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Albert Sands Southworth

Accession Number: 1974:0193:1129..Maker: Southworth & Hawes (American Active ca. 1845-1861)..Title: Albert Sands Southworth..Date: ca. 1848..Medium: daguerreotype..Dimensions: 14.0 x 10.7 cm., 1/2 plate..G... more

King William's Temple at Kew Gardens (detail from stereoview)

I'm very excited by this find as it's the only 19th century image of King William's Temple ( http://www.kew.org/visit-kew-gardens/garden-attractions-A-Z/king-williams-temple.htm ) that I have ever seen...This ... more

On board "Lady Canning", floating church, Calcutta, India, c. 1875. Elizabeth Ann Rust and baby William.

I'd be fascinated to hear if anyone has any further information about this floating church in Calcutta harbour, now dated to late 1875 or early 1876...Thanks to a little research we now know that the mother men... more

Palm House Pond and Museum No1 at Kew Gardens (detail from stereoview)

A fairly standard view taken from the south end of the Palm House terrace - a view that has barely changed today...This is one of two stereoviews bought from an eBay seller in the US. They are in exceptional c... more

Fowey, Cornwall - estuary with ships of all sizes, late 1800s?

A lovely original print, I suspect dating from the 1880s or 90s (all thoughts welcome)

Vintage Railway Album: 6 (detail) - Harrow and Wealdstone station

One of 24 images from a unique and exceptional album ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/whatsthatpicture/sets/72157624218631585/ ) dating from c. 1900 containing images of early steam locomotives. See the set des... more

Identified! Bampton, Oxfordshire

A copy of another image in my stream (but reversed to show the correct view), identified as Bampton, Oxfordshire

Anchor Hotel and Ship & Plough Hotel, Kingsbridge, Devon c. 1890

This is a very early amateur photograph, measuring just 4" x 2.75", and is one of several in a small album I acquired a few years ago. Other images (to follow) depict the building of the Kingsbridge b... more

The Smithy, Manafon, Wales. Montgomeryshire by-election, 1894

Update Jan 2015: I hope no-one minds me changing the upload date on this one so that it appears at the top of my photostream. I have just replaced the original scan with a new 176 megapixel, 2,400 dpi scan of t... more

Lewis Tomalin (founder of Jaeger) and family at 20 Cambalt Road, Putney, c. 1895

The more I look at this image the more I love it. Dated from the children's estimated ages as c. 1895, it strikes me as being quite unusually relaxed for the era, and of exceptional quality...There is no indic... more

Robert William Melbourne, Burton, September 1896

Identified on the reverse (see below) as Robert William Melbourne and dated September 1896, which would give a d.o.b. for Robert of c. 1892...From the studio of George Renwick, Burton on Trent..This image, and ... more

Vintage Railway Album: 5 (detail) - Harrow & Wealdstone station

Hover over image for notes. See original of image 5 ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/whatsthatpicture/4728304447/ ) for full version...One of 24 images from a unique and exceptional album ( http://www.flickr.co... more

Mason Croft, Stratford-upon-Avon

Originally thought that this could be France, but now identified thanks to PiersSC!..Estimated early 1900s.

The Keep, Kenilworth Castle, early 1900s

Identified thanks to Mike Gerrish ( /photos/mikegerrish/ ) ..Estimated early 1900s...As of Weds 8 December views on this image have gone ballistic - where's everyone coming from?!..Check out more of my vintage ... more

Vintage Railway Album: 7 - Prince Leopold at Harrow & Wealdstone station

Image number: 7.Locomotive name: Prince Leopold.Locomotive number: 857.Locomotive class: Improved Precedent ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LNWR_Improved_Precedent_Class ) .Railway company: LNWR.Description/note... more

Vintage Railway Album: 6 - LNWR Humphrey Davy at Harrow & Wealdstone station

Image number: 6.Locomotive name: Humphrey Davy.Locomotive number: 945.Locomotive class: Improved Precedent ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LNWR_Improved_Precedent_Class ) .Railway company: LNWR.Description/note... more

