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Anyone recognize this bridge? 1860's Oval albumen
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Hello, I am looking for information on this Photo. 1860's oval albumen, 15 x 10 inches. Does anyone recognize this bridge? Scotland? Wales? I have included a close up of the charming man in the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by David McGreevy Jun 11, 2018.

Fox Talbot "modern calotype" issued by the Royal Photographic Society?
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Hello, i am looking for any information regarding a series of prints issued in 1989 By the Sunday Times / The Royal Photographic Society. This one- "Fruit and Vegetable Sellers" states that it is a…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by David McGreevy Jun 28, 2013.

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david g burder commented on David McGreevy's blog post Help identify this strange French optical viewer
"Being interested in all things 3D, I also have some later variations of this, circa 1950's, which I purchased over the years at Photographica. In front of me, I have The "Ensign Snapscope" with its 4 1/2inch diameter mirror, and its…"
May 18
david g burder commented on David McGreevy's blog post Help identify this strange French optical viewer
"A side thought- As John Marriage said, the mirror reverses the image. So, it would be one way of correcting a Daguerreotype, as well as enlarging its detail. Handy!"
May 18
Glenn C. Samson commented on David McGreevy's blog post Help identify this strange French optical viewer
"I have one like this and it is called a SHOMESCOPE.  It is trademarked as such, and on the bottom states: PATENTED MARCH 25, 1914 Shomescope Mfg. Co., Kansas City, Mo."
May 18
John Marriage commented on David McGreevy's blog post Help identify this strange French optical viewer
"I have something like this too, and have been somewhat puzzled about its use. Unlike yours it has no maker's mark. A key practical difference is that there are three grooves for the pictures, and they are all too narrow to take a CdV or a…"
May 11
David McGreevy posted a blog post

Help identify this strange French optical viewer

This is a device that is new to me, I don't even know what to call it. 6 x 6" box, it has a concave mirror and slots to fit photos. Not at all like a Graphoscope. You position yourself behind the photo and view the enlarged image in the mirror. Rather clever, as you can see both the front and back of a CDV at the same time.Does anyone know what this is called?…See More
May 8
Bob Bennett left a comment for David McGreevy
"David I’d be grateful if you could send my original, full explanation back to me if you could, as I spent a lot of effort typing it out on my phone and would like to be able to use it again. I hadn’t realised that responses were…"
May 1
David Robert Jones commented on David McGreevy's blog post Research: Roger Fenton Crimea salt print, question about labeling.
"Hi David, I cannot definitely say whether your print was an original or a later copy. However, as you know, '199'  refers to the number of the portrait in Agnew's catalogue for the London exhibition that began in…"
Apr 30
Bob Bennett commented on David McGreevy's blog post Research Request: Grenadier Guards, 1850s
"For the officers image. Left to right standing: Royal Artillery, 1st of Foot Royal Scots, Grenadier (Foot) Guards, Foot Guards unknown due to oilskin cap cover, Junior Staff Officer, Rifle Brigade, 42nd Highlanders Black Watch. Officer kneeling,…"
Apr 29
Bob Bennett commented on David McGreevy's blog post Research Request: Grenadier Guards, 1850s
"For the NCOs photo, left to right: Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers, Scots Fusilier (Foot) Guards, School of Musketry Instructor, Royal Horse Artillery, Coldstream (Foot) Guards, 78th Highlanders, Grenadier (Foot) Guards, Rifle Brigade, 9th (East…"
Apr 29
Bob Bennett commented on David McGreevy's blog post Research Request: Grenadier Guards, 1850s
"I don’t understand why it’s been edited and shortened? Did I waste my time explaining the full background?"
Apr 29
David McGreevy commented on David McGreevy's blog post Research Request: Grenadier Guards, 1850s
"Hi Bob, It's still up, i just approved it."
Apr 29
Bob Bennett commented on David McGreevy's blog post Research Request: Grenadier Guards, 1850s
"What happened to the very lengthy previous post explaining the background to the Northern small arms school at the Euston Hotel?"
Apr 29
Bob Bennett commented on David McGreevy's blog post Research Request: Grenadier Guards, 1850s
"The photos with the Doric columns definitely show the Euston Hotel which was the Northern depot for the School of Musketry after it was set up. The principal depot was at Hythe and after the initial surge of officer and SNCO students had been…"
Apr 29
Bob Bennett commented on David McGreevy's blog post Research Request: Grenadier Guards, 1850s
"Post Script. The officers and SNCOs within each group photograph wear their regimental dress and so such images are immensely useful to historians of uniforms and insignia and yet have never been collected together to form a study."
Apr 29
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Research: Roger Fenton Crimea salt print, question about labeling.

