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Telegraph pioneers online picture archives

The Grimsby and Scunthorpe Telegraphs have officially launched their online picture archives in a move that will allow readers to view and buy more than 300,000 images.

It contains all of the pictures that have appeared in the papers since the end of 1996 – and those that never made it.

Also included are nostalgia pictures, Bygones, air views, and sports pictures, including local football clubs.

Every year, Telegraph photographers each save around 15,000 photographs. All are digitally stored on the archive, whether they are used in the editions or not.

Imaging manager Dave Moss said the response to the archives have been fantastic and he is delighted to finally get the project up and running.

He said: “We have spent more than a year working on this. The archive has been available since Christmas, is already getting between 500 and 600 hits a day, and sales are already soaring, said Mr Moss.

“Its availability was not publicised earlier because we wanted our engineers to perfect the service.

“I’m very excited about it.”

By entering keywords into the photosales search engines from the Telegraph’s homepage, or, customers can view all of the relevant images, and check out the ones which may never have seen the light of day.

Buying online is easy. Orders are despatched in just a couple of days, to anywhere in the world.

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