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Wood and Brass Era

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Little is known about early studios other than the largest most prestigious ones in London and other European capitals and what little information there is has not been fully researched. This was the starting point for a talk by Colin Harding of the National Media Museum to the Photographic Collectors Club of Great Britain ( […]

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Arundel Photographica

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I visited Chris at Arundel Photographica today. He has a huge collection of film cameras for sale. It is a strictly no digital shop. It is a must for collectors of film cameras, cine cameras, books and the like. It is wall to wall cameras and has everything from early box cameras to instamatics, rangefinders […]

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Stereo photos from World War 1

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I have a number of photos from World War 1 including stereo photos of the funeral of nurse Cavell in Norwich in 1915. Nurse Cavell was shot by the Nazis as a spy but any spying was always denied by Britain. That is until today, 100 years after, when an article in the Times made it clear the nurse Cavell had been spying after all and this was clear from Belgian records. They say that photographs don’t lie. In this case the photographs didn’t but the outrage and outpouring of grief may have been muted had the truth been known. It was not just the Germans who shot spies. September 2015

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My purchase of books on antique cameras

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Books on early cameras add to my understanding of early cameras and Photographic processes. This week I bought two books by the Kodak Museum and one relating to a picture history of photography. The books cover everything from the first fifty years of snapshot photography to the earliest daguerreotype and wet plate cameras. Snapshot photography dates back […]

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Photography and Multi Media

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I collect early cameras and last week at the Bridport Vintage Fair I bumped into Andrew Gillett who was selling pre digital cameras. He is a PCCGB member and apart from buying and selling cameras he also deals in sewing machines, record players and much more. Andrew has taught photography and has a business dealing […]

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Sale of a Billcliffe Camera.

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My collection includes a Billcliffe camera designed to take a series of photographs on a single plate. See photograph below. Billcliffe cameras were made in Manchester in the 19th Century. Billcliffe made cameras in their own name and for others. The multi image camera works by the camera being focused and the back being moved […]

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Camera Collectors in Chance Meeting

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During a visit to Hitchin market I came across Niv Amir – Ebrahimi who runs Nanites Camera Services, dealers in second hand photographic equipment. He is a member of the Photographic Collectors’ Club of Great Britain and is its webmaster. He was offering a wide range of cameras for sale including some folding cameras and […]

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How to sell early and antique cameras.

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It’s always good to know about the antique cameras you wish to sell even if some of the detail is a bit technical. I would always be happy to refer to my extensive library to research when discussing a sale. Dating cameras can be difficult but one landmark date in early camera design is 1851 […]

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Antique Stereo Photos of World War 1

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I have recently put on disc and printed copies of a small collection of stereo photographs taken in Europe during World War 1. The photographs are on glass and are sepia coloured. It means that I can view the images in stereo using a stereo viewer or print individual copies of images. About 30 years […]