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The Frith Blog

Photo features and news from The Francis Frith Collection.

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

Continue reading 'Waiting on the platform'...

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'...

Gather round and celebrate the great British beach hut with this special selection of photos from The Francis Frith Collection.

Continue reading 'Beach Huts'...

Curious old buildings known as Buttermarkets or Buttercrosses can be seen in a number of town centres around Britain. In the days when most farmers sold their produce locally, these were specially built structures to provide shelter for the vendors, usually the farmers’ wives, where commodities such as butter and cheese could be sold under cover on market days in the town.

Continue reading 'Buttercrosses'...

A global spotlight will shine brightly upon Royal Windsor on 19th May 2018 for the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. We bring you photos from The Francis Frith Collection of this beautiful town.

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Images of when Francis Frith's photographers were lucky enough to capture the Royal Family, and special scenes of popular royal landmarks.

Continue reading 'Royalty & Royal Landmarks'...

A selection of favourite photographs from The Francis Frith Collection of wonderful Victorian bandstands, the elegant setting for concerts and popular entertainment for over a century.

Continue reading 'Victorian Bandstands'...

We are proud to announce that our photographs will be featured this month on the new BBC 2 series "Britain in Bloom". Will you watch and spot the Frith photos?

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Marking the 2018 Centenary of the Royal Air Force with photos of RAF aircraft, personnel and families, and buildings. We hope you enjoy seeing them today.

Continue reading '100 Years of the RAF'...

Water is a finite, reliable and potentially very large power source, which was widely exploited throughout Britain in the past. We hope you enjoy this selection of photographs from The Francis Frith Collection of some of Britain's most wonderful watermills.

Continue reading 'Water Mills'...

To mark St David's Day we bring you this special selection of photographs of people in traditional Welsh costume from The Francis Frith Collection.

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