From thousands gathering at the Guildhall, to close ups of a visiting king - some of the best snaps of Northampton’s most prolific photographers have been unearthed in a bid to learn more about their origins.
Edgar Tippleston set up a photography studio on Harborough Road in Kingsthorpe in 1931 and 84 years later, having been succeeded by his son Peter and grandson Stuart, the business is still going strong.
The three generations of Tippleston men have not only captured thousands of soon-to-be married couples and newlyweds on film, but with have also been witness to some of the most important moments of 20th Century Northampton through freelance work for the Chronicle & Echo.
But while several bound folders contain the best of Edgar and Peter Tippleston’s work, much of the pictures taken are not labelled with dates or details.
This week, wife of the late Peter Tippleston, Pamela, has dug out some of her husband and her father-in’law’s most extraordinary pictures in a bid to learn more about them - and even find out who took them.
Among the best show Winston Churchill’s wife visiting officers in Northamptonshire, a Mother’s Union Rally through Kingsthorpe and women hurdling a greyhound jump fence.
Even now people always come up to me to say your husband or your father-in-law did my weddingPamela Tippleston
Pamela, now 79 and living in Merefield, said: “People have been saying to me for some time when they se the pictures, why don’t you get in touch with Chron?
“I just want to see if anyone can recognise themselves or a relative in the pictures to help update the records.”
It is believed Edgar Tippleston carried out some freelance work for the Chronicle & Echo during the early days of his business, but many of his pictures could have been taken simply as a keen observer of Northampton.
Pamela said that around 10,000 couples have had their wedding photographs taken by the Tippleston family since 1931, but many would not have been aware of her husbands’s and her father in law’s work outside of weddings.
The family’s shop on Harborough Road, which began life as EC Tippleston, had a studio to the rear and a dark room in the basement.
Pamela married Peter in 1956 and worked for the firm herself developing films and helping out in the studio for several years.
On one of its busiest days father son Edgar and Peter shot 14 weddings in a day with the help of freelancers.
“Even now people always come up to me to say your husband or your father in law did my wedding,” she said. “When I see pictures in the Chron of people celebrating their diamond anniversary, I can usually tell whether their wedding day picture was my husband’s work.
“It was just the way he used to set people up.”
Sadly Edgar Tippleston died in 1960 and son Peter passed away in 2012.
Today Tippleston Photography is run by grandson Stuart from the firm’s new offices in Cedar Road.
If you have any information about Edgar and Peter Tippleston’s pictures here, then email the Chron at firstname.lastname@example.org.