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80th anniversary of Queensway Mersey Tunnel

18 July 2014 by Anne

archive photo of crowds at the opening of the Queensway Mersey tunnel

Queensway Mersey Tunnel entrance hung with ceremonial curtains prior to the official opening, with the royal stand in the foreground. Archive reference number 11256-8

The Queensway Mersey Tunnel, connecting Liverpool with Birkenhead beneath the River Mersey, was officially opened 80 years ago, on 18 July 1934 by King George V, accompanied by Queen Mary. The distinguished company of Stewart Bale Ltd, a Liverpool based firm of commercial and industrial photographers, was selected as the photographers to officially capture this prestigious event.

The Stewart Bale collection is now part of the Maritime Archives and Library, including some 195,445 negatives and a souvenir photograph album recording the opening ceremony of the Queensway Mersey Tunnel. Read more…

Easter 1945 – a time of austerity

28 March 2013 by Anne

old photo pf a shop window display

There are 195,445 photographs in the Stewart Bale collection and this is one of them; a window display for Easter 1945 in the former department store Owen Owen on Clayton Square, Liverpool, which was commissioned by Owen Owen Ltd, April 1945.

I’m guessing that the passer-by’s attention was supposed to be grabbed by the words ‘Easter Harvest’ in large rustic letters in each of the three windows, hopefully to draw them closer to investigate and read the explanatory text panels about this strange phenomenon (how could harvest be at  Easter! But wait a minute…) Read more…

Romance in 1934

14 February 2013 by Anne

old photo of smartly dressed couples dancing in a large hall

Dance Party at Reece’s, Parker Street, Liverpool, February 1934 (detail). Commissioned by S Reece & Sons Ltd, Liverpool

The commercial photographic firm of Stewart Bale Ltd were commissioned to take this photograph by Reece & Sons Ltd, from their principal offices in Hawke Street, off Brownlow Hill, Liverpool. Stewart Bale was an important firm of Liverpool based photographers who could command significant commissions, which says something about the status of Reece’s. Read more…

Volunteers Achieve Stewart Bale Success

20 December 2011 by volunteer

Group of volunteers cleaning negatives

Stewart Bale Volunteers: Hard at work helping to clean glass plate negatives.

Ann Stewart; Head of Framing, Paper and Paintings Conservation tells us a bit more about the wonderful work our Stewart Bale Volunteers have achieved this past year…

“Based in the paper conservation studio, a volunteer project to clean and re-house glass plate negatives from the Stewart Bale collection began in March this year.

Mainly due to the poor condition of the original packaging, most of these images haven’t been seen since the collection came to us. Read more…

Tattyfilarious winning caption

1 April 2010 by Sam

archive photo of crowds on the Liverpool landing stage

Liverpool landing stage, 1937 from the Stewart Bale collection

As always we’ve had some great entries for this month’s caption competion. It was a tough choice but the winner of a copy of the hardback book ‘The Liner: retrospective and renaissance’ (2005) by Philip Dawson is Ken Wilkinson for his caption:

“No, mate, we’re not queuing for Ken Dodd, we’re just leaving his 1937 show.”

Congratulations Ken. You can read all of the entries by clicking on comments on the original blog post.

March’s caption competition

19 March 2010 by Sam

archive photo of crowds on the Liverpool landing stage

Liverpool landing stage, 1937 from the Stewart Bale collection

I’m not sure if it’s something in the air, the exciting news of the great liners due to visit Liverpool next year, or just all the time we’ve been spending on the ferry lately, but we’ve  gone for a seafaring theme for this month’s caption competition.

If you can think of an amusing (and clean, don’t forget) caption for this photo from the fantastic Stewart Bale collection then post it as a comment by the end of the day on Wednesday 31 March 2010. The funniest and most original caption will win a copy of the fantastic hardback book ‘The Liner: retrospective and renaissance’ (2005) by Philip Dawson.

Why not take a closer look at the photo using zoomify.

Stewart Bale At The River’s Mouth

6 October 2006 by Lisa

At The River’s Mouth, a Merseyside blog looking at local history and contemporary culture, last week wrote about  Stewart Bale Ltd and our Stewart Bale 2.0 project.

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