I was having kind of a “down” day until I wrote that headline. Now, I’m smiling.
Anyway, the Amateur Photographer website reports that a box of about 3,000 film negatives, glass plates and prints, many taken on board Queen Mary, were found in the downstairs loo of a Southampton home owned by photo enthusiast Fred Murley. Some others were found in a nearby garage.
The photos, including images of such notables as Sir Winston Churchill, King Edward VIII, Laurel and Hardy and Sir Alfred Hitchcock, are now being restored for sale, the website reports. The pictures were taken by photographers working for Ocean Pictures between 1936 and 1939 and were intended for sale to the liner’s passengers.