Can any read­ers help?

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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

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