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Silhouette of a woman
Drawn silhouette of woman, made in Halifax; descriptive label on rear (see over). 65x92mm brass matte, in passe-partout. A machine-made silhouette of a woman wearing an elaborate hat, initiated by an unknown maker in about 1810.
Quarter-plate `Cameo' camera used to take 'second phase' of Cottingley Fairies photographs, 1918-1920
Quarter-plate `Cameo' camera manufactured by W Butcher & Sons, London, 1915-1920, used to make a `second phase' of `Cottingley fairies' photographs between 1918 and 1920. Lukos II symmetrical lens back, made by Wollensak Optical Co. of USA.
The photographic library of the 'Daily Herald' newspaper, 1911-1965
The photographic library of the 'Daily Herald' newspaper, 1911-1965. Comprises approximately 3 million photographic prints, 100,000 glass negatives and the Day Books 1931-1946 detailing the assignments allocated to the staff photographers.
Professor Einstein with Commander Locker-Lampson
A photograph of Professor Albert Einstein (1879-1955), taken by Leslie Cardew for the Daily Herald newspaper on 24 July 1933. Einstein is sitting outside a small wooden cottage somewhere between Esher and Cobham, England. He was the guest of Commander Oliver Locker-Lampson MP, who sits on the ground next to the professor carrying a shotgun. During 1933 Einstein travelled in Europe visiting Oxford, Glasgow, Brussels and Zurich. Offers of academic posts which he had found it so hard to get in 1901, were plentiful. He received offers from Jerusalem, Leiden, Oxford, Madrid and Paris.
Thompson's Revolver Camera
Thompson's Revolver camera, serial number 44, manufactured by A Briois, Paris 1862. Camera body engraved: `Thompson Invtr, A Briois, 4 rue de la Douane, Paris, Brevete SGDG, No.44'
A Mountain of Railway Sleepers
A photograph entitled 'A Mountain of Railway Sleepers, taken in October 1937 by Fox for the Daily Herald.
A photographic portrait of Mrs Keene, entitled 'Cassiopea', taken by Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) in 1866. Mrs Keene, like Angelo Colarossi, the model for Iago, appears to have been one of Cameron's rare professional models. She also sat for the Pre-Raphaelite painter Sir Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898). In Greek mythology Cassiopeia was the wife of Cepheus and mother of Andromeda. Albumen print.
Holborn Circus, London
A photograph entitled 'Holborn Circus, London', published by George Washington Wilson, c. 1890. The back of the statue of Prince Albert (1819-1861) (1874) by Charles Bacon stands in the centre of the road. The premises of Negretti and Zambra, Instrument Makers, can be seen on the left.
Punch and Judy theatre, Liverpool
A photograph of a crowd of people watching a Punch and Judy show in Liverpool, taken in 1957 by Ralph for the Daily Herald.
Original negative photograph, on glass, of the 40' telescope
Original negative photograph, on glass, of the 40' telescope at Slough, produced in 1839 by Sir John Herschel; with one bromide print.
A Bomb Catapult
A black and white photograph entitled ‘A Bomb Catapult’, taken by an unknown photographer at Gallipoli, about 1915, from an album of photographs in the Kodak collection, page 32.
Cheltenham Torso Murder Mystery: Brian Sullivan's grave by night
A photograph of the Cheltenham Torso Murder Mystery, taken in February 1938 by George W Roper for the Daily Herald.
The Island Pagoda
A photograph entitled 'The Island Pagoda', taken by John Thomson, c. 1871. The photograph shows a pagoda known as Lo-Sing on an island in the River Min near Fuzhou, China.
A gelatin silver print photograph of English actress Belinda Lee (1935-1961), taken by Zoltan Glass, c. 1960.
The Manufacture of Triumph Cars at Triumph Works, Coventry
A photograph showing the manufacture of Triumph cars at Triumph works, Coventry, taken in September 1933 by Leslie Cardew for the Daily Herald.
Cyanotype of Lastrea cristata, 1853
A cyanotype of Lastrea cristata, 1853 from the album 'Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns', made by Anna Atkins in 1853.
Mr and Mrs Walt Disney with Mickey Mouse, London
A photograph of Mr and Mrs Walt Disney with Mickey Mouse in London, taken in 1935 by Harold Tomlin for the Daily Herald.
Frontispiece of 'Cyanotypes of British And Foreign Ferns' album, 1853
The frontispiece of the album 'Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns', made by Anna Atkins (1799-1871) in 1853.
Mrs Despard, the suffragette
A photograph of Charlotte Despard (1844-1939), speaking at an anti-fascist rally in Trafalgar Square, London, taken in June 1933 by James Jarché for the Daily Herald.
On the Lookout
A black and white photograph entitled ‘On the Lookout’, taken by an unknown photographer at Gallipoli, about 1915, from an album of photographs in the Kodak collection, page 35.
Ice skating on the Serpentine
A photograph of ice skaters on a frozen Serpentine Lake in London's Hyde Park, taken by Saidman for the Daily Herald newspaper on 23 January, 1940.
Kitten drinking milk through a straw
A photograph of a kitten drinking milk through a straw, taken in 1957 by an unknown photographer for the Daily Herald.
A photograph of a chorus girl taken in November 1933 by James Jarché for the Daily Herald. The photograph shows the girl in her dressing room getting ready for a performance.
A photograph entitled 'Cheaper Beer', taken in April 1933 by Harold Tomlin for the Daily Herald. The photograph shows customers outside a pub in Walworth, London, raising their glasses to celebrate cheaper beer. In his budget the previous day, (Arthur) Neville Chamberlain (1869-1940), chancellor of the Exchequer, lowered the price of beer by a penny a pint.
