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Transport is a popular theme - Railways, Shipping, Trams, Motoring and Motor Racing - and prices here can range from a few pounds to fifty or sixty.Experience and the use of a good catalogue helps collectors sort out the most desirable items.In fact, 90% of postcards, no matter how old, fall into a price bracket ranging from pence to five pounds.

Francis Frith's photographic archive was bought by the present owners in 1977, and by the early 1980s a new technological age was beginning that was to make the archive more readily available than ever.

In the Frith archive today each photograph is carefully digitised', then stored on a computer system, so that the archivists can locate a single photograph within seconds.

After Francis Frith's death in 1898 his two sons and then later his grandson continued Frith's massive task, expanding the number of photographs offered to the public and recording more and more places in Britain.

The photographic business that Francis Frith created continued in business for another 70 years, so that when it closed down in 1970 the Frith archive contained more than 360,000 images of 7,000 cities, towns and villages.

As business prospered, Frith recruited a team of photographers and his company began to produce prints of seaside resorts and beauty spots for Victorian tourists to paste into family albums as holiday souvenirs.

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