| Woman doing the washing up, 1950
Credit:National Museum of Photography, Film & Television/Science & Society Picture Library
A photograph of a woman washing up at a kitchen sink, taken by Photographic Advertising Limited in 1950.
A cropped version of the smiling woman in this image was used in 'Good Taste' magazine.
Photographic Advertising Limited was founded in 1926 by a group experienced in photojournalism and film. The company created multi-purpose stock images with the potential for selling a range of products. Whilst enjoying its greatest success during the 1930s, it continued in business until 1977.
Photographic Advertising Limited's trademark, the staged studio photograph resembling a film still, was its selling point and, later, its downfall. Sophisticated, adaptable and generic, this kind of image gradually fell out of favour as clients increasingly demanded targeted advertising campaigns with specific photographs.
In Collection of: National Museum of Photography Film & Television
Subject(s) > Society & Wars > Domestic Life & Household Management