Torday's Newcastle
Laszlo Torday (b. 1890 - d. 1975) was a chemical engineer, industrialist and a keen and gifted amateur photographer.

He arrived in Tynemouth in January 1940 from Hungary and eventually moved to Jesmond. His photographs, the majority taken in the 1960’s and 1970’s, reflect his interest in the streets and people of Newcastle, especially of central Newcastle and the suburbs of Heaton and Jesmond.

The collection was bought from a local dealer and comprises 100 photograph albums of black and white prints plus 16 boxes of colour transparencies. Copies of some of his work have been incorporated into the main collection of photographs in Newcastle City Library’s heritage section, but until now the majority have remained in their original albums.

The opportunity to digitise 1,000 images from the collection means that they can now be enjoyed by a much wider audience. We are also keen to find out more about them. If you recognise anyone in the images please let us know.

The copyright in the pictures was assigned to us by Torday's son. In an effort to share them as widely as possible, we have chosen to waive the economic rights to the pictures. If you use them, it would be nice of you to mention they come from Newcastle City Library Torday collection.
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