Saturday, 4 May 2013
More detective work - indentifying TDC Sunbeam photographs
Following this report many Sunbeam photographs and other photographs were cataloged by Manpower Services Commission staff and later by East Kent Maritime trust staff . Further photographs were later added to the collection from the original donor. All photographs were then numbered but many were not listed In many cases there were also duplicates and each duplicate carried the same number as others of the same identity. They were then stored in large envelopes and kept in boxes that were marked up.However there was something very distinctive with some of the prints as they were stamped "Record Print" and these featured on many of the photographs. Along with the negative and duplicate photographs these items were donated to TDC and are property of TDC especially the "record prints". This can be confirmed by the current status of the collection that is currently being scanned, listed , identified and put online as part of the SEAS (South East Archive of Seaside Photography) project.
Unfortunately there is reason to believe that some photographs from the Museum collection are out in the public domain and how they got there is a mystery but then none of us are that naive that we cannot work out how they really got there. During the Museum closure period I did see Sunbeam photographs at auction plus someone selling "copies" on the internet but even with that level of suspicion there is always that element of doubt. However there is one fool proof way of identification and that is Sunbeam photographs stamped "Record Print" and these are from the Sunbeam archive donated to Thanet District Council . Above I have inserted a "Record Print" stamp on a photograph I have managed to get my hands on at an auction, this without doubt is definitely TDC property.
Below is the Sunbeam stamp for publicity and advertising photographs of which TDC often had commissioned by Sunbeam.