Dudley blast furnaces OP02658
Blast furnace, Russell's Hall, Dudley, West Midlands, 1859. Mr Mills, dilute albumen print. Mr Mills, otherwise unknown as a photographer, recorded the blast furnaces at Russell's Hall, west of Dudley, when the industry was producing a vast number of iron products, including nails, boilers, vices and chains. Coal mining around Dudley had been recorded in the early 13th century and the area was famous for the manufacture of iron nails in the early 16th century. By the late 18th century Dudley was at the centre of England's iron industry, and the region was dubbed the 'Black Country' because of the blackening of the landscape by the coal and iron industries. Russell's Hall itself was pockmarked by clay pits and coal shafts, and significant urban development only took place after the Second World War.
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Butler's Wharf, Shad Thames BB87_09745
BUTLER'S WHARF, Shad Thames, London. A cargo of bananas in specially ventilated crates is unloaded and transferred into the warehouse via a conveyor belt while two foremen in bowler hats look on. A tally is kept in the hut in the centre of the picture. From the Butlers Wharf Collection: some time before 1910 the Directors of Butlers Wharf Ltd, commissioned a series of photographs detailing aspects of the company's work.
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Samuel John Govier 's photographic van by an unidentified cottage, presumably in West Cornwall. Early 1900s
Samuel John Govier (1871-1967) was a pioneering photographer in the late 19th and early 20th century in Cornwall. In the early years he travelled on his bicycle or in a horse drawn van before setting up in a studio in Chacewater in 1907. Later, he also had a studio in St Agnes. In retirement he became a grocer in Chacewater where he lived. In retirement he became a grocer in Chacewater where he lived. His father, Samuel Govier , is standing in the van doorway with a dog and his mother, Annie, is facing the cottage. His sister, Bessie (who later became Mrs Bessie Olver) is though to be standing next to the horse and trap on the right hand side of the photograph. Photograph from the Govier family album. Photographer: Samuel John Govier .
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