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Mr Klapper photograph collection


Series of black and white photographs showing various scenes on and by canals across the country, including some photographs of derelict canals. Source of the photographs is Mr Klapper.



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Klapper, Charles F

Administrative /​ Biographical history

Charles F Klapper (1905-1980) was born in London, and began a career in road haulage at King’s Cross, with a haulier with a stable of 200 horses at the age of 19. He joined the magazine Modern Transport , in 1935, and became its editor in 1953. The magazine, which did include coverage of freight waterways, was closed by the publisher Ian Allan in 1968. Charles Klapper was a graduate member of the Institute of Transport from 1935, and was Vice-President in 1962-4. He was involved in societies interested in transport and its history. In 1929, he was a Founder member of the Omnibus Society, and was president in 1950. He was president of the London Underground Railway Society, and of the Railway and Canal Historical Society in 1964-5; many photographs in the collection seem to come from RCHS visits. He published five books between 1961 and 1978, on tramways, lorries, railways and buses. While his involvement with waterways was limited, but he did join the Inland Shipping Group, formed to campaign for modern freight waterways, in the 1970s. Joseph Boughey May 2020

Extent & medium

61 photographs