Between 1966 and 2008, Libby Hall collected old photographs of dogs, amassing many thousands to assemble what was possibly the largest number of canine pictures ever gathered by any single person. The collection—circa 1850 to 1940—was later edited down to its present size of approximately 900 photographs, comprised of the dog photographs used in her five books including Prince and Others; Postcard Dogs; and These Were Our Dogs (published by Bloomsbury). Hall most recently published her autobiography titled A Measure of Dogs (available on Blurb).

“My husband Tony and I used to go to Kingsland Waste, where we had a friend who did house clearances, and in those days they sold old photo albums and threw away the pictures. So I used to rescue them and I began sorting out the dogs—because I always liked dogs—and it became a collection. Then I started collecting properly, looking…

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