Vintage Railway Album: 4 (detail) - Harrow & Wealdstone station

See full version of image 4 for original...One of 24 images from a unique and exceptional album dating from c. 1900 containing images of early steam locomotives. See the set description for further information... more

A trip to the moon (Le voyage dans la Lune), Georges Méliès [1902]

Le voyage dans la Lune, Méliès, 1902 (domaine public) / A trip to the moon, Méliès, 1902 (public domain)

The Stapleton Family, at the Rodney, Easter Monday 1907

Hook Edwardian Family Album page #29..Interesting that this is clearly noted as 'Stapledon' whereas the census records have the family as Stapleton...The lady marked as 'mother' will be Ethel Hook, nee Stapleto... more

The Spider and the Butterfly (Le papillon fantastique), Georges Méliès (1909)

Silent film by french author and director Georges Méliès / Film muet de Georges Méliès (1909).

R Holland Butchers, Wallsend, Newcastle Upon On Tyne, c. 1910

Another gem from the Who Do You Think You Are? Live show, and a classic occupational photograph from the early 1900s. This one belongs to Candis Ibberson and is used with her kind permission. It depicts her G... more

Early Colour image of thatched house now identified as Corhampton, Hampshire. Paget Colour process

The second image in this batch of 12, this one being an alternative view of the house/farmhouse featured in the previous image in my photostream...These images have now been identified as being made using the P... more

Hospital ward, Sainte Adresse, Le Havre, November 1914

The previous day the sender, nurse Margaret Ripley, sent a card from Sainte Adresse, Le Havre, so I assume that she was still there when this was sent, and hence this hospital must be in that locality...In it s... more

Postcard: Le Havre - Le Cap de la Heve pris de la nouvelle Jetee

Real photo postcard, sent December 1914...For more details of the story behind this album see www.flickr.com/photos/whatsthatpicture/sets/7215762769463... ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/whatsthatpicture/sets/72... more

Identified! WW1 hospital at Parc Wern (now Parc Beck), Swansea

During the Great War many stately houses were taken over as hospitals for injured soldiers (as the TV series Downton Abbey has shown), although it has to be said that the guys here look fit as a fiddle! (see co... more

Monument du Dr Duchesne, Boulogne-Sur-Mer

Front of postcard sent 14 May 1914..I believe that this may be Guillaume-Benjamin-Amand Duchenne (de Boulogne) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duchenne_de_Boulogne ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duchenne_de_Boulogne )

Postcard: Rouen - La Grosse Horloge. December 1914

Real photo postcard sent December 1914...For more details of the story behind this album see www.flickr.com/photos/whatsthatpicture/sets/7215762769463... ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/whatsthatpicture/sets/721... more

Postcard of Sainte Adresse, Le Havre, sent November 1914

Sent by a nurse, Margaret Ripley, to her mother back in England...For more details of the story behind this album see www.flickr.com/photos/whatsthatpicture/sets/7215762769463... ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/... more

Postcard of Le Havre "Vue generale vers le Port" sent November 1914

Sent by a nurse, Margaret Ripley, to her mother back in England...For more details of the story behind this album see www.flickr.com/photos/whatsthatpicture/sets/7215762769463... ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/... more

Postcard: Dunkerque - Station de la Defense Mobile

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Postcard: Sainte Adresse, Le Havre, France, December 1914

Real photo postcard captioned "Sainte Adresse - Le Nice-Havrais - Le Boulevard Felix-Faure...Sent December 1914...For more details of the story behind this album see www.flickr.com/photos/whatsthatpicture/... more

Postcard: Bergues - La Caserne, la Porte de Bierne vue des Ramparts, sent Feb 1915

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Postcard: Dunkerque - Le Beffroi, sent April 1915

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Postcard: Malo-les-Bains [Dunkirk] - Rue des Ecoles, sent March 1915

On the reverse this has the message "This is road we live in. Officers quarters house on right with balcony - ours 4th down on left back of hospital the high point further on left. My wards are in separate... more

Postcard: Malo-les-Bains - La Place Turenne, sent May 1915

A further card of this square in Malo-les-Bains, now a part of Dunkirk. See map for others - www.flickr.com/photos/whatsthatpicture/map?&fLat=51.0... ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/whatsthatpicture/map?&am... more

