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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'
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.
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.
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.
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.
Liverpool skyline, with the Anglican Cathedral in the distance
A photograph of the skyline of Liverpool, with the Anglican Cathedral in the distance, taken in February 1950 by F Greaves for the Daily Herald.
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.
A photograph of King Street in Glasgow, taken by Thomas Annan in 1868. King Street is situated in the east end of Glasgow off the High Street. A shop selling 'China, Crystal & Earthenware' is on the right.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An albumen print photograph entitled 'Beatrice', taken by Julia Margaret Cameron in 1866. The print forms part of the Herschel Album.
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.
Farm worker George White drinks cider on his lunch break
A photograph of farm worker George White drinking cider, taken in August 1937 by Edward G Malindine for the Daily Herald. The caption reads 'George White enjoying his cider during lunch break on the slopes of Askerswell, Dorset'
A photograph of a woman arranging an asbestos suit for exhibition, taken in January 1936 by Harold Tomlin 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.
Woman reflected in a mirror
Woman in dancing costume beside full-length mirror. A photograph of a young woman, possibly Isabella Hawarden (b. 1846), taken by Clementina, Lady Hawarden, in about 1863. During 1863 and 1864, Lady Hawarden photographed her eldest daughters in a series of costumed tableaux staged at their home in South Kensington, London.
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.
Mrs Bentley with her sister's 'spirit'
A photograph of Mrs Bentley, once the President of the British Spiritualists Lyceum Union, taken by Edward Wylie, about 1920. A superimposed image - that of Mrs Bentley's deceased sister's face - appears at the lower right of the photograph.
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.
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.
Collecting aluminium pots and pans to make aeroplanes
A photograph of men working on a huge mound of aluminium pots, pans and other domestic items, given by the public in response to an appeal by the Ministry for Aircraft Production in July 1940.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Yeldham Oak
A photograph entitled 'The Yeldham Oak', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in October 1902.
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.
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.
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.
A gelatin silver print photograph of English actress Belinda Lee (1935-1961), taken by Zoltan Glass, c. 1960.
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.
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.
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.
Physionotrace of a man
Engraved by Bauchardy, successor to Chretien, at the Palais Royal, 93x124mm
A photograph of fire fighters operating a new fire engine, taken by Tovey for the Daily Herald newspaper on 16 July, 1940. This fire crew are unloading hoses and a ladder from a new fire engine.
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.
Close, No 118 High Street
A photograph entitled 'Close, No. 118 High Street', taken by Thomas Annan in 1868. The photograph shows a group of women and children crowded in a close behind 118 High Street in Glasgow.
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.
Kiddies walk through wreckage of their homes at Liverpool
A photograph entitled 'Kiddies walk through wreckage of their homes at Liverpool', taken in 1941 by an unknown photographer for the Daily Herald.
'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.
Close, No 46 Saltmarket
A photograph of a busy close behind number 46 Saltmarket in Glasgow, taken by Thomas Annan in 1868.
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.
The shop in Gray's Inn Rd connected with Brighton Trunk Murder
A photograph of a shop in Gray's Inn Road, London, connected with the Brighton Trunk Murder, taken in July 1934 by George Woodbine for the Daily Herald.