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Front of Brewery at Halstead
A photograph entitled 'Front of Brewery at Halstead', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams, c. 1900. The photograph shows Adams and Sons Brewers, Edgar Tarry Adams' family business in Halstead, Essex.
Frontispiece of 'Cyanotypes of British And Foreign Ferns' album, 1853
The frontispiece of the album 'Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns', made by Anna Atkins (1799-1871) in 1853.
Cyanotype of Polypodium phegopteris, 1853
A cyanotype of Polypodium phegopteris, from the album 'Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns', made by Anna Atkins (1799-1871) in 1853.
Physionotrace of Madam Roland
Drawn by M. Fouquel, physionotrace engraved by Chretien. 82x100mm. Madam Roland (1754- 1793).
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.
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).
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.
Behind the scenes photograph taken during filming of 'Babette Goes to War'
Photograph titled 'Brigitte puts the clock back at St Pancras'. Caption on back reads: 'London: French film actress Brigitte Bardot, sometimes called the "sex-kitten", makes many men wish they could put the clock back. And at St Pancras Station this morning Brigitte appears to have done just that. For her part in the film "Babette Goes to War", set partly in wartime London, notices such as "Freedom is in peril...defend it with all your might" and "Fall in the fire-bomb fighters" have sprouted all over. And Brigitte herself gets the eye from two wartime "Tommies"!'
A photographic portrait of Mrs Keene, entitled 'Cassiopea', taken by Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) in 1866. Mrs Keene, like Angelo Colarossi, the model for Iago, appears to have been one of Cameron's rare professional models. She also sat for the Pre-Raphaelite painter Sir Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898). In Greek mythology Cassiopeia was the wife of Cepheus and mother of Andromeda. Albumen print.
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'.
Little boy carrying a lamb
A photograph of a little boy carrying a newborn lamb, taken by James Jarche (1891-1965) for the Daily Herald newspaper on 19 February, 1932. Wrapped against the cold, this little boy holds the lamb in his arms. Stacks of hay form a backdrop.
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.
Woman, boy and a pram
A Kodak circular snapshot photograph of a woman with a young boy and a pram, taken by an unknown photographer, c. 1890. The photograph shows a woman tending to a baby in a pram in the park, as a young boy holds onto the side of the pram.
Training Ship, 'Arethusa', Greenhithe
A photograph entitled 'Training Ship, 'Arethusa', Greenhithe', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in July 1900.
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.
Sir Joseph William Bazalgette
A Woodburytype entitled 'Sir Joseph William Bazalgette' taken by Lock and Whitfield in 1877. 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.
Holiday Joys on the Beach
A photograph entitled 'Holiday Joys on the Beach' taken in September 1937 by Saidman for the Daily Herald. A crowd of women play with a ball on the beach.
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.
World champion Joe Davis tries 'Apollo', his new metal snooker cue
A photograph of Joe Davis (1901-1978), snooker world champion, in London, taken in November 1954 by an unknown photographer for the Daily Herald.
Dancing girls relaxing on the roof of London Palladium
A photograph of six dancing girls relaxing on the roof of the London Palladian, taken in May 1960 by Ron Burton for the Daily Herald. The girls were taking time out between rehearsals for the show 'Stars in Your Eyes'.
Joseph and Rose Kennedy and Family, London
A photograph of Joseph and Rose Kennedy and family in London, taken in 1938 by Saidman for the Daily Herald.
Six year old Carol and three year old Christopher help dad Walter Hesketh
A photograph of Walter Hesketh (1930-2007) and his two children Carol and Christopher, taken in December 1960 by Roland Hicklin for the Daily Herald.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
Prince Youssoupoff's house at Kokkos
Black and white photograph entitled 'Prince Youssoupoff's House at Kokkos'. The photograph, taken from a high vantage point opposite, shows the Princes' large house which is surrounded by trees. Taken by Herbert Stewart in Crimea, Russia, in 1914. From a snapshot photograph album of the Russian Imperial Royal Family, compiled by Herbert Galloway Stewart; album number 10, page 11.
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.
