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"Elderly man at fence: A summer afternoon in Surrey" is Shere near Guildford

"Elderly man at fence: A summer afternoon in Surrey" is Shere near Guildford



May I ask you to spare a thought today for our hardest working Morning Mary who is recovering from a recent operation. This is perhaps one of the most challenging photographs we have ever posted. I will be amazed if you can provide us with any useful information. I have had these thoughts in the past however, and I have been proved wrong! The first person to name the man will be awarded a personalised tag and virtual sticky bun every day for a year. ..In a show of investigative brilliance, Rory_Sherlock ( /photos/[email protected]/ ) has identified this as Upper Street in Shere, Surrey, England. The modern StreetView (,-0.469206,3a,75y,78.4h,86.01t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sujk6DCPzAycIe5EAbSHSkQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 ) is an exact match. In that, while the shed-like "Norton" building is gone, amazingly almost everything else in this shot lines up exactly. Apart from the man of course. Who, though perhaps a "Norton" of the signage, is not identified. Still, Rory_Sherlock ( /photos/[email protected]/ ) can help himself to as many virtual sticky buns as he likes. As he points out that there were more than a few Masons living locally (including Harry Mason, builder of noted local bridge ( ) ), one of whom "our" Mason may have been visiting. Whatever the case, it is clear that Shere remains a picturesque location ( ) for photographers and film-makers today.......Photographer: Thomas H. Mason..Collection: Mason Photographic Collection ( ) ..Date: Catalogue range c.1890-1910..NLI Ref: M24/61/4 ( ) ..You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at ( )

The lantern slides first produced for the 17th century's “magic lantern” devices. The magic lantern, also known by its Latin name Lanterna Magica, an image projector that used pictures on transparent plates (usually made of glass), one or more lenses, and a light source, used for entertainment. The earliest slides for magic lanterns consisted of hand-painted images on glass, made to amuse their audiences. After the invention of photography, lantern slides began to be produced photographically as black-and-white positive images, created with the wet collodion or a dry gelatine process. Photographic slides were made from a base piece of glass, with the emulsion (photo) on it, then a matte over that, and then a top piece of a cover glass. Sometimes, colors have been added by hand, tinting the images. Lantern slides created a new way to view photography: the projection of the magic lantern allowed for a large audience. Photographic lantern slides reached the peak of their popularity during the first third of the 20th century impacting the development of animation as well as visual-based education.



1870 - 1930

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National Library of Ireland

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