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Cyanotype of Polypodium calcareum, 1853
A cyanotype of Polypodium calcareum, from 'Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns', made by Anna Atkins (1799-1871) in 1853.
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'.
Main Street, Gorbals, Looking South
A photograph entitled 'Main Street, Gorbals, Looking South', taken by Thomas Annan in 1868. On the left of the photograph, on the most run-down looking buildings, are shop signs for a vegetable market and a 'General Rag & Metal Store'. On the right is a timber merchants.
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.
A photograph entitled 'Fane's Horse', taken by Felice Beato, c. 1860.
A photograph entitled 'Cheapside, London', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in September 1898. Cheapside is a street in the City of London. The photograph shows the pavements busy with business men in bowler hats, and the street packed with carriages. In the foreground a man pulls a barrow painted with the sign 'J. Gardner, 371 Central Meat Market'.
Joseph Kennedy and Lord Halifax at Westminster Abbey
A photograph of Joseph Kennedy (1888-1969) and Edward F L Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax (1881-1959), at Westminster Abbey, taken in 1940 by Bishop Marshall for the Daily Herald.
The Sherman Fisher Palladium Girls rehearsing their Bunny Dance
A photograph showing the Sherman Fisher Palladium Girls dancers dressed for a performance, taken in 1933 by James Jarché for the Daily Herald. The women, dressed in bunny costumes, pose at the water's edge. At the time, a number of female dance troupes found success following in the footsteps of the 'Tiller Girls'.
A Mountain of Railway Sleepers
A photograph entitled 'A Mountain of Railway Sleepers, taken in October 1937 by Fox for the Daily Herald.
Cyanotype of Equisetum sylvaticum, 1853
A cyanotype of Equisetum sylvaticum, or Wood Horsetail, from 'Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns', made by Anna Atkins in 1853.
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.
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'.
Benson Turner Ltd., Wyke, Bradford
Gelatine silver print entitled 'Benson Turner Ltd., Wyke, Bradford' by Ian Beesley. Produced for the commission `Through the Mill:, The Story of Yorkshire Wool in Photographs'.1985-1987'.
Disused Water-wheel, Lumb Mill, Wainstalls, near Halifax
Gelatine silver print entitled 'Disused Water-wheel, Lumb Mill, Wainstalls, near Halifax' by Ian Beesley. Prodiced for the commission `Through the Mill:, The Story of Yorkshire Wool in Photographs'. 1985-1987'.
Sketch Showing the Attack on Tel-el-Kebir, 13th September 1882
A printed and hand-drawn map entitled 'Sketch Showing the Attack on Tel-el-Kebir, 13th September 1882', by an unknown artist, 1882. The map shows the positions of the British and Egyptian forces during a battle of the Anglo-Egyptian War. It is signed by a Major H Ardagh and a Lieutenant AB Crabbe.
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 North Deal Lifeboat
A photograph of the North Deal Lifeboat, taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in September 1899. The photograph was taken off the coast of Deal in Kent where Adams had a house.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Behind the scenes photograph from filming of 'A Matter of Life and Death'
Behind the scenes photograph from 'A Matter of Life and Death' (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1946). Image shows the construction of the escalator (named Ethel) used in the famous scene where David Niven's character is called up to Heaven but fights to stay on Earth. Caption on back reads: 'Ethel from beneath - it took over eight days to erect her on a studio floor under-pinned to support her eighty-five tons'.
Photograph taken during filming of 'It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World'
Daily Herald photograph taken on the Hollywood set of Stanley Kramer's film 'It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World'. Image shows crowds gathering to watch stuntmen perform. 'It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World' was the first Cinerama presentation to use a single-lens system.
Photograph of actress Hedy Lamarr after her arrival in Hollywood
Photograph entitled 'Hedy Lamarr the day she arrived in Hollywood.' Photograph by Kenneth G. Lawrence, Los Angeles, 1938.
