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  • Lewes, East Sussex
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Wilson Laidlaw replied to Boke Cameras's discussion Ilford Advocate: Anyone knowledgeable on repair?
"I would suggest contacting Alan Starkie at Although he is mainly a Leica repairer, he will take on other cameras. He rebuilt a Combat Graflex giant 70mm film motor drive rangefinder camera for me, with its three lenses, where he…"
Jan 30
Wilson Laidlaw commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Blog: Behind the scenes at Kodak and Ilford Ltd factories
"It is sad that much of the silver based photo industry has disappeared but behind that, there must have been a huge infrastructure of research and production, to develop and make all the precision machinery, needed for film and paper production. The…"
Oct 24, 2022
Wilson Laidlaw commented on Clive Friend's blog post Home sought for Industrial Photography Collection
"Clive, I would have thought an organisation such as the Science Museum or maybe better one of the smaller industrial museums such as The Black Country Museum or The Beamish Collection, would be delighted to be offered and provide a home for such a…"
Oct 18, 2021
Wilson Laidlaw commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Online exhibition: William Van Sommer - Colour in the Garden
"Once lockdown is over, I will have to go with my wife, who is a member of the RHS, to look at this collection. I love Autochromes, so it is very sad that the Musée Albert Kahn in Paris never seems to be open. I have tried three times to visit…"
Mar 8, 2021
Wilson Laidlaw replied to Robert Rulling's discussion British Boarding School Name ?
"It might be Branksome Hilders School in Haslemere Surrey. The school closed in around 1965 and became an Olivetti conference centre. "
Jan 25, 2021
Wilson Laidlaw commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Television: documentary reveals new photographs of 1890s Highlands railway construction
"The program is well worth watching.  Wilson"
Jan 11, 2021
Wilson Laidlaw commented on Bobbie Carnegie's blog post Information: Boy in military or civilian uniform?
"I think he may be a member of the Boys Brigade.  Wilson"
Dec 14, 2020
Wilson Laidlaw replied to Paul Kay's discussion Looking for roll film holder information
"I have a Rollex 620 roll film back for my 1908 Wirgin 6 x 9 cm plate folder. If I can find it in my UK house (it may be at my French house as that is where the camera is), I will measure its mounting flanges and post them here. From memory the…"
Dec 7, 2020
Wilson Laidlaw commented on William Fagan's blog post Signing 19th Century Lenses - A Common Practice?
"William,  A friend of my parents had gone to the World's Fair at Chicago in 1933. He had visited the Ripley's Believe it or Not exhibit, where he had watched someone write the Lord's prayer on a grain of rice, which he purchased.…"
Nov 23, 2020
Wilson Laidlaw commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Lacock Abbey has slavery link
"Probably every stately home built or occupied in the UK, between 1600 and 1850 has some slavery link if one delved deep enough. "
Sep 28, 2020
Wilson Laidlaw commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Online talk:From Banff to Balmoral: The photography of George Washington Wilson
"I will have to check when I get back to the UK in October but I am fairly sure that a number of postcards in an album belonging originally to my great aunt, who lived in Keith, Banffshire, were from G.W.Wilson's company. She lived from around…"
Sep 1, 2020
Wilson Laidlaw commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Proposed changes at the National Trust may adversely impact Britain's photographic heritage
"I regret that the proposed moves are symptomatic of the views of many museums and cultural heritage organisations, that they are very inward looking and over-protective of any outsider viewing or researching any of their stored items. They seem to…"
Aug 24, 2020
Wilson Laidlaw commented on ben simpson's photo

nuro film car

"There is an interesting article on Nuro here . I recognise the car, which is a Rover 14 or 16 from around 1937/38. Maybe the boss' car as these were regarded as bank manager's or…"
Aug 10, 2020
Wilson Laidlaw replied to Michaela Clark's discussion 20th C Photo-history in Cape Town, South Africa
"The Chavonnes Battery museum on the Victoria and Alfred waterfront in Cape Town, has a very good collection of period photographs and engravings of Cape Town. ; Wilson"
Jun 8, 2020
Wilson Laidlaw commented on David Robert Jones's blog post Mistakes in the titles of Crimean War photographs held by collections
"I have found museums very resistant to suggestions that there might be any error on any of their descriptions. I was in a museum in New Orleans and I noticed that some Leica cameras were incorrectly labelled (I am a keen amateur Leica historian,…"
Apr 20, 2020
Wilson Laidlaw replied to Alex Burnham's discussion Antique Enlarger
"I have a receipt from Wallace Heaton of New Bond Street for my Leica IIIa and f2 Summar (I am only the second owner) and a whole lot of other bits and pieces. Amongst these is a Cresco Enlarger for the sum of £3 5/-. No enlarging lens is in…"
Apr 21, 2019

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