COLLECTION: "PD" PHOTOS DEPOSITED
WITH US AS DIGITAL IMAGES
During the Summer of 2020, we acquired a copy on CD of around 1200 images (mostly photos) gathered over many years by a local collector, who has lived and worked around Leiston all his life. Apart from a handful of images for Martlesham Heath airfield, the images are from the Alde Valley. We aim to secure this very local collection, identifying and documenting as many of its images as we can — respecting its identity by keeping it separate from our other resources, but aligning it to our normal indexing. As work is done, the images will be secured on the computers in our Help Centre, for personal viewing only.
Our archive of the Collection contains computer-folders of images for each the communities of Aldeburgh (54 images), Aldringham (245), Benhall & Sternfield (22), Friston (50), Knodishall (42), Leiston (69), Martlesham Heath airfield (8), Orford (17), Saxmundham (5), Sizewell (125), Slaughden (13), Snape (78), Theberton (6) and Thorpeness (163 + (dated 1929/30) 291) — the counts are approximate because of a very few reallocations between communities, removal of duplicates, etc. A "miscellaneous-pix" folder contains a maximum of three images each for Dunwich, Farnham, Hazlewood, Iken and Tunstall.
Filenames have been made more meaningful, prefixed with nine characters consistent with our Group's Index Reference-ID naming conventions, followed by a fuller text description. The prefix is usually of the form "PDlocuuuu", where "PD" indicates a Photos Deposit image, then usually the community's three-character abbreviation (such as "BEN" for Benhall), and then a unique (maybe structured) four-character suffix — or very similar to this standard. Slight, but usually clear, variations are detailed in a particular community's entry on our «Index: Alde Valley abbreviations» webpage. For example, many Thorpeness images use the expected THO, but the almost 300 publicity photos from the 1929/30 season are particularly identified with THP ("P" for "publicity"), and retained in a separate computer-folder (just as in the original Collection).
The unique (usually four-character) suffix is derived from the image-filename on the original issue CD, unless it is inaccurate. As far as practicable, it is also chosen so that sets of files in each location's folder remain close to their original order, to retain a respectful continuity with the Collection — though it can also be further divided two-and-two (or three-and-one), so related images fall together too. For example, there are several windmill views with an ID of "MLuu", such as "PDKNOML33_ Knodishall-windmill.jpg" — formerly "nv29_033.jpg". As suggested above, the «abbreviations» webpage details this further.
The filename ends with a meaningful description, such as for the first-listed of the Aldeburgh images, "PDALB0053_lifeboats-Lucy-Lavers&Abdy-Beauclerk(both-tog-1940-59).jpg". Its original filename was ap15_003.jpg, and was listed just before another file, de01_004.jpg — renamed as PDALB0104_launch-of-lifeboat-'George-Houndsfield'-1872.jpg.
If there are around ten or more images for a community, they don't appear individually in our Index, but only in summary, when the "uuuu"="-PIX" suffix is used to collectively index them as a one-line entry. So, for example, the title of Knodishall's entry, PDKNO-PIX, includes the comment "(approx 42 images)".
Apart from more descriptive naming of the images, the Collection remains very broadly as was. Other changes, mostly mislocated images, are listed below. Also, three Thorpeness Halt photos in the original Aldringham folder are now with the other Thorpeness railway images — all now prefixed PDTHORL.
|Original folder||Original filename(s)||Current folder||Reference-ID in filename [punctuation differs slightly]||notes|
|Aldeburgh||de01_007 & de28_033||Aldeburgh||PD ALB BE 07||The Promenade in 1900||inferior de28_033 ignored|
|Aldeburgh||oc02$002||Thorpeness||PD THO 2002||Royal Artillery gunner w/ Morris 15cwt 4x2 GS||re uniform, truck, building|
|Aldringham||nv14_005||Aldr'ham | Leiston||PD LEI GAR 6||-ton undertype wagon on test in Aldringham, 1922 [image in both folders]|
|Aldringham||oc11_002||miscellaneous-pix||PDHZWW2 MI||Hazlewood WW2 air-crash memorial, 24/3/41||Stirling bomber 7 Sqn RAF|
|Friston||de03_004||miscellaneous-pix||PD FARNH ST||The Street, Farnham, Saxmundham — 1908||internet-copy title=location|
|Leiston||cadets 1, 2, 3 and 4||Aldeburgh||PD ALB CAD n||[n 1-4] Queen with Air Cadets, 2/6/1967||at Aldeburgh Moot Hall|
|Mheath||[5 MH Airfield images]||Martlesham-Heath||5 images + 3 extra info from Martlesham Heath Aviation Soc||only community outside AV|
|mis[cellaneous]||[Iken, Tunstall images]||miscellaneous-pix||Dunwich, Farnham, Hazlewood, Iken and Tunstall images||individual entries in Index|
|mis[cellaneous]||oc02$003||Leiston||PD LEI AIR M||US airman at Leiston airfield||confirmed by PD|
|mis[cellaneous]||Suffolk1910 [map]||miscellaneous-pix||MAP 1910 SK||[PD] Suffolk, 1910||AVSFHG ref-ID convention|
|mis[cellaneous]||Zeppelin crash||Theberton||PD THEB ZEP||Zeppelin L48 crash, 17/6/1917||&☞ PDLEICUTT ... coffins|
|Orford||de10_002||Slaughden||PD SLAUG 02||aerial view of spit looking N to Slaughden, etc||Ness: Slaughden is closest|
|"original"||my31_007||Sizewell||PD SIZ HL AV||avenue to Sizewell House||inferior SIZ 74.jpg ignored|
|Sax[mundham]||ja21#001||Aldeburgh||PD ALB ST ML||Station Mill w/ station behind c1910||text & station-roof confirms|
|Sax[mundham]||Aldeburgh||PD ALB STA M||Station Mill w/ station behind||ditto + image was mistitled|
|Sizewell||105||Thorpeness||PD THORP 05||boats IH29 & IH190 — now near Headlands||confirmed -vs- current view|
|Snape||de04_058||Benhall&Sternfield||PD STE BR 58||Sternfield Bridge||inferior de01_021 confirms|
|Thorpeness||...wreck of Carmenta||Sizewell||PD SIZ WR Cn||[n1-5] Wreck of 'Carmenta', 23/2/1916 | wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?202818|
|Also, superior AVSFHG copies have been swapped in as|
|PD ALB 2824||PD AR CHU 08||PD ORF CA 78|
|PD ALB BUS||PD AR SATEL||PD SIZ HL 41|
|PD ALB MILL||PD LEI CUTT||PD SLA FERR|
|PD ALB TILL||PD LEI GAR W||PD SNA MK ML|