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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ricketts Collection of photographs, equipment and ephemera
Collection of photographs, equipment and ephemera assembled by Howard and Jane Ricketts and reflecting their interest in topographic, ethnographic and industrial subjects. This Collection concentrates on British nineteenth century photographs, particularly in the first fifty years after its invention in 1839, it is unusually strong in documentary and ethnographic material.
The flag of the United States of America on the moon
Gelatin silver print of the flag of the United States of America on the moon, a NASA photograph from the Daily Herald archive, 29 July 1969. It shows the American flag, surrounded by footprints in the dust on the moon surface. The shadow of the Apollo 11's Lunar Module 'Eagle' can be clearly seen across the picture.
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.
Tranquility Base, The Moon
Gelatin silver print of a piece of Lunar soil, entitled 'Tranquility Base, The Moon', taken by astronaut Michael Collins, July 1969. Caption reads: 'The Lunar Module returns to Command Module after historic landing on lunar surface. Earth seen rising above lunar horizon. Photo made from Command Module 69 miles above lunar surface.'
Daily Herald Help the Hospitals Contest
A photograph entitled 'Daily Herald Help the Hospitals Contest', taken in February 1932 by Lord for the Daily Herald.
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.
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.
A photograph of a woman arranging an asbestos suit for exhibition, taken in January 1936 by Harold Tomlin for the Daily Herald.
St. Mary's Lighthouse, Whitley Bay
A photograph of St Mary's Lighthouse, Whitley Bay, Northumberland, taken in 1949.
Henry the Bristol Zoo orangutan
Daily Herald photograph titled 'How's this for Ascot?' Original caption reads: Word got around at the Bristol Zoo that Ascot's in the offing and Henry, vain orang outang, got out his best sun hat for the dressy affair. Unfortunately, no one told him of Ascot's strict rules and that they prefer males to wear toppers. Daily Herald photograph, 10 June 1950.
A photograph of Tazio Nuvolari (1892-1953) smoking a cigarette, taken by Zoltan Glass in 1932. Nuvolari sits on a covered Alfa Romeo Tipo B Monoposto car at the Nurburgring in Germany.
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.
Woman sitting under a hairdryer
A photograph of a woman sitting under a hairdryer at a Hairdressing Exhibition at Olympia, London, taken by Tomlin for the Daily Herald newspaper on 20 September, 1932.
Lightcliffe Railway Station
A photograph of Lightcliffe Railway Station near Halifax in West Yorkshire, taken by Samuel Smith, c. 1855.
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.
Two boys fighting
A photograph entitled 'Two boys fighting', taken around 1935 by Leo O'Brien 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.
An albumen print photograph entitled 'Beatrice', taken by Julia Margaret Cameron in 1866. The print forms part of the Herschel Album.
Little boy carrying a lamb
A photograph of a little boy carrying a newborn lamb, taken by James Jarche (1891-1965) for the Daily Herald newspaper on 19 February, 1932. Wrapped against the cold, this little boy holds the lamb in his arms. Stacks of hay form a backdrop.
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.
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.
Front of Brewery at Halstead
A photograph entitled 'Front of Brewery at Halstead', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams, c. 1900. The photograph shows Adams and Sons Brewers, Edgar Tarry Adams' family business in Halstead, Essex.
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.
Whitsun traffic on the Rochester Way
A photograph showing Whitsun traffic returning from the South-East coast, taken in May 1950 by John Topham for the Daily Herald. The photograph was taken at the Rochester bypass in Kent.
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.
Kirkby Youth Feat
A photograph entitled 'Kirkby Youth Feat', taken in March 1964 by an unknown photographer for the Daily Herald. The photograph shows a group of young people gathered in a shopping centre at night.
William Henry Fox Talbot Album 14
Small hardcover photograph album compiled by William Henry Fox Talbot during a trip to Oxford in 1843-1844. 37 plates with salt prints and descriptions written in black ink below each photograph. Inside of front cover has bookplate 'The Pencil of Nature'.
Cyanotype of ferns, 1853
A cyanotype of ferns labelled 'Ceylon', from 'Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns', made by Anna Atkins in 1853.
Elderly couple with female 'spirit'
A portrait photograph of a seated elderly couple, possibly taken by William Hope in about 1920. A young woman's face appears as if floating above the sitters, draped in a cloak.
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.
Joseph and Rose Kennedy and Family, London
A photograph of Joseph and Rose Kennedy and family in London, taken in 1938 by Saidman for the Daily Herald.
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.
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.
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.
Photograph of actress Hedy Lamarr in the 1933 film 'Ecstasy'
Photograph entitled 'Ecstasy'. Caption on back reads: 'Hedi Kiesler (later Hollywoodized to Hedy Lamarr) reclines voluptuously before the camera in the film which skyrocketed her beauty to international fame. A lot of the scenes embarrassed Hedi, and the film was banned in a lot of places - but it started the obscure Austrian girl to success.' International News Potos, 1933. Daily Herald stamp on verso with date 10 October 1952.
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.
TV for contented cows
23 July 1961
Daily Herald contact sheet titled 'TV for contented cows'. Caption on back reads: Charles Pidgeon of Busshills Farm, Exmouth, Devon, has installed television sets in his byres so that the cows can view while they are milked. He thinks that they may produce more milk as they view. OPS the scene in one of the cowsheds as the animals watch TV while they are milked.
A gelatin silver print photograph of English actress Belinda Lee (1935-1961), taken by Zoltan Glass, c. 1960.
Woman with a spinning wheel
A photograph of a woman with a spinning wheel, taken by James Arthur in 1899. This staged studio photograph shows a woman wearing an apron sitting next to a spinning wheel.
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.