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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).
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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).
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.
Sunday Films Association
A photograph of members of the Sunday Films Association, taken in November 1932 by George Woodbine for the Daily Herald. Under the Sunday Entertainments Act of 1932, anyone wishing to provide musical entertainment on Sundays had first to obtain a license from the Local Authority. These women are campaigning in Croydon prior to a local vote on whether to permit the screening of films on Sundays.
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.
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.
Series of Photographs Showing Phases of Movement of a Running Man
Albumen print chronophotograph showing phases of movement of a running man, by Étienne-Jules Marey, c 1892.
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.
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).
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).
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.
An albumen print photograph entitled 'Beatrice', taken by Julia Margaret Cameron in 1866. The print forms part of the Herschel Album.
Dixon's Bobbin Mill, Steeton, near Keighley
Gelatine silver print entitled 'Dixon's Bobbin Mill, Steeton, near Keighley' by Ian Beesley. Prodiced for the commission `Through the Mill:, The Story of Yorkshire Wool in Photographs'. 1985-1987'.
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.
Physionotrace of a man
Engraved by Bauchardy, successor to Chretien, at the Palais Royal, 93x124mm
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.
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.
View from My Window, Kokkos
Black and white photograph entitled 'View from My Window, Kokkos', a view looking across trees to houses and mountains. 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).
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.
Portrait of 'Clementina Maude' by Lady Clementina Hawarden, albumen print, 1863, woman reading seated beside window.
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.
Gatchina. Bridge in Outer Park
Black and white photograph entitled 'Gatchina. Bridge in Outer Park, Sailors in Attendance'. The photograph shows five sailors standing at the foot of bridge near a lake, the sailor on the far right is saluting. Taken by Herbert Galloway Stewart in St Petersburg in May 1911. From page 6 of photograph album number 7 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.
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.
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.
'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.
Lady Strangford's Hospital
A photograph entitled 'Lady Strangford's Hospital', taken by an unknown photographer in December 1882. The photograph shows wounded soldiers receiving treatment in hospital. The full title of the photograph is 'Lady Strangford's Hospital in Arab's House - Cairo - Dr Liviking. Egyptians wounded at Tel-el-Kebir.'
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.
Untitled black and white photograph showing, from left to right, H. H. Prince Nikita Alexandrovitch, Monsieur Niquille, H. H. Prince Rostislav Alexandrovitch, H. H. Prince Demetri Alexandrovitch and H. H. Prince Feodor Alexandrovitch standing on a hill top with mountains in the background. To the left of the group is a tree stump on which there appears to be a sculpture of a bird. Taken by Herbert Galloway Stewart in The Crimea in July 1914. From page 15 of snapshot album number 12 of the Russian Imperial Royal Family, compiled by Herbert Galloway Stewart (1866-1960).
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.
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.
Elderly couple with female 'spirit'
A portrait photograph of a seated elderly couple, possibly taken by William Hope in about 1920. A young woman's face appears as if floating above the sitters, draped in a cloak.
Clarion Youth Hostel van, Hoddesdon
A photograph of the Clarion Youth Hostel van in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, taken in July 1934 by George Woodbine for the Daily Herald. The Clarion Socialist Youth Hostel was established in 1933 by the London Labour League of Youth. In 1934 over 13,000 members camped in the hostel’s grounds. Herbert Morrison (1888-1965) stands on the right. Morrison was a British Labour Party politician and cabinet minister.
A stonemason working on a detail of the Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool
A photograph of a stonemason working on a detail of the Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool, taken in January 1934 by White for the Daily Herald.
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.
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.
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.
Woman in classical costume
A photograph of a woman wearing classical-style robes, taken by James Arthur, c. 1900. The woman carries lilies and wears a hat with a swan mounted on the top.