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Designs, advertising and photography
The National Archives holds copyright images and artwork inherited from Stationers' Hall under the Copyright Acts previously in force. There is an especially high volume of material between 1890 and the end of 1912 and this is contained in our record set COPY 1.
Prints of paintings, drawings and original photographs, commercial labels and advertisements are attached to a registration form. The forms briefly describe the item with date, name and address of the registering person or company.
These images reflect almost every aspect of Victorian and Edwardian society. Photographs depict trades in mining, farming and street vending or people simply going about their daily life. The material also emphasises the growing consumerism of the period due to industrialisation. A number of overseas images relate to trade and Britain’s colonial past.
Among the commercial artists and photographers whose work can be found in these records are: John Hassall, Tom Browne and Louis Wain, Eadward Muybridge, Frank Sutcliffe and PH Emerson.
Be part of our rich national heritage of designs, artwork and photography. To commercially reproduce these images as posters or on other products, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Picture alphabet, 1885/images/imagelibrary/showcase/advertising/copy1-68-picture-alphabet-1885.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/68
Insurance waterproof, 1893/images/imagelibrary/showcase/advertising/copy-1-109-(117)-insurance-waterproof-1893.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/109 (117)
American Peach Blossom Soap, 1885/images/imagelibrary/showcase/advertising/copy-1-71-(88)-american-peach-blossom-soap-1885.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/71 (88)
Jack's Pure Tea, 1899/images/imagelibrary/showcase/advertising/copy-1-146(ii)-(27)-jacks-pure-tea-1899.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/146(ii) (27)
Empire Self-Raising Flour, 1901/images/imagelibrary/showcase/advertising/copy-1-180-(292)-empire-self-raising-flour-1901.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/180 (292)
A. Döri shoe sampler, 1894/images/imagelibrary/showcase/advertising/copy1-114(i)-(93)-a-dori-shoe-sampler-1894.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/114(i) (93)
Wilford's Rat Cheese Cake rat poison, 1901/images/imagelibrary/showcase/advertising/copy1-176-(110)-wilfords-rat-cheese-cake-rat-poison-1901.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/176 (110)
Ladies' fashion, 1904/images/imagelibrary/showcase/advertising/copy1-220b-(63a)-ladies-fashion-1904.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/220B (63a)
Bucking horse, by E Muybridge, 1887/images/imagelibrary/showcase/advertising/copy-1-389(ii)-(58a)-bucking-horse-by-e-muybridge-1887.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/389(ii) (58a)
Women in telephone exchange, 1900/images/imagelibrary/showcase/advertising/copy1-446-(210)-women-in-telephone-exchange-1900.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/446 (210)
Pearce's beef steak puddings, 1891/images/imagelibrary/showcase/advertising/copy1-404-pearces-beef-steak-puddings-1891.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/404
Horse drawn and electric trams in Sheffield, 1900/images/imagelibrary/showcase/advertising/copy1-448-horse-drawn-and-electric-trams-in-sheffield-1900.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/448
Interior of London District Line train carriage, 1911/images/imagelibrary/showcase/advertising/copy1-556-(94)-interior-of-london-district-line-carriage-1911.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/556 (94)
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