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Unique never-before-seen photos.

A UNIQUE collection of photographs revealing Teesside life at the turn of the 20th Century is being made available for the public to view for the first time.

The Carey Photographic Collection is made up of around 300 images taken by leading councillor and businessman, Alderman George Absalom Carey, who founded a Middlesbrough mutual society and personal credit service that are both still thriving well over a century later.

It includes many photographs never been seen outside of the Carey family before, including images of old Linthorpe and St Hilda's, local landmarks and a mystery camp attended by hundreds of local people.

Other images show George's travels around the country to research plans for new Middlesbrough estates such as Grove Hill, billed as "homes fit for heroes" after the First World War.

The collection was saved from the skip by current Careys' chief executive Phil Carey, George Absalom's great-great-grandson, during the modernisation of the firm's then Dickensian offices in Kensington Road, Middlesbrough, in 1997 when he was 13.

Local historian Ian Stubbs described the collection as "absolutely fascinating", picking out several images of particular importance. His standouts include a slide inscribed with the words: "Don't forget each vote at the Newport Ward Guardians' election given to Mrs Hansen means a helping hand to a some aged, sick or a widow or orphan."

Ian said: "Marion Coates Hansen was a feminist and suffragette and only the second woman Labour councillor in Middlesbrough after the First World War."

He also singled out pictures of the old Middlesbrough Union Workhouse, just off St Barnabas Road, and the Bolckow, Vaughan & Co ironworks, on Vulcan Street.

|See some of the images at Facebook.com/CareysCredit - and in the new edition of Remember When, which is on sale from today.

Priced just PS1, it contains the usual mix of fascinating articles, photos and readers' memories.

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One of the images from the collection

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Mar 23, 2019
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