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Adams, Gladstone (1880-1966), photographer

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Surname: Adams
Forenames: Gladstone
Gender: Male
Date: 1880-1966
History: Gladstone Adams was born on 16 May 1880 at 4 St Anne's Row, Newcastle upon Tyne. He was educated at Gosforth Academy and Rutherford College and subsequently served an apprenticeship with the Tynemouth photographer William Auty. In 1904 he set up his own studio in Station Road, Whitley Bay and gained a reputation as one of the North East's leading photographers. His work covered a variety of subjects including local views and industrial photography. Adams was a keen footballer in his youth and served as the official photographer of Newcastle United FC from the 1920s to the 1950s. Adams was a pioneering motorist and in 1908 came up with the idea for a windscreeen wiper. This occured whilst he was driving a Darracq motor car in heavy snow from Newcastle upon Tyne to London to see Newcastle United play in the FA Cup Final. During the First World War Adams served in the Royal Flying Corps and had risen to the rank of Captain by the end. He was an active member of the Photographic Dealers Association and the Professional Photographers Association and was also keenly involved in local politics. He served on Whitley Bay Municipal Borough Council between 1937 and 1963 and was chairman for the period 1947-1948. He died on 26 June 1966 at Wooley Hospital near Hexham, Northumberland.
Name authority reference: GB/NNAF/P209703
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  Description Held by Reference Further information
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1917-1966: records incl financial records, sitters book with indexes, photographs
Tyne and Wear Archives
See Annual Return 2008

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