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

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Working on negatives

The last few weeks have been spent working on negatives (so there have been few updates to the site). First, in an attempt to identify the sitter in a recently purchased cabinet photograph, taken by JE Bliss at Post Office Terrace Studio, I have been trying to understand the cataloguing of the fabulous collection of negatives from this Cambridge studio deposited in the Cambridgeshire Collection by Peter Lofts. It turns out that finding the negative of my print was a 300,000:1 shot – which actually worked! With much help from Mary Burgess a finding aid has now been written for this material – now available in the Cambridgeshire Collection and available on this site shortly.

Second a collection of around 5000 negatives and some prints by Cambridge photographer Thomas Howell are being catalogued ready to be deposited in the Cambridgeshire Collection. Below is an example print from the early 1940s showing a Rolls Royce car parked on Cambridge Market Place. The most interesting aspect of this photograph is that it catches construction of the Cambridge Guildhall, which had been re-designed in 1939.

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