This collection contains photographs both taken and collected by Paul Angel, associated notes, clippings and 2 videos relating to active fairs, seaside and amusement parks and the preservation movement.
Paul Angel collection
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- ReferenceGB 2314 NFA0059
- Dates of Creation1970-2005
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical DescriptionApproximately 5,000 photos, 2 videos and one archive box of ephemera
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Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Paul Angel was a fairground enthusiast who photographed rides and views of fairgrounds from his Herefordshire base. He focused initially on the South Wales area and by the late 1970s was covering other areas.
He had a deep interest in platform rides and his collection details of the spread, change (and demise) of the ride from the 1970s onwards. Paul had a career as a signwriter and many of his photographs show this interest. Paul's later interests were in preservation and the restoration of vintage arcade machines-these interests are documented in the collection.
Paul Angel was instrumental in setting up the Fairground Association of Great Britain(FAGB) and was an active contributor to their magazine 'The Fairground Mercury.' Paul also had a long spell writing for the World's Fair.
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Conditions Governing Access
The items are currently being catalogued and are not yet available to view. They will make up part of the image database collection which is available to view by appointment in the NFA reading room.
Donated by Graham Downie / Fairground Association of Great Britain
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Description complied by Jane Donaldson, National Fairground Archive, February 2011
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