150-year-old Manx images restored for new collection

Prospect Hill in 1895. Image from Those Were The Days, Volume II

Prospect Hill in 1895. Image from Those Were The Days, Volume II

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Following 10 months’ work, Richard Davis’s second book of images from the Isle of Man’s past has been published.

Those Were The Days, volume II, is made up of images mostly from the Keig archives.

Similar to volume I, published in December 2012, the second volume features a wide selection of photos each captioned for the reader’s interest.

Mr Davis said: ‘Many of the images have been taken from original glass negatives, some dating back more than 150 years, and, unsurprisingly, some of the negatives have become scratched or have other blemishes due to age, handling, and less than ideal storage conditions.

‘Following high-definition scanning, the worst of the damage has been corrected, often on a pixel by pixel basis to recover what would in many cases have been unusable images.’

Keig’s the photographers was established in 1860, and built up a collection reflecting many aspects of island life. Due to an absence of public transport, the older photos are mainly centred on Douglas.

Mr Davis has had a lifelong interest in the island’s history and transport. He worked for Keig’s at their Castle Hill photo processing works in Victoria Roa, Douglas, for a summer season in 1962, before joining the police.

Published by Lily Publications, the book has a RRP of £16.95, and is on sale in bookshops across the island.

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