Old Trophies Never Die. Teasing the problem.

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    Tom Seaton

    Old Trophies Never Die.
    Teasing the problem.

    Prompted by the decision of the 2017 AGM earlier in the year to retire the Ladies Cup, I decided to investigate the collection of cups and trophies which were allegedly now ‘defunct’ or ‘retired’ and which resided in my old darkroom – remember darkrooms?
    It was the so called digital revolution which despatched darkrooms almost to oblivion and, I believe, has visited a similar fate to several of our trophies. The glorious Slide competitions were discontinued in 2009, usurped by that brash upstart the Projected Digital Image (PDI) – such a visionary name, you must agree.
    Consequently several of the fine old slide awards became out dated, redundant, obsolete and without awardees to be honoured by them.
    What to do?
    A veritable mass of the presumptuous PDIs would be clamouring for recognition in future League and Annual competitions and there was little in the line of trophies to reward them.
    There was nothing for it but to Recycle.
    So several slide trophies were re-assigned as PDI awards and nobody noticed. Well nobody complained anyway!
    However as the digital print and PDI competition panorama evolved and multiplied, it became not far from obvious that PDI trophies numbered fewer than those awarded for prints so that TUPDI, trade union for PDIs, lobbied for equality.
    A subsequent raid on club funds produced the ‘League Cup Trophy for PDIs’ – such a visionary name, you must agree – to be awarded to the overall winner of all PDI colour classes.
    This went down very well, so well that more were demanded until finally a further six PDI trophies appeared, donated to the club by the Secretary and his wife at that time. (Secretary of the club at that time not his wife at that time. No she was his wife at the time. Oh never mind.)
    These replaced some of the recycled trophies and rewarded winners in newer PDI competition classes.

    Print competition trophies were less affected, since it was easier to re-assign old print trophies without recourse to re-engraving or replacement. Anomalies projected sharply, however.
    The cup inscribed for the ‘Mono Photographer of the Year’, now goes to the general colour class league winner. The monochrome ‘Photographer of the Year’ however has always been well awarded with a more handsome and older trophy (1950), ‘The Dr. Marcus Liddle Cup’.
    An even greater, screeching anomaly occurred with the cup now presented for ‘Print of the Year’ was previously awarded to the winner of the overall best Slide performance of the season. But it too is a handsome trophy and deserves to be used. A newer replacement would not be so attractive and re-inscribing often looks like botched plastic surgery.
    In all, six small cups between two to five inches tall, the Ron Reade Rose Bowl which is inscribed on a
    plaque ‘For the Season’s Advanced Slide Winner’ and ‘The Tom Knight Shield, Beginners Annual Colour
    Print’, remain unused. The small cups are truly redundant but the plaque on the rose bowl could be
    replaced and re-inscribed as could also the Shield.
    Two others are in retirement or archived – ‘The Beginners Cup’ and ‘The Ladies Cup’.
    We do not have a ‘Beginners’ class at the moment so presentation of the cup may be considered as pending
    The Ladies Cup was presented to the club by Mrs. Liddle in memory of her husband. She named it the ‘Dr. Marcus Liddle Memorial Trophy’. Doctor Liddle was the Society’s second President in 1949 and an active member for the rest of his life. Mrs. Liddle stipulated the condition to govern qualification for the award as –
    ‘To be awarded to the Crewe Photographic Society lady member who attains the highest number of points from all competitions she has entered in that year/season.’
    Ah well, it’s gone now.
    Last thoughts – the vote in favour to ‘Retire the Ladies Cup’ is recorded as a resounding 13 out of 21 present at the 2017 AGM, though there is no record of how the 8 others voted. Also, what was the breakdown of the ladies vote?
    As an interested party I voted in favour, by the way, on ‘advice’ from my wife at the time!
    (At the time of the vote that is, not my wife at that time. No, she was/is my wife at the time. Oh never mind.)



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    Tom Seaton

    Woops! This article is in the wrong section. It is now also in the Crewe PS section where I intended it to appear.

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