Latest updates

More added this week to the entry for Nathaniel James Gray (with grateful thanks to Paul Godfrey) www.fadingimages.uk/photoGr.asp

A new example of the work of Hills and Saunders (1920s competitive rowing on the Cam) has been added. www.fadingimages.uk/photoHi.asp

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More on Post Office Terrace Studio

Added to the site this week have been:

  1. An updated introduction to the transcripts of the 1932 to 1935 studio diaries from Ramsey and Muspratt. This has followed closer studying of the handwriting in the 1932 volume and comparisons with exemplars of the handwriting of Lettice Ramsey and Helen Muspratt, kindly provided by their respective families.
  2. An update to our guide to using the negatives from Post Office Terrace Studio. This follows a visit to the Shire Hall bunker where those negatives thought to be on Cellulose Nitrate stock are stored.

Links to both of the above can be found here: http://www.fadingimages.uk/POT1.asp

Coming back from Queensland Australia

We are most grateful to Diane Clark from Queensland, Australia, for getting in touch. Diane has some family photos from her ancestors in Cambridgeshire. A couple have been posted on our “Who were they?” page in the hope that other family historians might be researching the same family. The other gems which Diane has allowed us to use are a photograph of the Blacksmith’s shop at Benwick, by Major, c.1912, and a group photo of Cambridge Auxilliary Fire Brigade from WW2 by Maxwell.

Post Office Terrace Studio, Cambridge

For those interested in this studio, which operated from 1865 to 1985 in Cambridge, we have just added to the site a transcript of diaries from the studio for 1932, 1933 and 1935, the early years of occupancy by Ramsey and Muspratt. You can access these here: http://www.fadingimages.uk/POT1.asp .  The diaries list those whose portraits were taken by the firm. If you recognise names of sitters listed in the diaries worthy of additional footnotes, please let us know.

Also as part of the Ramsey and Muspratt story, we have added some comments on the layout of their first premises at 20 St Andrews Street, Cambridge.  You can access this through the site entry for Ramsey and Muspratt http://www.fadingimages.uk/photoRa.asp

Enjoy.

Happy New Year and news of the site

I couldn’t find a carte de visite expressing a “Happy New Year” sentiment – I’m sure they exist. Instead – here is one with a belated Christmas message.

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A couple of new mystery items have been added today to the site at http://www.fadingimages.uk/current.asp – any help with these would be much appreciated.

Meanwhile many hours have been spent on transcribing studio diaries from Ramsey and Muspratt at the Post Office Terrace Studio in Cambridge. These are from the early 1930s when the firm was founded and cover the period before the start of the firm’s extensive card index of its clients, now housed in the marvelous Cambridgeshire Collection. Transcription is complete and work is being finalised in adding references and explanations from local press research. The diaries will be published on the site later this month.

Housekeeping and more updates

Ten of the main pages on the site were becoming far too long so today these have been split into a larger number of smaller pages. A lot of time has been spent in the last few weeks producing guides to some of the series of negatives in the Cambridgeshire Collection. So far these include collections from Post Office Terrace, Stearns, the Cambridge Antiquarian Society (CAS) and Thomas Howell. These guides are now on the site and will hopefully lead to more use being made of these resources. A few new photos have turned up – examples from three Ely Studios were found at a boot sale last weekend.

We are most grateful to  a couple of collaborators for permission to use their images on the site. To Peter Norman for some superb images illustrating Newmarket photographers, and to Rob Tooley for permission to use one of the photos from his brilliant site http://www.earlyphotography.co.uk depicting a Sanderson Camera.