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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…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
Simon Robinson replied to Gavin Maitland's discussion Seaside Tintypes:
"This resource is an astonishing one. Gavin - I picked another tintype up at the weekend, which is in a proper card frame a bit like a carte de visite with the studio name on the back - Liverpool in this case. The actual head and shoulder image is…"
Mar 20, 2012
Simon Robinson replied to Gavin Maitland's discussion Seaside Tintypes:
"Must admit while Flickr often has some nice images, my attempts to get people to contribute material to the walking picture project when I've found good examples there has been often fruitless. "
Feb 24, 2012
Ruth Wilcock commented on Simon Robinson's blog post Spotlight Photos GB
"Simon, I was interested to see that Walking Pictures was a branded paper & attach the back of the photo in question for your interest. Ruth"
Feb 18, 2012
Simon Robinson commented on Simon Robinson's blog post Spotlight Photos GB
"Thanks Ruth. I have companies using the name Happy Snaps listed in Eastbourne and Llandudno ("Only taken on Llandudno pier"!) but not heard of the name in Whitby, so will add to my growing list. It's a fairly obvious name so these are…"
Feb 18, 2012
Ruth Wilcock commented on Simon Robinson's blog post Spotlight Photos GB
"Simon, In my book Whitby Photographers, their lives & their photographs from the 1840s [published www.towlard.com]  I show examples of photos by Happy Snaps & Walking Pictures. Happy Snaps is listed in a directory for…"
Feb 15, 2012
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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…See More
Feb 14, 2012
Simon Robinson replied to Gavin Maitland's discussion Seaside Tintypes:
"Gavin - I have a couple of examples in my collection; the tintype is inserted inside a printed card sheet printed with a tree. Sadly no locations given. Can scan if any help. Simon"
Feb 14, 2012
Simon Robinson commented on Richard Marsden's photo
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"Like the way the Brownie adds an authentic feel to these! Isn't it Crich by the way?"
Feb 14, 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 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzBtsgqyPBg), and also…

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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…

Continue

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

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