1924/25 Kelly's Directory of IOW (page 485)
Newton Barrie, photographer, 64 Union Street, Ryde
1927 Kelly's Directory of Hants & IOW (page 1105)
Barrie & Mullins, photographer, 64 Union Street, Ryde
ANOTHER TALE OF WIGHT BEAUTY.
-- Since our last weeks report of the “Daily Graphic” Beauty Competition we learn that
Miss Betty Raymond, of Newport, has also been selected for this weeks final voting and
Messrs Barrie and Mullins of Ryde are again the successful photographers.
All will be pleased to learn that such a popular and clever young lady as Miss Betty Raymond
should earn this mark of distinction. We also learn a large portrait of Miss Eileen Erskine
the recent winning picture of “Daily Mirror” is exhibited at the Ideal Home Exhibition.
- IW Times 20 March 1924
FROM THE SEA.
ROYALTY HONOURS RYDE PHOTOGRAPHERS.
As recently stated in a brief note, a most remarkable photograph of Ryde 1927,
taken from the sea, has been produced by Messrs. Barrie and Mullins, Union
Street, by what is known
as composition photography, the first we believe of the kind taken in the
Island. Although it was a most trying and difficult subject the firm felt
themselves fully recompensed through the fact of being honoured by Her
Majesty the Queen who accepted the first proof and by the Governor of the
Island, H.R.H. Princess Beatrice who accepted a copy and described it as
most interesting. Our new Mayor (Alderman J. Benham Purnell) was one of the
first to see it before it was finished and said it was a most remarkable
piece of photography. Naturally as he is this year’s President of the Ryde
Advertising Association under whose auspices the work was carried out he has
an eye to the interests of Ryde from that standpoint.
The photograph is
the outcome of 25 ordinary snapshot photos and it will be of interest to the
many amateurs to learn as to how the production was brought about as in the
ordinary way of photography it could not be done. Mr E. R. Saunders, the
secretary of the Ryde Advertising Association, called upon Messrs. Barrie
and Mullins at their studio, early in June last, and asked if it was
possible to obtain a photograph of “Ryde from the Sea” as he required a copy
for the Association’s purpose also for Southern Railway and one for the
large American liners to show as a lantern slide for advertising the Island
amongst visitors. The firm were rather reluctant to undertake the
commission as they did not think it, would be possible to produce such a
difficult subject as looking at Ryde from the sea the Pier would hide
everything in a westerly direction and the same from the west including the
New Pavilion, which is one of the latest attractions on the Front. The town
would also be obscured. The- next trouble was the amount of sky and sea and
Mr Newton Barrie showed us a snapshot to prove this. However Mr Saunders
obtained a written order allowing Mr Barrie to go aboard any of the Railway
Co's steamboats thinking he might be able to obtain a view from the bridge
but although the first attempt was absolutely futile, he did on the boat
arriving at Portsmouth take a snap which gave him the first idea how he
could surmount the difficulty of water but only passengers in this view were
taken. These figures were put into another photograph of the “Balmoral"
which was taken when she was arriving at Bournemouth, the deck being crowded
with passengers and the others including Ryde from the "Lorna Doone'' which
is in the foreground. The latter is shown leaving the Pier but actually
when taken it was arriving there. The scene is one absolutely full of
interest the sun breaking through the clouds and shining on All Saints
Parish Church whilst the sea is alive with craft of all descriptions -- the
Southern Railway steamboats, motor boats, yachts and rowing boats the latter
being well represented by the Ryde Rowing Club. One of their galleys is
pulling up to allow a steamboat to pass. Aeroplanes are observed flying
about and altogether the picture is full of life. The exceptionally [r]ough
weather was against photography and therefore the result is all the more
creditable bearing in mind how successfully it was taken under such
circumstances. We were shown the original photograph and there is no doubt
when a few thousand postcards get distributed over the British Isles by
visitors it will be one of the best advertisement that Ryde has ever had.
We were informed that
Messrs Barrie and Mullins have been commissioned to produce a similar one to
be ready as early as possible for the season as it can be seen there is a
great future for this kind of advertising.
The firm have another
scheme under consideration which will be quite equal if not better as an
advertisement for Ryde and which it is hoped will secure the help of the
Corporation to bring it to a successful issue.
- IW Times 8 December 1927
MR. BARRIE BETTER.
-- We are pleased to learn that Mr. Barrie, Photographer, of Union Street, who has been
confined to his bed since July, has shown great improvement during the last few weeks and
is now able to leave his bed for a few hours daily. He wishes to thank his friends for
their kind enquiries.
- IW Times 28 December 1928
RYDE LADY PHOTOGRAPHER’S SUCCESS.
-- Miss Edna Barrie, of Barrie and Mullins, photographers, Union street, Ryde, has had the
honour of having one of her child studies accepted and hung by the Professional Photographers
Association at their exhibition of Great Britain and Ireland, at the Prince’s Galleries,
Piccadilly, London. “Avarice,” a general study by Mr Newton Barrie, is also one of the
especially mentioned features of the exhibition. These studies will be on view in the
windows after their return from London.
- IW Times 26 September 1929
My thanks to Ann Barrett for supplying
the above press cuttings.