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Our collection of photographs brings to light over a century of photography produced by both professionals and amateurs. Explore photography as an artistic practice as well as a valuable tool in medicine, experimental science and industry.
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.
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'
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.
The Yeldham Oak
A photograph entitled 'The Yeldham Oak', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in October 1902.
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.
Collection of views taken in Italy by or under the direction of Dr A J Ellis
Collection of views taken in Italy by or under the direction of Dr. A.J. Ellis, in 1840 & 1841, framed and glazed: 159 in all viz.: 103 views of Rome; 11 views of Prestum; 8 views of Pompei; 2 views of Pozznola; 3 views of Florence; 9 views of Naples; 7 views of Pisa; 15 views of Venice.
BBC making programme about driving errors
A photograph of the making of a programme by the BBC about driving errors, taken by Saidman in 1939 for the Daily Herald.
Amy Johnson in her plane 'Jason'
A photograph of Amy Johnson (1903-1941) in her plane 'Jason', taken around 1930 by an unknown photographer for the Daily Herald.
View of Beach at Broadstairs
A black and white photograph of the beach at Broadstairs, taken by an unknown photographer, June 1915, from an album of snapshots in the Kodak collection, page13.
Standing outside a gramophone shop
A photograph of the exterior of Peckham Gramophone Stores, Peckham High Street, taken by Cardew for the Daily Herald newspaper on 19 August, 1932. A poster hanging above the doorway advertises a chance to win £5000 by buying a Decca F3075 record player. A queue of men and boys stand outside the shop listening to a record put on by the shop manager. In the window to the left of the photograph a large poster promotes band leader Jack Hylton 1892-1965) - his cardboard cut-out appears at the head of the queue.
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.
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.
Photographer's `Birdie' - Tin Whistle in shape of a songbird. Maker unknown, c1900.
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.
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.
Noel Coward lights Marlene Dietrich's cigarette
A photograph of Noël Coward lighting Marlene Dietrich's cigarette.
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.
Woman by a sundial
A dye transfer print photograph of a woman in a spotted dress next to a sundial, taken by an unknown photograph, c. 1955. The woman looks over a garden and out to sea.
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.
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.
Cheltenham Torso Murder Mystery: Visitors at Brian Sullivan's grave
A photograph of the Cheltenham Torso Murder Mystery, taken in February 1938 by George W Roper for the Daily Herald.
View of cars in the Auto Union exhibit
A photograph of the Auto Union stand at the Paris Automobile Exhibition, taken by Zoltan Glass in 1933.
186 books illustrated with original photographs
186 books illustrated with original photographs, covering the period 1854-1895
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.
Daguerreotype In Red Morocco Case by Beard
95x122mm red Morocco leather case with two latches. Lined with plain red plush. Rectangular gilt mat with rounded top corners. 65x90mm daguerreotype half length portrait of gentleman seated three quarter face. Slightly tinted. Label on back of case reads 'Vincent Potter brother of Sarah Anne Potter'. Slight tarnishing. See 1990-5036/DC31.
Daguerreotype In Red Morocco Case
95x120mm red Morocco leather case with two latches. Lined with plain red plush. Rectangular gilt mat with rounded top corners. 65x90mm daguerreotype full length portrait of young lady seated three quarter face at table. Some tinting. Date given as 1845.
A shell bursting
A black and white photograph entitled ‘ A shell bursting’, taken by an unknown photographer at Gallipoli, about 1915, from an album of photographs in the Kodak collection, page 31.
‘W’ Beach from the Sea
A black and white photograph entitled ‘’W’ Beach from the Sea’, taken by an unknown photographer at Gallipoli, about 1915, from an album of photographs in the Kodak collection, page 43.
Piscine probatoire - Bethesda
A photograph entitled 'Piscine probatoire - Bethesda', taken by James Robertson and Felice Beato in 1857.
Miniature edition of Mrs Julia Margaret Cameron's 'Photographs From Life', 1869
Miniature edition of Mrs Cameron's 'Photographs From Life', 1869, by Julia Margaret Cameron, for her son Hardinge Hay Cameron. Contains 112 miniature albumen prints.
Stereo cards for 3-D Vistascreen viewer, 'Glamour Models No3'
Photographic prints; 11x45mm; Glamour Models No 3 series 41. a Bevy of British Beauties.
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.
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.
Invicta Steamroller 'St. Glenny'
A photograph entitled 'Invicta Steamroller 'St Glenny', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams, c. 1920. The steamroller was manufactured by Aveling & Porter Limited of Kent. It was named 'Invicta' - from the motto of Kent, meaning 'unbeatable'.
Six year old Carol and three year old Christopher help dad Walter Hesketh
A photograph of Walter Hesketh (1930-2007) and his two children Carol and Christopher, taken in December 1960 by Roland Hicklin for the Daily Herald.
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.
Cased Daguerreotype Portrait of Woman With Two Young Children
Cased daguerreotype of a a woman with two young children. Pinchbeck frame, gilt with raised pattern. Ornate gilt mat with fluted edges. Picture bound. Daguerreotype three quarter length portrait of young woman seated with girl child on her knee and little boy y her side. Faces tinted. Gilt on woman's rings, earings and brooch. Slight tarnishing of image along bottom edge.
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.
Astra the Robot
A photograph of Astra the Robot, taken in July 1932 by Harold Tomlin for the Daily Herald.
Stereo cards for 3-D Vistascreen viewer 'Art Studies No2'
Photographic prints; 11x45mm; Art Studies No 2 series 42. Ten views in total.
Daguerreotype In Red Morocco Case by Mayall
132x162mm red Morocco leather case with two latches. Lined with plain red plush. Rectangular gilt mat with domed top. Picture bound but not framed. (One latch broken). 85x115mm daguerreotype full length portrait of mother with her four daughters. One sitting on her knees, the other three standing. Fully tinted. Some tarnishing along bottom edge.
A black and white photograph entitled ‘Examining Clothes’,, taken by an unknown photographer at Gallipoli, about 1915, from an album of photographs in the Kodak collection, page 20.
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.
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.
Execution outside Alexandria, near the Cairo Railway
A photograph entitled 'Execution outside Alexandria, near the Cairo Railway…',taken by an unknown photographer in December 1882. The photograph shows a public execution outside the railway station in Alexandria, Egypt. A small crowd has gathered to view this gruesome scene. This man was executed for the murder of Dr Herbert P Ribton, a British subject killed during riots in Alexandria on 11 June 1882, during the Anglo-Egyptian War.