Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Our Archives

This is a new blog from Croydon Airport Society to share stories, pictures and snippets from its rich archive about people, planes and events. It is part of the Revealing the Hidden Heritage of Croydon Airport project, which has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. It is called 'Croydon Calling' as the phrase and the airport was famous in the 1920s and 30s when it was Britain's only international airport.

Josephine Baker with Captain Walter Roger, 1928
Just as an example, this is a photograph from the files of a pilot, Captain Walter Rogers who flew planes for Imperial Airways and shows him with stage star and artist Josephine Baker in 1928 at Croydon Airport. There will be much more information coming up on an event around another group of photographs showing Baker shortly.  . .

Many of the images in the archive have unknown photographers or are press agency photographs: part of what we are doing is working out which images we can share online. We think this photograph was taken for Captain Rogers privately by an unknown photographer and thus is an 'orphan work'. If anyone knows any differently, please let us know!

4 comments:

  1. What a great new blog! I'm hoping to visit Croydon some time this summer - my main interest is in Imperial Airways.

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    1. Thanks for the feedback. We're open the first Sunday of the month and were the main base for Imperial Airways in the 20s and 30s with various posters, photographs etc on display.

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  2. Interesting photo of my grandfather in his heydays


    Doug Rogers

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    1. How interesting - we have a small file on your grandfather in the archives!

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