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John Buck commented on Alan M. Preston's blog post Victorian Photographer Francis Frith: finding of a huge collection of his Glass Negatives and Prints:
"We investigated this "find" and it turned out that the photographs were all from the Cotswold Company archives, not directly from the Frith archive.  The "thousands" of Francis Frith images also turned out to be mostly non…"
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Victorian Photographer Francis Frith: finding of a huge collection of his Glass Negatives and Prints:

While studying my Prints taken from the Glass Plates of the Victorian Photographer, Rev. Montague (Monty) Bird (see my Blog) in my local village Pub on Boxing Day - I, by chance discussed the Prints with a couple who were visiting the Pub, and they informed me that they had a huge Collection (1000's of Glass Negatives and Prints) taken by the Victorian Photographer, Francis Frith. I am subsequently in communication with them, as this appears to be a very important Collection in the history of… Continue

Posted on December 27, 2010 at 16:11 — 3 Comments

Victorian Photographer: Rev. Montague (Monty) Bird - Walton on the Wolds.

A friend, while playing with her sister in the Loft of there home - the Old Parsonage in the early 1950's - discovered many glass photographic plates taken by the Victorian Photographer, the Reverend Montague 'Monty' Bird.

He was a fine and enthusiastic photographer and pioneer motoring enthusiast - who took many images of local events and characters ....... and specialised in humorous PhotoMontages (skeleton dinner parties/ winged car flying over the Rectory (somewhat pre dated…


Posted on February 20, 2010 at 23:00 — 4 Comments

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At 12:55 on March 1, 2011, Clare Freestone said…

Just a small selection of Arbuthnots at the NPG:  you can see some of them on our website under search the collection. Hope this helps.

many thanks



At 12:52 on March 1, 2011, Clare Freestone said…

Dear Alan,

I don't know of any photographer relation named Paul, but how fascinating!


At 20:20 on February 21, 2011, Lucy Gillies (nee Bird) said…

Dear Alan

I did receive the books from David - thank you.

I would be interested to get copies of the glass plates if that is possible.

I actually found your details when I was showing my dad the powers of the internet (he is always facinated how I ca spend so much timein front of my laptop - but also at the wealth of knowledge that is out there. So we did a search for Montague Bird and came across your comment in the BPH!

Looking forward to hearing more about your research into the Glass plates.





At 14:08 on February 21, 2011, Antiquarianphotographer said…
Good morning Alan~  I have not come across Rev. Bird's name but I will be on the lookout from now on for you.  Best of luck~Judith
At 18:56 on January 27, 2011, Michael Wong said…
Hi Alan,
Thanks for your kind words re the Brian Duffy blog. Glad that you managed to view the TV documentary! I shall keep you posted via the BPH blogs if I come across any more info on this great legend! Yes, you are right - time due for his biography......
At 18:11 on December 21, 2010, Alan M. Preston said…

Hello Michael,

From documentation I have been given - the date of this Leica 250 DD appears to be specific to 1932 - as Leica specifically for 1932,then used a 2000 year old high quality 'Niello' technique called 'Wismut' which is a 'lead inlay' applied after engraving ..... which has also been an unusual feature of this Leica 250  DD Camera.



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