It's a 1930s Kodak envelope that would contain negatives, and I absolutely love the fantastic Art Deco design!
Not only does it have a gorgeous illustration, it has classic Deco black borders that gives it a touch of class. Just look at the geometric shapes on the back cover of the envelope!
So then I wondered who PERCY S. SMITH was.
A tiny meander online found a few references to our intrepid and mysterious photographer from Bridport.
He gets a mention in Kelly's Directory from 1935...
'Photographic artist, children's portraits a study; Kodak & all amateur supplies; picture frame maker'
There is a shot of East Street in the 1930s, from the famous Francis Frith, where you can just about see his shop.
|From The Francis Frith Collection website: www.francisfrith.com|
The other is a brilliantly playful photographic montage.
|This pic was found here: www.users.waitrose.com/~victorianphoto/post2/image8.htm|
I love the thought of Percy, getting slightly bored of developing endless holiday snaps and taking pictures of kids in his West Dorset Studio, doing a bit of surrealist photography. It says he was a 'photographic artist', so I just wonder if he was a secret fan of Man Ray?!
I also hope Daisy, who this negatives envelope belonged to, was pleased with her 7 prints she ordered from our Percy.