Liverpool Memories

The photographs of Stewart Bale Ltd

12 July to 27 October 2002

Please note that this exhibition has now closed

The photographs of Stewart Bale Ltd provide a unique record of life in Liverpool from the 1930s to the 1950s. The pictures show the everyday places where people worked, shopped and enjoyed themselves.

Stewart Bale Ltd was an advertising and printing business in Liverpool that specialised in commercial and architectural photography. The client list included famous Liverpool names such as Cunard, Meccano and Coopers.

For this exhibition of more than 70 photographs the Feelgood Factory's reminiscence group picked out their favourite images from the archive and provided their reminiscences for the labels.


Follow the links below to see some of the photographs and reminiscences from the exhibition.

Stewart Bale Ltd

Herbert Stewart Bale founded Stewart Bale Ltd in 1911. His son, Edward Stewart Bale, joined the company and it earned a reputation for the excellent quality of its commercial pictures. This was largely due to the use of large format cameras, which most other firms had abandoned in favour of modern equipment. The company finally closed in the 1980s. A collection of 200,000 glass plate and film negatives survive in the museum's archives.

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The Feelgood Factory

The Feelgood Factory is a healthy living centre charity. It was established in 1999 and is based in Netherton.