Valentine & Sons: The Dundee Photographic Legacy

Next month’s Friends of Dundee City Archives talk will about the Valentines Photographic collection.

For over 100 years, at least three generations of the Valentine family grew their local Dundee printing business into one of the largest producers of picture postcards and souvenir albums in the world. The printing and portrait studio flourished during the photographic craze of Victorian Britain. The firm closed its doors in 1966, but for over 100 years J. Valentine & Sons documented nearly every corner of the British Isles and expanded to the international market as far reaching as Jamaica, Morocco and New Zealand. The business was purchased by Hallmark for the Valentine colour greeting cards, but they had no intention of retaining the monochrome or historical collection. The archive now sits at The University of St Andrews Special Collections. Rachel Nordstrom, the Photographic Collection Manager will illustrate the history of the company and the legacy of one of the most successful Scottish photographic companies to gain international renowned.

The talk will take place on Thursday 5th July at 1pm, in the Glasite Hall on King Street. It’s free entry to all FDCA Lunchtime Talks and everyone is welcome – you don’t need to be a member of the friends. See the FDCA website for more information.

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