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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.
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).
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. Despite being entitled 'Whitsun Traffic on the Rochester Way', the location has been identified as Farningham Hill, Kent. Typed inscription on the back of the photograph reads; DH., Agent., Topham., Sidcup., 28-5-50. Whitsun Traffic on the Rochester Way. OPS, Scene on the Rochester by pass today at Farningham, Kent, showing traffic retuning from S.E. coast resorts. The first coupon-free-petrol holiday since 1939.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Meeschor, Prince Dolgorouky's House
Sepia photograph entitled 'Meeschor, Prince Dolgorouky's House'. The photograph shows a view looking across a lawn, with trees to both sides, towards a large house with a covered verandah on both the upper and lower level, and mountains in the background. Taken by Herbert Galloway Stewart in The Crimea, in January 1916. From page 19 of snapshot album number 17 of the Russian Imperial Royal Family, compiled by Herbert Galloway Stewart (1866-1960).
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.
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.
Ai-Todor; The Lighthouse from Andrew's House
Black and white photograph entitled 'Ai-Todor; The Lighthouse from Andrew's House'. The photograph shows a lighthouse, the top just seen, on a cliff top with the Black Sea to the right. Taken by Herbert Galloway Stewart in The Crimea in February 1916. From page 3 of snapshot album number 19 of the Russian Imperial Royal Family, compiled by Herbert Galloway Stewart (1866-1960).
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.
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
Page 16 from Romanov snapshot album no. 2
Page 16 from snapshot photograph album no. 2 of the Russian Imperial Royal Family (Romanov). Compiled by Herbert Galloway Stewart (1866-1960). From 1908 to 1917 Galloway Stewart was English tutor to the sons of Grand Duke Alexander and Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna, sister of Tsar Nicholas II. Each page consists of four photographs, each mounted through pre-cut aperture. The photographs are numbered from top to bottom, left to right.
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.
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.
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.
Charles Robert Darwin
A Woodburytype entitled 'Charles Robert Darwin', taken by Lock and Whitfield in 1878. This Woodburytype is taken from a series of seven volumes entitled 'Men of Mark'. Published between 1876 and 1883, each volume featured 36 portraits of prominent men of the time.
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.
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.
Woman with two boys and a woman's 'spirit'
A portrait photograph of a woman with two boys, possibly taken by William Hope in about 1920. A woman's face draped in a transparent cloak appears over the group.
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.
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.
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.
Black and white photograph by Herbert Galloway Stewart, entitled 'Baden', September 1908. Pictured L-R: HH The Prince Feodore Alexandrovitch, HH The Prince Andrew Alexandrovitch, HH The Prince Nikita Alexandrovitch and HH The Princess Irina Alexandrovna standing outside a wooden enclosure, in baden-Baden, Germany. From a Kodak Souvenirs snapshot album compiled by Herbert Galloway Stewart, English tutor to the sons of Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich and Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia.
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.
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.
After The Manner Of Perugino, 1865
Photograph entitled 'After The Manner Of Perugino' taken by Julia Margaret Cameron in 1865. Albumen contact print from wet collodion negative. This photographic study of Mary Ryan (1848-1914), in the style of Perugino (1450-1523), a renaissance Italian artist, forms part of the Herschel Album, created by Cameron for her friend Sir John Herschel (1792-1871).
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.
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.
'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.
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.
Photographic contact strip showing location filming for 'The Constant Husband'
Photograph contact strip by Tanner titled 'Welsh features'. Caption on back reads: 'A film company (British Lion) are filming the new film "The Constant Husband" in Aberayron with the aid of the local inhabitants and their animals. P.S. General view Rex Harrison in action.'
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.
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.
Aneurin Bevan visits first NHS patient
05 July 1948
Daily Herald photograph by White showing Aneurin Bevan visiting Silvia Beckenham, the first NHS patient. With him is Matron Mary Nolan at Park Hospital, Davyhulme, Manchester.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sepia photograph entitled 'Meeschor' showing, from left to right, Marie Vorontsoff, H. H. Prince Demetri Alexandrovitch and Alexander Vorontsoff standing in a field with trees behind and mountains in the distance. Taken by Herbert Galloway Stewart in The Crimea, in February 1916. From page 22 of snapshot album number 17 of the Russian Imperial Royal Family, compiled by Herbert Galloway Stewart (1866-1960).
'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.
Crystal Palace fire
A photograph of fire engines at the Crystal Palace fire, Sydenham, London, taken in November 1936 by Edward G Malindine for the Daily Herald.
Ludgate Circus, London
A photograph entitled 'Ludgate Circus, London', published by George Washington Wilson, c. 1890. The photograph is taken from Fleet Street looking down Ludgate Hill towards St Paul's Cathedral. The King Lud public house can be seen on the left. Opened in 1870, the pub closed in 2005.