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A Cider Press At Trewinnard

This is a horse or donkey powered cider press at Trewinnard near Hayle. Apples would be poured into the stone base and the central stone would be turned around to pulp the fruit. Juice would be drained off and strained into barrels for fermentation. Proper cider apples need no added sugar.

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A Cornish Fishwife

Cornish Fishwife, Blanche Reynolds from Newlyn is one of many images of the Penzance area taken by Robert Preston and contained within an album, Cornish Fishwife. The lady who is seen here in the clothes of a typical fishwife lived in Newlyn. Because their job was to sell from door to door or in the market place, the clothes had to be tough and washable. Their bonnets were of a special shape to hold the hemp strap which was attached to the basket or creel. The frills under the bonnet and heavy shawl were to protect them from the moisture of the fish which drained from the cowl. The heavy linen apron has a coloured cloth tucked into the waistband and was used for wiping their hands.

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A Cornish Welcome With Cornish Dialect Menu

This postcard has one small picture of a lady and gentleman, being attended by a woman, at a table laden with food. A small dog sits by the fire to the right and to the left is a grandfather clock. The picture at the bottom is of a small cottage. In between the pictures is a Cornish dialect menu.

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A Crane Working In Penlee Quarry

A crane working in Penlee Quarry, Newlyn; greenstone quarried here would be taken away by boat from Newlyn's old pier.

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A Crowded Newlyn Fish Market

Photograph showing a busy Newlyn Fish Market.

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A Crown For Mousehole's Carnival Queen

Crown made by Bert Dyer forthe queen of Mousehole Carnival, 1949

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A Demonstration By The Penzance Health And Strength Club

Penzance boasted a water polo club for young and fit men and this club was seen as an extension to obtaining a high level of physical fitness. This posed photograph of the Penzance Health and Strength Club appears to be a promotional shot, possibly taken by Richards and Sons. The figure 6th left looks remarkably like Reg Richards.

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A Derelict Cornish Engine House

This structure probably housed a pumping engine used for draining the mines. The horizontal well in the foreground is the beam or 'bob' wall. The lower walls in the immediate foreground would have surrounded the shaft. The deeper the mine, the larger the engine required. Some around the Camborne Redruth area had a 90" diameter. Compare that with the 30" diameter required at Chapel Carn Brea which is near the coast where the mines were not so deep. The main uses of these engines were pumping water, winding and operating the processing plants,such as stamps.

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A Display of Gladioli At The Camborne Show

A lady is putting the finishing touches to the gladioli display at the Camborne Show which used to be held on a Bank Holiday Monday.

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A Dredger, Probably At Hayle, 1911

Postcard of a dredger, probably Hayle, postmarked Hayle 1911

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A Farmer Collecting Seaweed

Chris James, who worked for Johnny Uren in his market garden at Long Rock between Pleming and Botreva, is seen here collecting a load of seaweed from Marazion Beach for use on the land. Containing Nitrogen, Potash, Potassium, amino acids and trace elements, it is an excellent activator for compost. It does not add much bulk to the soil but the alginates help to bind soil crumbs together. The tractor is a Ferguson TE20 (Tractor England 20 horsepower) manufactured from 1946 to 1956.

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A Field of Narcissus At Rocky Hill Looking Towards Newford Island

This may well have been one photograph in a series to illustrate the efficiency of the Great Western Railway in transporting consignments of delicate blooms from the extreme south-west of the United Kingdom, the Isles of Scilly, to mainland markets. There is a twin photograph to this, possibly part of the same picture. It shows William Trevillick standing to the right in a dark suit and stove hat. The bulbs are planted in beds rather than in rows. Note the windbreak and planting on the edge of the field.

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A Fisherman Is Attending To His Crab Pots On The Beach

A fisherman is attending to his crab pots on the beach.

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A Fisherman Is Attending To His Crab Pots On The Beach

A fisherman is attending to his crab pots on the beach.

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A Fisherman Sporting A Guernsey Jumper, Painting A Punt On An Unknown Beach.

A fisherman sporting a Guernsey jumper, painting a punt on an unknown beach.

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A Fishing Vessel, Possibly Eastern Mediterranean

A fishing vessel, possibly eastern Mediterranean

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A Fishwife At The Salesman's Office, On North Pier, Newlyn Harbour.

An elderly lady, possibly a fishwife, but not in traditional costume, standing by a fish-buyer's hut/office. She has on a very clean white 'towser', wears a straw-hat (possibly decked with flowers) and carries two hand baskets. The hut is clearly labelled "W.Gillings. Billingsgate Market London" as are the fish-boxes piled beside the hut, and on the roof. This is the second of two shots taken during a mackerel fishing season at Newlyn, see also 2016.50.237.

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A Fishwife With A Cawl On Her Back Talks With Two Boys At The Bottom of Norard Slip

Nor'ard Slip leads to the old harbour at Newlyn from Newlyn Town. The cawl is a basket used to carry fish and which had to be securely tied to the head and shoulders because of its laden weight. In the background is a beached lugger.

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A Floodlit Parish Church of St Mary The Virgin In Penzance

Looking up from Chapel Street, the church is floodlit for a special occasion.

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A Formal Parade To Mark The Coronation of King George V And Queen Mary, 1911

22 June 1991 saw this parade take place in the wind and rain, leaving St John’s Hall at 10 am and led by the Chief Constable on his horse, representatives from the coastguards, Royal Naval Reserve, Trinity Corporation, DoC Artillery, Council, Freemasons and Boy Scouts, marched to band music to a service at St Mary’s Church.

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A Formal Photgraph of School Aged Girls

This is a formal photograph of a group of 26 healthy looking, well dressed young ladies,with possibly 2 teachers, the front row being seated. The age range of the girls is possibly seven to thirteen. The era could be Victorian or Edwardian. They all sport lace collars, some lace cuffs. These were detachable for laundering to save washing the whole dress. They all seem to have long hair which is clean, shiny and pulled off the face. The older ladies are obviously wearing whale bone corsets. Any help in identifying the location and people in this shot would be very welcome by the Museum.

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A Glimpse of Late Afternoon On A Summer Day In The 1960s On Penzance Promenade

A glimpse of late afternoon on a summer day in the 1960s on Penzance Promenade. From left to right, the old serpentine works; Queen's Hotel; St Mary's Church; Taylor's Garage' Jubilee Pool

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A Group of Entrants For The 1906 Motorcycle Reliability Trial Land's End To John O'Groats Outside The Land's End Hotel.

The Motorcycle Reliability Trial Land's End to John O'Groats on Monday 11th June 1906. The trial was for motorcycles and tricars. 75 competitors pose outside the Land's End Hotel.

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A Group of Entrants For The 1906 Motorcycle Reliability Trial Land's End To John O'Groats Outside The Land's End Hotel.

The Motorcycle Reliability Trial Land's End to John O'Groats on Monday 11th June 1906. The trial was for motorcycles and tricars. 75 competitors pose outside the Land's End Hotel.

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