Children drawing on the pavement
A photograph of a group of children drawing a wartime chalk scene on a street pavement, taken by D H Calcraft for the Daily Herald newspaper on 14 November, 1941.
Three people with two spirits
A photograph of a man and two women, possibly taken by William Hope in about 1920. Two faces appear around the group - one, an elderly person, and the other that of a younger woman shrouded in a cloak.
Prisoners in Wormwood Scrubs
Silver print, one of four pages of photographs of inmates of Wormwood Scrubs prison mounted twelve to a page c.1890. A page from an album of criminal register photographs, taken by a unknown photographer at Wormwood Scrubs prison in about 1890. The criminals hold up their hands to show any identifying features, such as tattoos or missing fingers. A mirror placed on their right shoulder captures their profile.
Young train spotter at station with the ghost train in background
A photograph entitled 'Young train spotter at station with the ghost train in background', taken in April 1962 by an unknown photographer for the Daily Herald.
Kitten splashing in a saucer of milk
A photograph of a kitten splashing in a saucer of milk, taken in 1958 by Terry Fincher for the Daily Herald.
Daguerreotype In Black Lacquered Book-Type Case
85x100mm black Morocco leather book-type case. Front inlaid with mother-of-pearl and gold leaf in bouquet of flowers design. Gold leaf in scrolls around edges. Black lacquered with gold leaf scrolls. Lined with patterend red plush and gold leaf pattern around inside edge. Pinchbeck frame. 53x65mm daguerreotype three quarter length portrait in profile of young woman seated by table. Face and hands tinted pink.
Farm worker bringing in the harvest, Sussex
A photograph of a farm worker bringing in the harvest, Sussex, taken in July 1937 by Edward G Malindine for the Daily Herald.
Union Case 'The Country Dance' Manufactured by S Peck and Company
100x125mm dark brown rectangular union case same as 1990-5036/UC01, UC02 and UC14. No picture.
Hand-coloured stereo daguerreotype portrait of young woman
Third of 3 stereo daguerreotypes in passe partout mounts; hand-coloured portrait of seated woman resting chin on hand.
A black and white photograph entitled ‘Self’, taken by an unknown photographer at a military training camp about 1915, from an album of snapshots in the Kodak collection, page 7.
Dance group figure study
A photograph entitled 'Dance group figure study', taken around 1935 by James Jarché for the Daily Herald.
Millions More Get BBC2
Leaflet entitled 'Millions More Get BBC2', special eddition of BBC2 News. Four pages, illustrated. Produced by BBC Publications; printed by Waterlow & Sons Limited, about 1970.
The Sherman Fisher Palladium Girls rehearsing their Bunny Dance
A photograph showing the Sherman Fisher Palladium Girls dancers dressed for a performance, taken in 1933 by James Jarché for the Daily Herald. The women, dressed in bunny costumes, pose at the water's edge. At the time, a number of female dance troupes found success following in the footsteps of the 'Tiller Girls'.
Oblong Union Case, Possibly For Ferrotypes
80x115mm black oblong union case. Maker John Smith (check card). Trade paper inside says 'Improved Patent Union Case' Formal design front and back. Diamond shaped pattern in centre. Plain red plush lining. Plain oblong gilt mat with rounded top. Patterend pinchbeck frame. Contains beautifully tinted carte-de-visite by J Hawke, 53 Union Street, Stonehouse, Devon. Portrait of lady standing in crinoline, dress in front of painted backdrop.
Three women in hats
A photograph of three woman wearing hats, one holding grapes, taken by Zoltan Glass, c. 1960. The women stand on a garden path with a mountain view behind. The three wear printed cotton summer dresses and straw hats.
A black and white photograph entitled ‘Dummies’, taken by an unknown photographer at Gallipoli, about 1915, from an album of photographs in the Kodak collection, page 26.
Two boys fighting
A photograph entitled 'Two boys fighting', taken around 1935 by Leo O'Brien for the Daily Herald.
A photograph entitled 'Holborn, London', published by George Washington Wilson, c. 1890. On the left of this wide street are Lockhart's Cocoa Rooms and Prosser's Oyster and Supper Rooms.
Old Vennel, off High Street
A photograph entitled 'Old Vennel, off High Street', taken by Thomas Annan in 1868. The photograph shows a vennel (a passageway between two buildings), off the High Street in Glasgow. Washing hangs between the windows of the tenements and dirty children play barefoot in the passageway as a woman watches the photographer capturing the scene.
Woman watches as a band marches past
A photograph showing a woman stood on a pavement, taken by Photographic Advertising Limited, c. 1957. Only the woman's legs and feet are visible, she wears a tweed pencil skirt and kitten heels. In the background a marching band go by.
High Street, from the Cross
A photograph entitled 'High Street, from the Cross', taken by Thomas Annan in 1868. The Tontine Building with its fine clock tower is on the left on Trongate as the camera points uphill towards the cathedral. Although the Tontine Building no longer stands, the clock tower still exists.
A Woodburytype entitled 'Samuel Plimsoll', taken by Lock and Whitfield in 1876. This Woodburytype is taken from a series of seven volumes entitled 'Men of Mark'. Published between 1876 and 1883, each volume featured 36 portraits of prominent men of the time.
Detectives and police from Scotland Yard search the back garden of 10 Rillington Place
A photograph of police and detectives from Scotland Yard searching the back garden of 10 Rillington Place, taken in March 1953 by William Jones for the Daily Herald.
A photograph of a horse-drawn omnibus outside Cambridge train station, taken by Edgar Tarry Adams, c. 1900. In the foreground is a woman wearing a long fur scarf. Adverts on the bus include 'Illsley for Coals and Removals' and 'Sturton and Son Cash Chemists'.