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Fashion Parade

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One aspect of collecting carte de visite photographs is the ability it gives us to look back and see what our forebears were wearing during the second half of the 19th century. It has to be said that male attire altered somewhat … Continue reading

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Death by Camera

With the rising popularity of photographic portraits for all, photographers found ever more innovative ideas to get customers though the doors. It became fashionable, if that’s the word, to photograph those who were either very close to death or had actually … Continue reading

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The Pencil of Light!

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Light is the very essence of photography and its capture, as an image, taxed the minds of many in the early years of the 19th century. By the late 1840s  after many experiments with chemically coated surfaces, developers and fixatives … Continue reading

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Scottish visitors

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Well, here we are. 2017 has arrived and the world waits to see how this year will pan out. Here on the blog viewers are pouring in to visit the wide assortment of areas on the site. English photographers are the … Continue reading

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A ‘snapper’ snapped

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From the earliest days of popular photography, photographers often supplemented their income from other sources. There were photographers who were chemists, frame-makers, stationers, and in one case, a jobbing gardener. Charles Christian Page was none of these. He made his living … Continue reading

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Added Extras

Most photographers trade cards, on the reverse of the photographs they took, had several elements in common. The most obvious ones were the address of the studio and the fact that copies of the pho… Source: Added Extras

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2. Walking this way

Ada Anderson was a musical hall performer in 19th century England but fed up with low billings on the cast list she decided to reinvent herself. Saying goodbye to the stage, she took to walking, an… Source: 2. Walking this … Continue reading

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