Postcard: Bergues - Tour de St Winoc, sent Feb 1915

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Postcard: Le Havre. L'Hotel de Ville et le Boulevard de Strasbourg, sent 3 May 1915

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Postcard: Bergues - La Colme en Ville, sent January 1915

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Postcard: Dunkerque - La Rue de l'Eglise, sent March 1915

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Postcard: Calais - Bassin Ouest et Vue Generale du Quartier Maritime, sent March 1915

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Postcard: Bergues - Marche aux Bestiaux, sent Feb 1915

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Early Paget Process colour image - identified as Corhampton, Hampshire, c. 1915

One of a small batch of images made using the Paget Process, identified from the sign to the left, which points to Exton, Warnford & West Meon...There are some great comments below rightly questioning the ... more

Postcard: St Omer - Le Canal pres de la Caserne de Cavalerie, sent August 1915

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Postcard: Malo-les Bains - Place Turenne, sent March 1915

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Postcard: Paris - Abside Notre-Dame sent 1 May 1915

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Postcard: Malo-les-Bains - Avenue Kleber, sent 30 April 1915

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Postcard: Dunkerque - Une division de la 2me flotille des Torpilleurs de la Manche dans le bassin du Commerce.

Sent March 1915, and one assumes the image was taken not long before given that it contains navy vessels. But that aside, what a lovely image, and wonderfully coloured...For more details of the story behind thi... more

Postcard: Bergues - Porte de Cassel, sent Jan 1915

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Postcard: St Omer - La Place Victor-Hugo, sent June 1915

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Postcard: Bergues - Porte de Bierne, sent Jan 1915

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Postcard: St Omer - Quai du Haut Pont, sent July 1915

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Postcard: Boulogne-sur-Mer - Porte des Dunes, sent June 1915

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Postcard: Bergues - Le Pont Saint-Jean (Maison de 1597), sent Feb 1915

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Postcard: Bergues - Eglise St Martin, sent March 1915

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Postcard: Dunkerque - Dunkerque - L'Entree du Port, sent April 1915

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Postcard "Captured German Guns in London" by Judges, sent Christmas 1918

This is on the Mall, looking towards Buckingham Palace

Pavilion, Kew Gardens, 1920s?

View of the Pavilion Restaurant, rebuilt in 1920 after being burnt down by the Sufragettes several years previously...This view is a press image from the Fox Photos agency and is titled:..SUNSHINE TEAS IN KEW G... more

Queen Elizabeth class battleship in Valetta Harbour, Malta, 1920s/30s

Someone has suggested to me that this may be Malta. There's another similar and perhaps clearer view that is possibly the same location of a submarine in this album..One of many images that I am slowly importi... more

Preston Guild parade, 1922 #5

From image #3, showing the Harris Museum, these five images have been identified as Preston...And after contacting the museum they have identified the occasion as the Preston Guild, 1922

Preston Guild parade, 1922 #1

From image #3, showing the Harris Museum, these five images have been identified as Preston...And after contacting the museum they have identified the occasion as the Preston Guild, 1922

Preston Guild parade and Harris Museum, 1922 - image #3

From image this third image in the set, showing the Harris Museum, these five images have been identified as Preston...And the occasion is now known to be the Preston Guild, 1922.

Preston Guild parade, 6 Sept 1922 #4

From image #3, showing the Harris Museum, these five images have been identified as Preston...And after contacting the museum they have identified the occasion as the Preston Guild, 1922

Preston Guild parade, 1922 #2

From image #3, showing the Harris Museum, these five images have been identified as Preston...And after contacting the museum they have identified the occasion as the Preston Guild, 1922

Citroen half-track vehicle, 1924 (animated 3D) - Military manoeuvres at Fontainebleau #6

A batch of six French military glass stereoviews from 1924 (check neighbouring images for others and detailed views) - another lovely sub-set of the large batch I'm currently uploading. Assuming that they are ... more

Transatlantic ship "France" at Le Havre, Sept 1926 #1 (crop)

One of two glass plate stereoview images depicting the liner "France" at Le Havre in September 1926. Lovely images, and there are more from Le Havre and the Normandy caost to come!

