Inquiry, Identification & Research Page
Dear Vintage Visual Media enthusiasts,
The aim of this page is mainly to inquire and or
identify unknown or less known items in the collecting
fields of pre-cinema, photography and related subjects
and tracing more information on these less researched
subjects. The latest additions will be found on
top of the page.
Visitors are asked to supply me with additional
information concerning illustrations on this page.
TIME BASED MEDIA
intriguing Carte-de-Visite photographs depicting
time-differences by the aid clocks -
to calculate the appropriate local time differences
based on the true position of the sun
On the left, Belgium, showing time difference
in various Belgian city's when 12:00 in Brussels
On the right, the World, showing time difference
in various capital city's when 12:00 in Paris
by A. Bertrand, watchmaker in Namur, Belgique
on Clocks for enlarged views
Heure exacte de ses principales villes,
Lorsqu' il est midi juste a Bruxelles.
Heure exacte de ses principales villes,
Lorsqu' il est midi juste a Paris
The clocks on the Carte-de-Visite photographs
depict the Apparent
Solar Time, based on the Mean
Sun, in the respective cities in Belgium/world.
local solar time was used in Flanders till 1891,
this means that local time in different cities
was applied, even for train tables the true local
solar time was being used since 1836.
On the fifth of may 1835 the first Belgian train,
'De Olifant /
The Elephant', drove between Mechelen en
However, under pressure of the Belgian railways,
the standard time for Belgium was set and used
from 1892. Before the latter date timetables such
as seen above where used to calculate the appropriate
local time differences based on the true position
of the sun. Click on photographs to see a larger
image of the respective time table photocard.
Click here to see some improved views of the Albumine
prints only, resp. Belgium
These tiny clocks on the photographs (0,45
inch or 11,5 mm) are extreamely
detailed when enlarged.
looking through window F.
Herman, A.B.P. 1917
boat run ashore.
Press photographs by Agence
image on the right depicts the athlete Bérard
winning "la course
du bol d' eau" in the Velodrome
Buffalo during the "Fête
des Caf' Conc" This photograph
is part of a series of press images made
by M. Rol,
Paris. 4 Rue Richer 25 August 1913
Photographs of sport events were very popular
in the beginning of the twentieth Century.
Probably the most famous vintage sport images
are made by Jacques
(1894 - 1986) in his childhood.
Photo-icons by Lartigue depict the dawn
of aviation and rise of motorcar racing
as known from the A.C.F., Automobile Club
Less famous but equally informative are
the photographs by M.
Rol depicting unusual sports, physical
culture and intriguing images of vintage
taken at the same spot where Lartigue was
Gagne "La course du Bol d' eau".
Two pages depict images of these two latter
subjects by M. Rol.
On this research page
however, I illustrate a few
other subjects in this series of Rol images'.
Above "la course
du bol d' eau" and further two
more scientific subjects depicting
rat species in the laboratory of Pasteur.
6 November 1913
In comparison to drawings, sketches,
engravings; scientific photography
a more "reliable" illustration
technique to clarify research. Obviously,
images have no scientific ambition
due to their popularization for press
The depicted Pasteur
laboratory press photographs are taken
on the occasion of the:
de l' Institut Pasteur"
sic. November 1913.
Photo M. Rol, Paris. 4 Rue Richer.
contenant des rat servant aux experiennes.
contenant des cochons d' Inde pour
les experiennes. sic.
cochons d' Inde
Photography and subjects.
daily press themes are found in the
other subjects of this Rol series, a
visit of Poincare in the "Collège
d' Athlètes", Milton Henry
winning a race with his horse "Nimbus",
a train disaster in Melun, a gaz explosion
in Paris' Batignolles, etc.
The three images on this page together
with the motercar and aviation pictures
are my favorites of these time windows.
No matter what subject, vintage press
photography is a major genre and a historically
important part within the history of
also scientific stereo photographs by
A. Neyt to visualize Joseph Plateau's
experiments with the "formation
of Laminar Films"
n The illusory
world of the hand painted photo backdrop
Mouve mouse over
backdrops and see...
were very popular in the
and beginning of the 20th. Century.
illusory scenes are frequently spotted in
late daguerreotypes, carte-de-visite and cabinet
photographs. Historical information and research
however about these "paintings"
and "painting technique" seems difficult
to trace. Combined with the backdrop, the
early photostudio's were also equiped with
a set of props, such as chairs, tables, toys,etc.
director of the Kennedy Museum and curator
of the exhibition "From
the Background to the Foreground"
is one of the few researchers into this less
investigated field of photohistory.
information about vintage hand painted decorative
photo studio backdrops with garden scenes,
landscapes, etc. used during the 19th. Century
and first decade of the 20th. Century is mostly
welcome. I'm looking for information in books,
magazines and web sites, both text & reproductions.
Also references to early vintage background
collections will be of interest.
less known early Belgian Pictorial photographer
Since there is
very few information to find, in literature, about
pictorial photographs, I hope to find more information with
the aid of visitors to this page. To my knowledge, no major
bibliographical publications depicting this genre in Hannon's
photography are published so far?
I would be very thankful to receive more jpg images, depicting
pictorial work by Hannon and bibliographical + historical
is one of the few Hannon pictorial works known. in comparison
to his more frequently researched and published travel
On the left his monogram is shown, detail of the image below.
only temporary reference about the photograph
is traced in the German Magazine "Photographische
To my knowledge, the only recent historical information
about this image and Hannon's pictorial work in
general is published in John Wood's excellent
See chapter: "Masters
of European Pictorialism and the Problem of Alfred
58 - 68)
Iowa Press, ISBN: 0-87745-573-2
Until know, I was unable to trace a copy of The
exhibition catalogue entitled "Edouard
Hannon, photos de 1900"
some reflection in the glass, the reproduction is poor. Size
of photograph: 49,5 cm. x 38 cm. ( 19.5" x 15")
In the collection of the
in Antwerp (Belgium),
a pictorialistic portrait by Hannon "Coppelia"
is known in the same Bromide print technique.
This image, ca. 1895, is signed with the same
as seen on the slightly earlier sunbeams.
In comparison to the internationally better known
Belgian pictorialist, Léonard Missonne
Hannon's pictorial work is less sophisticated
and therefore perhaps more interesting.
I would welcome any additional information about
a less known early Belgian pictorial photographer.
Please e-mail all information to:
Exposure in Brussels.
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