Father Christmas checking his list, 1950.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 24cm x 32cm

Father Christmas checking his list, 1950.

Photographic Advertising Limited

© NMeM / Photographic Advertising / Science & Society Picture Library


A photograph of Father Christmas checking his list, taken by Photographic Advertising Limited in 1950. A sack of toys and a snowy mountain range appear as a backdrop behind Father Christmas. This photograph was sold for use in a Co-op staff magazine. Christmas is a popular subject in the Photographic Advertising Limited archive, suggesting joy, goodwill - and overspending. Photographic Advertising Limited was founded in 1926 by a group experienced in photojournalism and film. The company created multi-purpose stock images with the potential for selling a range of products. Whilst enjoying its greatest success during the 1930s, it continued in business until 1977. Photographic Advertising Limited's trademark, the staged studio photograph resembling a film still, was its selling point and, later, its downfall. Sophisticated, adaptable and generic, this kind of image gradually fell out of favour as clients increasingly demanded targeted advertising campaigns with specific photographs



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