In Search Of Edward Gregson Part 2 My research into the life and times of Edward Gregson, photographer, of Halifax and Blackpool is both illogical and unstructured: flitting between odd facts and unrelated times, and punctuated by portraits of anonymous Victorian worthies. It is a journey of discovery in which gazing out of the window and enjoying the scenery is […]
This little Victorian Carte de Visite dates from a time when photographs were for special occasions, rather than the result of a selfie-click on a smartphone. Young men or women would have their photographs taken on birthdays and holidays, wearing their very best clothes, and posing against a background of stone antiquities and tree-trunk props (the props really were to prop you […]
Like some latter-day Victorian parson, I occasionally think I am in the business of saving souls. Many of the nineteenth century studio portraits that come into my possession are showing their age: spots of mould eat into the very soul of the image. A little careful renovation makes them fit for another century or two. This is a Cabinet Card […]
There is something very distinctive about this Victorian lady, who was photographed by Dupont’s studio in Brussels in 1893. There is a signature on the reverse, but it is indecipherable. It also says the word “Eindhoven” which I assume was where she was from. The Dupont family had been leading photographers in the Belgian capital since the 1840s, and later […]
This is a nineteenth century photograph (but only just) from the studio of Borman and Johnson of Main Street, Danbury in Connecticut. Before Norman and Johnson took over, the studio belonged to a certain Mr Blackman. On the reverse, the names of the two children are listed as A Howard Bantes, age 12; and Louise Rosina Bantes, age 5. The […]
F J Garrison’s Photographic Studio in Doncaster used to have a slogan: “They’ve often asked you for your portrait – give them one for Christmas“. This young man gave them one, and it’s lasted well over 100 years. Not many smartphone selfies will last that long!
A good vintage photograph is one in which the personality of the subject being photographed somehow transcends the chemical process of silver salts and hypo fixer, and flows straight off the pasteboard card. This photograph of an unknown woman from the Hebden Bridge studio of Crossley Westerman is one such photograph. Westerman established his “Electric and Daylight Studio” in Hebden […]
This is a Cabinet Card which must date from the last decade of the nineteenth century and it comes from the Kingston-On-Thames studio of Fred Palmer. Written on the reverse is “Gt Grandma Hinton (Watts)”. I have had a quick look to see if I can see any obvious descendants, and not been able to find any. If any happen […]
A carte de visite from the 1880s from the Edinburgh studio of James Good Tunny. The subject of the photograph is unknown, but that look is unforgetable.