Edwin Dale was born on 3 January 1882 and has left behind a fascinating selection of island views taken between 1910 and 1920; some of them possibly earlier. There is a collection in the Photographic Archive of La Société Jersiaise, and images are also held by private collectors.
He entered the Jersey Eistedfodd photographic competition for the first time in 1913 he won four first prizes and two second prizes. He made his living running his father’s boot, shoe and leather shop at 63 New Street but he had a passion for photography, and among his favourite subjects were harbour scenes and steamships, churches, houses, country lanes and coastal views, sport and the railway. He also took portraits and photographs of islanders at work.
He had a motorcycle which he used to travel around the island to take his photographs.
He covered such events as the Royal Visit of 1911, and could be described as an amateur 'photojournalist'. He was active a few years before Jersey's acknowledged first professional photojournalist, Percival Dunham.
At least 40 of his images were published as a series of postcards around 1914. Many of his photographs are numbered among the most iconic images of the island in the second decade of the 20th century, and others not on this page will be found in various galleries throughout this website.