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Britannia's Electric Portraits Ltd
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Has anyone done any research into this firm, which appears to have operated across around 13 different towns from 1917 until the 1960s? I have been trying to discover details of the individuals…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Les Waters Dec 17, 2018.

RPS photographer listings - availability
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Dear All,Does anyone know whether the RPS Historical Group photographer listings for different counties, mentioned here:…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Pritchard May 11, 2018.

Anyone researching or interested in "sub carte de visite size portraits"
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Towards the end of the 19th Century, as competition forced down prices between professional photographers, so some looked for new products beyond the carte de visite, the cabinet and postcard formats…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Les Waters Apr 30, 2018.

PhotoLondon site
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Does anyone know what happened to the excellent PhotoLondon site? The URL now points to somewhere on the Museum of London's site. Is the information that was formerly available there now on another…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Peter Domankiewicz Feb 19, 2018.

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Les Waters replied to Les Waters's discussion Britannia's Electric Portraits Ltd
"Thanks very much Michael for these additional items about the firm. I will add these into the narrative."
Dec 17, 2018
Les Waters replied to Les Waters's discussion Britannia's Electric Portraits Ltd
"Thanks Brett, I was not aware of this excellent piece of research by George Caulton - I need to re-write some of the material about the Lincoln studio."
Dec 17, 2018
Michael Pritchard replied to Les Waters's discussion Britannia's Electric Portraits Ltd
"A news item in the British Journal of Photography, 22 May 2931, notes that Nuva Portraits has purchased the business of Britannia's Electric Portraits Ltd of 51 Cross Cheaping, Coventry and it will be carried on under their name. I have a…"
Dec 17, 2018
Brett Payne replied to Les Waters's discussion Britannia's Electric Portraits Ltd
"Thanks for this interesting history, Les, which sheds a bit of light on the firm which had a couple of branches in Derbyshire (Chesterfield and Ilkeston), so is of relevance to my own research.It might be worth mentioning, if you hadn't already…"
Dec 16, 2018
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Britannia's Electric Portraits Ltd

Has anyone done any research into this firm, which appears to have operated across around 13 different towns from 1917 until the 1960s? I have been trying to discover details of the individuals behind the company, but sadly little has survived about what must have been a moderately successful enterprise. The little I have discovered so far can be found at http://www.fadingimages.uk/britannia.asp.  Does anyone know who was behind this firm?…See More
Dec 16, 2018
Rachael Moloney left a comment for Les Waters
"Hi Les Thanks very much for your memo about the additional Stickyback information on Fading Images. I will take a look. We're still working on our proposed Stickyback show at Swindon Art Gallery, now likely for 2019, so will keep you…"
May 15, 2018
Michael Pritchard replied to Les Waters's discussion RPS photographer listings - availability
"They are not available online, but are available for purchase from the Group. If it's a just a couple of names you want checking let me know off list and I can check them for you. "
May 11, 2018
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RPS photographer listings - availability

Dear All,Does anyone know whether the RPS Historical Group photographer listings for different counties, mentioned here: http://www.rps.org/blogs/2013/september/researching-historical-photographers  are available anywhere online? I wanted to check out something in the listing for Herefordshire, and this is clearly a very useful set of resources to be able to access.ThanksLes WatersSee More
May 11, 2018
Les Waters replied to Les Waters's discussion Anyone researching or interested in "sub carte de visite size portraits"
"I've now added some of these and some new text on the genre to my site at www.fadingimages.uk/subgenre.asp - I would welcome comments or additional information please."
Apr 30, 2018
Brett Payne replied to Les Waters's discussion Anyone researching or interested in "sub carte de visite size portraits"
"I'd not seen that. Very useful, thank you."
Apr 6, 2018
Les Waters replied to Les Waters's discussion Anyone researching or interested in "sub carte de visite size portraits"
"According to Cassell's Cyclopedia of Photography, B.Jones, 1911, there were specific British sizes for mounts, not only "Midgets", but for "Victoria Midgets", "Cabinet Midgets", "Promenade Midgets",…"
Apr 6, 2018
Brett Payne replied to Les Waters's discussion Anyone researching or interested in "sub carte de visite size portraits"
"Thank you, Les. This helps to put it all into some perspective."
Apr 3, 2018
Les Waters replied to Les Waters's discussion Anyone researching or interested in "sub carte de visite size portraits"
"I have added a couple of images of studio camera backs used to take midget and stamp sized negatives. Both are from Marion and Co's 1906 Photographic Catalogue. The first is a "Repeating Midget Back". This could be used with a 1/2…"
Apr 3, 2018
Les Waters replied to Les Waters's discussion Anyone researching or interested in "sub carte de visite size portraits"
"Some interesting examples Brett. These are all examples of tiny portraits which have been made into better looking, bigger,  products by mounting them on different types and sizes of card mounts. Perhaps this whole genre should be divided into…"
Apr 2, 2018
Brett Payne replied to Les Waters's discussion Anyone researching or interested in "sub carte de visite size portraits"
"a couple more from my collection"
Apr 2, 2018
Brett Payne replied to Les Waters's discussion Anyone researching or interested in "sub carte de visite size portraits"
"Yes, I'm interested in these too, although I have few examples to share, and even less in the way of information. I'll post a few that I have from A Seaman and Sons of Chesterfield (and further afield, DB Seaman who you mentioned being one…"
Apr 2, 2018

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Cambridgeshire Photographers 1840-2000 and sub carte de visite sized products

I run a website on Cambridgeshire Photographers 1840-2000 www.fadingimages.uk . I am always interested in images to illustrate the work of these photographers and would be very pleased to collaborate with other collectors or photo historians. Please get in touch if you spot any errors on the site or have information or images you would like to add .

Having tried unsuccessfully to research a couple of Stickyback photographers in Peterborough I have now developed a second site, www.stickybacks.uk, on sub carte de visite sized photographic products, their origins and practitioners UK wide. The site is still in its infancy, but growing. I would welcome comments, suggestions, examples and collaboration on anything covered by this site.

Many Thanks. Les

webmaster@fadingimages.uk

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At 19:46 on May 15, 2018, Rachael Moloney said…

Hi Les

Thanks very much for your memo about the additional Stickyback information on Fading Images. I will take a look. We're still working on our proposed Stickyback show at Swindon Art Gallery, now likely for 2019, so will keep you posted.

Best,

Rachael

At 20:38 on October 15, 2017, Rachael Moloney said…

Hi Les

Thanks so much for your repsonse to my Stickyback blog. I referenced yours and David's sites in my original post actually (using the title for yours that comes up - Cambridgeshire Photographers). Both your sets of information regarding Stickybacks was so helpful in its scope and detail. I will let you know certainly if I dig up any details on the Peterborough photographer. I'd seen the article about the Cornwall collection – some wonderful images in the mix there. Here is our Family Museum email (thefamilymusuem@gmail.com) if you would be kind enough to pass on Jon Symon's contact details, and then we can contact you too regarding our Stickyback progress and the show.

Kind regards,

Rachael

 
 
 

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