Transatlantic ship "France" at Le Havre, Sept 1926 #2 (crop)

One of two glass plate stereoview images depicting the liner "France" at Le Havre in September 1926. Lovely images, and there are more from Le Havre and the Normandy caost to come!..She was completed... more

Crystal Palace, early 1930s

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Zero for Conduct [1933] - Old cinema [FR, ENG subs, public domain]

Zero for conduct is a french 1933 film by Jean Vigo (original title: Zéro de conduite). More on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero_for_Conduct Public domain archive: http://archive.org/details/ZeroFo... more

Hamburg Pleasure Boat, dated 21 August 1938

Nice to have a precisely dated photograph. And this at the time when events that were to lead to World War 2 were just kicking off ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1938 ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1938 ) ), and exa... more

Three RAF Westland Lysanders over Suez canal

From other images this would be estimated to be c. 1940. It seems a fair bet, as per the comments, to assume that this is Suez.

Senior RAF and army officers and King George VI - debrief from a bombing raid with the crew of a Wellington

Thanks to the Aviation Forum, the Imperial War Museum collections, and Flickr users' comments, this one has now been dated, located, and many of the people named - truly amazing! ..Make sure you hover over the ... more

Joan Avoids a Cold - vintage documentary

Published 1947 Usage Public Domain Topics Health and hygiene How young children must behave to avoid transmitting germs to one another. Run time 10:24 Producer Coronet Instructional Films Sponsor N/A Audio/... more

Health: Your Posture - classic documentary public domain

Published 1953 Usage Public DomainTopics Health and hygieneYoung girl's mirror image teaches her fundamentals of good posture.Run time 10:20Producer Centron CorporationSponsor N/AAudio/Visual Sd, B&WShotlistKen... more

Public Domain - 1953 Commercial - DeSoto

Old TV Commercials & Old TV adverts can all be found on my channel. New videos added daily, be sure to subscribe. Old TV Commercials are not protected by copyright and are held under the Creative Commons Public... more

Early colour image of thatched cottages, now identified as Corhampton, Hampshire. Paget Colour process (full image)

Discovered in a box of glass negatives, this I believe dates from the very early part of the 20th Century, probably no later than around 1920...It is a sandwich of two thin glass plates, measuring c. 4x3".... more

Postcard: Dunkerque - Le Bassin du Commerce et le Quai des Hollandais

For more details of the story behind this album see www.flickr.com/photos/whatsthatpicture/sets/7215762769463... ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/whatsthatpicture/sets/72157627694631371/with/6223708310/ )

Identified! The Swan Inn, Rose Island, River Thames, Oxfordshire

The sign to the left advertises Morrell's Genuine Ales & Stout and has a picture of a white Swan above it...---.Update 17/4/11: it ceased to be a pub in 1929...Update 8/1/11: now identified thanks to pellet... more

Birmingham Council House, early 1900s

Posted as a mystery image, but identified within minutes by Mike Gerrish ( /photos/mikegerrish/ ) ...Estimated early 1900s.

Postcard: Dunkerque - Vue generale de la Ville et des Bassins

Another lovely hand-coloured card...For more details of the story behind this album see www.flickr.com/photos/whatsthatpicture/sets/7215762769463... ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/whatsthatpicture/sets/72157627... more

Postcard: Paris (VIIIeme) - Le Pont Alexandre III vers les Invalides

Wonderful image. From what I can tell it must have been taken from the roof of Petit Palais - maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Le+Pont+Alexandre+III,+paris&amp... ( http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Le+Pont+Alexandre... more

Squadron Leader E A McNab and his men, No 1 Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force and Hawker Hurricane

More on McNab and his men - taylorempireairways.com/2010/06/rcaf-no1-sqn/ ( http://taylorempireairways.com/2010/06/rcaf-no1-sqn/ ) ..From a fascinating set of World War II photos, mainly medium format transpare... more