George Tucker Collection

George Tucker's image of Manning's Southsea Spaceship

Ref: NFA0020

Title: The George Tucker Collection

Scope: This collection comprises fairground photographs and 3 members' cards, two from Yorkshire Stall Holders Association and one from the Yorkshire section of the Showmen's Guild.

Dates: 1912-1960s
Level: Fonds
Extent: 1,295 images, 3 membership cards
Name of creator: George Tucker

Administrative / biographical history: George Tucker lived at Portsmouth and worked in the local naval dockyard from the 1930s until the 1960s. He was a keen photographer of fairs and circuses along that part of the south coast of England. His photographs, which span four decades, are an important record of that area. Most of them he developed and, living in a house without electricity, printed himself by gaslight. He meticulously recorded in pencil on the reverse of each print the subject of the photograph and the details of where and when it had been taken, creating detailed documentary recordings of his work.

George corresponded with other fairground enthusiasts of his generation, including Philip Bradley and Rowland Scott.

His photographs relate mainly to fairs and showfamilies in the South and South East of the country and consist of general fairground shots and detailed photographs of fairground transport.

Related Collections: Lionel Bathe Collection, John Gale Collection, Rowland Scott Collection, Philip Swindlehurst Collection, Ron Taylor Collection, Dick Price Collection
Source: Donated by the Fairground Association of Great Britain & Miss D. Ablett.
System of arrangement: Catalogued by type
Subjects: Fairgrounds, Showpeople, Fairgournd Rides, Fairground Art, Transport, Circus, Travelling Entertainment
Conditions of access: Items are available to view by appointment in the NFA reading room
Restrictions: None
Copyright: Copies may be supplied or produced at the discretion of National Fairground Archive, subject to copyright law and condition of the material. Jacky Craven owns copyright on some material
Finding aids: Photographs available on NFA Digital. Online finding aid available here