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Topical Press Agency Gallery

Early 20th Century images captured by one of the leading photo agency of the time

Often known simply as Topical, the Agency was founded c.1903 by Mr J.B. Helsby & Mr Walter J. Edward and was one of the leading photo agencies in London in the early twentieth-century. This is an amazing collection of historical black & white art prints taken by Topical photographers who captured images of contemporary events and stock footage that was syndicated to newspapers and publishers around the world.  

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The bow of Sir Ernest Shackletons exploratory vessel SS Endurance Featured Topical Press Agency Print

The bow of Sir Ernest Shackletons exploratory vessel SS Endurance

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 1914: The bow of Sir Ernest Shackleton's exploratory vessel SS Endurance being prepared for her Antarctic voyage in Millwall Docks, London, England. Towards the end of the expedition, the ship became stuck in the ice and later sank, forcing her crew to make for civilisation in an open craft. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

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Cunard Ocean Liner RMS Aquitania Featured Topical Press Agency Print

Cunard Ocean Liner RMS Aquitania

2nd August 1934: The RMS Aquitania photographed at Southampton. (Photo by Miller/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
Designed by Leonard Peskett and built by John Brown & Company in Clydebank, Scotland, the RMS Aquitania was launched on 21 April 1913 and sailed on her maiden voyage to New York on 30 May 1914

Empress Of Canada Featured Topical Press Agency Print

Empress Of Canada

17th July 1947: The Canadian Pacific liner Empress of Canada at Liverpool just before she departs on her first post-war voyage to Canada, the first vessel to resume service on this route. She has been reconverted to a passenger liner since her wartime duties. In the foreground is the vessel Diomed. (Photo by Harrison /Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

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