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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'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Children's traffic playground
A photograph of children driving toy pedal cars, taken by Saidman for the Daily Herald newspaper on 27 October, 1938.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A seaside promenade
A panoramic photograph of a seafront, probably Lowestoft, taken by George Davison in about 1905. To the left is the beach with its bathing machines. To the right there is a broad promenade and a row of houses. People stroll along the promenade, taking the air. This photograph was taken with a No 4 Panoram Kodak Camera, introduced in 1899.
Scene after a stampede for tickets to see Manchester United
A photograph showing the scene after a stampede for tickets to watch Manchester United, taken in February 1950 by Roland Hicklin for the Daily Herald.
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.
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.
A seafront promenade
A panoramic photograph of a seafront, probably Lowestoft, taken by George Davison in about 1905. A row of bathing machines can be seen on the beach, and a group of donkeys wait to be ridden out.
A gelatin silver print photograph of English actress Belinda Lee (1935-1961), taken by Zoltan Glass, c. 1960.
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.
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.
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.
Draper's daguerreotype of Solar Spectrum, dated July 27th 1842
Draper's daguerreotype of Solar Spectrum, dated July 27th 1842, yellow iodide of silver.
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.
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.
'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.
Alfred Hitchcock at the doors of Coronation Street's Rovers Return
A photograph of Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) peering through the doors of the Rovers Return pub in the soap Coronation Street, taken in June 1964 by Joe Darby for the Daily Herald.
Girl eating breakfast
A Vivex colour photograph of a young girl eating her breakfast, taken by Dr Douglas A Spencer in 1939.
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.
Council Estate at Hanwell
A photograph of a council estate in Hanwell, West London, taken in July 1937 by Edward G Malindine for the Daily Herald.
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, boy and a pram
A Kodak circular snapshot photograph of a woman with a young boy and a pram, taken by an unknown photographer, c. 1890. The photograph shows a woman tending to a baby in a pram in the park, as a young boy holds onto the side of the pram.
Cars on the starting grid
A photograph showing racing cars on the starting grid during the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, taken by Zoltan Glass in 1934. Drivers on the track include Attilio Battilana in his Alfa Romeo Monza, number 22, and Goffredo 'Freddie' Zehender in his Maserati 8c, number 20. Also visible is Hans Stuck, who would go on to win the race, in his Auto-Union A-Type V16, number one.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Photographer's `Birdie' - Tin Whistle in shape of a songbird. Maker unknown, c1900.
Kitten Splashing in a Saucer of Milk
A gelatin silver print of a kitten splashing in a saucer of milk, taken 3 July 1958 by Terry Fincher 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.
Furniture Exhibition at Dorland Hall, Regent Street
A photograph of a woman sitting at an Art Deco dressing table at a furniture exhibition in Dorland Hall, Regent Street, London, taken in 1993 by Harold Tomlin for the Daily Herald.
Two women with a car and an aeroplane
A photograph of two women with a Mercedes-Benz 500K convertible and an aeroplane, taken by Zoltan Glass in 1934. The plane is the Junkers airliner 'General Feldmarschall von Hindenburg'.
Training Ship, 'Arethusa', Greenhithe
A photograph entitled 'Training Ship, 'Arethusa', Greenhithe', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in July 1900.
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.