Rare gems fix pass­ing trade for pos­ter­ity

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - It’s Just Not Cricket -

When I re­search and write Re­mem­ber When, I of­ten think of the gems to be had in the way of pho­to­graphs of the town. Through­out my vast ar­chive, there are many pic­tures that never fail to put a smile on my face, whereas oth­ers are tinged with sad­ness. Ash­ford has al­tered con­sid­er­ably over the years, chang­ing its ap­pear­ance so many times that you lose count of many of the changes. Ele­ments of ev­ery town, vil­lage or city change fre­quently but many of the al­ter­ations aren’t al­ways charted by pic­tures. I’m lucky to have such pic­tures in my ar­chive, but there are still old pic­tures of the town that I dream of find­ing and I of­ten search high and low to bring my dreams to re­al­ity. This week’s Re­mem­ber When looks at pic­tures from the 1930s to the 1960s. Many thanks go to Al­lan Ward for his as­sis­tance with th­ese pic­tures dur­ing re­search for my fourth book way back in 2006.

Have you got any pic­tures, neg­a­tives or colour slides, in par­tic­u­lar from the past 100 years, that you would be will­ing to share with read­ers? If so, please send them with brief de­tails to Steve Sal­ter, Ken­tish Ex­press Re­mem­ber When, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, Kent, TN24 8JR, or by email to re­mem­ber­when_k­mash@ hot­mail.co.uk Please sup­ply an ad­dress for the re­turn of orig­i­nals.

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