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Digital Gallery Images

The Gallery includes images of the borough's streets and buildings and portraits of people and communities. The Digital Gallery images are displayed as thumbnails. Full size images can be viewed by clicking on a thumbnail.

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Billson Street 1950s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Mr George Reading, of Strattondale Street, Stebondale Street and finally Billson Street, born about 1898 died 1960. Mr Reading did various jobs to earn a living - he was a ‘good all- rounder’ but he is probably best remembered as a photographer - from Billson Street he took pictures of weddings, school groups, outings etc., on the island, as well as individual portraits. Unfortunately all his glass negatives were lost in the Second World War. He had three children, George, Joan and Clarissa. From Mrs L. Reading