Dogs from our social and community history collection

Nurses at Liverpool Stanley Hospital. Accession number MOL.2013.93.4 Mozart Street, Toxteth, Liverpool 8 © Paul Trevor. Archival pigment photograph, accession number MOL.2012.59.24 Myrtle Road, Toxteth, Liverpool 8 © Paul Trevor. Archival pigment photograph, accession number MOL.2012.59.23 Mozart Street, Toxteth, Liverpool 8 © Paul Trevor. Archival pigment photograph, accession number MOL.2012.59.18 Christmas Street © Stephen Shakeshaft. Accession number MOL.2014.44.50

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This collection of doggy themed photographs, which are not currently on display, are from the Museum of Liverpool's social and community history collection.

The first is a heart-warming photograph, taken inside the old Liverpool Stanley Hospital in 1937, and shows a group of nurses and their patients gathered around a large Christmas tree. One of the nurses is holding up a toy dog for the children. 

The second photograph is from a collection of Radio Merseyside archive material from the 60s,70s and 80s. The image shows a young boy and his dog being interviewed for Radio Merseyside, they are both wearing the most fantastic matching Everton Football outfits!

Photographer Paul Trevor came to Liverpool in 1975 to document deprivation. He spent several months on the outskirts of the city centre photographing Everton and Toxteth. Paul captured unguarded moments of family life amongst the terraced streets and high rise flats. The three photographs of his that are included here show warm family scenes with pet dogs.

Finally, and quite appropriately for an advent calendar, is a photograph of Christmas Street taken from Stephen Shakeshaft's personal archive featuring studies of Liverpool people, spanning 40 years. He captured candid shots of ordinary people going about their daily lives on the streets of Liverpool. Stephen took them in the course of his day-to-day work and many were published in the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo. Remembering this photograph, he recalled:

"I was looking for a festive photograph but Christmas Street wasn't looking particularly festive.  Instead I found two women, their dog and a handcart."