Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Look who just dropped in

From The Guardian:

"This picture came about by accident. Libbert had been sent by the Guardian to photograph the annual Trades Union Congress at the Imperial hotel, Blackpool [in 1959]. Jayne Mansfield had flown in a day or two before to switch on the Blackpool illuminations and stayed on for a weekend break.

Just as Libbert had persuaded Ted Hill of the Boilermakers’ Society (left), Bill Carron of the Amalgamated Engineering Union (right) and Morgan Phillips, general secretary of the Labour party to line up for a photograph, Mansfield arrived with her chihuahua."

The photography of Neil Libbert is the subject of a new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery until 21 April 2013.


  1. You must love when a fur clad siren just randomly drops in!

    1. It happens all too infrequently, unfortunately! Maybe I should go to the TUC conference in case Kylie drops in this year... Jx


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