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Vintage Portrait Photographs

September 9th, 2012 3 comments

I picked up some vintage photographs at an antique show last weekend. They were not in the greatest condition, but I liked the creases and wear that they have received over the years. The backs of the photographs were printed as postcards and some had information about the studios where they were taken. It looks like the photos date from the 1920′s to early 1930′s based on the fashions and information that I could find about the studios where they were taken.

One of the photographs was done by Jerome Ltd, a popular chain of studios in the UK. Here’s another link with some interesting information about Jerome Studios, including the types of cameras and film they used. There’s even a Flickr group for Jerome Studios.

I wasn’t able to find out much about the other photographs. A couple of them were done by D.R. Jones, Photo Artist, 92 Market St., Manchester and one was by Black & White Studios. Unfortunately, the other two do not name the photographer or studio.

I wonder who the people were who had their portraits taken almost 100 years ago, before World War II. Maybe someone will recognize an ancestor in one of the photos!

 

 

Vintage Photography Collectibles

April 19th, 2011 1 comment

I love checking out antique shows, flea markets and garage sales, looking for old cameras and retro photography memorabilia. They are also great places to find props and costumes for photoshoots. The Kerrisdale Antiques Fair was held last weekend, so I took a look and found some interesting vintage photography collectibles for sale.

Most antique shows have some Kodak Brownie cameras. They were made in large numbers, so they are not very rare, but I love the retro styling. I found a Kodak Brownie Bullett II from the early 1960′s. Unfortunately, the film (127 format) is no longer manufactured by Kodak, although some other companies have started producing it.

Another cool find was a box of mint condition darkroom supplies. There was photo paper, trays, chemicals, a developing tank  and a brand new timer – all still in the boxes and never used. I was tempted to buy it, but I really don’t have room for a darkroom right now!

One vendor had quite a selection of daguerreotypes. These would be pretty old – dating from the mid to late 1800′s most likely. They were quite small, but each one was framed and covered with glass and had remained in excellent condition.

My favourite find though was a 1940′s photo of a sailor with his wife or girlfriend, standing in front of an old car – looks like a Model T. He’s smoking with his hat pushed back – maybe he just returned from the war. I love this photo so I got it for my collection!

More Links:

Here’s a great collection of vintage fashion & style photos on Thriftaholic.

Awesome camera collection on strangepulse.com

 

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