by William Heyes
Published by Mosaic (Teesdale) Ltd, 2011
In 1906, as the Edwardian craze for postcards gained momentum, David Sinclair opened a photographic business in Middleton-in-Teesdale, specialising in the publication of postcards depicting the locality.
For the next ten years or so Mr Sinclair photographed the local scenery and the life of the people of Teesdale and its immediate surroundings. As a result, he created a unique historical record of life in a rural North Pennine community in the years immediately before the Great War.
More than two hundred of David Sinclair's photographic postcards are reproduced here, providing the reader with an insight into a way of life which would soon be changed forever as the horrors of the First World War unfolded.
Chapter 1: The Early Years and Sunderland; Life at Middleton-in-Teesdale; After Middleton
Chapter 2: Picturesque Teesdale
Chapter 3: Teesdale Buildings and Churches
Chapter 4: Teesdale Villages
Chapter 5: Teesdale Life and Events
Chapter 6: Winter in Teesdale
Chapter 7: Residents, Visitors and Studio Work
Chapter 8: Beyond Teesdale