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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'
Crowd gives Hitler salute at the Nurburgring
A photograph of a crowd of spectators giving the Hitler salute as soldiers parade at the Nürburgring. The salute was the mandatory form of greeting for civilians until 1944.Germany, taken by Zoltan Glass in 1934. This photograph was taken during the German Grand Prix, Nürburgring.
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.
Daguerreotype of the Moon in leather case
Daguerreotype of the Moon in leather case; (size 4 1/2" x 3 1/4"). M.F.H. Cat. No. 37. A daguerreotype of the moon taken in 1851 by John Adams Whipple (1822-1891) and George Phillips Bond (1825-1865). Whipple, working with Bond, the director of Harvard College Observatory, endeavoured (and eventually succeeded) in creating lunar daguerreotypes of a quality never seen before. Following several failed attempts, this successful photograph probably occurred after a slight adjustment the men made to the focus and resolution of the Harvard telescope. One of Whipple and Bond's lunar daguerreotypes was shown at the Great Exhibition of 1851 where it won a medal.
A crowd of people waiting to take a photograph
A photograph showing a crowd of people waiting to take a snapshot photograph, taken in 1950 by F Greaves for the Daily Herald.
The first moving pavement in a shopping centre, Leeds
A photograph of Joy Marshall (d. 1968), an American jazz singer, on the first moving pavement in a shopping centre, Leeds, taken in March 1964 by Roy Spencer for the Daily Herald.
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.
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.
Photograph of actress Hedy Lamarr in the 1933 film 'Ecstasy'
Scene still photograph of Hedy Kiesler (Hedy Lamarr) and Leopold Kramer in the 1933 Czech-Austrian film 'Ecstasy' (directed by Gustav Machatý).
Malcolm Patton outside a cinema showing 'A Kind of Loving'
A photograph showing Malcolm Patton sitting outside a cinema showing 'A Kind of Loving', taken in April 1962 by Eastwood for the Daily Herald.
Booklet of 'Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions' by Anna Atkins
Booklet of cyanotype impressions, 'Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions' by Anna Atkins (1799-1871) Part 1 of Fox Talbot's own copy, sewn in original blue wrapper.
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.
Album of cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns
Album of cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns, made and assembled by Anna Atkins and Anne Dixon for presentation to `CSA' (unknown), 1853
Dixon's Bobbin Mill, Steeton, near Keighley
Gelatine silver print entitled 'Dixon's Bobbin Mill, Steeton, near Keighley' by Ian Beesley. Prodiced for the commission `Through the Mill:, The Story of Yorkshire Wool in Photographs'. 1985-1987'.
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.
'Iago - study from an Italian'
A photographic portrait of the artist's model, Angelo Colarossi (born about 1839), taken by Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) in 1867. The print forms part of the Herschel Album.
Disused Water-wheel, Lumb Mill, Wainstalls, near Halifax
Gelatine silver print entitled 'Disused Water-wheel, Lumb Mill, Wainstalls, near Halifax' by Ian Beesley. Prodiced for the commission `Through the Mill:, The Story of Yorkshire Wool in Photographs'. 1985-1987'.
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 Vivex colour photograph of workmen constructing a road, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1935. The men use wagons on temporary rails to transport materials to this wooded area.
A photograph of a building site with part of a steam engine, taken by Samuel Smith, c. 1855.
Photograph of Hedy Lamarr and her mother Gertrude Kiesler
Photograph of Austrian-born American actress Hedy Lamarr with her mother Gertrude Kiesler, and a Scottie dog in Los Angeles, 1940s. MGM publicity photograph. Photographer unknown.
African American soldiers court martialled at Paignton
15 october 1943
Silver gelatin print by Jack Esten for the Daily Herald. 'U.S. Court Martial at Paignton'. Image shows 14 African American soldiers leaving the court at Paignton, Devon, after the adjournment. They were accused of mutiny, riot and intent to murder.
Hair-pin corner above Orianda
The third of four black and white photographs showing 'Views on the road between Ai -Todor and Yalta' entitled 'Hair-pin corner above Orianda'. The photograph shows a motor car on a sharp bend of a hilltop road. Taken by Herbert Galloway Stewart in The Crimea in July 1914. From page 1 of snapshot album number 13 of the Russian Imperial Royal Family, compiled by Herbert Galloway Stewart (1866-1960).
Behind the scenes photograph from filming of 'Blanche Fury'
Behind the scenes photograph taken during the filming of 'Blanche Fury' (Marc Allegret, 1948). Caption on back reads: 'The Cineguild Unit prepare to take a shot of Valerie Hobson, who plays the name part in the Technicolor production 'Blanche Fury'. The director, Marc Allegret, stands at the foot of the steps, with his back to the camera. 'Blanche Fury' co-stars Stewart Granger and Valerie Hobson, with Walter Fitzgerald. The film is produced by Anthony Havelock-Allan and directed by Marc Allegret'.
