Many restrictions were imposed on the population during the War. Any photographs, however innocently taken, that might be used to harm the war effort, were notified to the Police by the chemists processing the undeveloped film. The Police would then interview the photographer, determine their motives as far as possible and confiscate the photographs.
This photograph of a merchant ship, taken quite innocently on a pre-war trip to Blackpool, was confiscated as the film was presented for developing after war had been declared.
© Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service
Staffordshire Record Office, C/PC/14/2/56
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