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Who was Francis Frith?
Born into a Quaker family in 1822 in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, Francis Frith was a remarkable person. The story of his life and the photographic archive that is now his legacy is fascinating beyond compare. After almost being lost to bulldozers forever, the photographs his company created are an amazing and unique step back in time and now, with the wonders of modern technology, the current company and now custodian of this original archive has created this web site to showcase his and other photographers' work and allow you to purchase your own version of a truely wonderful piece of history.Intrigued? Read More.. >>
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From just a few words, to rich, insightful stories of the past, each one is a fabulous record of local life. Read shared memories our website visitors have shared of their favourite UK places - we hope you'll join in too and share memories triggered by our special photos. Read & Share Your Own Memories
Featured Memory: "Schweppes Factory West Hendon 1965"
I can just remember the factory as it is in this picture I would have been 3 years old at the time. The lettering was in red on a white wall and the fountain was sprung straight from a natural source. By far the best thing about the factory was the smell for 100 meters or more in all directions. most of the time it was a sweet strawberry but my favourite was the days when the air was full of Cream soda.