Scottish soldiers at the Battle of Tel-el-Kebir
A watercolour painting of Scottish Highland soldiers fighting in the Battle of Tel-el-Kebir, Egypt, drawn by an unknown artist in 1882.
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'.
Sir Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh rehearse The Skin of Our Teeth
Glass negative by George Roper for the Daily Herald, 1944. Image shows British actors Sir Laurence Olivier and his wife, Vivien Leigh, reading the script for Thornton Wilder's play, 'The Skin of Our Teeth', on stage at the Globe Theatre, London.
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.
'The Horse in Motion'
Book: 'The Horse in Motion: As Shown by Instantaneous Photography. With a Study on Animal Mechanics, Founded on Anatomy and the Revelations of the Camera, in which is Demonstrated the Theory of Quadrupedal Locomotion', 1882. By J D B Stillman AM MD, using photographs by Eadweard Muybridge. Executed and published under the auspices of Leland Stanford. Illustrated with 5 heliotypes, showing positions of cameras and motion.
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 group gathered at a seance, taken by William Hope in about 1920. The information accompanying the spirit album states that the table is levitating - in reality the image of a ghostly arm has been superimposed over the table.
Jessie Matthews and Anton Dolin
A photograph of Jessie Matthews (1907-1981) dancing with Anton Dolin (1904-1983), taken by Woodbine for the Daily Herald newspaper on 18 October, 1935.
A photograph of the Rectory in Southfleet, Kent, taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in May 1899. A woman and a man, probably the rector, pose for the photograph.
Lightcliffe Railway Station
A photograph of Lightcliffe Railway Station near Halifax in West Yorkshire, taken by Samuel Smith, c. 1855.
St. Mary's Lighthouse, Whitley Bay
A photograph of St Mary's Lighthouse, Whitley Bay, Northumberland, taken in 1949.
House next to Halstead Brewery
A photograph entitled 'House next to Halstead Brewery', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams, c. 1900. The photograph shows the Adams' family home in Halstead, Essex, next to the brewery which they owned. The lettering on the window reads 'Adams & Sons Maltsters & Brewers'.
Livadia Palace from the road
The third of four black and white photographs showing 'Views on the road between Ai -Todor and Yalta' entitled 'Livadia Palace from the road'. The photograph, taken from a high vantage point, shows Livadia Palace and gardens with the sea behind. Taken by Herbert Galloway Stewart in The Crimea in July 1914. From page 1 of snapshot album number 13 of the Russian Imperial Royal Family, compiled by Herbert Galloway Stewart (1866-1960).
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.
Series of photographs showing phases of movement of a man jumping a hurdle, by Étienne-Jules Marey
Photograph showing phases of movement of a man jumping a hurdle, made by Étienne-Jules Marey, c 1892.
Train driver, Jack Mills, with his grandchild, Stephen
A photograph of train driver Jack Mills and his grandson Stephen, taken in August 1963 by Ronald Hicklin for the Daily Herald.
The Old Bailey after bombing
A Dufaycolor colour transparency of the Old Bailey, London, damaged by German bombing, taken by an unknown photographer in 1941, during the second world war.
Stereoscopic Daguerreotype Portrait of Faraday
A stereoscopic daguerreotype portrait of Michael Faraday (1791-1867), taken by an unknown photographer in about 1848. This is one of a pair of stereoscopic images intended to be viewed in a stereoscope designed by Sir Charles Wheatstone.
A cyanotype of 'Cystoseira granulata' from 'Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions', made by Anna Atkins (1799-1871) in 1843. 'Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions', a collection of cyanotype photograms of algae, was self-published in installments over ten years from 1843. This first installment is credited as the first photographically illustrated book.
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.
Einstein's Abstracts 
A photomicrograph of the chalk marks on the blackboard used by Einstein in his 1931 Oxford lecture on the Theory of Relativity by Cornelia Parker, 1999. Made while Parker was an artist in residence at the Science Museum. This is part 1 of 3 photomicrographs, made by Parker in the series 'Einstein's Abstracts'. 'Comet' written on reverse.
A Kodak circular snapshot photograph showing a gypsy caravan in a camp, taken by an unknown photographer, c. 1890.
A view of Ai-Todor bay from Princess Irina's Estate
Black and white photograph entitled 'A view of Ai-Todor bay from Princess Irina's Estate'. Taken from a high vantage point, looking across the bay with the sea on the right. One of the Alexandrovitch Princes, wearing a sailor's uniform, can be seen at the bottom left of the photograph. Taken by Herbert Galloway Stewart in Yalta, The Crimea in July 1914. From page 24 of snapshot album number 12 of the Russian Imperial Royal Family, compiled by Herbert Galloway Stewart (1866-1960).