A Celebration of the Club’s 110 years

The club, then known as”Kidderminster and District Photographic Society” held it’s first meeting 26th October 1906 and so it was thought that we should mark the occasion with a special evening devoted not only to the club’s past history but taking a look at the way cameras and picture styles etc. have evolved over the following years.

Our chairman Brian Hardy spent a lot of time sorting through old copies of the Shuttle Newspaper and records that the club has in it’s archives to make an excellent presentation that was both fascinating and interesting.

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In 1907 the front page of the Shuttle looked far different than it does today, a mass of local advertising urged one to visit Griffiths, the family grocer to purchase “Tea and Indigestion” (?) then onto Boodle’s Teeth for a smart new set of gnashers before ending up in Thompson’s Stores, Station Hill to purchase a top of the range camera for 7 guineas which was £7. 7 shillings  (£7.35p)

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       Our advert announcing the formation of the club and appealing for members looked like this, right next to Mrs Pearsall’s Corset shop which was opposite the Pumping Station (!)

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An Exhibition Programme from 1936.  Note the admission price to the lectures – 6d that was two and half pence.

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Here’s a programme  with the Rules and Bye-Laws for 1938.   Among the rather mundane looking lectures there are exciting nuggets such as “The Kodak Wash-Off Relief Colour Process”  and ” A Bird Nesting Trip to Hungary.

The twenty two strong committee boasts a Major and Lieutenant Colonel assisted by two Honorary Lanternists

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Members brought along old cameras and other equipment from early 20th century along with old family portraits of the era.  It was amazing to see how photography has progressed over the last hundred years.  From glass plates to SD cards, brass and mahogany to polycarbonate.  Perhaps not as pretty but much more convenient!

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The evening was made perfect by the presence of Jim Marks, Rob Budworth and Ray Rogers who have been associated with the club longer than anyone else. 

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Lastly, to give some idea just how much our world has changed since the “Good Old Days” of 1906, here’s another cutting from The Shuttle of that year.

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For more history of the club click     HERE