Exhibition at March Museum to mark the life of Cambs Times photographer Alice Askew looking to display original copy of snap from 1919

PUBLISHED: 11:30 28 October 2018

This is the picture that the exhibition at March Museum is looking to display an original copy of. Can you help? Picture: CAMBS TIMES

This is the picture that the exhibition at March Museum is looking to display an original copy of. Can you help? Picture: CAMBS TIMES

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An exhibition to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of March photographer Alice Askew is looking to display the original copy of her first photo to have appeared in the Cambs Times from 1919.

Exhibition at March Museum to mark the life of Cambs Times photographer Alice Askew. Picture: CAMBS TIMES/ MIKE PETTYExhibition at March Museum to mark the life of Cambs Times photographer Alice Askew. Picture: CAMBS TIMES/ MIKE PETTY

Alice was in business in March from 1916 until 1953 and provided photos for the Cambs Times nearly every week from 1920 to 1953.

It is believed that her first photo was of a group of March Red Cross nurses who volunteered to work at military hospitals during the First World War - published on May 30 1919.

March and District Museum, who will be holding the exhibition in November, have found a poor copy of the photograph from the microfilm copies of the Cambs Times.

They are seeking the help of readers to see if there is an original copy of the photo.

Exhibition at March Museum to mark the life of Cambs Times photographer Alice Askew. Picture: CAMBS TIMESExhibition at March Museum to mark the life of Cambs Times photographer Alice Askew. Picture: CAMBS TIMES

There are 28 ladies in the photo, including many well known March names:

Sharman(2), Bunkall, Evison, Morton(2), Grange, Gay, Collingwood, Pegram, Laxon, Smith(2), Tipple, Coy(2), Cheek, Deller, Mills, Rowell, Frankland, Burrows, Johnson(2), Pile, Simpson, Coleback and Bond.

The two Sharman ladies are members of the family that founded the Cambs Times.

Alice became the principal photographer in March until 1953 when she retired and sold her business to Cochrane and Clark.

Exhibition at March Museum to mark the life of Cambs Times photographer Alice Askew. Wimblington Gala photo. Picture: CAMBS TIMES/ MIKE PETTYExhibition at March Museum to mark the life of Cambs Times photographer Alice Askew. Wimblington Gala photo. Picture: CAMBS TIMES/ MIKE PETTY

During her working life in March, Alice also became the main local photographer for the Cambs Times.

Having gained her photographic skills working for her mother, Alice moved to Cambridgeshire around 1910.

By 1916 she was the manager of the March studio of Wisbech photographer J Lawrence Brown.

The advertisement pictured from the Cambs Times in September 1916 marks when Alice bought the March Studio from Brown and started to trade on her own account as Alice Askew.

Exhibition at March Museum to mark the life of Cambs Times photographer Alice Askew. Wedding from 1930s. Picture: CAMBS TIMES/ MIKE PETTYExhibition at March Museum to mark the life of Cambs Times photographer Alice Askew. Wedding from 1930s. Picture: CAMBS TIMES/ MIKE PETTY

She died in March 1963 aged 94.

Her obituary states that besides the great interest in her work she enjoyed music and was a member of March Choral Society, and a faithful communicant at St Peter’s Church.

In a photograph postcard of Wimblington Gala from the 1920s, the reverse is printed as a divided back postcard and the photographer’s name is embossed with a machine in the bottom left hand corner.

The next picture shows a wedding group photograph mounted on cream card with sepia line and printing “Alice Askew March”, from the 1930s.

Anyone who may be able to help March Museum with the first, original photo is asked to get in touch with them directly.

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