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Can you identify any of the locations in these photographs? If so, then the Isle of Wight Heritage Service would like to hear from you.

The six images form part of a collection of more than 600 glass plate negatives taken by Sandown photographer, James Dore (1854-1925), that provide a vivid record of Island life at the turn of the 20th century.

While many of the places featured in Dore's work are known, the locations in these six photographs remain a mystery. 

Richard Smout, Isle of Wight Heritage service manager, said: "It is possible that one or more of these pictures was not taken on the Isle of Wight.

"However, there may be a few clues in some of the photographs, and in all cases it is worth remembering that Dore was Sandown-based.

"He took pictures across the Island but there is likely to be an emphasis on communities in the south-east corner."

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About the photographer

As well as being a talented photographer, James Dore was an original founder member of Sandown Fire Brigade and for 21 years he was the chairman of the management committee of Whitecroft hospital.

He introduced regular fetes and entertainment to hospital life and made many improvements for the well-being of patients and staff.

As a photographer, he exhibited at the World’s Fair Chicago in 1893 and won medals at many photographic exhibitions. He sold his magic lantern slides from his shop located at 27 High Street, Sandown, where he also sold and repaired watches, clocks and music boxes.


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