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Topical Press Agency Gallery

Early 20th Century images captured by one of the leading photo agency of the time

Often known simply as Topical, the Agency was founded c.1903 by Mr J.B. Helsby & Mr Walter J. Edward and was one of the leading photo agencies in London in the early twentieth-century. This is an amazing collection of historical black & white art prints taken by Topical photographers who captured images of contemporary events and stock footage that was syndicated to newspapers and publishers around the world.  

Choose from 3,285 pictures in our Topical Press Agency collection for your Wall Art or Photo Gift. All professionally made for Quick Shipping.


The bow of Sir Ernest Shackletons exploratory vessel SS Endurance Featured Topical Press Agency Image

The bow of Sir Ernest Shackletons exploratory vessel SS Endurance

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 1914: The bow of Sir Ernest Shackleton's exploratory vessel SS Endurance being prepared for her Antarctic voyage in Millwall Docks, London, England. Towards the end of the expedition, the ship became stuck in the ice and later sank, forcing her crew to make for civilisation in an open craft. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

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Salmon Fishing Featured Topical Press Agency Image

Salmon Fishing

13th August 1925: Mrs MacDonald fishing for salmon on the River Spey. The area is also popular for grouse shooting. Wild salmon are an important part of Scotland's tourist industry and many anglers visit the country every year. The fish are also farmed for export and are renowned for their quality. (Photo by W. G. Phillips/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

British Tobacco Farm Featured Topical Press Agency Image

British Tobacco Farm

September 1926: At a tobacco farm near Fleet, in Hampshire, workers strip tobacco leaves in readiness for grading. Over 80 acres of land are being used for the cultivation of tobacco. (Photo by Davis/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

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