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David B
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Old photography

Postby David B » Thu Oct 15, 2020 1:07 pm

I came across this article, about the photographs taken by a young man in the early years of the C20, on the BBC News website:


They have been turned in to an exhibition at Bradford Museum which has been put on-line because of the virus:


The collection of nearly 900 photographs has also been digitised:


There are many indoor, family and nature photographs but also many street scenes and portraits which show dress style. They are fascinating and of use to modellers of the early C20, pre-grouping era.

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Re: Old photography

Postby barrowroad » Thu Oct 15, 2020 5:29 pm

David, Thank you for the link to the photographs. I've been looking for decent pictures of paving stones on road corners to see how they were laid - hey presto there are are series of excellent photos contained in this collection - wonderful!!


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Re: Old photography

Postby bécasse » Thu Oct 15, 2020 8:56 pm

There is another truly superb collection of some 7.500 photographs of Brighton and Hove in the James Gray collection hosted by Brighton's Regency Society. They are particularly useful because they have been thoughtfully captioned by someone who knew what they were doing and, in almost every case, the dates given can be relied on. Because Brighton was a popular seaside resort many of the photographs show people wearing the latest "everyday" fashion and are thus useful as an aid to dating photographs depicting other places. Other useful historical facts can be derived too, for example that suburban streets were largely macadam-surfaced (layered stones without tar) before the Great War but were tarred not long after it. Inevitably there are quite a number of photographs within the collection depicting the railway's considerable presence in the area.

The collection can be found at http://regencysociety-jamesgray.com

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