·  Matthew Butson
Vice President of Hulton Archive
·  Lenny Hanson
Conservator of Hulton Archive
·  Sarah McDonald
Curator of Hulton Archive
·  Lee Shoulders
Director of Archival Film Content
·  Fox Photos Daybooks
·  Le Grice X-Ray Photograph
·  Roger Bannister breaks four-minute mile, 1954
·  London Stereoscopic Company
·  Rod Steiger, 1955
·  Blondin Crossing Niagara Falls, 1858
·  Tennyson's Idylls of the King, 1873
·  The Great East River Suspension Bridge, 1886
·  Hay Elevator, 1937
·  Eva Peron, 1951
·  Marilyn Monroe, 1956
·  Lauren Bacall, 1954
·  The Express Collection
·  Conservation
Fox Photos Daybooks

To a certain extent, an archival photograph is only as useful as the caption information that accompanies it. That is why we have a rolling conservation program for the daybooks that accompany each negative collection in the archive.

Daybooks from the ’30s and ’50s showing photographer entries.

Active from the early 20th century through the 1980s, Fox Photos was a major London Fleet Street press agency that covered news of the day as well as transport, industry and human-interest features. As their name suggests, information was entered daily into daybooks as events unfolded and Fox photographers returned from assignments. Each negative was assigned a consecutive number in addition to a caption, the date and any photographer details, providing an invaluable catalogue of the Fox Photos archive.

A severely damaged original cover and a restored example.

Unfortunately, decades of daily use have taken their toll on the daybooks, as spines, covers and even the pages themselves have parted company. Getty Images employs a conservation book binder to repair the damage, retaining as much original material from the volumes as possible and closely matching the marbled endpapers and covers to maintain an authentic feel for these important documents. While perhaps not as glamorous as the conservation work undertaken on some of our rare illustrated books, this project is vitally important for keeping our collections accessible and their images available for clients and researchers.

Cover of album showing water damage to corner.

The spines of time-worn daybooks sit next to finished restorations.

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