These pictures were taken from 1953 to 1963 mainly on a Voigtlander Bessa I camera and form part of a collection of over four thousand photographs of buses and trollybuses. A lot of these photos are of Maidstone & District and East Kent vehicles and are in black and white. I tended to photograph older half cab double deckers and singledeckers in preferance to 'modern' rear engined vehicles.
A student could not afford colour in those days, the colour shots are normally the result of Xmas or Birthday presents! A few of the best colour shots are shown in the Sample Photos Page along with a few B & W. These color photos were taken on M & D and East Kent Bus Club Tours to East Kent and Essex operators on the original Kodak Ektachome Film. Ektachome is still my favourite Transparency film after over almost 60 years!!
The time taken to scan all my photos is considerable and progress is not as fast as I originally envisaged. However over 97% of my negatives have been scanned. M & D, East Kent, Maidstone Corporation,Portsmouth Corp London Transport and Southdown are finished and Independents have been 99% completed. This means I am have finished my 120 negs and am finishing scanning my 35mm negs
I have now entered all the details in a database and made this available on line. It is possible to search for a particular Vehicle by Registration Number, or Operator. This is a long term project and will be at least the Middle of 2021 before it's finished.
Keep Looking!, Fleet Number and other searches are next.
To find out more contact us by email Martin
These bus picture are mainly taken 1959 to 1964 in England and include London Transport, Maidstone and District, East Kent, Southdown, Maidstone and Portsmouth Corporations and many Independant fleets. Later photos taken in Australia and Europe. All photo are available as 15 x 10 cm (6"x4") or larger prints to order
Just to show I am still interested here is an image of preserved DH558 558LKP taken at Chatham Dockyard on a recent vist (June 2009) to England
Yarra trams 3535 outside Alfred Hospital, Melbourne on 17 March 2009 and a 35mm shot of East Kent Half Cab Dennis EFN58x set up with a snowplough early in 1962. From a 35mm Ferrania slide the last photo is of M & D RKP917.
Just found some Ferrania 35mm slides, will scan then and put a few up to see how they look. The photo of RKP917 is one of these.
To find out more contact us by emailing Martin
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these photos have been taken by many different cameras over the years including:
Kodak Brownie 127 (pre 1959)
Leica IIIf with Elmar f3.5 uncoated lens
Leica upgraded to a coated Elmar f2.8 lens
Asahi Pentax V with f1.8 lens
Rolliflex T f3.5 Tessar
Mamiya C3 80mm f2.8
Minolta STR 101 with f1.8 Lens
Greflex XL wit 80mm F2.8 Planar (Bendigo Trams only)
Minolta XG Various lenses
Pentax K10 Sigma Lens
NiKon D7200 - Aug 2020
Canon EOS RP - current