Glass Plate Negatives

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  1. steve lovatt

    steve lovatt Something else
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    My grandad, dad and two uncles were all keen photographers so we have lots of family albums, photographs and boxes of slides I've yet to sort through.

    My dad inherited my grandfathers glass plate negatives but never had them printed and they passed on to me when he died. They have been in a box on a shelf in the cupboard for eleven years but I finally decided to digitise the images.

    I'm gradually cleaning the glass side of the plate, not the emulsion, with distilled water and photographing each one and then converting the image and enhancing it with editing software.

    This is the box (which he made) and most of the plates are kept in now delicate paper sleeves, on which he has neatly written the subject, date and exposure details on (sadly not all).

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    These few date from his service in the Royal Navy from 1916 to 1919.

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    Shipmates at Lerwick, Shetland 1918.

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    Part of the German Fleet after surrendering at Scapa Flow in 1918.
     
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  2. OldNick

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    That is an outstanding collection of photographs, must be fascinating seeing them come out on the screen
    That’s real history there!
     
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  3. Havit

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    Very interesting Steve, nice to have in the family
     
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  4. steve lovatt

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    Yes it is - especially the moment when you convert them to a positive image.
    I'd like to know where this is and why it's not still in the family! Taken in 1919.

    Rossmoor 1919.jpg
     
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  5. OldNick

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    They are great images, do you recognise anyone in that last picture? family?

    I recently went through a load of old photos of my Mum and Dads and most of my old relatives looked like bulldogs chewing wasps after being hit in the face with a shovel:p
     
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    They are great. Wish I had you ability. I have some of the old VHS video's and want to get them put on disc. One especially with our Baby before we lost him.
    Regards
    Joe.
     
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  7. dilligaf

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    That’s a holiday home my family used to rent out to the lower classes :)
    We keep cat’s and dogs in there now :joy:
     
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  8. andyc1

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    That is something very special indeed! Nice one Steve :heart_eyes:
     
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  9. Rich Bryce

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    If you do some family history research using census data you will find addresses. That might help you narrow it down. The 1911 census is available now, and the 1921 census will become available via Findmypast in January 2022.

    Also electoral registers are a good source of information. From 15 October 1918 to 1926 the electoral registers were compiled twice a year. Those absent in the armed forces when the 1918 and subsequent lists were compiled are shown separately at the end of the polling district in which they normally lived in an Absent Voters' List.. The entries show their home address, unit, rank and number, and form an important source of that information. The 1918 Act widened the franchise so all men aged 21 and above could register to vote, and also women aged 30 or over (subject to certain other qualifications) so there is a good chance of finding the address if you have an idea of who is in the photo.
     
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  10. Wessa

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    I'm impressed Steve, it must be fantastic to be able to bring your family history alive into the digital age. :):)
     
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  11. steve lovatt

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    No sadly not and there's no one left on my dad's side to ask.
    I've got a feeling the bulldog/wasp look may be a feature in my family too! :joy:
     
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  12. steve lovatt

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    Thanks Rich, i think a lot of the people he photographed will have been friends rarher than relatives so probably impossible ti trace. :cool:
     
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    You never know Steve you might spot a likeness in another photograph and be able to cross link. Whatever, it's a fascinating look in to social history.
     
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    I tried dropping the picture of the house into Google image search, but while there were many images of very similar likeness none had the same unique features. Well, not on the first few pages I went through
     
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  16. Tiglet

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    Wow,they’re fantastic Steve.

    Fantastic views of your family and social history mate.

    Keep them coming,I for one love old photos especially if there’s a snippet of information with the photos.
     
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    there’s loads of places out there that will do that,
     
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    Nice one steve
    When my father in law died I found a box in the attic that contained loads of cine film shot in Uganda from the early 50’s to 60’s, fascinating to watch “live” history
     
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  19. steve lovatt

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    Like crispey said it's easily done - just search online - we had some VHS footage transferred to a disc. :cool:
     
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  20. steve lovatt

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    Well here's Great grandmother!

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    Do you reckon this is the same person in this group? (I don't think ii is)
    Taken at Starbeck, Harrogate on 25th May 1915 - if so then the old boy is probably my Great grandfather!

    Group at Starbeck, Harrogate May 25th 1915.jpg
     
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