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Alan M. Preston
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"Leica 250s were used by J Barker & Sons Ltd to take walking photographs on Great Yarmouth seafront in the 1950s and 1960s. This is Barry Drake with the only one of the six they had that was in chrome. The other five were black. All model FF I…"
May 10, 2012
Michael Pritchard commented on Alan M. Preston's blog post Victorian Photographer Francis Frith: finding of a huge collection of his Glass Negatives and Prints:
"This sounds interesting as Birmingham Library acquired the original plates in 1985:   Francis Frith was a Victorian pioneer photographer who established a firm which set out to photograph every town and site of interest in the British isles.…"
Dec 27, 2010
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Alan M. Preston commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post George Bernard Shaw's photography collection
"Hello, Very interesting - I also have an interest in the great photographic interest of GBS's old friend, T.E Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia - who I have just helped my late friend (94) to research a very comprehensive biography of his other…"
Nov 7, 2010
Alan M. Preston commented on Alan M. Preston's blog post Victorian Photographer: Rev. Montague (Monty) Bird - Walton on the Wolds.
"Hello Lucy, Many thanks for the wonderful photographic information about your Grandfather, Monty Bird - my friends in this village found the Glass Slides in the Attic of the Old Parsonage (where they lived) in the adjacent village of Hoton .......…"
Nov 7, 2010
Lucy Gillies (nee Bird) commented on Alan M. Preston's blog post Victorian Photographer: Rev. Montague (Monty) Bird - Walton on the Wolds.
"Dear Alan, Monty Bird was my grandfather. I have copies of a number of his trick photographs, but no originals unfortunately. I am now living in the USA, but my cousin still lives in the UK and has a number of copies of his photographs aswell as…"
Oct 30, 2010
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1853 Photographic Society of London award

"The name of the person it was awarded to should be inscribed on the edge. I have the same bronze medal award to none other than Walter B. WOODBURY in 1883 for the stannotype. David Likar in Melbourne collects these Photographic Society, later Royal…"
Mar 23, 2010
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Richard Cynan Jones

"Hello Richard, Are you any relation of the Rev'd Calvert Richard Jones an early Calotype enthusiastic Welsh friend of William Henry Fox Talbot............... who married Kit Talbot to Lady Charlotte Butler in 1835?"
Mar 13, 2010
Michael Pritchard commented on Alan M. Preston's blog post Victorian Photographer: Rev. Montague (Monty) Bird - Walton on the Wolds.
"Bird doesn't appear in the list of members in Margaret Harker's book on the Link Ring."
Feb 21, 2010
Alan M. Preston replied to Bill Becker's discussion Linked Ring 1902 Bronze Plaque
"Hello, I have a keen interest of the photographic history of both the Linked Ring and the London Photographic Salon - and have been providing information/photographs about both the early history of these Photographic associations and their members…"
Nov 12, 2009
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Victorian Photographer Francis Frith: finding of a huge collection of his Glass Negatives and Prints:

While studying my Prints taken from the Glass Plates of the Victorian Photographer, Rev. Montague (Monty) Bird (see my Blog) in my local village Pub on Boxing Day - I, by chance discussed the Prints with a couple who were visiting the Pub, and they informed me that they had a huge Collection (1000's of Glass Negatives and Prints) taken by the Victorian Photographer, Francis Frith. I am subsequently in communication with them, as this appears to be a very important Collection in the history of… Continue

Posted on December 27, 2010 at 16:11 — 1 Comment

Victorian Photographer: Rev. Montague (Monty) Bird - Walton on the Wolds.

A friend, while playing with her sister in the Loft of there home - the Old Parsonage in the early 1950's - discovered many glass photographic plates taken by the Victorian Photographer, the Reverend Montague 'Monty' Bird.



He was a fine and enthusiastic photographer and pioneer motoring enthusiast - who took many images of local events and characters ....... and specialised in humorous PhotoMontages (skeleton dinner parties/ winged car flying over the Rectory (somewhat pre dated…

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Posted on February 20, 2010 at 23:00 — 4 Comments

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At 12:55 on March 1, 2011, Clare Freestone said…

Just a small selection of Arbuthnots at the NPG:  you can see some of them on our website under search the collection. Hope this helps.

many thanks

Clare

 



At 12:52 on March 1, 2011, Clare Freestone said…

Dear Alan,

I don't know of any photographer relation named Paul, but how fascinating!

Clare

At 20:20 on February 21, 2011, Lucy Gillies (nee Bird) said…

Dear Alan

I did receive the books from David - thank you.

I would be interested to get copies of the glass plates if that is possible.

I actually found your details when I was showing my dad the powers of the internet (he is always facinated how I ca spend so much timein front of my laptop - but also at the wealth of knowledge that is out there. So we did a search for Montague Bird and came across your comment in the BPH!

Looking forward to hearing more about your research into the Glass plates.

 

regards

Lucy

 

At 14:08 on February 21, 2011, Antiquarianphotographer said…
Good morning Alan~  I have not come across Rev. Bird's name but I will be on the lookout from now on for you.  Best of luck~Judith
At 18:56 on January 27, 2011, Michael Wong said…
Hi Alan,
Thanks for your kind words re the Brian Duffy blog. Glad that you managed to view the TV documentary! I shall keep you posted via the BPH blogs if I come across any more info on this great legend! Yes, you are right - time due for his biography......
At 18:11 on December 21, 2010, Alan M. Preston said…

Hello Michael,

From documentation I have been given - the date of this Leica 250 DD appears to be specific to 1932 - as Leica specifically for 1932,then used a 2000 year old high quality 'Niello' technique called 'Wismut' which is a 'lead inlay' applied after engraving ..... which has also been an unusual feature of this Leica 250  DD Camera.

 

 
 
 

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