Book series preserves era of news photos

ANGELA CROMPTON
Last updated 13:00 28/04/2011
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A FINE BAG OF TROUT: Mr Alex McDonald, of Blenheim, proudly displays his fine bag of trout landed during two hours of angling on the Wairau River.

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An era of history many Marlburians will remember is being preserved and celebrated in a series of books, Expressly Marlborough.

The photographs in the book and the information with them come from old copies of The Marlborough Express. The books can be viewed, bought or ordered from the newspaper's Blenheim office and other outlets in Marlborough.

The first edition features photographs and captions that appeared in the paper during January and February 1960. Public appeal for the book is unknown, so publishers John and Maree Penney have kept the initial print run small.

Others would be printed as orders were made, Mr Penney said.

He identified the book's historic value as huge. In 1960, newspapers only featured pictures on a few of their pages.

Mr Penney belongs to the Marlborough Historical Society and the Expressly Marlborough project started when society members became aware of the deteriorating quality of photograph negatives stored in the Marlborough Express archives. Permission was obtained to copy them digitally so the images could be preserved and readily accessed by researchers. Then Marlborough Express general manager Roger Rose agreed the images could go public in a book or sold as individual prints.

Mr Penney said the books would cover pictures taken by the newspaper from the 1960s to the 1980s.

You can purchase the latest copy of Expressly Marlborough by calling The Marlborough Express on 035208900 or emailing mailbox@marlexpress.co.nz.  Books cost $40.00

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