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Archive 1 - Into the Depths of Time


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Archive 1 - Into the Depths of Time

23 Nov 2017 10:34AM   Views : 1506 Unique : 358

Today, I'm looking into some of the items in my print archive. These are images that I've collected, not that I've shot myself, and all way, way out of any copyright issues. Collecting old images is an interesting pastime and gives a bit of insight into the past. I don't make a major thing out of it, being quite a modest collector, but a few things do retain a certain quality that appeals. These are the ones I've chosen and tomorrow I'll post some of my own family archive so we can see how they might be different and how they might be the same.

"Toilers of the Sea" was shot by R J Hutton in 1928 and a tag is still on the back that shows he was going to send this to the Advanced section of a competition in Amateur Photographer.

A very faded image simply marked "York?" on the back.

"Greyfriars Newcastle" looks like something we could Google to find out a bit more.

An unknown, undated group of people, but it begs the question as to why somebody couldn't have just annotated the back of the print. Then we could all share in knowing who and where and why as it's a nice print, worth keeping but still unknown.

Again unknown and undated, but a nice bit of fashion!

Turf Tavern is something else to Google perhaps and we might gain some insight into this very faded print. Chemical restoration might be the only way to get more detail out of this as it was beyond the power of Photoshop to pull much out of it.

Mr Edwards, 2nd February 1886. This is a painted black and white print and it was actually rejected by the customer on 8th July 1886 with the terse comment, "Will not have it. Says there is no likeness." So we know who and when, but sadly are informed that it looks nothing like him.

That's it for this selection, but to follow are the family archive shots and also some images of India and Egypt shot between 1863 and 1870 by Samuel Bourne.

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