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The Frith Blog

Articles, news and opinions from The Francis Frith Collection.

Whilst we all hope that everyday business will soon resume as usual, we bring you this selection of nostalgic photographs of shop fronts from The Francis Frith Collection, to celebrate being ‘Open for Business’!

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A special selection of photographs from the archive of various designs of prams of the past.

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This selection of memories and photos speaks strongly to the wartime spirit so synonymous with the British nation. They include evacuee memories of life in rural Britain and accounts of what it meant to "grow up British" during wartime.

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Happy St George's Day! Nowadays, it's not St George's martyrdom that propelled him to popularity, but the tales of his heroism in slaying dragons and rescuing maidens. We thought we would bring you some nostalgic photos that might help in a small way remind us all of what makes England so great!

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As Easter approaches, we share this special selection of your memories of how you spent Easter as a child!

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Archive photographs tracing the life of Robert Burns, Scotland's "national poet" as we celebrate his birthday on the 25th January. Happy Burns Night!

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We mark the 60th anniversary of the launch of the Mini with a selection of nostalgic photographs from The Francis Frith Collection showing this iconic car in its 1960s heyday. Have fun finding the Mini cars in these views!

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Vintage photographs from The Francis Frith Collection celebrating pedal power.

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Here are some nostalgic photos of these early supermarkets in the past – some names are now long gone, like Fine Fare and the International Stores, but others are still with us, like Tesco, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s.

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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.

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

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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.

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