolk flint :-)
This is a real treat for me on several scores, I am now 87 so in 1939 I wouldbe 12 years old, old enough to remember that year immediately beforethe war broke out, preparations were already under way , men were being called to the colours if they were in the Territorial Army.
My first serious camera I bought in 1941, it was an Ensign Relflex camera,took 120 size film. I did try some Dufaycolour film, it was expensive andthe processing took over 3 months due to the wartime conditions.The slides were very dark, probably because I under exposed them.
The other interesting thing is the Morris 8, my first car was a 1935 Morris 10,a saloon model, it had been stored during the war years, I bought it in 1955,but it looked very much like the convertible shown in these excellent andhistoric photos of yours.
here is a link to a restored colour version of the image I took the liberty of working up >http://g2.img-dpreview.com/836326091E74428FB90B6207CF6791F6.jpg
Congratulations on your find. It's definitely a gorgeous, historically-invaluable set!
As I couldn't resist putting them even further through their paces on Photoshop, I hope you don't mind my boosting their colour vivacy up even further, with a 'technicolor' look of sorts as I feel more can be done while still retaining their original look & feel.
Greetings from sunny Brazil. :-)
Obviously, as they're yours and you feel like I didn't succeed in that, I can take them down upon your request.
Just for Fun I decided to restore the negative aging and cyan overcast issues for this one particular photo in the series, if you look at my gallery you can see a restored version of this one image.
Thank you Barney!Thanks for sharing, these are fabulous - kind of like Christopher Timothy in "All Creatures." Amazing to see the harbors with some old sailing ships that might have been sent to Dunkirk!
What was the film used? Looks like Agfa Chrome to me. Very nice. My first thought was Kodachrome - but those generally hold up much better, with bright reds. I have a few K-10 slides taken during 1939 and they still look fresh. Kodachrome is immediately recognizable by the reflection of the separate layers on the emulsion side. It required a complex support network to process and that may not have been possible during the war years.
lf I am right about the Agfa film, this batch may have been the last available till after the war. It was reputed not to fade, which was a real problem with most of the color films.I hope that today's digital images will hold up as well.
Pic #23 (Sherborne) can be seen as today on Google Streetview:
(sry you prob have to join that link back up...) worth a peek though.
Actually, I think it might have been a telephoto shot from further back, as the road slopes up hill to get the angle. As per the following Google Streetview:
You can zoom back out to see where the shot was taken (maybe) - the wall on the right has become overgrown.
That's a treasure of photographs. have you considered revisiting those places now and try to capture the same picture of each of those beautiful slides?any idea on the camera your grandpas used during their trip?
I'd not seen a picture of Stiffkey before. A little earlier than your grandparents' visit, there was a notorious trial and defrocking of the local rector, which made the place famous. A reason for their visit, perhaps?
I think they were just passing through ;)
Photo 15, with the field of poppies, seems very likely to have been taken in "Poppyland" -- a swathe of country along the North Norfolk coast that was nationally famous for the thick carpet of poppies.
wow, very impressive very well done with your retouching and publishing them!
Very enjoyable to see days of yore
This is such an amazing set of photographs - I can't decide which is my favourite! Your great uncle was certainly a very talented photographer. Thanks so much for spending the time restoring them, I have really enjoyed looking at them. Are there any more? <hopeful>
Thanks, I'm glad you've enjoyed them. I have a set on my (otherwise horrible disorganized) Flickr stream, here:
Thank you so much for these. Fascinating and somehow moving.
These are "real" photographs. How refreshing!
A ton of work and research went into this; thanks for your effort and thanks for sharing.
These two series of England slides are the best items I've ever seen in DPR. They are beautiful.
Thanks very much for sharing these wonderful record shot's.For me the bonus is not a ruddy wind farm in sight.......
I am so looking forward to part 2!I was actually open mouthed in awe looking at these, what a great set and an amazing find!
Try to image how they took the last shot? No drones back then. I agree with Barney it's a beautiful picture, very evocative
Reminds me of the excellent book 'In Search Of England' by H V Morton. Recommended to anyone wanting to get a view of England before it was ruined post-war.
Caption 21: "as clouds gather in the late summer of 1939". I see what you did there. Great pics. We can only dream of streets unclogged by cars now.
Great collection. Makes me longing for the quiet that was there and probably is no more :)
What a treat! Thanks so much for sharing.
Wonderful! Being able to preserve a tiny slice of space/time virtually forever is the true magic of photography.
Thank you very much Barney; the images give me a sense of a land and people just living their ordinary lives. Am looking forward to Pt 2.
Image 6 looks like it could well be The Castle at Castle Acre in Norfolk - not too far from the location of several of the other images
The most interesting photos here show us what life was like 75 years ago. The timeless ones are as meaningless as they are timeless, because they can be retaken better even now. The best people photos capture genuine spirit of people, place, and time.
Thanks for sharing these wonderful images. My mother was 26 years old in 1939 and lived in Portsmouth. I do not have any photos of her time before the war, or during the war. She met and married my father just after the war. He was in the Canadian Army. It's great to be able to get a glimpse of life in England when she was a young women. It's the closest thing to time travel! But I have to wonder why anyone would take their uncle on their honeymoon. Thanks again.
wonderful photos, like a time machine going back to a very special moment, like @tabloid said here before... no idea what lay ahead ... makes it even more special. looking forward to 2nd series
Having never been to England, and certainly never to rural England, your series of pictures became a travelogue, a very fascinating and wonderful travelogue. I have read that England is "quaint". Now I know what it means. Thanks so very much for the post.
I thought image 6 could be the castle ruins at Castleacre in Norfolk. This is fairly close to the other Norfolk locations in the pictures.
Image number 6 looks suspiciously like Hadleigh Castle, Essex prior to it's renovation.