With apologies to the late James W. Best for appropriating his image (from his 1935 Forest Life in India)

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Worth Fighting For

There can’t be many secondhand-book shops that don’t have a copy of this 1943 Frederick Muller Ltd offering somewhere on their shelves:


Many of the rivers featured are actually in Wales, but no matter – its purpose was simply to say, ‘This is the kind of thing we’re fighting for.’ Here’s a typical sample:


The photographer, John Dixon-Scott (with a hyphen, apparently), spent much of the 1930s travelling around Britain, recording its fast-vanishing landscape. The result was a collection of more than 14,000 photographs, now held at The National Archives in Kew.
Who Fletcher Allen was I have no idea.