An original vintage gelatin silver press photograph (120 × 166 mm), stamped 'Photo Supplied | Central News' on the verso; a lengthy duplicate typescript caption on thin paper is also mounted there; in excellent condition.
'The Nations Sign The Pact That "Closes The Gates Of War". A happy photograph, taken in the garden of the Premier's [sic] house in Downing Street after the Treaty of Locarno was signed....'. 'The Locarno Treaties were seven agreements negotiated at Locarno, Switzerland, on 5-16 October 1925 and formally signed in London on 1 December, in which the First World War Western European Allied powers and the new states of Central and Eastern Europe sought to secure the post-war territorial settlement, and return normalizing relations with the defeated German Reich (the Weimar Republic)' (Wikipedia). Those present are identified in the caption: Prime Minister Baldwin and his wife, various Chamberlains, and the signers for Belgium, France, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Italy and Poland, with 'Mr and Mrs Churchill at the back of the picture'. At this stage in his career, Churchill was Chancellor of the Exchequer.