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Zombie-like he stares at the screen

A bored husband stares at his television screen (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/28465G).


You can read a blog relating to these images here


Tyne & Wear Archives is very fortunate to hold the photographic negatives of the firm Turners (Photography) Ltd. The collection contains many remarkable images commissioned by local firms during the second half of the Twentieth Century. The Turners collection also includes images taken by the firm to promote their own business and this set shows a short series of images taken in March 1962 to promote the sale of cameras in their shops.


They tell the story of a bored husband, his mind numbed by television, and his worried wife. Looking for inspiration, the man passes by a Turners shop window and discovers the wonder of photography. At once his happiness returns and matrimonial harmony is restored.


We’ve no record of the captions used by Turners to accompany these images so we’ve used a bit of artistic licence and created our own. Maybe you can suggest alternatives.


(Copyright) We're happy for you to share these digital images within the spirit of The Commons. Please cite 'Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums' when reusing. Certain restrictions on high quality reproductions and commercial use of the original physical version apply though; if you're unsure please email



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Uploaded on December 16, 2014