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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.
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'
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).
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Ai-Todor, The Crimea; Princess Irena's House
Black and white photograph entitled 'Ai-Todor, The Crimea; Princess Irena's House', a view of H. H. Princess Irena Alexandrovitch's house, the roof just seen, surrounded by trees with the sea behind. Taken by Herbert Galloway Stewart near Ai-Todor Palace, The Crimea, in August 1915. From page 8 of snapshot album number 16 of the Russian Imperial Royal Family, compiled by Herbert Galloway Stewart (1866-1960).
Ice skating on the Serpentine
A photograph of ice skaters on a frozen Serpentine Lake in London's Hyde Park, taken by Saidman for the Daily Herald newspaper on 23 January, 1940.
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
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
Photographer's `Birdie' - Tin Whistle in shape of a songbird. Maker unknown, c1900.
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'
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.
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.
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.
View from the Top Verandah
November 1913 to July 1914
Black and white photograph entitled 'View from the Top Verandah'. The photograph shows a view looking down on to the town and palace grounds at Kokkos. Taken by Herbert Galloway Stewart in Crimea, Russia in 1914. From a snapshot photograph album number 10, page 11. Compiled by Herbert Galloway Stewart (1866-1960) of the Russian Imperial Royal Family.
Cinema audience pictured using the Ilford infra-red process
A photograph entitled 'Cinema audience pictured using the Ilford infra-red process', taken in 1932 by James Jarché for the Daily Herald.
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.
Coal miners from the Bryn Valley Colliery singing Christmas carols
A photograph of miners in the Bryn Valley Colliery singing Christmas carols, taken in December 1943 by Jack Esten for the Daily Herald.
Coronation Scot to tour United States and visit World's Fair
A photograph entitled 'Coronation Scot to tour United States and visit World's Fair', taken in 1939 by Saidman for the Daily Herald.
Duke of Sutherland's train at Golspie during her last journey
A photograph of the Duke of Sutherland's train at Golspie, Scotland, during her last journey, taken in March 1950 by an unknown photographer for the Daily Herald.
Reginald Southey with Skeletons
An albumen photograph of Reginald Southey (1855-1899), a medical student at Oxford, posed with the skeletons of a human and a monkey, taken by Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) in June 1857.
Album of cartes-de-visite and cabinet cards by Julia Margaret Cameron, c 1870
Miniature photographic album featuring cartes-de-visite and cabinet cards of works by Julia Margaret Cameron. Known as the 'Julia Hay Norman Miniature Album', 12 May 1869. This album was given by Julia Margaret Cameron to her daughter, Julia Norman on 12 May 1869. The album consists of 144 reduced albumen prints taken from her large format subjects. 135 are mounted as cartes-de-visite and 9 are mounted on cabinet mounts. Some subjects appear twice. Cameron has inscribed the album and captioned the majority of the prints.
The first orangutan to be born at London Zoo
The first orangutan to be born at London Zoo. Original caption reads: No orangutan has ever been successfully reared in the British Isles, so London Zoo are taking very special care of the new female baby born to 'Toli' and 'Charlie' last Sunday afternoon. The section in which they live in the Money House is cordoned off to give them seclusion for the first week or two and 'Toli' has taken the question of 'no visitors' into her own hands by disappearing under the cover of her straw bedding. Seven-and-a-half years old 'Toli' came to the Zoo when she was a year old and 'Charlie' arrived when he was three. He was brought back by David Attenborough after a 'Zoo Quest' expedition to Indonesia in 1956. Photo shows: 'Toli' the orangutan at the London Zoo with her day-old baby - the first orangutan to be born at the London Zoo. Photograph by The Zoological Society of London, 15 March 1961.
A Christmas tree from Denmark, Welwyn Garden City
A photograph of a Christmas tree from Denmark in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, taken in 1938 by Edward G Malindine for the Daily Herald.
A photograph of a young child carrying Christmas shopping, taken in December 1937 by Edward G Malindine for the Daily Herald.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Physionotrace of a man
Engraved by Bauchardy, successor to Chretien, at the Palais Royal, 93x124mm
A portrait of actress Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992), taken in 1955.
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.
Tom Jones and his dogs
A photograph entitled 'Tom Jones and his dogs stop on a ridge to scan the hillside on his daily round', taken in March 1939 by Edward G Malindine for the Daily Herald. The photograph was one of a series taken for a story about a Welsh shepherd and his sheep dogs, 'Tom Jones and his Wonder Sheep Dogs'.
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.
Old Building, High Street
A photograph entitled 'Old Building, High Street', taken by Thomas Annan in 1868. The photograph shows a row of buildings on the High Street in Glasgow. A sign on the building on the left advertises 'Money Lent On All Kinds Of Mechanics Tools Etc' above a sign for a 'Drysalter, Oil & Colourman'. The building next to it houses H McIlvenny's Lodging.
The Crimea April 1914 on the way to Kokkos
Black and white photograph entitled 'The Crimea April 1914 on the Way to Kokkos'. The photograph shows, from left to right, Prince Youssoupoff, H. H. Prince Nikita Alexandrovitch and Princess Youssoupoff standing by a motor car on a snow covered road. Taken by Herbert Galloway Stewart in Crimea, Russia, in April 1914. From a snapshot photograph album of the Russian Imperial Royal Family, compiled by Herbert Galloway Stewart; album number 10, page 10.
Romeo and Juliet', 1867
Photograph entitled 'Romeo and Juliet' taken by Julia Margaret Cameron in 1867. Albumen contact print from wet collodion negative. This photographic study of Henry John Stedman Cotton (1845-1917) and Mary Ryan (1848-1914) posed as characters from William Shakespeare's (1564-1616) play 'Romeo And Juliet' (1594-1595) forms part of the Herschel Album, created by Cameron for her friend Sir John Herschel (1792-1871).