Early Grays: cameras smile for John

My great uncle, John Willis Gray (1891-1964), did very well out of making photography more accessible to the general public in the early 20th century. He built a very successful photographic business in Scarborough and, much to the chagrin of his strict Brethren family, expanded into radio, TV and other electrical goods in the post war era.


The photos below include one of John's newspaper advertisements; a portrait of my father's big sister, my Aunty Mary, signed by John and taken around 1918; a photo of John's shop taken in 1931; and a screenshot of the same junction nowadays.





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