Workers building railway trolleys, c 1930.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A snapshot photograph of workers building railway trolleys, probably at Wickham works, Hertfordshire. These men are working on a small production line building petrol-powered trolleys. These were used by the railway companies to carry workers and equipment for track maintenance. Originally a shooting term, 'snapshot' began to acquire a photographic meaning in the late 1850s. The marketing of the first Kodak camera in 1888 made popular photography available to the masses and the term 'snapshot' became more widespread. Eventually the term 'snapshot' became linked to photographs taken by non-experts with simple cameras. Such 'snapshots' record the more informal and personal aspects of everyday life often overlooked by professional photographers.