Stereoscopic Daguerreotype Portrait of Faraday
A stereoscopic daguerreotype portrait of Michael Faraday (1791-1867), taken by an unknown photographer in about 1848. This is one of a pair of stereoscopic images intended to be viewed in a stereoscope designed by Sir Charles Wheatstone.
A cyanotype of 'Cystoseira granulata' from 'Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions', made by Anna Atkins (1799-1871) in 1843. 'Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions', a collection of cyanotype photograms of algae, was self-published in installments over ten years from 1843. This first installment is credited as the first photographically illustrated book.
Turkish Fleet in the Dardanelles
Black and white photograph entitled 'Turkish Fleet in the Dardanelles', a view of Turkish war ships taken from on board the Almaz by Herbert Galloway Stewart in Turkey in August 1911. From page 13 of snapshot album number 7 of the Russian Imperial Royal Family, compiled by Herbert Galloway Stewart (1866-1960).
Collection of views taken in Italy by or under the direction of Dr A J Ellis
Collection of views taken in Italy by or under the direction of Dr. A.J. Ellis, in 1840 & 1841, framed and glazed: 159 in all viz.: 103 views of Rome; 11 views of Prestum; 8 views of Pompei; 2 views of Pozznola; 3 views of Florence; 9 views of Naples; 7 views of Pisa; 15 views of Venice.
Jabez Hogg photographing Mr Johnson in Richard Beard's studio, c 1843
A daguerreotype of Jabez Hogg and Mr Johnson, 1843; Jabez Hogg photographing Mr Johnson in Richard Beard's studio, c 1843. A daguerreotype from 1843 which is thought to be the first photograph showing a photographer at work. The image depicts Jabez Hogg photographing W S Johnson in the studio of Richard Beard.
Lister Comb, Black Dyke Mill, Queensbury, Bradford
Gelatine silver print entitled 'Lister Comb, Black Dyke Mill, Queensbury, Bradford' 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.
Squadron of 17 Bengal Irregular Cavalry at Fyzabad
A photograph entitled 'Squadron of 17 Bengal Irregular Cavalry at Fyzabad', taken by Captain H Swiney in 1868. The 17th Bengal Irregular Cavalry was raised in 1846 after the First Sikh War in anticipation of the Second War. The photograph is from the Amateur Photographic Association Prize album for 1868.
A gelatin silver print photograph of English actress Belinda Lee (1935-1961), taken by Zoltan Glass, c. 1960.
Photographer's `Birdie' - Tin Whistle in shape of a songbird. Maker unknown, c1900.
Shrovetide football in Ashbourne
A photograph of a Shrovetide football match at Ashbourne in Derbyshire, taken in February 1950 by Bert Abell for the Daily Herald.
Beautiful eyes competition
A photograph of a group of women in a beauty contest, taken in January 1936 by Edward G Malindine for the Daily Herald. The women stand with sheets of paper in front of the lower half of their faces. Ernest Heasman, on the left, is judging them in a competition to find the six women with the most beautiful eyes in Britain.
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.
Johnny Cash with Guitar
A photograph of Johnny Cash (1932-2003) climbing through a window, guitar in hand, taken in September 1959 by A Tanner for the Daily Herald.
Handcombing - Detail from S.C. Lister Monument, Lister Park Bradford
Gelatine silver print entitled 'Handcombing - Detail from S.C. Lister Monument, Lister Park Bradford' by Ian Beesley. Prodiced for the commission `Through the Mill:, The Story of Yorkshire Wool in Photographs'. 1985-1987'.
Worsted 'Sinner', Daniel Illingwarth's Mill, Bradford
Gelatine silver reproduction print entitled 'Illingworth Mill, Bradford' 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.
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'.
Portrait of E G Malindine
A photographic portrait of Edward G Malindine, taken in November 1938 by Saidman for the Daily Herald. Edward G Malindine (1906-1970) was a staff photographer for the Daily Herald, before and after the second world war, during which served as an official photographer for the War Office.
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.
Marsden Moor, Huddersfield
Gelatine silver print entitled 'Marsden Moor, Huddersfield' by Ian Beesley. Prodiced for the commission `Through the Mill:, The Story of Yorkshire Wool in Photographs'. 1985-1987'.