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Printing Old Negatives.


I can offer members a traditional black and white printing service from your old 35mm, roll film, sheet and glass negatives. Fibre based silver prints or resin coated proofs and contact sheets are individually hand printed.

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Posted on November 28, 2011 at 10:51

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At 22:31 on June 9, 2019, David Puddifoot said…

Dear Mr Sumner

I volunteer at the Morrab Library photo archive in Penzance. We have recently been given some images of west Penwith from an album by J W G Gutch. To learn more about Gutch I bought a copy of your book which I have enjoyed very much. I was, personally, particularly intrigued that amongst the housed visited or stayed in by Gutch was Alverton Cottage which happens to be my home. Would it be cheeky of me to ask if you could point me in the direction of the source of this information? I have obtained access to copies of two articles Gutch wrote for Photographic Notes but find no information as to places visited or his hosts. We also have a copy of a photograph of Alverton Cottage taken around 1860. It seems likely that it is by Gutch. 

In this connection you mention the name A. Bennett. As well as digitising work at the library I am putting together a history of my house. A Mrs Peel who lived in the house for some time died in 1858 so the next inhabitant is of great interest to me.

Best wishes

David Puddifoot 

At 17:50 on July 7, 2016, Meir Berk said…
Hello Ian,
The other image is the one I sent you before of the Gulval church.
The Land's End image is a salt print and as you say very faded.
They are both stuck to the back of an album cover.
Kind regards,
At 20:42 on July 7, 2011, Dr Patrick Shanahan said…

Dear Ian,

I apologise for than and thank you for give me Noel's contact details.

Best wishes,


At 12:07 on July 6, 2011, Dr Patrick Shanahan said…

Hi Ian,

Just spoken to Roger Watson regarding John Dillwyn Llewelyn's Cornish calotypes and he informs me you are writting a book on JDL.  I'm researching Cornish connections and the early development of photography and wondered if you know the whereabouts, other than Swansea Museum, of other JDL calotypes?

Best wishes,


At 18:37 on March 15, 2010, Meir Berk said…
Helo Ian,
Just in case you don't get my email, I enclose a jpeg of the photo of Gulval Chuch by Gooch,
Kind regards,


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