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Meir Berk commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Obituary: Beryl Vosburgh née Roques (1932-2016)
"Her shop was my regular on Saturdays. She was a lovely lady, may she rest in peace."
Jul 11, 2016
Tim McGee commented on Meir Berk's blog post Frederick Hollyer
"Meir, I believe the third image (just after the two of the little girl) is Violet Lindsay. There is a photograph of her in the V&A by Frederick Hollyer. You can see the resemblance (attached)."
Aug 4, 2015
Jayne Shrimpton commented on Meir Berk's blog post A Beach in England
"Hello Meir I'm sorry, I can't identify the location, but the date is c.1894-8. This is indicated by the evidence of dress, particularly that of the ladies and girl in the foreground. Perhaps the time frame will help in some way. "
Oct 21, 2013
Paul Godfrey commented on Meir Berk's blog post A Beach in England
"I am not a local to the Margate area but I think this photograph is of Newgate Gap, Cliftonville, Margate. It's possible the bathing machines in the background were owned by the Pettman family."
Oct 19, 2013
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A Beach in England

I could not resist sharing this albumen print taken in about 1880s.I admired its content and composition which I think is outstanding.I would appreciate any clarification about the location. Could it be Ramsgate?ThanksMeir…See More
Oct 19, 2013
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Chess Players

I thought I would share an image (carbon print on porcelain plaque) of these lady chess players in my collection. The plaque measures 13x17 cm approximately. The composition reminded me of similar images by Lewis Carroll.Any information about authorship would be welcomed.Thanks.See More
Nov 13, 2012
James Morley commented on Meir Berk's blog post Calotype of bridge
"Hi Meir, I posted this out to my @PhotosOfThePast twitter followers and very quickly got the location - it's the English Bridge, Shrewsbury.  A quick search on Google Images confirms this and reveals many paintings and other images of the…"
Jun 1, 2012
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Calotype of bridge

Seeing a new copy of a Calotype for identification in the recent blogs made me think of a calotype in my collection. It measures approximately 18x11 cm. I enclose images of the Calotype and watermark which reads Turner photo paper. I would appreciate any comments about the location of the bridge and the photographer.…See More
May 29, 2012
Meir Berk commented on Meir Berk's blog post Covent Garden Flower women
"Hello, Mr Brewer Thanks for your comment. I found that the whole program was an ego trip for John Sergeant, who obviously thinks he is a great photographer.Yours disappointed. Meir"
Mar 29, 2012
Nicholas Brewer commented on Meir Berk's blog post Covent Garden Flower women
"Very good point. This is quite an error if you are correct. I have been watching the show a little on the iplayer and saw this one earlier in the week. I find them disappointing over all. What are your thoughts?"
Mar 28, 2012
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Mar 25, 2012
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Cased tinted salt print portrait by Gustave Le Gray

Here is a cased and tinted salt print of a young man by Gustave Le Gray taken between 1856 and 1860. I decided to create this blog because I have not come across another during my 20 years of collecting.I would appreciate comments by members who might have seen or own similar items.  Kind regards,  Meir…See More
Mar 10, 2012
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Charming Scottish Ambrotype

I could not resist sharing with you this compelling half plate ambrotype image of four Scottish children, one of the best compositions I have seen.   Meir…See More
Mar 9, 2012
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Impressive Beards

Hello all, The subject of impressive beards being topical, I thought I would add a cabinet photo by Villiers and Sons. Who is the guy by the way? Regards, Meir Villiers%26sons.jpgSee More
Mar 7, 2012
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1850-1860's Welsh? Photo Album

Hello All,  I would be very interested to hear from anyone who can recognize the people in these photos.  The self portrait staring into the camera, whoI believe is the photographer is the frontispiece of the album. Help!  Regards, Meir…See More
Feb 19, 2012
David Henry Kingston commented on Meir Berk's blog post Rejlander
"I think this was taken by Rejlander, and I think I know the identity of the lady. The man resembles Rejlander, but he may be a model. The backdrop has featured in several Rejlander photographs. the photograph was almost certainly taken in the…"
Dec 31, 2011

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A Beach in England

I could not resist sharing this albumen print taken in about 1880s.

I admired its content and composition which I think is outstanding.

I would appreciate any clarification about the location. Could it be Ramsgate?

Thanks

Meir…

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Posted on October 19, 2013 at 8:30 — 3 Comments

Chess Players

I thought I would share an image (carbon print on porcelain plaque) of these lady chess players in my collection. The plaque measures 13x17 cm approximately. The composition reminded me of similar images by Lewis Carroll.

Any information about authorship would be welcomed.

Thanks.…

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Posted on November 12, 2012 at 19:00

Calotype of bridge

Seeing a new copy of a Calotype for identification in the recent blogs made me think of a calotype in my collection. It measures approximately 18x11 cm. I enclose images of the Calotype and watermark which reads Turner photo paper. I would appreciate any comments about the location of the bridge and the…

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Posted on May 29, 2012 at 9:00 — 1 Comment

Covent Garden Flower women

In his television series "Britain's First Photo Album", broadcast on the 12th March on BBC2, John Sergeant repeatedly refers to the John Thomson photo of "Covent Garden Flower Women" as having been taken by Francis Frith.

He also shows another Thomson photo "Covent Garden Labourers" in…

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Posted on March 25, 2012 at 10:27 — 2 Comments

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At 17:45 on November 11, 2009, Larry J Schaaf said…
I don't recall if you have seen my 1989 facsimile of The Pencil of Nature but this is figure 37 in the Introductory Volume. You might be amused that Harrison Horblitt marked his copy as being extracted from an Art Union (it is now at Harvard). My Catalogue Raisonne number for this image is Schaaf 1445. I'm not really used to communicating like this through a 'social network' (is that what it is?) - please feel free to contact me directly at ljs@verizon.net - or we can continue through here - if you have many Talbots, perhaps you could send me scans and whatever details you have on them - I'll integrate the information into the Catalogue Raisonne (your identity can be kept private, if you wish) and pass along any information that I already have on the images. Larry
At 13:53 on November 11, 2009, Larry J Schaaf said…
Hello, good to hear from you again after lo these many years. Lacking the dimensions, paper type and a larger image, I can only guess so much. While Jones did a number of views of the Temple of Vesta this is not one that I know. I would not have thought of Jones stylistically looking at this, especially the low camera angle and lack of integration of the background. Rev. Bridges? But of course there were a lot of photographers active in Rome in the 1840s and it could be just about anybody. Are there any markings? Provenance? Larry
 
 
 

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