Topical Press Agency

Founded c. 1903 by Mr J.B. Helsby, a photographer and Mr Walter J. Edward, a photographic salesman, Topical Press expanded rapidly to cope with the increasing demand for press photography in the early twentieth century. By the 1930's the company had a team of photographers in London and over a thousand agents world wide. Staff at the London headquarters at 10 & 11 Red Lion Court would produce prints from glass plate negatives and write captions to accompany the images for the picture desks of newpapers in nearby Fleet Street or for the commercial clients in shipping, rail and transport industries. However Topical's fortunes later changed when changes in photography and journalism and the advent of television diminished the demand for their services, until in 1957 the company closed. The archive of prints and negatives having been acquired by the Hulton Press Library which is now part of Getty Images.
 
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Annual Dinner, Royal Academy of...   
Annual Dinner, Royal Academy of...
1933
Topical Press Agency
  

Annual Dinner, Royal Academy of...   
Annual Dinner, Royal Academy of...
03/05/1935
Topical Press Agency
  

H.R.H the Duke of York...   
H.R.H the Duke of York...
May 1934
Topical Press Agency
  

The 38th Middlesex (Artists') Rifle...   
The 38th Middlesex (Artists') Rifle...
April 29, 1933
Topical Press Agency
  

Unpacking exhibits from Japan. The...   
Unpacking exhibits from Japan. The...
1935
Topical Press Agency
  

Sir Walter Lamb and Zhuang...   
Sir Walter Lamb and Zhuang...
1935
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Unloading exhibits at the West...   
Unloading exhibits at the West...
1935
Topical Press Agency
  

Zheng Tianxin (Dr F. T....   
Zheng Tianxin (Dr F. T....
1935
Topical Press Agency
  

Installing the Amitabha Buddha in...   
Installing the Amitabha Buddha in...
1935
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Hoisting a case from the...   
Hoisting a case from the...
July 1935
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Unloading a case from H.M.S....   
Unloading a case from H.M.S....
July 1935
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Transfering cases from H.M.S. Suffolk...   
Transfering cases from H.M.S. Suffolk...
July 1935
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Sir Walter Lamb with vans...   
Sir Walter Lamb with vans...
1935
Topical Press Agency
  
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The selection of sculpture for...   
The selection of sculpture for...
31/03/1933
Unidentified photographer
  

The crew of H.M.S. Hood...   
The crew of H.M.S. Hood...
July 1935
Unidentified photographer
  

Percival David, Exhibition Director; Zheng...   
Percival David, Exhibition Director; Zheng...
1935
Unidentified photographer
  

The International  Exhibition of...   
The International Exhibition of...
1935
Unidentified photographer
  

H.R.H. the Duke of Gloucester...   
H.R.H. the Duke of Gloucester...
April 1933
Unknown photographer