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Research: Bermondsey - the earliest photographic images - 1840-1860

I am researching a number of different aspects of mid 19th century Bermondsey (Southwark, South London), but when I search for early photographs of the parish, usually the images that I find in most local history or photographic collections are circa 1890-1930. I realise that Bermondsey was a pretty unappetising place for photographs in the 1840's, 1850's and 1860's and that any photographs may have been taken to highlight the plight of the poor or the workers in the predominant industry of…See More
Jun 8, 2015
Peter Leonard commented on Peter Leonard's blog post Information: Photos identification and questions
"fantastic feedback and opinions - thank you for your expertise both. Peter"
Apr 1, 2015
Robert Pols commented on Peter Leonard's blog post Information: Photos identification and questions
"Like David, I can't fully make out the details of the cover design, but I agree that it appears to feature a moulded still-life wreath of a fruit-and-veg kind. The photograph itself is hidden from our view inside the case. But, unless it…"
Apr 1, 2015
David Gobbitt commented on Peter Leonard's blog post Information: Photos identification and questions
"Apologies - the "Wreath of Fruit" link is in fact here."
Apr 1, 2015
David Gobbitt commented on Peter Leonard's blog post Information: Photos identification and questions
"Frank's step-sister Marian (1844-1930) would seem to be quite a likely candidate, and it would be surprising if none of her many descendants had inherited other photographs that could be compared with this one.Without the benefit of a…"
Apr 1, 2015
Peter Leonard commented on Peter Leonard's blog post Information: Photos identification and questions
"David, Robert, We now think we know who this lady is. We think it is Marion Sarah Walton, Frank's younger sister, born in 1843 so in the age range of 28-33 years in the WINN photo in 1871-76. We know she had a son called John Stewart who died…"
Mar 31, 2015
Robert Pols commented on Peter Leonard's blog post Information: Photos identification and questions
"Re the union case: whilst I do feel it's being offered for the viewer's consideration, I take David's point that you'd expect it to be opened to reveal the picture inside. That would, indeed, be the usual practice. I'm…"
Mar 30, 2015
Peter Leonard commented on Peter Leonard's blog post Information: Photos identification and questions
"David & Robert, thanks for your comments.  Robert, I have your book "Dating 19thC Photographs and my ancestor, Frank Walton's CDV design is shown on Page 86 - many thanks for that."
Mar 30, 2015
David Gobbitt commented on Peter Leonard's blog post Information: Photos identification and questions
"Good points, Robert. The front of the case is certainly displayed very prominently, and perhaps embossed with an initial letter of some significance. But if this is not merely a studio prop, I wonder why the photograph inside is not shown…"
Mar 30, 2015
Robert Pols commented on Peter Leonard's blog post Information: Photos identification and questions
"The picture by Winn is interesting, and I'm sure the cased photograph she's holding has to be the key to its significance. It seems to be being displayed to the camera rather than just keeping her hands busy, and whilst it partly obscures…"
Mar 30, 2015
David Gobbitt commented on Peter Leonard's blog post Information: Photos identification and questions
"The photographer Benjamin Winn (1843-1905) is listed at 369 Kingsland Road, Hackney, from 1871 to 1876 (www.photolondon.org.uk) so if his subject was about 25 to 30 years old, she could have been born in the 1840s. Her fur-trimmed clothing looks too…"
Mar 29, 2015
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Information: Photos identification and questions

Can anyone help with the three photographs below and the questions posted? Date of Photo and age of manDate of Photo and age of womanCan anyone help - we think they are…See More
Mar 28, 2015
Peter Leonard commented on Peter Leonard's blog post New English photographic finds from GGG Uncle Frank Walton (Leeds photographer 1860-1910)
"Thanks Graham. I appreciate your thoughts. I am pretty certain that the images DO relate to family members not necessarily Waltons but certainly cousins, as these 4 images are amongst a tranche of about 60 CDV's most of which are identiable and…"
Sep 9, 2013
Graham Wood commented on Peter Leonard's blog post New English photographic finds from GGG Uncle Frank Walton (Leeds photographer 1860-1910)
"I have had a read of the biography of Frank Walton , and still believe that image 1 is 1880/1890's - it is typical of many photographs taken by beach photographers at the time - it looks to be taken on the beach , images 2 & 4 are possibly…"
Sep 9, 2013
Peter Leonard commented on Peter Leonard's blog post New English photographic finds from GGG Uncle Frank Walton (Leeds photographer 1860-1910)
"Tony, Graham, thanks for your comments. I will have to think more on the dates and who in the family they may be. Ref. Frank Walton - please take a look at the biography of Frank on Ron Cosen's site - www.cartedevisite.co.uk. More images to be…"
Sep 9, 2013
Tony Richards commented on Peter Leonard's blog post New English photographic finds from GGG Uncle Frank Walton (Leeds photographer 1860-1910)
"What Graham said. Wet plate collodion imagery from 1851 onwards."
Sep 9, 2013

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Research: Bermondsey - the earliest photographic images - 1840-1860

I am researching a number of different aspects of mid 19th century Bermondsey (Southwark, South London), but when I search for early photographs of the parish, usually the images that I find in most local history or photographic collections are circa 1890-1930. I realise that Bermondsey was a pretty unappetising place for photographs in the 1840's, 1850's and 1860's and that any photographs may have been taken to highlight the plight of the poor or the workers in the predominant industry of…

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Posted on June 8, 2015 at 10:30

Information: Photos identification and questions

Can anyone help with the three photographs below and the questions posted? 

Date of Photo and age of man…

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Posted on March 23, 2015 at 21:00 — 10 Comments

New English photographic finds from GGG Uncle Frank Walton (Leeds photographer 1860-1910)

New archive discovered in a second cousin's attic.   Can you help with date and year of new images

Image 1 is believed to be of Frank Walton's two young daughters in late 1860's (Louisa and Emily Walton) and taken as tintype by Frank before he had a studio, so at fairgrounds probably in Lincolnshire or Warwickshire. Need expert opinion on the year the image was likely taken in terms of materials used, frame used and victorian dress of the children.…

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Posted on September 4, 2013 at 19:30 — 7 Comments

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