Carlyle Like A Rough Block Of Michel Angelo's Sculpture', 1867
Photograph entitled 'Carlyle Like A Rough Block Of Michel Angelo's Sculpture' taken by Julia Margaret Cameron in 1867. Albumen contact print from wet collodion negative. This photographic portrait of Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) forms part of the Herschel Album, created by Cameron as a gift for her close friend Sir John Herschel (1792-1871). Thomas Carlyle was the most celebrated historian of his day. His most popular work, 'The French Revolution' was published in 1837.
Hannah and Daisy, 12 at Daisy's slumber party, 1991
16 x 20" colour print by Nancy Honey: 'Hannah and Daisy, 12 at Daisy's slumber party, 1991. Portrait format.
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.
Jumble Hole Clough, Hebden Bridge
Gelatine silver print entitled 'Jumble Hole Clough, Hebden Bridge' by Ian Beesley. Prodiced for the commission `Through the Mill:, The Story of Yorkshire Wool in Photographs'. 1985-1987'.
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.
Portraits of prisoners
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.
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.
Picnic on Stanmore Common
A Colorsnap colour photograph of members of the newly-formed Kodak Research Laboratory enjoying a picnic on Stanmore Common, Greater London, taken by R E Owen on 20 May, 1929.
The Front, Hastings
A photograph of the promenade at Hastings, Sussex, with the pier in the background, taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in March 1899.
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.
Cyanotype of ferns, 1853
A cyanotype of ferns labelled 'Ceylon', from 'Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns', made by Anna Atkins in 1853.
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.
Housewives League demonstration at the House of Commons
A photograph entitled 'Housewives League demonstration at the House of Commons', taken in 1951 by G Warner for the Daily Herald. Showing women demonstrating against meat rationing, leaving the House of Commons on the way to the Ministry of Food.
Jane Dale models a 'Sincerely' hat, by Madame Vernier
A photograph of a model, Jane Dale, wearing a 'Sincerely' hat by Madame Vernier, taken in March 1961 by C Barham for the Daily Herald.
A boy and his dog bask in sun and glory
A photograph entitled 'A boy and his dog bask in sun and glory', taken in August 1955 by William Jones for the Daily Herald. The photograph shows two year old John Lemon, of Sanderstead, Surrey, resting with his grandfather's bull mastiff, Roy. The boy and dog had just won first prize in a competition in Hastings.
Brooch with two 40x50mm portraits of men set in gilded brass brooch mount. Glazed back with faded albumen print of man, daguerreotype portrait of man on reverse.
Portrait of a woman
A Vivex colour photograph of a woman in a one-shouldered dress, taken by an unknown photographer in 1937.
Vue Generale d'Athenes avec l'acropolis
A photograph entitled 'Vue Generale d'Athenes avec l'acropolis' taken by James Robertson and Felice Beato, c. 1855.
Fort Ada, Alexandria
A photograph entitled 'Fort Ada, Alexandria', taken by an unknown photographer in November 1882. The photograph shows a damaged gun battery on the walls of Fort Adda (or Ada) in Alexandria, Egypt.
Cyanotype of Asplenium praemorsum, 1853
A cyanotype of the fern Asplenium praemorsum, from 'Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns', made by Anna Atkins in 1853.
A photograph of British heavyweight boxer Jack London (1913-1963), taken by an unknown photographer for the Daily Herald newspaper on 15 September, 1944.
New Coronation Scot
A photograph of the 'Coronation Scot', taken by Bishop Marshall in May 1937 for the Daily Herald.
Pedal car race
A photograph of a pedal car race, taken by Edward G Malindine for the Daily Herald newspaper on 21 June, 1933. Smartly-dressed and at the wheel of three equally smart pedal cars, these children get ready to race at the Duke of York's Garden Party. The race was started by Sir Noel Curtis-Bennett (1882-1950), author and member of the International Olympic Committee, who is standing on the right.
Group Portrait of the Adams Family
A photograph of five members of the Adams family with two of their servants, taken by Edgar Tarry Adams, c. 1895.
Mr and Mrs Walt Disney with Mickey Mouse, London
A photograph of Mr and Mrs Walt Disney with Mickey Mouse in London, taken in 1935 by Harold Tomlin for the Daily Herald.