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"Girl sitting on stairs, 1948."

Photographic Advertising Limited

4 0 c m
actual image size: 30cm x 32cm


"A happy little girl, hands cupping her face, sits on a stair step, her fabric doll by her side. This photograph was first used in 'Modern Woman' magazine. Images of children often feature in the work of Photographic Advertising. Photographs of boys and girls were used by advertisers to promote a wide range of products. Photographic Advertising Limited, founded in 1926, 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. Their 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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