The tinted colour photos of Upchurch Pottery shop and Tudor Cafe in Rainham Kent are commercial postcards. My parents had done them as 'publicity' for the Tudor Cafe. I do not know if the postcard company, Rafael Tuck, still exists.
The newspaper cutting of Edward Baker would likewise have been the copyright of the local newspaper (I think, the "Kent Messenger"), which printed it, but since that was also mid 1930s, must also be free of copyright.
The black and white photo of the cafe was probably taken in the mid 1930s by a local professional photographer on commission by my parents, since it looks rather good for a 'snap' by someone in my family.
The address was 333 High Street Rainham. The Potter, Edward Baker, originally worked at Upchurch Pottery, and was part of the Baker family who owned it and had brought it to Upchurch from Hoo many years before. When my parents bought it, they set up a pottery and kiln on the 333 High Street site, and they employed Edward Baker, who came to work there. This was named the Roeginga Pottery, after the Roman name of the area.
My mother was a talented pottery decorator, and many of the pots made there had floral decorations which she had painted.
As far as I can understand they then sold the original Upchurch Pottery, with the intention of maintaining pottery manufacture at the High Street site, until the ambitions of Adolf Hitler put a stop to all that.
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