Postcard Ephemera and Photographs
A collection of 200 – 300 Bermuda postcards, dated
between 1900 and 1950 on all sorts
Bermuda Ephemera, which is a general term for any printed matter other than a book, includes old photographs, hotel menus, guides, racing fixtures, brochures, programmes, travel documents, theatre bills, loose maps and plans, notices, luggage labels, train tickets, match boxes, ship’s puzzles, cruise ship deck plans etc., etc. There are three large boxes of them all ready for the collector’s inspection! All variously priced
|SOME OF THE EARLIEST BERMUDA PHOTOGRAPHS
RECORDED. An album
of Bermuda and India compiled by Capt Franklin (see self portrait) of the
76th "Hindoostan" Regiment including a group of eleven views
of the island. They are Salt prints, each 22.5 x 28.5cm, of which eight
are trimmed to ovals. They are mounted on album leaves, each annotated
and dated 1858. Also included in the album are several group portraits
at the Hythe School of Musketry, 1859, military groups at Bellary, India
(1867 and later), letters, Indian- printed ephemera and a few drawings.
Some leaves are brittle and frayed at the edges, contemporary half calf,
worn, backstrap defective, folio, assembled c1855-75.
These are some of the earliest views of Bermuda. They were probably acquired by Franklin in 1858 when his regiment was en route from Halifax, Nova Scotia to England. Of the eleven prints, one is faded and three somewhat pale. There are views of St Georges (3), of and from Flatts (3), City of Hamilton and Harbour, Ireland Island, The Great Sound from Bosses Cove, Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity and Parish Church of Pembroke.
Salt prints were the earliest positive prints and were invented by Henry Fox Talbot in 1840. A salt print was made by soaking a paper in salt solution and then coating one side with a substance which produced light-sensitive silver chloride in the paper. After drying, the paper was put directly beneath a negative, under a sheet of glass and exposed to sunlight for up to two hours.
This was such a complicated process that it was replaced in 1860 by the albumen print. One wonders who could have been so advanced in Bermuda in 1858 as to be going to all that trouble. Price on request
|Original huge PANORAMIC PHOTOGRAPH of Hamilton from Foot
of the Lane to as far as the eye can see in the direction of Spanish Point,
taken from Fort Hamilton. The dimensions are 21cm wide x 156cm long and
the image can be dated about 1865.The Paget shore shows few houses. In
the centre is a beam driven paddle boat on the move and sailing vessels
Besides the long panorama, the lot for sale includes twelve oval and square views of the old wooden barracks at Prospect, soldiers under canvas, Norwood and Saltus Island, a picnic ad Admiralty, fancy dress at the old Government House etc.
Quite outstanding and historic images. The panorama predates any such items in the Bermuda Archives. Price on request
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