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Steve Lightfoot added a discussion to the group Carte de Visite

French Enamelling

Could anyone tell me anything about the French Enamelling process, or point me in the right direction to find out more. See example here.ThanksSteve LSee More
Jan 10
Steve Lightfoot commented on Julian Holland's blog post Cheltenham CDV Studios
"Hi Julian. I have done some work on Peter Skeolan of Cheltenham if you are interested. Kind Regards Steve Lightfoot"
Jun 4, 2018
Steve Lightfoot replied to Arthur Margolin's discussion What was this piece of equipment used for?
"There is also one in the Kodak Gallery of the Bradford Science and Media Museum and you can see one similar being advertised by Percy Lund in his 1887 catalogue.;view=1up;seq=33 and…"
Oct 24, 2017
Steve Lightfoot added a discussion to the group Bronte Sisters Photo Discovery

Early Carte de Visites of the Brontes

I came across an article in the Bradford Observer 19th November 1857 p8 which describes how two visitors to Haworth and to Patrick Bronte himself came across a frame of photographs outside a chemists shop in Haworth and bought a portrait of Patrick Bronte. I realise that this would have been early for it to be a carte de visite but I wondered if anyone had any views on this. Incidentally there is no mention of the Bronte Sisters being in the frame of photographs.Also with regard to the theory…See More
Aug 9, 2017
Steve Lightfoot joined Nicolas's group

Bronte Sisters Photo Discovery

A Bronte MysteryThere are no known photographs of the Bronte sisters but a photo with "The Bronte Sisters" written on the reverse in French was discovered in France in 2011.The photo is a collodion so if these are the sisters then it could only be a copy of a daguerreotype. A photographer living in France, John Stewart of Pau, visited Haworth Parsonage in 1856 and 1857 to photograph the portrait of Charlotte Bronte.If it is a copy then the original photo must have been taken before Emily Bronte…See More
Jul 25, 2017
Steve Lightfoot replied to Mick Thurman's discussion Practical Photographer Magazine
"Hi Mick Not a direct answer to your question but you might find some research I have done useful in identifying some of Henry Peach Robinson's…"
Jan 9, 2017
Steve Lightfoot replied to Geoff Lowe's discussion Bradford to the V&A
"The right place surely is where the public have access to see and find out more about these collections. Where they can carry out research and where the staff are knowledgeable about what is in the collection. We are living in the 21st century, the…"
Mar 15, 2016
Steve Lightfoot commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post ALVA 2014 visitor numbers show mixed fortunes for photography
"Makes you wonder how these numbers are compiled. I have never seen anyone counting people in. I would suspect most visitors dont book or report to a member of staff. How do they count visitors? "
Mar 17, 2015
Steve Lightfoot replied to Steve Lightfoot's discussion Two missing albums? in the group Carte de Visite
"Hi Marcel thanks for your kind words and thank you Michael for your reply. Steve"
Feb 3, 2015
Marcel Safier replied to Steve Lightfoot's discussion Two missing albums? in the group Carte de Visite
"Hi Stephen, I have no leads to offer but you are being a bit modest not mentioning your site and excellent research you have done already on Percy Lund (not to mention your other pages on Leeds and Bradford photographers):…"
Feb 3, 2015
Michael Pritchard replied to Steve Lightfoot's discussion Two missing albums? in the group Carte de Visite
"I don't think I can assist with your specific queries but I do have two Percy Lund photography catalogues both of which include a lot of photographic stationery"
Feb 3, 2015
Steve Lightfoot added a discussion to the group Carte de Visite

Two missing albums?

I have been researching a chap named Percy Lund recently. He started the company Lund Humphries, published the Photographers World, Practical Photographer, Junior Photographer, a series of photography books, and was president of the Yorkshire Photographic Union etc etc. In my research I came across a couple of very interesting facts. In 1890 he published James Berry's life story, he who was the public executioner. Berry kept an album of the murderers that he had dispatched, after he had…See More
Feb 3, 2015
Steve Lightfoot replied to Tony Rackstraw's discussion Covers for Cartes de Visite and Cabinet Cards in the group Carte de Visite
"Hi Tony You may be interested in this advert placed by Percy Lund in his Photographers World Journal dated September 1889. The design matches one of your examples. Steve"
Oct 27, 2014
Steve Lightfoot replied to Tomas Nilsson's discussion Carte de Visite mugshots and 1800´s crime related photography.
"Hi James Berry the public executioner from Heckmondwike and ex Bradford policeman kept an album of the people that he dispatched. When he hanged Mary Ann  Britland he didn’t have her photo so he wrote to the Ashton Chief…"
Feb 24, 2014
Steve Lightfoot joined Marcel Safier's group

Carte de Visite

Focussing on all facets of the history of the carte de visite and the photographers that made them in Great Britain and around the world.See More
Jan 13, 2014
Steve Lightfoot is now a member of British photographic history
Jan 12, 2014

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