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Photographic vans, Samuel Oglesby in Australia, and Oliver Sarony

I have long been fascinated by this concept ever since I first saw an engraving in the Illustrated London News, 10 November1855, of the van that Roger Fenton took to the Crimea, with Marcus Sparling in the driver’s seat. It seemed so implausibly compact given the multitude of tasks it was said to perform ‘fitted up for living, cooking, sleeping,…


Added by Rob Whalley on March 5, 2023 at 18:30 — 7 Comments

eBay category changes

If, like me, you search for photographic images on eBay, be aware that today they have changed their categories and "Photographic Images"  has changed, and the "Antique (pre 1940) category has been retired (their word not mine). So some old saved searches may not now work, and new ones will need to be created once you find out where they now…


Added by Rob Whalley on October 12, 2021 at 12:00 — 1 Comment

David Johnson (1828 – 1901)

David Johnson was a Blackburn based amateur, later professional, photographer who was active in the 1850s and 1860s. Whilst examples of his later studio work survive as carte de visites, I’m interested in establishing whether more examples of his earlier topographical studies have survived the intervening years.

Some of his photographs were exhibited…


Added by Rob Whalley on August 26, 2019 at 19:00 — 4 Comments

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