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A Lowestoft Trawler On Tow

A Lowestoft trawler which is being towed away from the South pier after missing the entrance to Penzance harbour. Many people have come to see the spectacle and crowd on the pier end. An identical negative to PEZPH : 1993.45.52, but in this version, the edges of the photograph have a decorative border.

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A Ludlow-London Wagon of The Type Used By Thomas Russell And Company

This is a photograph of a print or etching of a wide wheeled heavy wagon used in long distance haulage, similar to the wagon known as Russell's Flying Wagon, operated by Russell and Company of Exeter. Its route lay between Falmouth and London. The eight horses used here imply a route through hilly country.

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A Mal Swimmer Preparing To Dive

A male swimmer dressed in a striped bathing suit preparing to dive off the diving board at a bathing spot at Battery Rocks. The Wharf was known as Batten or Couch's Wharf. A couple of boats sit in the water below. The swimmer is likely to be Professor Richard Hicks who was born the son of a master mariner in Penzance in 1858 and started his swimming career aged 10. From that time to 1890, when he retired from competitive swimming, he was a regular prize winner in south western swimming galas, a Devon and Cornwall champion, a winner of the Welsh Championship and a national champion at 1000 yards. When the Swimming Pool was added to the Public Baths in Penzance in 1889, Richard Hicks became its first swimming instructor.

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A Man Is Rescued From The Wreck of The City of Cardiff By The Sennen Lifesaving Apparatus

The City of Cardiff left Le Havre in ballast for Cardiff on 6 March 1912. She anchored near Lands End but was driven ashore. She hit rocks at Nanjizel about a mile from Land's End. The crew, Mrs Storey the Captain's wife, Mrs Bethke the Chief Officer's wife and her two year old son were rescued by Sennen life saving apparatus. The ship subsequently broke up. This photograph shows the breeches buoy in use.

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A Man With A Basket On The Quay Beside A Parked Car, Possibly Looe?

A man with a basket on the quay beside a parked car, possibly Looe?

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A Memento of The Sojournings of The Late John Wesley In Cornwall

Multiview card, Wesley, the First and Last House in England, The Lands End where Wesley wrote the well known Hymn' Low on a Narrow Neck of Land', The Last Rocks in England

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A Model Boat Made By Leslie Woodman, RNVR

Photograph of a model boat (ML334) made by Leslie Woodman, RNVR.

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A Motor Pleasure Launch Embarks For Excursion Around Mounts Bay In The 1950s

Alongside the Ross Bridge slip is the high tide embarkation point for pleasure vessels. The boats were not obliged to carry life saving equipment for all of its passengers until the 1970s.

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A Mounts Bay Lugger Competing In The 1905 Regatta

The Boy Joe, a Newlyn pilchard driver, is running to the finishing line during a regatta. There is a splint or doubling on the mizzen outrigger. There were races for boats of over 30', under 27' with 24' keel. In this, the 3rd race, the Our Pride was sunk.

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A New Piece of Equipment For The Penzance Eye Ward

Sister Tonkin prepares to test a new piece of equipment on a patient at the Eye Ward in West Cornwall Hospital.

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A Opie And Co Ltd. Shop Front, Market Jew Street, Penzance

A Opie and Co Ltd. shop front, Market Jew Street, Penzance. Mr J Opie standing in doorway

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A Opie And Co Ltd. Shop Store Rooms, Market Jew Street, Penzance

A Opie and Co Ltd. shop store rooms, Market Jew Street, Penzance

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A Opie And Co Ltd., 38 Market Jew Street, Penzance

This could be a photograph showing the new shop frontage of A Opie and Co Ltd., Market Jew Street, Penzance in 1936 but there is a theory, based on the decor and advertisements, that it was taken at the beginning of the 20th century. By 1911 Opie's was making and marketing Mounts Bay Bouquet perfume selling at 2s 6d, 4s 9d and 7s 9d a bottle. The business is listed on Page 50 of Rodda's Almanack 1913. By 1926 Homeland Handbook lists other branches, also Keen's Pharmacy, Bray's Pharmacy in Fore Street Redruth and the Drug Store on the Strand in Newlyn.

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A Opie And Co Ltd., Market Jew Street, Penzance.

This photograph shows the shop frontage of A Opie and Co Ltd., Market Jew Street, Penzance. By 1911 Opie's was making and marketing Mounts Bay Bouquet perfume selling at 2s 6d, 4s 9d and 7s 9d a bottle. The business is listed on Page 50 of Rodda's Almanack 1913. By 1926 Homeland Handbook lists other branches, also Keen;s Pharmacy, Bray's Pharmacy in Fore Street Redruth and the Drug Store on the Strand in Newlyn.

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A Parade In Market Jew Street In The Early 20th Century

The crowds and the band would suggest a festive parade on a summer's day in the early years of the 20th century. The flags over the Borough Arms may give a clue as to the occasion. Levin's shop was demolished and a Young Men's Christian Association Hostel opened on this site on 14 June 1921. Since then the premises have been demolished and rebuilt again. The small building appears to be a barber's shop, with an alleyway to Wharf Road and was the Borough Arms Foundry (1772 - 1883.) The site was later purchased by N Holman's who developed a business repairing cycles and motorcycles, etc.

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A Penzance Fishwife

A Penzance fishwife in traditional costume with her cowl

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A Photo Exhibition

A photo exhibition, possibly of John Branwell's photography. Most of the photographs are studies of a single person. The Countess of Warwick as pictured in PEZPH : 1993.45.84 can be seen in the row below the central photograph.

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A Photograph of A Painting of An Unknown Older Man

A photograph of a painting of an unknown older man, holding a book.

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A Photograph of A Painting of Robert Matthews Branwell

A photograph of a painting of Robert Matthews Branwell, Father of JR Branwell, who lived at Penlee House.

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A Photograph of A Piece of Artwork, Possibly A Walter Langley

A photograph of a piece of artwork, possibly a Walter Langley. A girl dressed in a white smock leans against a table, listening to an older man play his tuba. In the right corner is a poster for 'A Musical Evening Concert in the old National School'. His music leans against a pot which typically features in Langley's work.

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A Pilchard Driver Sails Out of Newlyn For A Night's Fishing

A pilchard driver is putting out from Newlyn in almost flat conditions. The sweeps (oars) are manned to give them headway and the tack of the fore lug has been brought into the foot of the mast to aid tacking down the harbour

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A Ploughing Match At Trenuggo Farm, Near St. Buryan Circa 1946.

A ploughing match at Trenuggo Farm with Boscawen-un Farm in the background, near St. Buryan. Cyril Eddy is in the foreground, kneeling down tidying up his ploughing plot

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A Ploughing Match In The 1940s

Anthony Pascoe of Fraddam, Leedstown with a team of Clydesdale horses at a ploughing match using a Ransomes Duchy Plough.

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A Post War View of Newlyn Harbour

The early morning sunlight stops the viewer seeing the name of this long liner in Newlyn Harbour.

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A Poster For The Horticultural Show In Penzance 1926

The Western Commercial Horticultural Show ran from 1924 to 1964 except for the war years. It is the fore-runner of the Penzance Spring Show which is the earliest such show in the country. Daffodils and cauliflowers took pride of place. T

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