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Looking for early photos of the Menai Suspension and Britannia Tubular Bridges
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This year is the 200th anniversary of the first stone being laid for the construction of the Menai Suspension Bridge. This predates photography but as a trustee of Menai Heritage I'm interested in…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Kay Jul 10.

The Photographic Journal, April 9th 1859 (No. 82)

I wonder if anyone has access to a copy of the above which still has its advertisements intact? I am looking for a scan of the advert for Grubb lenses in this issue because it is referred to in later…Continue

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Paul Kay replied to Paul Kay's discussion Looking for early photos of the Menai Suspension and Britannia Tubular Bridges
"Thanks Sue. That's useful for dating buildings. I'll forward the link to the collections panel."
Jul 10
Su Floyd replied to Paul Kay's discussion Looking for early photos of the Menai Suspension and Britannia Tubular Bridges
"Much later than you were hoping for, there are images from 1899/1900 for both bridges in my Flickr set here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsjzKPWEk - said by my mother to have been taken by the vicar of Sankey church - digitised from 1/4 plate glass…"
Jul 9
Paul Kay replied to Paul Kay's discussion Looking for early photos of the Menai Suspension and Britannia Tubular Bridges
"Both would be really useful. I'll try to pm you with my contact details. Many thanks. Paul"
Jul 9
Chris Albury replied to Paul Kay's discussion Looking for early photos of the Menai Suspension and Britannia Tubular Bridges
"In April 2003 we sold three small salt prints, on two pieces of card, showing the construction of the Britannia Tubular Bridge in 1849. I have the full description and (sadly just) one image of the largest photograph (125 x 145 mm), initialled J.P.…"
Jul 9
michael g. jacob replied to Paul Kay's discussion Looking for early photos of the Menai Suspension and Britannia Tubular Bridges
"Don't worry about it. But Bedford is defintely a trail to follow. He photographed extensively in North Wales."
Jul 9
Paul Kay replied to Paul Kay's discussion Looking for early photos of the Menai Suspension and Britannia Tubular Bridges
"Thanks for your email and scans - they are great. I tried to thank you by email but my reply bounced and I'm trying to find out why. I'll be in touch when this is sorted to thank you properly. Thanks, Paul"
Jul 9
Paul Kay left a comment for Paul Kay
"That sounds quite reasonable datewise. I'll see if anyone can sed any further light on anything which might date it further. Many thanks. Paul"
Jul 8
michael g. jacob left a comment for Paul Kay
"And here's the bridge. My guess would be about 1860-1862."
Jul 8
michael g. jacob left a comment for Paul Kay
"Here's the cdv by Bedford, Paul."
Jul 8
michael g. jacob replied to Paul Kay's discussion Looking for early photos of the Menai Suspension and Britannia Tubular Bridges
"I'd be pleased to do so. How high, and where do I send it?"
Jul 8
Paul Kay replied to Paul Kay's discussion Looking for early photos of the Menai Suspension and Britannia Tubular Bridges
"Thanks Michael. No. 58 would certainly be of interest. Bedford seems to have visited North Wales on a number of occasions so anything by him is of interest, the only question being its date because I think that the vistis were spread over about 30…"
Jul 8
michael g. jacob replied to Paul Kay's discussion Looking for early photos of the Menai Suspension and Britannia Tubular Bridges
"Oops!"
Jul 8
michael g. jacob replied to Paul Kay's discussion Looking for early photos of the Menai Suspension and Britannia Tubular Bridges
"Let me know if you are interested in either/both of these cdvsby Bedford."
Jul 8
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Looking for early photos of the Menai Suspension and Britannia Tubular Bridges

This year is the 200th anniversary of the first stone being laid for the construction of the Menai Suspension Bridge. This predates photography but as a trustee of Menai Heritage I'm interested in finding any early photographic images of either of the bridges which span the Menai Strait. We have some 1860s stereo images but nothing prior to this, although we are aware that images do exist. If anyone can help by providing either digital files of early images which we (as an accredited museum)…See More
Jul 4
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The Photographic Journal, April 9th 1859 (No. 82)

I wonder if anyone has access to a copy of the above which still has its advertisements intact? I am looking for a scan of the advert for Grubb lenses in this issue because it is referred to in later adverts. Any similar information would also be much appreciated. Thanks, PaulSee More
Jun 12
Paul Kay replied to Nigel Richards's discussion Grubb Lens Dublin
"Late to this topic but in case its still of interest here are my comments. You appear to have a Grubb made 'Carte de Visite or Portrait Combination' Petzval lens designed to cover or 4" x 3". Each (front and back) lens diameter…"
Jun 7

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At 16:28 on July 8, 2019, Paul Kay said…

That sounds quite reasonable datewise. I'll see if anyone can sed any further light on anything which might date it further. Many thanks.

Paul

At 16:12 on July 8, 2019, michael g. jacob said…

And here's the bridge. My guess would be about 1860-1862.

At 16:11 on July 8, 2019, michael g. jacob said…

Here's the cdv by Bedford, Paul.

 
 
 

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