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Percy Lund

Born in 1864 (or 1863, according to some sources) in Bradford, England, Percy Lund was the second child of Joseph and Maria Terry Lund. His father was a prosperous bookseller and publisher, and along with his brother Charles published the Lund's Directory of Bradford in 1856. Lund enjoyed a privileged childhood, blessed with the finest education and his family's business and political contacts. His interest in photography began with his involvement in the Leeds Naturalist Club. In February 1882, the members who were amateur photographers signed a resolution to restart the Leeds Photographic Society. The following year, 20-year-old Percy Lund and two other young photography enthusiasts Henry Snowden Ward and H. J. Riley began publishing The Practical Naturalist. However, by the end of the year, they ceased publication due to the heavy workload. However, in January 1884, Mr. Lund opened his own business - Percy Lund & Co. - and began publishing and editing The Naturalist World and Scientific Record, which lasted for four years. By his 21st birthday, the budding entrepreneur had also purchased The Ilkley Free Press newspaper. His old friend Henry Snowden Ward joined his company shortly thereafter, and the duo would collaborate on several photographic publishing projects over the next decade. After his father's sudden death in December 1886, Mr. Lund sold the newspaper and moved his company to St. Johns Street in Bradford.

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