Mystery Photographs

The Courtney Haydon Collection and Ron Dyer Archive

Though it is true that the photographs shown in this "Mystery Photos" web feature are part of the Courtney Haydon Collection, they are undoubtedly the work of the late Peter Green. Unfortunately these are not catalogued, so the purpose of this web feature is to uncover as much information as possible regarding the photos and particularly the "Location" and ,if we can, the date. Thank you for all the help already given and for any further information.


Monday 31/1/11 I have set up a Yahoo Group as a discussion forum so that you may have a quick way of answering each others questions, rather than wait for comments to be approved. If you wish to join and receive the group e-mails the address to subscribe is rctsmysteryphotos-subscribe@yahoogroups.com Genuine contributors only please. If you are an RCTS member please include your membership number.

Wed.21st.Sept. Following a recommendation from the Society Webmaster please use the shortened form "Jct." for the word "Junction". This is in line with the standard R.O. abbreviations. Thank You

Friday 23/3/12 - New Search Feature - the "Location" boxes will now display a list of locations matching the text entered into the box, which will avoid downloading the complete list every time and hopefully speed things up. If it doesn't work as you expect please e-mail the webmaster!

Thursday 1st. Nov. Please use the "Location" box which is above the "Comment" area to enter as precise a PHOTO location as you can. The location box under the photograph is used in a more general way.

Monday 31/12/12 PLEASE NOTE CHANGE TO POSTING DAYS Postings in 2013 will be on Thursdays and Mondays COMMENCING THURSDAY 3/1/13

Tues April 30th. Please Note that from Mon. 6th. May to Mon. 3rd. June inclusive, postings will be on Monday only. Note also that the colour photos are from a different source. The photo archivist would like to know the location and, if possible, a date. Many Thanks.

Friday 7/6/13 On Monday next, 10th. June we return to the Peter Green archive continuing the "65" Series with postingd on Mondays and Thursdays. Thank you for all the information you supplied for the slides from Ray Read [RE00XXX]

Tuesday 11/6/13 I have been asked to point out that the one hundred and twenty-five colour slides recently featured on "Mystery Photos" and prefixed "RE" are from the camera of the late Rae Read, a member of the West Midlands branch of the RCTS. They are a small part of Ray's bequest to the society and ARE NOT part of the Courtney Haydon Collection.

Wed.23/10/2013 As far as I can tell I have come to the end of the negs from the Peter Green archive but there are some which do not appear to be in the web archive. I need some time to discover which these are so the posting for 31/10/13 will be the last for a period. Meanwhile , the web feature will stay live - there are always comments being written to photos posted almost as far back as the beginning of the exercise and we are still getting new contributors. Our thanks once more to all who have contributed to this research. WATCH THIS SPACE!

Tues. 5/11/13 Browsing the "Mystery Photos" archive via the 'any text' searchbox I find that a number of films cannot be located. These are probably those posted originally in the "Query Photo" album on the RCTS Library Yahoo Group which were only available to a relatively small number of you. So, apologies if you have seen them before but do please add your comments. Posting will be each Monday from 11/11/13.

13/1/14 It is not known who it was that gave the "67" series these Reference Numbers but the sequencing is far from accurate. This film, 011 is from Aug./Sept. '67 whereas 001 is dated Nov. '67.

Thursday 23/1/2014 Please Note Each month an Excel spreadsheet is available which lists comments made to photos first posted in previous months. If you wish to receive thi an e-mail >send a request to mysteryphotographs@rcts.org.uk

For 2015 "Mystery Photos 2" will bring you a selection of slides from the Ron Dyer archive There should be an introduction by Max Birchenough who will endeavour to give some guidance using Ron's notebooks. As before slides will be posted each Monday commencing 05/01/2015. As always, please give as much information as possible. Thank you in advance

Please be advised that film 67062, Mon. 29/6/2015, is in part wrongly ordered. Frames 06 - 11 should be 00 - 05, i.e. the start of the film. Likewise frames 00 - 05 should be 06 - 11. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Contrary to what is printed, the photos for 29/6/15 and those posted on the Mondays in July 2015, please be advised that these are from the Peter Green archive AND NOT from the Ron Dyer Slide archive.

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Added: 12/10/2015

Film JT-106 33/33 Sri Lanka.

Maho Jct, Sri Lanka
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Great Western, Sri Lanka
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