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

I run a website on Cambridgeshire Photographers 1840-2000 . 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,, 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

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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.



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 ( 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,



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