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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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
The photographic library of the 'Daily Herald' newspaper
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.
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
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.
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.
'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.
Woman Against a Sunlit Wall
A photograph of a young woman, possibly Isabella Hawarden (born 1846), taken by Clementina, Lady Hawarden (1822-1865), in about 1863.
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.
Two sacks of money recovered from the Great Train Robbery
A photograph showing two sacks of stolen money, recovered from the Great Train Robbery, taken in August 1963 by Ron Burton for the Daily Herald.
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.
Modern Vivex colour print made from negatives of Clerk Maxwell
c. 1930s (original 1861)
Modern "Vivex" colour print (c. 1930s) made from what is believed to be the first set of tri-colour separation negatives made, i.e. those of James Clerk Maxwell of 1861.
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'.
Silver gelatin print, by Andre de Dienes. Actress Anita Ekberg (1931-2015) wearing a striped bathing suit. Photographer's stamp on verso.
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.
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.
Wool Scouring, Whiteheads Mill, Bradford
Gelatine silver print entitled 'Wool Scouring, Whiteheads Mill, Bradford' by Ian Beesley. Produced for the commission `Through the Mill:, The Story of Yorkshire Wool in Photographs'.1985-1987'.
Lady Caroline Percy
Silver gelatin copy print made ca.1970s. Photograph by Sir Cecil Beaton of Lady Caroline Percy (b. 1947).
First War Baby gets his Gas Mask
A photograph of Neville, the first baby born in London after the declaration of war, wearing his gas mask for the first time on 13 September 1939.
Barrack Hill Ottawa
A photograph entitled 'Barrack Hill Ottawa', taken by William Notman in 1860. In 1858 Barrack Hill was chosen as the site for the new Parliament buildings for the Province of Canada.
John Foster's Black Dyke Mills, Queensbury, Bradford
Gelatine silver print entitled 'John Foster's Black Dyke Mills, Queensbury, Bradford' by Ian Beesley. Produced for the commission `Through the Mill:, The Story of Yorkshire Wool in Photographs'. 1985-1987'.
Original negative photograph
Original negative photograph, on glass, of the 40' telescope at Slough, produced in 1839 by Sir John Herschel; with one bromide print.
Aneurin Bevan Visits the First NHS Patient
05 July 1948
Daily Herald photograph by White showing Aneurin Bevan visiting Silvia Beckenham, the first National Health Service (NHS) patient. With him is Matron Mary Nolan at Park Hospital, Davyhulme, Manchester.
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.
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 Diana Dors, taken in July 1958 by R Powell for the Daily Herald. Diana Dors (1931-1984) was a British actress known for her 1950s 'blonde bombshell' style.
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.
Elizabeth Taylor nude shot for "Cleopatra"
Silver gelatin print by Camera Press/L'Europeo. Printed Caption on verso reads: "U.S. Film Stars: ELIZABETH TAYLOR. Reports that scenes of Elizabeth Taylor in the nude were shot for the film 'Cleopatra' brought criticism from some quarters. This picture shows that such shots were made".
Aneurin Bevan at Park Hospital
06 July 1948
Daily Herald photograph showing Minister of Health Aneurin Bevan at Park Hospital, Davyhulme, near Manchester. He is shown meeting with 13-year-old Sylvia Beckenham, the first NHS patient.
Silver gelatin copy print made ca.1970s. Eileen Dunne, child injured during the Blitz,sits in a hospital bed with a bandage around her head. She is holding a doll. Photograph by Sir Cecil Beaton.
Model of the Loch Ness Monster
A photograph of a Loch Ness Monster model being taken by trailer to Bertram Mills Circus, taken by James Jarche (1891-1965) for the Daily Herald newspaper on 21 December, 1933.
Wool Grease Extraction, Esholt Sewage Works, Esholt
Gelatine silver print entitled 'Wool Grease Extraction, Esholt Sewage Works, Esholt' by Ian Beesley. Produced for the commission `Through the Mill:, The Story of Yorkshire Wool in Photographs'. 1985-1987'.
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.
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.
Downing College Kitchen
A photograph of the kitchen of Downing College, Cambridge University, taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in December 1901. A shelf of brass and copper moulds can be seen on the left, above a row of domed platter lids. A chef sits in the room, whilst another man sits in an office or storeroom at the back of the kitchen.
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.
A photograph of British heavyweight boxer Jack London (1913-1963), taken by an unknown photographer for the Daily Herald newspaper on 15 September, 1944.
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 entitled 'Beggars', taken by John Thomson, c. 1871. The photograph shows a group of Chinese beggars. One man leans against a wall, smoking a long pipe. Two other figures huddle just inside the doorway of the building on the left.
Elizabeth Taylor leaves the London Clinic
A photograph of Elizabeth Taylor (b. 1927) leaving the London Clinic, taken in January 1963 by Randle for the Daily Herald.
After the Fire at Laurie and McConnals, Fitzroy Street, Cambridge, with PC Smith, Ethel Mountford and Pauline in Foreground
A photograph entitled 'After the Fire at Laurie and McConnals, Fitzroy Street, Cambridge, with PC Smith, Ethel Mountford and Pauline in Foreground', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in February 1903.
Criminal record sheet
A page from a criminal record ledger compiled by the West Yorkshire police in 1901. The ledger contains portraits, personal details and criminal records of convicted criminals. This page is about William McCarthy from Halifax, who had a string of convictions for burglary.
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.