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A photograph of a group of mods near the seafront at Clacton-on-Sea, Essex on 30 March 1964, taken by C Smith 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.
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.
Chinese seamen play mah-jong in seamen's hostel, Liverpool
A photograph of Chinese seamen playing mahjong in a seamen's hostel in Liverpool, taken in August 1962 by Ralph 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.
Tartar Mosque, Kokkos
Black and white photograph entitled 'Tartar [sic] Mosque, Kokkos'. The photograph shows H. H. Prince Nikita Alexandrovitch and Princess Youssoupoff during a visit to a mosque, a large group of men stand to both sides. Taken by Herbert Galloway Stewart in The Crimea in April 1914. From page 6 of snapshot album number 12 of the Russian Imperial Royal Family, compiled by Herbert Galloway Stewart (1866-1960).
1/6th plate daguerreotype by Newland, Calcutta
1/6th plate daguerreotype by Newland, Calcutta. Subject: portrait of a girl.
Workers in the Vineyards tying up the Vines
November 1913 to July 1914
Black and white photograph entitled 'Workers in the Vineyard tying up the Vines'. The photograph shows several women working in the vineyard surrounded by tall vines. Taken by Herbert Galloway Stewart in Ai-Todor, Crimea, between November 1913 and July 1914. From a snapshot photograph album of the Russian Imperial Royal Family compiled by Herbert Galloway Stewart between November 1913 and July 1914; album number 10. page 17.
Ruined Church at Casal Bircircara, Malta
Calotype negative attributed to Calvert Richard Jones, titled 'Ruined Church at Casal Bircircara, Malta'.
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.
King George VI and President Truman
A three-colour carbon print of King George VI (1895-1952) and President Truman (1884-1972) on board a ship, taken by an unknown photographer in 1945. The men are on the warship HMS 'Renown', moored in Plymouth Sound.
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.
The 'Last Bobbin', Dixon's Bobbin Mills, Steeton, Near Keighlety
Gelatine silver reproduction print entitled 'The ''Last Bobbin', Dixon's Bobbin Mills, Steeton, Near Keighlety' by Ian Beesley. Produced for the commission `Through the Mill:, The Story of Yorkshire Wool in Photographs'. 1985-1987'. Titled and signed by the artist.
Cobden's Statue, Interior of Wool Exchange, Bradford
Gelatine silver print entitled 'Cobden's Statue, Interior of Wool Exchange, Bradford' by Ian Beesley. Prodiced for the commission `Through the Mill:, The Story of Yorkshire Wool in Photographs'. 1985-1987'.
A Kodak circular snapshot photograph of a young woman reading, taken by an unknown photographer, c. 1890. The woman sits on an chair upholstered with embroidery and tassels, reading a large book. An easel stands in the background.
Margaret Taylor and her mother standing in the doorway of a gypsy caravan
A photograph showing Margaret Taylor and her mother Phyllis standing in the doorway of a gypsy caravan, taken in July 1956 by Ralph for the Daily Herald. The photograph accompanied a report on the fight by Phyllis Taylor to get her daughter into a local school in Banks, near Southport.
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.
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.
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'.
Clementina and Isabella Hawarden
Two women in front of mirror, one standing, one seated. A photograph of Clementina (b. 1847) and Isabella Hawarden (b. 1846), taken by their mother, Clementina, Lady Hawarden, in about 1862.
A photograph of a mourning scene, probably taken by William Hope in about 1920. A woman mourns for her husband in a Chapel of Rest, the woman's son stands beside her. The image of a man's face has been superimposed over the original photograph. The spirit album notes that the family were Roman Catholics and believed in life after death.
Portrait of 'Clementina Maude' by Lady Clementina Hawarden, albumen print, 1863, woman reading seated beside window.
The Sloan Family performing on stilts
A photograph of the Sloan family performing on stilts, taken on 24th March 1932 by George Woodbine 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.
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.
High street and Post Office, Tadlow
A photograph entitled 'High Street and Post Office, Tadlow. Mr Stevens and Village People', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in May 1901. The group of people stands in the village of Tadlow in Cambridgeshire.
