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I am looking for any information on a trading company THE LIGHTNING PHOTOGRAPHIC Co. in Torquay. The company used the stationery as shown in the link …Continue

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Address of John Jabez Mayall studio at Wroclaw, Poland

November 13, 2021 from 6pm to 7pm
In all publications about John Jabez Mayall I know,  addresses of his studios are different than what is on the shown letter. Was the address at 164 New Bond St. address of not known studio or the street has renamed ?See More
Nov 13, 2021
Krzysztof K. Slowinski replied to Richard Sullivan HonFRPS's discussion BJP and the missing years and more
"Good afternoon, Have you ever tried to look up what's on the site www.archive. org ? Regards,"
Aug 5, 2019

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My reasons for building the collection

Photography has been made a part of our way of life and become a means of expression and communication of vital importance.

Apparently, all publications on photography, on its history, or on any facet of photography, customarily are presented above all with photographs, accompanied with pertinent text. After all, photography belongs to important sphere of visual arts.

However, besides photographs themselves, there are other aspects of present and past existence of photography – relative industry and trade, people professionally or amateurishly involved, and all others making use of it in any way - they had to communicate with one another, exchange messages, documents, materials and merchandise, in a word – to employ postal services.

This kind of activity used to leave behind material traces in form of letters, covers, companies’ stationery, labels and other pertinent documents used in postal procedures, the material which usually was carelessly treated, disregarded, which even was neglected, passed over, wasted, and consequently lost. Those found to be still extant may authenticate the past existence of long-forgotten manufacturers, merchant companies, studios, photographers... and often are sole evidence of their being.

Such minute artefacts slowly, little by little, when added to other data, completing are - like arranging a jigsaw puzzle - the never-ending account of the presence and significance of those who in various ways contributed to photography during past years...

         The popularity and attractiveness of photography have significantly appeared in all aspects of everyday life – therefore also in documents issued by Post or just serviced by Post.

Postage stamp, a basic postal issue, on principle being kind of currency to pay postal services, has in time become also bearer of remembrance of people, and of significant and memorable events or anniversaries. Its appealing power has caused, as a result of its mass use, presenting with other postal issues - also personalities and events from the world of photography.

Examples of all collected photographica that were pertaining to postal services have been presented in the website a rel="nofollow" href="">>;.

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Information request: Byrne & Co., Richmond

The studio BYRNE & Co of Richmond - are any facts available ? I mean how long in the photographic business, who was owner/founder etc. Please take a look at the letter cover.…


Posted on August 16, 2017 at 18:00 — 17 Comments

Information request: Identify the persons from the Cambridge group photograph

Curious item was bought at some auction - a card tube (about an inch in diameter) sent on August 1907 from Cambridge photographers Messrs. Stearn to a Leeds address (image 1). The tube contained a rolled document that appeared to be photograph. It was saved by careful wetting and it showed a group of fancy dressed persons.…


Posted on June 10, 2017 at 17:30 — 3 Comments

Information request: Henry Stiles London C19th photographer

Please provide any information on the photographer, preferably with a source available via the Internet. Please take a look at the cover of his stationery shown there: …


Posted on September 22, 2014 at 12:30 — 2 Comments

Information request: Lightning Photographic Company, Torquay

I am looking for any information on a trading company THE LIGHTNING PHOTOGRAPHIC Co. in Torquay. The company used the stationery as shown in the link

Is it mentioned somewhere…


Posted on October 19, 2013 at 16:30

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At 22:10 on June 17, 2017, Jonathan Dore said…

Hi Mr Slowinski  --  thanks for letting me know. I'm delighted that you've been able to identify the group!

At 21:50 on June 17, 2017, Brett Payne said…

You're very welcome, Krzysztof. Glad I could be of help.

Regards and best wishes, Brett


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