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Billy and Anne

Billy and Anne

The Billie Love Historical Collection

In the 60's they started collecting historical photographs. From jumbles, from antique shops, from car boot sales. Thousands and thousands of pictures, categorised filed and noted. All unique. Utterly unique.

An unassuming terreced house in Ryde. A classic illustration of a world behind the net curtains.

A world of memories, hundreds of thousands of snapshots, family albums and 19th century magazines.  And cats. A hint of cat decor on the exterior points to an extra dimension on the inside.

Billie Love and her friend Anna Shepherd navigate their way around inside, dodging boxes of negatives, stepping over magazines and albums, framed photographic prints lean against the wall as well as covering every spare inch.

Ancient tomes of 19th century magazine collections line bookcases, Cleo the cat sits proprietoraly in front of a gas fire hissing and burbling softly filling the silence, the dappled warm winter sun streams through the bay window. Theirs is truly an astonishing life.

Billy in Oklahoma

Billie in Oklahoma

Billie started out as an actress, became a photographer - artful prints of Jack Warner Sylvia Sim, Renata Scotti and other greats line the staircase.

In the 60's they started collecting historical photographs. From jumbles, from antique shops, from car boot sales. Thousands and thousands of pictures, categorised filed and noted. All unique. Utterly unique.

Taken by amateurs, these have not even been published, a glimpse into lives past.

And this is how they make their living and keep Cleo in Iams biscuitry. Production companies, book publishers all come to them for the unfindable image.

Billie and Anna - a wonderful duo with a depth of knowledge few could match.

last updated: 06/03/2008 at 16:46
created: 08/02/2008

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