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The Topical Press Photographic Agency, also known as Topical Press Agency, or simply Topical, was a British photo agency established in 1903 and dissolved in 1957.

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It was founded in 1903 in London as a partnership between James Barrow Helsby (1862- 14 December 1943), a step-brother of the Royal photographer Albert Victor Swaebe (1877- 3 August 1967) and photographer himself, and Walter James Edwards (d. 1929), a traveling salesman. [1] By its peak in 1929, it employed almost 1,500 representatives in Great Britain and worldwide, selling the work of a team of photographers operating first from Fleet Street and then at Red Lion Court in London. [2] As well as contemporary press photography, the company also focused on sales of stock photography. With changing patterns in news publishing, the company dwindled until it eventually went bankrupt in 1957, with the bulk of the archives acquired by the Hulton Picture Library, now part of Getty Images. [3]

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  1. The Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History edited by W. D. Rubinstein, Michael A. Jolles, and Hilary L. Rubinstein. Palgrave Macmillan: 2011, p. 972.
  2. Sara MacDonald, curator at the Hulton Archive. Going worldwide: For nearly half a century Topical Press Photographic Agency dominated Fleet Street with its photographs from all over the world. Accessed 28 August 2012. Archived
  3. "Explore 20th Century London: Topical Press". Retrieved 3 July 2017. Archived
  4. "Capt John Warwick Brooke". Retrieved 3 July 2017.