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Mysterious structures: what are they?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Hartmut Wettmann Feb 28, 2013.

Forensic analysis of photographs

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A tour of a Chinese railway factory 1920 and 2010

It is always interesting to see how a photographic genre persists over time. I recently had the opportunity to see how one genre - ‘The important overseas visitor tours a factory’ remained constant over about 85 years. The first photograph shows a Western man in business suit being shown around a railway factory in China. It was one of a group of images found in an old…


Posted on August 19, 2013 at 16:30 — 2 Comments

Interesting stereoscopic image of early photographers.

This very interesting image turned up in a provincial general auction today. Does anyone have any thoughts on date, participants or the cameras?



Posted on June 16, 2012 at 15:30 — 9 Comments

Local press article on photo-history


The Derby Evening telegraph has now picked up on the 'Victorian stereoviews and forensic science' story.

Posted on February 13, 2010 at 10:00

Photo history on ITV Central News

Those of you who live in the East Midlands and receive ITV Central News will have the opportunity to see me being interviewed in a piece due to be broadcast on Monday evening (15th February). This stems from some work I have mentioned here before, where I worked with a forensic…


Posted on February 13, 2010 at 9:55

Early Derbyshire stereoviews

A few days ago I had a phone call from a friend in another town. “Do you still collect those stereoscopic pictures?” he asked, “because there is a bundle of them in the local auction this morning”.

With 15 minutes to go before the start of the auction, no on-line options, and only my friend’s comment - “they look pretty scruffy to me”, I faced a dilemma. I placed a blind telephone bid and yesterday received the lot – which indeed was very scruffy, for the winning price of £20. As I… Continue

Posted on January 26, 2010 at 12:37 — 4 Comments

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At 6:34 on December 23, 2010, Alan M. Preston said…

Hello John,

Sorry to have not replied before BUT have contacted the family (his Son (Zimbabwe) and Grand daughter (New York) .............. and am still 'learning to drive' the BHP website (and find out how to reply to enquiries) .............. resulting in repeat blogs/comments etc!

Monty Bird was Photographically very active in the late 1800's and early 1900's.

Ironically, I found, by coincidence, that a friend had published a book about Montague Bird and his Father, John ................ and am presently arranging for copies to be provided for various members of his family around the world.

Many thanks for your interest. Alan M.Preston


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