Can any readers help?
Attached is a photograph upon which I hope that you or your readers can shed some light. The photograph depicts some of the staff of the Racine Photo Process Co., and I believe it was taken around 1919. I deduced this date because the man in the back row who is second from the right is my grandfather A W Margrove, and he is wearing the silver war badge which was given to former soldiers in the First World War who were injured in service (he was shot in the leg) and then demobbed early. It was issued to prevent these men from being unfairly targeted by people, mainly women, who thought that such men had avoided military service. He was discharged in November 1918, many months before the rest of the army.
He went on to establish his own photography business – Empire Studios in Edmonton, North London at 61 New Road, Wood Green – and retired in 1961. Throughout The Second World War he did war work for the police among other things and travelled
the country taking sports photographs for the national press or magazines.
I can find only a single mention of the Racine Photo Process Co. on the internet at The Victorian Photographer, but there is no detail available. Sometimes a picture will show up in searches with the name on and described as a ‘carte de visite’. Do you have anything in your archives that could help me find information on the company, or about my grandfather (who died many years ago now)? Or can your readers help? I know that we are a helpful and responsive bunch. Thanks in anticipation. John Penberthy
This is a great picture which celebrates the UK’s unique photographic heritage. Some of those faces look quite ‘contemporary’ though we wouldn’t want to mess with the gaffer in the middle! Hopefully it will strike a chord with some readers – Geoff Harris, deputy editor
Picture of Racine Photo Process Co. staff; John’s grandfather is in the back row