Happy Father’s Day, 19th June

Father’s Day is commonly viewed as an occasion with its roots in commercial enterprise. In fact, its origins date back to 1910 in the United States where a woman called Sonora Smart Dodd wanted to honour her father, a veteran who had, as a single parent, raised six children on his own. Inspired by the US Mother’s day…

The King is Dead; Long Live the King.

As clients of an Edwardian photographer go, it would be hard to find one more exalted that the King of England. One of Knights-Whittome’s biggest achievements, and something of which he was hugely proud, was to have been granted a Royal Warrant, which allowed him to advertise himself as ‘Photographer to HM The King’. According to…

A Mother’s Day Portrait

With this Sunday the 6th March being Mother’s Day in the UK, it seemed like a opportune moment to showcase some of the beautiful mother and child portraits we have in the Knights-Whittome glass plate collection. Captured between approximately 1905-1917, these images capture a unique moment in history for British women. Caught between the restricted Victorian world of…

Getting The Picture – Understanding the Basics of Glass Plate Negative Photography

Here at the Past on Glass project we’ve become accustomed to handling glass plate negatives and being enthralled by the images we’ve retrieved from them, but we sometimes wish we could visit the Knights-Whittome Studio and see for ourselves how it was done. A few tantalising images give us some small clues about the studio set…

Germain Adolphus Merheim, Special Brigade, Royal Engineers

Today’s post is written by Kath Shawcross, based on research completed by one of our volunteers Tony. It is just one example of how important the correct transcription of names from the original envelopes can be. Originally, this name was mistranscribed as Mershim. Tony spent a lot of time working on this individual, coming up…

The Case of The Mysterious Roving Moustache

As we have worked our way through the glass plates in our collection, cleaning, rehousing and digitising them as we go, we have become very aware that practically all of the negatives have been retouched to some degree or another. This is no great surprise to us. Photographic retouching, as an art, is something that preceeds Photoshop by many decades…