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Wilson Laidlaw commented on Simon Robinson's blog post William Foster Brigham
"Hi Simon,  I thought you might be interested in an update on my 250FF reporter. I had a go at running a trial length of old film through it and quickly discovered that all was not well with the wind on mechanism, although the shutter does cock…"
Jan 7
Wilson Laidlaw commented on Simon Robinson's blog post William Foster Brigham
"Hi Simon,  If you advise me of a regular email address via a PM, I would be delighted to send you some photos of the 250FF and the engraved KOOBF cassettes I have. I have just bought two more cassettes from Red Dot and it will be interesting to…"
Sep 7, 2018
Simon Robinson commented on Simon Robinson's blog post William Foster Brigham
"Thanks for your posting Wilson; I have been over in Bridlington for a couple of days so only just seen it.  That's fascinating you may have one of Foster Brigham's actual cameras.  I have seen a couple of the cassettes with his…"
Sep 7, 2018
Wilson Laidlaw commented on Simon Robinson's blog post William Foster Brigham
"Paul, That is very interesting. I would bet those seaside photos were treasured a lot more than phone selfies on Instagram!  Wilson"
Sep 6, 2018
Paul Godfrey commented on Simon Robinson's blog post William Foster Brigham
"Wilson, I do not know who bought the Barker Leicas but there were some ordinary Leica model 3Bs and 3Cs in with them, so quite a collection. They were all in pretty poor condition and had been rather roughly repaired in-house from time to time…"
Sep 5, 2018
Wilson Laidlaw commented on Simon Robinson's blog post William Foster Brigham
"Paul, It strikes me that a fair proportion of the total production of Reporter 250 cameras (246 of FF 750 of GG but maybe a few more post war, assembled by Leitz from unused parts) must have ended up in the hands of British seaside walking…"
Sep 5, 2018
Paul Godfrey commented on Simon Robinson's blog post William Foster Brigham
"Wilson, I was very interested to read that you own a Leica 250 Reporter FF that was once owned by William Foster Brigham’s “Snaps” business at Bridlington. I have undertaken a little bit of research into the use of Leica 250s FF…"
Sep 5, 2018
Wilson Laidlaw commented on Simon Robinson's blog post William Foster Brigham
"I have one of the Leica 250FF Reporter cameras used by William Brigham, when he or his staff were working as walking photographers in Bridlington. The very large (KOOBF) cassettes it uses, hold 33 feet of 35mm film allowing 250 images to be taken…"
Sep 1, 2018
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Walking picture videos

Just to mention that the book about Walking Pictures is nearly complete.  The publisher has posted two short videos about the project on their YouTube channel.These look at the book (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzBtsgqyPBg), and also at a series of images taken on one spot in Mablethorpe over 40 years or more…See More
Sep 1, 2015
Simon Robinson commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Christina: her identity is revealed after 102 years
"Fascinating, and just to say thanks to BPH for flagging the ending of the exhibition up, otherwise I would probably have missed it.  All attempts to get registered on the Bradford museum's mailing list have come to nothing...  Best…"
Jun 15, 2015
Simon Robinson commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Job: Collections Manager, Ray Harryhausen Collection / NMeM
"I sent this info. on to my brother who is a) looking for work; b) based in London; c) a massive Harryhausen fan and collector; d) worked in archives before. e) met the guy. You never know."
Feb 4, 2013
Simon Robinson commented on Alice Gordenker's blog post Can anyone identify this photographic tool?
"I did use a wooden frame like this in my darkroom days to contact 120 film frames. It turned up in a box of bits from my grandfather. I hadn't realised (though I should have) it might be so old. It'll still be around somewhere though…"
Feb 4, 2013
Simon Robinson replied to Gavin Maitland's discussion Help needed locating seaside town
"Just seen this Gavin; looks a little bit Margate to me, from the geology, but I've never been there. Just from some of the walking pictures I have. What's strange about it exactly?! Simon"
Jun 13, 2012
Simon Robinson replied to Francesca Issatt's discussion Seeking collectors for feedback on their collecting experiences
"Interesting to see your collection of cards to Miss Williams. I have a pile of cards which turned out to be from various members of my Uncle's Wife's family which span a number of years (my Aunt rescued them when the house was cleared in…"
Jun 13, 2012
Simon Robinson commented on Jonathon Carr Brackenbury's blog post Info on old glass negative of vehicle wanted
"The world's first drag racer? It's easier to check it out if you turn it into a positive image..."
Mar 20, 2012

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Walking picture videos

Just to mention that the book about Walking Pictures is nearly complete.  The publisher has posted two short videos about the project on their YouTube channel.

These look at the book (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzBtsgqyPBg), and also at a series of images taken on one spot in Mablethorpe…

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Posted on September 1, 2015 at 12:30

Spotlight Photos GB

I'm wondering if anyone might be able to throw a bit more (spot) light onto this company? Taking 'walking pictures' across the UK between around 1932 until 1937 I would love to know more about how the business operated, or whether it was an early franchise system. All the Spotlight walking photos I have seen have three consecutive frames so were clearly taken using an adapted cine camera. I'll add a sample here but you can read more on my site at…

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Posted on February 14, 2012 at 19:39 — 3 Comments

William Foster Brigham

Following the small display of Walking Pictures I put on at Sewerby Hall in 2011, they are preparing an exhibition on William Foster Brigham for 2012. He was the owner of Snaps in Bridlington who were the busiest Walking Picture business in the town. However he also ran a more upmarket studio and was highly regarded as a portrait photographer. I assume the exhibition will concentrate on this aspect of his work.

Posted on February 10, 2012 at 19:25 — 8 Comments

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