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Throwing light on the Leicester Mercury's fabulous archive

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Every week, more and more amazing shots from our pictures archives are being added to our online gallery.

This shot from 1955 of an engineer fixing a street light in Infirmary Square, Leicester, is just one of hundreds of fascinating and nostalgic pictures now available on our website.

The Mercury's chief photographer, Andy Baker, said: "It's a classic silhouette shot with just enough daylight to illuminate the buildings.

"It was obviously a precarious pastime and the engineer seems to be working in something like a trilby – it's certainly not a hard hat.

"The Health and Safety Executive would probably be horrified!

"Everything about this, from the engineer to the style of the lamppost is reminiscent of a bygone time that wasn't actually that long ago."

Anyone with memories about pictures from the archives they would like to share can get in touch with Mr Leicester, at Leicester Mercury, St George Street, Leicester, LE1 9FQ, or by e-mailing:

mrleicester@leicester mercury.co.uk

Images on our website are available to buy. To view and purchase pictures, visit: www.thisisphotosales.co.uk/leicestershire

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