For many years we have collected original Black & White glass-plate negatives ranging in size from 5"x4" to 12"x10". Many were acquired from commercial photographers, while others were found in bric-a-brac shops and boot sales.

The negatives were produced when photography was still a craft which required great skill and years of training. The quality of prints obtained from these negatives must be seen to be believed, particularly now we have become accustomed to the usually inferior results obtained from digital cameras and mobile 'phones.

Our collection originally covered the people and scenes of Merseyside during the immediate post-war period of 1946-1962, though it has been extended to include other areas and earlier periods. There is also a large Maritime section, with Cammell Lairds and the Mersey featuring strongly.

These images are invaluable to anyone studying the period or the region, and they also have a broad nostalgic appeal. Many of them can be works of art in their own right, especially when enlarged and framed.

The small images shown on this site are intended to provide only a glimpse of our extensive archives. We have catalogued more than 2000 images, and many thousands have still to be researched and added to the list.

In recognition of the historical importance of our negatives, we now produce prints on a heavyweight acid-free archive material suitable for displaying in normal conditions. There is a button on each image page which will enable you to buy using our secure server facility.
- Or just use the site to browse of course.

Reflections, 65 Park Avenue, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 2PW (U.K.)   Tel: 07967 396594