1950s/ 1958 B/W Photograph. Male Scientist in Research Laboratory. Utilitarian For Sale

1950s/ 1958 B/W Photograph. Male Scientist in Research Laboratory. Utilitarian


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1950s/ 1958 B/W Photograph. Male Scientist in Research Laboratory. Utilitarian:
$8.50

This photograph shows a man in his late thirties or 40 years of age. He is dressed in a shirt and tie, with his sleeves rolled and simply wearing dark trousers. His arms and hands are inside some kind of industrial protective glove and just beyond him is a piece of scientific apparatus, which given the nature of this man's work, would have involved fluids and electricity. This man worked at a British military research facility in the 1950s, stationed outside Sevenoaks, Kent. This was most certainly a secure and protected top secret site and it is surprising to see any reference to his work as this is the only image throughout the entire estate and must have been taken with some kind of permission.There is no clue as to his whereabouts as there is a wall-mounted mirror, a ceiling light with white enamel shade and then simply pipework or contained cabling. Very austere and utilitarian and a very unusual place to have a portrait taken. However, the reverse shows a printed number which is '8 013'; this does not mean 13th August or any kind of developer's index; instead it is a mystic number which was frequently seen on photographs and always seen on any kind of military photograph, no matter how obscure or secure the site. This was a mark of respect to the subject of the photograph and means 'world-class knowledge until the very end', which seems to honour his work as a research scientist. This was taken in the time of the Cold War. Excellent and unusual mid-20th century male portrait
Format: 110 x 80 mm
AJ
This will be sent in a board-backed envelope and may be combined for postage: we combine up to 20 photographs, postcards and paper ephemera lots for the postal price of one


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