I have a strong interest in stereoviews and have just purchased a 19th century Stereoscope. Sawyers Viewmaster and cards. I am specifically interested in trying to locate British stereoviews especially from Devon England. My 3 times great grandfather William Merrifield was a very early photographer who lived in Tavistock England and took photos between 1855 and 1870. I have been given access to some of his photos, which are being reproduced in a book I am about to publish entitled From Devonto Australia: A 19th century narrative. However, I am keen to find at least one of his original photographs. William Merrifield, nearly always, had his name on the back of the photo W Merrifield Tavistock, and later he had his own stamp, which reads W. Merrifield: Photographer, Public Library Tavistock. On some of his photos appears the word 'Furze', I believe Furze was a person who had an agreement with William Merrifield to sell some of his images. At the time he sold his his images for 8d. each.
If you can assist in anyway or provide any thoughts re access to William's photos and the name Furze I would greatly appreciate it.
A fellow (stereoviews) collector, Francis Dupin, told me several times I should try to get in touch with you, cause you were both extremely knowledgeable and friendly, but I suppose I was always too impressed by the extent and the quality of your collection to take the initiative.
I've just returned from a break to find your invitation, which I most gladly accept. Do please let me know if I can be of any help - I am always fascinated to see what is in other member's collections. There is so much still to explore and discover.
Thanks for 'friending' me. I hope to see many beautiful and educational photographs on this site. So far mine will be family images, but I do need help with some of their content so I hope this is a good site for that! Watching your display I see some of Julia Margeret Cameron's work. How did you come by those?
Hi Alex, good to be in touch. My new batch of students just started the course (which is now in its sixth year) and I am currently editing a book for Thames & Hudson called 'Photography: The Whole Story'. With a second baby due in December, life is a little fraught! Hope all is well with you. All best, Juliet