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 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…

Photographic Portraits of a Lost Generation

For many decades, the Knights-Whittome glass plate collection lay untouched in the basement of first a Sutton High Street shop, and then later, the Sutton library. An initial survey of the material revealed that the collection contained a large number of military portraits, as you would expect from a collection spanning 1904-1918, but we had no…

Keeping up Appearances on the Home Front

For the fashion-conscious Edwardian and post-Edwardian lady there could be no better opportunity to showcase one’s wardrobe than in a professional photographic portrait. The Knights-Whittome collection is rich with female portraits, it is the largest single category group that we have encountered so far in the digitisation process. Among these images we have a large…