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In search of Mrs Arthy

The image above is one that I recently rediscovered among my collection of 19th century photographs. It was taken by Mr J. Hawke at his studio in George Street, Plymouth, England, around the middle of the 1870s. Someone at the … Continue reading

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Spring Flowers

Our garden is full of spring flowers and that provided the inspiration for this month’s blog. Flowers, along with other plants, and birds, were a favourite theme for the ‘carte de visite’ designs of Victorian photographers. As can be seen … Continue reading

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Glimpses of Evidence

As anyone who collects old photographs will know, there is often nothing to tell us either the name of the sitter or the date on which the image was captured. However, the examples below all have inscriptions that tell us … Continue reading

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Gifts for Xmas

Christmas 2018 brought me three new carte de visite photographs, one from Sebastapol by M. Mazur, one by B. Notkovich from Slomin, Belarus, and the third from the studio of Done & Ball in London. Also included was a cabinet … Continue reading

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Getting ready to party?

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With the Festive Season approaching, here are a few Victorian images of people who could be on their way to a jolly social event. Not that you would know it from their faces. After all, it wasn’t the done thing … Continue reading

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New acquisitions (& welcome, new followers)

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Here are some recent finds for the collection. The next step will be to ascribe dates to each example and hopefully find out more about the photographers. I particularly like the Boak & Sons example, with its illustration of their … Continue reading

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Men of War

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  As we here in Britain prepare to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the end of the Great War, I thought it might be appropriate to show some of the military personnel from my collection. The first two in the … Continue reading

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