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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'
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.
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.
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.
Charlie Chaplin as a young man in Hollywood
A photographic portrait of Charlie Chaplin as a young man, Hollywood, taken around 1916 by an unknown photographer. Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin (1899-1977) was an English comic actor and film producer and director of the silent film era.
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.
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.
School children being evacuated from London
A photograph of children being evacuated from London, taken by George Roper for the Daily Herald newspaper on September 28, 1938.
Horse Drawn Vehicles Being Transported By Rail
A photograph entitled 'Horse Drawn Vehicles Being Transported By Rail', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams, c. 1900. The photograph shows a group of people watching as carriages go by on the back of railway wagons.
A photograph of a group of mods near the seafront at Clacton-on-Sea, Essex on 30 March 1964, taken by C Smith for the Daily Herald.
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.
Windows From Inside South Gallery, Lacock Abbey
Earliest paper photograph in existence dated August 1835. ' Windows from inside South Gallery, Lacock Abbey' , (made with the camera obscura), by William Henry Fox Talbot.
Reginald Southey with Skeletons
An albumen photograph of Reginald Southey (1855-1899), a medical student at Oxford, posed with the skeletons of a human and a monkey, taken by Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) in June 1857.
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.
Crowd gives Hitler salute at the Nurburgring
A photograph of a crowd of spectators giving the Hitler salute as soldiers parade at the Nürburgring. Germany, taken by Zoltan Glass in 1934. This photograph was taken during the German Grand Prix, Nürburgring.
Julia Margaret Cameron and her daughter
Cased daguerreotype portrait of Julia Margaret Cameron and her daughter, Julia Hay Cameron,1845, probably taken in Kolkuta (Calcutta) before January 1845. With ink inscription 'Julia Hay Cameron Feb 10th 1845. This for me to keep. Given to my Julia by her request. Her own choice'.The daguerreotype shows Julia Margaret Cameron at the age of 29, together with her daughter, Julia. The same daughter who would buy Julia Margaret Cameron her first camera twenty years later.
'British Ferns' insert from 'Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns', 1853
'British Ferns' insert from the album 'Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns', made by Anna Atkins (1799-1871) in 1853.
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.
Passengers inside double decker train at Charing Cross, London
A photograph of passengers inside a double-decker train at Charing Cross station, London, taken in November 1949 by an unknown photographer for the Daily Herald.
Photographer's `Birdie' - Tin Whistle in shape of a songbird. Maker unknown, c1900.
Mercedes-Benz car seen through aeroplane tail
A photograph of a Mercedes-Benz car, seen through the tail of a Junkers aeroplane, taken by Zoltan Glass, c. 1935. A swastika can be seen on the tail of the plane.
Children on bicycles, wearing gas masks.
A photograph of children playing on bicycles wearing their gas masks, taken around 1940 by an unknown photographer for the Daily Herald.
A gelatin silver print photograph of English actress Belinda Lee (1935-1961), taken by Zoltan Glass, c. 1960.
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.
The Grange (Mr Cutlack's house), Littleport
A photograph of 'The Grange', home of Mr Cutlack, in Littleport, East Anglia, taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in December 1902.
Little girl with bananas
A photograph of a little girl standing on a bollard at Avonmouth Dock holding a bunch of bananas, taken by Smith for the Daily Herald newspaper on 30 December, 1945.
Lightcliffe Railway Station
A photograph of Lightcliffe Railway Station near Halifax in West Yorkshire, taken by Samuel Smith, c. 1855.
Seven photographs showing phases of movement of a running or jumping man
Six photographs of chronophotographic apparatus, and of results showing phases of movement of a running or jumping man, made by Étienne-Jules Marey, about 1892.
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.
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.
Workers at Perivale Philco radio factory
A photograph of women at work in a factory taken in August 1936 by Edward G Malindine for the Daily Herald. The photograph shows women assembling radios for Philco on the factory line in Perivale, Middlesex.
Two women war photographers with Graflex cameras
A photograph of two Canadian women war photographers at a medal ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London, taken by Esten for the Daily Herald newspaper on 13 February, 1945. The photographers are Leading Wren Jenny Whitehead of Winnipeg and Corporal Irene Lockwood of Saskatchewan.
Girl eating breakfast
A Vivex colour photograph of a young girl eating her breakfast, taken by Dr Douglas A Spencer in 1939.
Young couple listening to music and looking at records in a living room
A photograph showing a young couple listening to music on a portable record player, taken in August 1962 by White for the Daily Herald.
New Coronation Scot
A photograph of the 'Coronation Scot', taken by Bishop Marshall in May 1937 for the Daily Herald.
Hoover's new factory
A photograph of the construction of the Hoover Factory at Western Avenue, Perivale, Middlesex in 1935.
Prince Monolulu, The Tipster, with his bride, the actress, Nellie Adkins
A photograph of the tipster Prince Monolulu and his bride Nellie Adkins, taken in August 1931 by George Woodbine for the Daily Herald.
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 Picnic on the Beach
A photograph of a family, probably the Adams family, having a picnic on the beach at Deal, Kent, taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in August 1899. The group shelter next a boat.
A photograph entitled 'Cheapside, London', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in September 1898. Cheapside is a street in the City of London. The photograph shows the pavements busy with business men in bowler hats, and the street packed with carriages. In the foreground a man pulls a barrow painted with the sign 'J. Gardner, 371 Central Meat Market'.
The Sloan Family performing on stilts
A photograph of the Sloan family performing on stilts, taken on 24th March 1932 by George Woodbine for the Daily Herald.
Crowds at Blackpool Station
A photograph of Blackpool railway station crowded with holiday visitors just disembarked from the train, taken in September 1937 by Saidman for the Daily Herald.
Fort Ada, Alexandria
A photograph entitled 'Fort Ada, Alexandria', taken by an unknown photographer in November 1882. The photograph shows a damaged gun battery on the walls of Fort Adda (or Ada) in Alexandria, Egypt.
Possible self-portrait of Clementina, Lady Hawarden
Woman in dark dress standing in front of window. A photograph of a young woman, possibly Clementina Hawarden (b. 1847), taken by Clementina, Lady Hawarden, in about 1862.
World champion Joe Davis tries 'Apollo', his new metal snooker cue
A photograph of Joe Davis (1901-1978), snooker world champion, in London, taken in November 1954 by an unknown photographer for the Daily Herald.
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.
A stonemason working on a detail of the Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool
A photograph of a stonemason working on a detail of the Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool, taken in January 1934 by White for the Daily Herald.
Couple with a female 'spirit'
A photograph of a couple, taken by William Hope in about 1920. A woman's face appears above the couple - identified at the time as the sister of a man prominent in the Spiritualist Church. Her cloak adds to the ethereal effect. The signature in the upper left hand corner is by one of the sitters, to authenticate the plate.