This is a recently acquired salt print, 'Col. Dickson, Royal Engineers' by Roger Fenton. It is mounted on the usual large 18 x 24" page. Rather than having the number printed in the title, it is hand written in ink on the obverse. Is this an early 'proof'? A later copy?…See More
Apr 28
David McGreevy commented on David Robert Jones's blog post Mistakes in the titles of Crimean War photographs held by collections
"David, this is fascinating, solid research. Thank you. I have a recently acquired Fenton Crimean photo, and I have a big question about the printing and labelling, I'm finding it difficult to find online information about how these were…"
Apr 27

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At 11:01 on May 1, 2020, Bob Bennett said…
David I’d be grateful if you could send my original, full explanation back to me if you could, as I spent a lot of effort typing it out on my phone and would like to be able to use it again. I hadn’t realised that responses were sometimes edited. Thank you. Let me know if you need my email address.
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At 9:21 on June 26, 2019, Bob Bennett said…
Each unit was to select a musketry officer for training at either the School of Musketry, Hythe, or its pro tem outstation in the Euston Hotel, Fleetwood, Lancashire. Both establishments had extensive ranges nearby. This was as a result of the widespread issue of rifle muskets to the infantry in the mid-1850s.
At 11:34 on September 19, 2017, christopher nutt said…

Hi David- I have two photographs by J.M.C one of Herschel and one depicting The Angel at the Sepulchre they measure 133x110 and110x85 respectively. These photographs came with an miniature album purchased from a sale at Youlgrave Hall near Litchfield. H.H. Camerons wife lived at that address in the thirties and the sale was on the premises about 25 years ago. Unfortunately I could not get the owner of the miniature album to sell it to me but I know his family sold it later to a museum. Hope this helps. Chris

At 15:10 on September 5, 2013, Donald Stewart said…

Hi David - The Civil War exhibition was stunning though it has now closed at the Met but will be at Charleston, S.C. then New Orleans. I have no regrets about going over for such a short visit.  The Cameron show was also very good but quite small.  Discovered that MoMA was doing a 75th anniversary showing on Walker Evans' American Photographs which was also superb though didn't include all the images from the 1938 show.  Jeff Rosenheim who curated the Civil War exhibition has written an excellent book on this but there is neither a book nor a catalogue of the Cameron show.

regards, Donald.

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Help identify this strange French optical viewer

This is a device that is new to me, I don't even know what to call it. 6 x 6" box, it has a concave mirror and slots to fit photos. Not at all like a Graphoscope. You position yourself behind the photo and view the enlarged image in the mirror. Rather clever, as you can see both the front and back of a CDV at the same time.

Does anyone know what this…

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Posted on May 8, 2020 at 20:00 — 5 Comments

Research: Roger Fenton Crimea salt print, question about labeling.

This is a recently acquired salt print, 'Col. Dickson, Royal Engineers' by Roger Fenton. It is mounted on the usual large 18 x 24" page. Rather than having the number printed in the title, it is hand written in ink on the obverse. Is this an early 'proof'? A later copy?…

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Posted on April 27, 2020 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

Help identify the Photographer, Grenadier Guards

I am looking for any information about the Photographer of this recently acquired albumen photo: Sir Henry Fletcher being served by mess waiter Robert. Seller says it's from an 1853 Album from the Musketry School at Hythe.

Curiously, The Grenadier Guards website is selling copies of this image, but listing the waiter or location as Windsor.…

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Posted on April 14, 2020 at 18:00

Help ID this military CDV.

I recently purchased this CDV, the identification said only  "British".

The back is blank. Can anyone help me figure out this scene?

Thanks, David…

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Posted on December 13, 2019 at 21:30 — 6 Comments

 
 
 

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