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Rare pictures of Exmouth in Sleeman calendar

14:52 10 January 2014

Bill Slee collection of Old Exmouth photos

Bill Slee collection of Old Exmouth photos


Rare, previously unseen photos of old Exmouth from the late 19th to the mid 20th centuries are being published for the first time in a new 2014 calendar.

Bill Slee collection of Old Exmouth photosBill Slee collection of Old Exmouth photos

The popular calendar, which went on sale in November from Sleeman’s Outfitters, in Exeter Road, has already seen two print runs sell out.

And now the Journal is offering readers the chance to win an A3 copy.

Sleeman’s is the oldest family business in Exmouth still operating out of its original premises.

Since opening in 1907, George Sleeman, and then his son Bill, one time president of Exmouth Museum, who died in 2009 also with help from his mother and grandmother, collected an unparalleled archive of thousands of photographs charting the history of Exmouth.

Now Bill’s nephew Julian, along with his family, who now run the business, have allowed the Journal exclusive access to the pictures from The Sleeman Collection.

These pictures have been reproduced as a special limited edition set of post cards which are available at the shop, along with the 2014 calendar and various A4 and A3 prints of old Exmouth

The pictures in both the postcards and the calendar features different aspects of Exmouth life over the past 150 years including Fore Street in 1880, The Parade in 1900, the train station, The Strand in the swinging ’20s and a parade of elephants in 1961.

Bill’s nephew Julian said: “The calendar has been outselling all our expectations.

“We sold out of the first two print runs really quickly so we are printing a third and we expect that to be really popular as well.

“If you would like a copy please come into the shop within the next week to place an order.”

The Journal has teamed up with the Sleeman family to offer one lucky reader the chance to win an A3 copy of the calendar.

To enter the competition, simply answer the following question: Up until 2009 Bill Sleeman was president of which museum?

A) Exminster

B) Exwick

C) Exmouth

Send your answer on a postcard, along with your name, address and telephone number, to: Calendar Competition, Archant South West, Fair Oak Close, Exeter Airport Business Park, Clyst Honiton, EX5 2UL. Entries must be received by Friday, January 24.

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The editor’s decision is final.


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