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What was this piece of equipment used for?
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Hello everyone,My first post regards a mystery -- at least to me.I purchased this object for a few £'s at a charity shop in Christchurch, England, because: 1) it clearly seemed to have something to…Continue

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Arthur Margolin replied to Arthur Margolin's discussion What was this piece of equipment used for?
"Ah, Serendipity smiled upon you that day! Thanks for the follow-up -- I look forward to seeing those very intriguing images.... Best, Arthur"
Nov 30
Charles Herbert replied to Arthur Margolin's discussion What was this piece of equipment used for?
"Arthur, I was very happy that I turned out to be the only bidder. Two double slides (one 12x10 in), in beautiful mahogany, a pneumatic shutter ( appears not to work with a bulb, but works via rotating knob - inscribed with TT&H, the famous…"
Nov 26
Arthur Margolin replied to Arthur Margolin's discussion What was this piece of equipment used for?
"Thank you Charles -- that one's a beauty. Interesting to see the associated paraphernalia too.... Best wishes, Arthur"
Nov 3
Charles Herbert replied to Arthur Margolin's discussion What was this piece of equipment used for?
"Here is another example that was sold today. http://specialauctionservices.com/large/cm021117/lot0149.html It is a Coles Improved Retouching Desk sold by Marion and Co, 22 and 23 Soho Square, London. This or earlier models were made from 1883."
Nov 3
Arthur Margolin replied to Arthur Margolin's discussion What was this piece of equipment used for?
"Many thanks, Roger and Steve...fascinating to see this additional material, providing greater context for my erstwhile mysterious box. Best wishes, Arthur P.S. Tangentially: Roger -- I must say that that's a particularly cool looking lamp in in…"
Oct 25
Steve Lightfoot replied to Arthur Margolin's discussion What was this piece of equipment used for?
"There is also one in the Kodak Gallery of the Bradford Science and Media Museum and you can see one similar being advertised by Percy Lund in his 1887 catalogue. https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=gri.ark:/13960/t7dr6qh0q;view=1up;seq=33 and…"
Oct 24
Roger Mead replied to Arthur Margolin's discussion What was this piece of equipment used for?
" Thought you might like to see this photograph. It is of a similar retouching desk in the workshop of E Chambre Hardman.  The Hardmn House is run by the National Trust and is a unique resource being the complete studios and darkrooms of…"
Oct 23
Arthur Margolin replied to Arthur Margolin's discussion What was this piece of equipment used for?
"Thanks Richard -- very interesting. (Hmm, I wonder if Adobe can add a tool to Photoshop simulating electrical vibration?)"
Oct 16
darrin hill replied to Arthur Margolin's discussion What was this piece of equipment used for?
"lovely....  you brits have the good stuff... cant find anything like that here in the states."
Oct 9
Arthur Margolin replied to Arthur Margolin's discussion What was this piece of equipment used for?
"Thank you Michael.  Mystery solved -- came to the right place, obviously! Googling "negative retouching desk",  it looks like this one might be missing the upper overhanging lid (?) I would indeed be interested to see a…"
Sep 25
Michael Pritchard replied to Arthur Margolin's discussion What was this piece of equipment used for?
"It's a retouching desk. "
Sep 25
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What was this piece of equipment used for?

Hello everyone,My first post regards a mystery -- at least to me.I purchased this object for a few £'s at a charity shop in Christchurch, England, because: 1) it clearly seemed to have something to do with photography, and 2) I had no idea what that might be.It's made by Johnsons of Hendon, a firm, I understand, that was for many decades a major supplier of photography-related chemicals and equipment. But beyond that easily obtainable fact (the nameplate is on the front of the drawer), I have…See More
Sep 25
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