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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 — 2 Comments

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…


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



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!


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.





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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