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The Frith Blog

Photo features and news from The Francis Frith Collection.

A special photo feature about the extraordinary legacy of Gloucester man Robert Raikes, the founder of the Sunday school movement, and some living memories of attending Sunday school from website visitors.

Continue reading 'Sunday School'...

A nostalgic celebration in photographs and memories of the local department stores of the past that used to draw throngs of customers to towns.

Continue reading 'Department Stores'...

A highlight of the BBC TV series ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ is the episode that takes place at the Tower Ballroom at Blackpool, considered to be the spiritual home of ballroom dancing. To celebrate the Tower Ballroom episode of the 2018 season of Strictly, we’re shining our spotlight on Blackpool with this selection of nostalgic images from The Francis Frith Collection.

Continue reading 'Strictly Blackpool'...

A selection of nostalgic photographs of milk and dairy delivery carts and dairy cows returning "home" for milking time.

Continue reading 'Until the cows come home'...

Smiles all around in this selection of favourite photographs from The Francis Frith Collection of traditional donkey rides on our nation's beaches from 1906-1963.

Continue reading 'Donkeys on the sands'...

Celebrating Salisbury - our nearest city - with a selection of lovely vintage views of this delightful place.

Continue reading 'Celebrating Salisbury'...

A selection of archive photos of life on railway platforms in the early part of the last century.

Continue reading 'Waiting on the platform'...

Oh, the thrill of the silver screen for children in the 1950s and 1960s, and the fun to be had at the cinema in the past at the Saturday morning children’s cinema club!

Continue reading 'The Saturday Cinema Club'...

Britain's National Health Service is 70 years old this year. In this feature we bring you archive photographs connected with health and healthcare, dating from c1897 to the 1950s.

Continue reading 'Healthcare'...

We hope you enjoy these favourite football-themed photographs from The Francis Frith Collection.

Continue reading 'Football Crazy'...

A selection of both sweet and slightly excruciating memories of first loves and first kisses!

Continue reading 'My First Kiss'...

Celebrating the summer solstice with photographs of the famous prehistoric sites of Stonehenge and Avebury, and Glastonbury Tor.

Continue reading 'Ancient Stones'...