Fort Mex, Alexandria
A photograph entitled 'Fort Mex, Alexandria', taken by N Cornianus in November 1882. The photograph shows damaged artillery on the walls of Fort Mex in Alexandria Harbour, Egypt.
The Yeldham Oak
A photograph entitled 'The Yeldham Oak', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in October 1902.
The Manor House, Shipton Bellinger, Hants; The Entrance
Black and white photograph entitled 'The Manor House, Shipton Bellinger, Hants; The Entrance'. The photograph shows Mrs Formby, on the left, and Mrs. Bridgewater standing beneath an ivy covered archway with the young child Richard Formby. Taken by Herbert Galloway Stewart at Shipton Bellinger, Hampshire, in December 1914. From page 22 of snapshot album number 13 of the Russian Imperial Royal Family, compiled by Herbert Galloway Stewart (1866-1960).
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.
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.
Shipton Bellinger, Hants. The Manor House
Black and white photograph entitled 'Shipton Bellinger, Hants, The Manor House'. The photograph shows, from left to right, Mrs Formby, Mrs Wood, Formby and Richard in the Manor House garden at Shipton Bellinger, Hampshire. Taken by Herbert Galloway Stewart in England, between May and November 1910. From page 21 of snapshot photograph album number 6 of the Russian Imperial Royal Family, compiled by Herbert Galloway Stewart (1866-1960).
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.
Physionotrace of a man
Engraved by Bauchardy, successor to Chretien, at the Palais Royal, 93x124mm
An albumen print photograph entitled 'Beatrice', taken by Julia Margaret Cameron in 1866. The print forms part of the Herschel Album.
A photograph entitled 'Holborn, London', published by George Washington Wilson, c. 1890. On the left of this wide street are Lockhart's Cocoa Rooms and Prosser's Oyster and Supper Rooms.
'Lister's Pride', Lister's Mill, Bradford
Gelatine silver print entitled ''Lister's Pride', Lister's Mill, Bradford' by Ian Beesley. Produced for the commission `Through the Mill:, The Story of Yorkshire Wool in Photographs'. 1985-1987'.
Doffer, Brackendale Spinning Co, Thackley, Bradford
Gelatine silver print entitled 'Doffer, Brackendale Spinning Co, Thackley, Bradford' by Ian Beesley. Produced for the commission `Through the Mill:, The Story of Yorkshire Wool in Photographs'.1985-1987'.
Robot at Selfridge's 25th birthday celebrations
A photograph of a robot exhibited as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations for Selfridges department store in London, taken by Edward G Malindine for the Daily Herald newspaper on 13 March 1934.
Cyanotype of Osmunda regalis, 1853
A cyanotype of Osmunda regalis, or Royal fern, from 'Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns', made by Anna Atkins in 1853.
Boy paddling in the sea
A Kodak circular snapshot photograph of a boy paddling in the sea, taken by an unknown photographer, c. 1890. The photograph shows a young boy paddling as two little children sit in a boat watching.
The Miners' Bridge
A photograph entitled 'The Miners' Bridge', taken by Captain White in 1868. The photograph shows a bridge on the River Llugwy in North Wales. The Miners Bridge was a popular tourist site, renowned for its picturesque scenery. Roger Fenton (1819-1869) took a similar photograph from almost exactly the same spot about ten years earlier.
Possible self-portrait of Clementina, Lady Hawarden
Woman in dark dress standing in front of window. A photograph of a young woman, possibly Clementina Hawarden (b. 1847), taken by Clementina, Lady Hawarden, in about 1862.
An audience of children at a Punch and Judy show
A photograph of an audience of children watching a Punch and Judy show at Christmas, taken in 1944 by Jack Esten for the Daily Herald.
Photoglyphic engraving of fern 'Adiantum capillus-veneris'
Photoglyphic engraving from a copper plate made by William Henry Fox Talbot of a fern 'Adiantum capillus-veneris'
Detectives and police from Scotland Yard search the back garden of 10 Rillington Place
A photograph of police and detectives from Scotland Yard searching the back garden of 10 Rillington Place, taken in March 1953 by William Jones for the Daily Herald.
A Woodburytype entitled 'Kuo Tajen', taken by Lock and Whitfield in 1880. 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. A brief biographical essay by Thompson Cooper (1837-1904) accompanied each portrait.
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.