A set of incredible photographs taken by a honeymooning couple have come to light: photographs that perfectly capture the calm of a country teetering on the edge of a devastating world war. These honeymoon photos, thought to be lost for the last 75 years, were recently found by the couple's grandson, Barney Britton, while cleaning out their attic. In the 1930's, color film was extremely expensive and not widely used, so these photographs are an extremely rare, valuable, and precious record of an important time in history.
The photographs were taken by Margaret and Denys Gardiner and Margaret's cousin Eldred.
The clear images could have been taken yesterday. It's hard to believe that they're almost 75 years old.
Here's a much younger Margaret with two local children in the English countryside.
The photographs were discovered by Denys and Margaret's grandson, Barney Britton.
This shot of flowers blooming in a Yorkshire field shows just how good a photographer Eldred was.
As you can see, Denys and Margaret weren't interested in a luxury honeymoon. They were happy with a tent!
Here, Denys brings back some ice cream for Margaret and their photographer cousin Eldred.
Most of the slides were glass-mounted, and apart from some slight fading, they're remarkably well preserved.
The group ran into some 'heavy traffic' on their trip!
This image of a village in Warwickshire is one of the couple's best preserved photographs.
This image shows the sleepy English market town of Wolsingham in County Durham.
Here's a shot of the couple heading home in September, just days before war broke out.
Despite the horrors of war that came so shortly after this beautiful journey, these photographs prove that love stands the test of time through thick and thin. What an amazing trip to take just after getting married to the love of your life.
All images via Barney Britton.