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A Beach in England

I could not resist sharing this albumen print taken in about 1880s.

I admired its content and composition which I think is outstanding.

I would appreciate any clarification about the location. Could it be Ramsgate?




Added by Meir Berk on October 19, 2013 at 8:30 — 3 Comments

Chess Players

I thought I would share an image (carbon print on porcelain plaque) of these lady chess players in my collection. The plaque measures 13x17 cm approximately. The composition reminded me of similar images by Lewis Carroll.

Any information about authorship would be welcomed.



Added by Meir Berk on November 12, 2012 at 19:00 — No Comments

Calotype of bridge

Seeing a new copy of a Calotype for identification in the recent blogs made me think of a calotype in my collection. It measures approximately 18x11 cm. I enclose images of the Calotype and watermark which reads Turner photo paper. I would appreciate any comments about the location of the bridge and the photographer.  Regards,   Meir…


Added by Meir Berk on May 29, 2012 at 9:00 — 1 Comment

Covent Garden Flower women

In his television series "Britain's First Photo Album", broadcast on the 12th March on BBC2, John Sergeant repeatedly refers to the John Thomson photo of "Covent Garden Flower Women" as having been taken by Francis Frith.

He also shows another Thomson photo "Covent Garden Labourers" in the same Frith context.

Can this be an oversight or is it a new…


Added by Meir Berk on March 25, 2012 at 10:27 — 2 Comments

Cased tinted salt print portrait by Gustave Le Gray

Here is a cased and tinted salt print of a young man by Gustave Le Gray taken between 1856 and 1860. I decided to create this blog because I have not come across another during my 20 years of collecting.

I would appreciate comments by members who might have seen or own similar items.  Kind regards,  Meir…


Added by Meir Berk on March 10, 2012 at 16:00 — No Comments

Charming Scottish Ambrotype

I could not resist sharing with you this compelling half plate ambrotype image of four Scottish children, one of the best compositions I have seen.   Meir…


Added by Meir Berk on March 8, 2012 at 19:00 — No Comments

Impressive Beards

Hello all, The subject of impressive beards being topical, I thought I would add a cabinet photo by Villiers and Sons. Who is the guy by the way? Regards, Meir Villiers%26sons.jpg

Added by Meir Berk on March 7, 2012 at 9:00 — No Comments

1850-1860's Welsh? Photo Album

Hello All,  I would be very interested to hear from anyone who can recognize the people in these photos.  The self portrait staring into the camera, whoI believe is the photographer is the frontispiece of the album.

Help!  Regards,



Added by Meir Berk on February 19, 2012 at 14:00 — No Comments


Hello All,
I have recently acquired a cdv size albumen print, circa 1860,of a genre scene.
The man in the photo looks very much like Rejlander.
Any comments appreciated.

Added by Meir Berk on June 21, 2010 at 19:55 — 1 Comment

Alice and Edith Liddell

Hello All,

The subject of Alice being very topical, I thought you might enjoy a CDV of Alice and Edith.

It comes from an album of the Mac Corquodale family in Scotland.

Any comments on the possible photographer would be appreciated.

Kind regards,

Meir Berk…


Added by Meir Berk on March 3, 2010 at 9:00 — No Comments

The Odd Couple

You might be amused by this quarter plate French daguerreotype of the oddest couple.
Kind regards,

Added by Meir Berk on February 23, 2010 at 20:12 — No Comments

Mystery Daguerreotype

Here is a ninth plate daguerreotype taken in front of a hut,presumably on a construction site.
Why was the photo taken?What is the man at the center have in his hands?Is he timing the exposure?
The man on the right looks like Stephenson?It is all a mystery

Any comments to help clear this enigma is welcomed.

Added by Meir Berk on February 23, 2010 at 20:01 — No Comments

Charles(Karl) Durheim Daguerreotype

Hello all,

I thought I would share with you an image of a daguerreotype by the Swiss photographer Karl Durheim.

Although he is well known for his albumen prints documenting"local" folk I have not seen any other daguerreotype by him apart from the one on the web in the Getty museum.

Any further information about Durheim daguerreotypes would be most welcome.

Kind regards,



Added by Meir Berk on February 23, 2010 at 19:31 — No Comments

London Tramway Installation 1906

Hello All,

Since stereo cards have been a discussion topic recently, I thought I would add some images from a collection of stereocards taken in 1906,between September and October 1906, all dated on the cards.

Would anyone know of the photographer?




Added by Meir Berk on February 16, 2010 at 9:20 — No Comments

Reverend William Ellis

Hello All,

Going through my photo collection recently I discovered a scrap book with three calotype photos pasted in it. I then realised that this was a book where quite a few young ladies added

~$VEREND WILLIAM ELLIS 1795.docx their signature and the name of the… Continue

Added by Meir Berk on January 31, 2010 at 15:38 — No Comments

Frederick Hollyer

Hello All,

I would very much appreciate any thoughts about the identification of the people in the Frederick Hollyer platinum print cabinet cards attached.




Added by Meir Berk on January 6, 2010 at 18:10 — 1 Comment

Calotype of Indian temple

Hello all,

I wonder whether anyone could help me identify this calotype of an Indian temple?

The handwriting on the verso reminds me of John McCosh's.

Any ideas?



P.S:I thought I should clarify that I am trying to identify the photograper of the calotype.

I know that the temple depicted is the Mandhardevi temple in Wai Taluka in the Satara district in India, where 300 people were killed and 200 injured in a stampede on 25th January… Continue

Added by Meir Berk on November 8, 2009 at 11:10 — 2 Comments

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