Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Jack Armitstead-Photographer

After a long break I'm back. Family life has been very busy the last few months so the blog had to take a back seat.
Here is another aspect of  Jack Armitstead, my Grandfather. He really is a man of many parts. This time it is his love of photography.
After taking over the Chemist shop from Nat Green in 1913 the photographic section was increased. Jack eventually became the agent for Kodak in Warwick and this is one of the folders he used to put customer's developed prints in.
Cover for customer's prints and negatives

Inside cover
Not only was he developing films he was also busy taking photos. He joined the Warwick Camera Club and held meetings at his shop premises.
The camera club appeared to be quite active as is evidenced by these photos. The Camera Club organised  for photos to be taken to send to the soldiers in World War 1 and this service was advertised on the float below.

They seemed to be intrepid folks heading off into the bush. How would our people these days get on without the four wheel drives?
I'm truly indebted to him for all the photos he has left behind. However I'm also disappointed as he has no labels on them. He must have known I would be a detective type and have to try to identify them.
Send them all Snap shots from home, 1915 parade in Warwick

Tripods and all - no sneakers on this bush walk!
Lovely bush walk in shirts and ties?? Near Stanthorpe

Difficult country and no 4WD's. Who needs them here? Still wearing shirts and ties!