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Poor kids in Penzance around 1900.<br />
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An archive of eye-opening photographs documenting the grim reality of Poldark's Cornwall has emerged for sale for £25,000.<br />
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More than 1,500 black and white images show the gritty lives lived by poverty-stricken families in late 19th and early 20th century Cornwall - around the same time that Winston Graham's famous Poldark novels were set.<br />
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The collection reveals the lowly beginnings of towns like Rock, Fowey, Newquay and St Ives long before they became picture-postcard tourist hotspots.<br />
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Images show young filth-covered children playing barefoot in squalid streets, impoverished families standing around outside the local tax office, and weather-beaten fishwives tending to the day's catch.<br />
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The Cornish archive, comprising 1,200 original photographic prints and 300 glass negative plates, is tipped to fetch £25,000 when it goes under the hammer as one lot at Penzance Auction House.