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Carte de Visite Of Thomas Abbott by J and T Spencer

This is the first of the named photographs which I am posting on this blog: a Carte de Visite of Thomas Abbott by J and T Spencer.  The carte bears a pencilled inscription on the reverse – “Thos Abbott a Novelty Only”.

If you can prove your descent from

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Reminiscene’s Website To Close…But All Is Not Completely Lost

After much deliberation, I have reluctantly decided to close Reminiscene‘s website at the end of this year when the domain name becomes due for renewal.  In the meantime, I will not be uploading any new material to the site

As many Webmasters will testify, the uploading of new material and the general maintenance associated with websites can take up a considerable amount of time.  Unfortunately, I have found in recent months that other commitments mean I no longer have as much time as I would wish to be able to devote to the site.  I appreciate that this may be disappointing news to those who regularly visit the site.  However, all is not completely lost.

Although my website will not continue beyond the end of this year, I do intend to post here, as when I can, about interesting postcards and messages which I add to my collection.  Between now and the end of the year, I also hope to be able to post on this blog named photographs in my collection, together with an index.  That way, there will still be an opportunity for proven descendants to claim photographs of their ancestors which, of course, has always been the aim of Reminiscene.

I shall also be starting a page for Reminiscene on Facebook and Reminiscene will continue its presence on Twitter.  I very much hope that the technology which permits the simultaneous publication of information on this blog and on Twitter and Facebook will enable me to post sufficiently interesting material without my having to spend an unde amount of time on this project.  Please bear with me over the coming months.  Thank you.

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A Colchester Photographic Mystery: Help Required, Please

Can anybody help with this seemingly impossible photographic mystery?

This photograph of a little girl holding a doll was taken by Oscar Way at the Royal Studios, Colchester, Essex, probably in the early 1900s.  Unfortunately, there no clues to the identity of the little girl

Can anybody identify this little girl?  Can anybody provide any definite information as to when Oscar Way had studios in Colchester?  There is a possibility that the Royal Studios were located in Head Street.  Can anybody substantiate this, please?

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Words of Advice From W V Amey, Photographic Artist, Landport

Anybody who fears having their photograph taken, or is convinced that they don’t photograph well, might do well to consider the advice given by W V Amey, erstwhile Photographic Artist of 253 Commercial Road, Landport, on the reverse of his Cartes de Visite:

“Persons who Imagine or who have been told they do not take well are particularly invited to give Mr Amey a sitting as he finds in every case without exception it is an entire mistake.”

On the other hand, since it appears that this written assurance was made available only after the photograph was taken, one cannot help but wonder whether some of his clients might have preferred this side of the photograph.

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Vintage Photographs from Northern Ireland

I have just uploaded to Reminiscene 16 Cartes de Visite, a Cabinet Portrait and a photograph which were taken in studios in Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Wakefield.

Despite the varying photographic studios, the sitters are very firmly believed to have come from Northern Ireland.  As far as possible, the photographs are displayed in potential family groupings.

I should like to record here my gratitude to Mrs Ann E. F. Allen for rescuing these photographs and for so kindly donating them to Reminiscene.

If you can prove your descent from any of those shown, please contact me.

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A Maidstone Photographic Mystery

Can anybody help solve a photographic mystery?  This photograph was found when the current occupants (The Reef Spa) of 22 Gabriels Hill, Maidstone, Kent were sorting out a room.

A larger image can be seen here.

Sadly, there are no clues to the identity of any of those shown in the photograph, but the photographer does appear to have been A H De’Ath who had his studio at 46 Week Street, Maidstone.  Part of that address is visible in the bottom right hand corner of the photograph.

I would welcome any information on the possible identity of those shown in the photograph so that I can pass this on to the Managing Director of the Reef Spa.

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Coming Soon! Vintage Photographs from Northern Ireland

I will very soon be adding to Reminiscene a number of Cartes de Visite and Cabinet Portraits from Northern Ireland.  These photographs were very generously donated to Reminiscene.

I understand that despite the fact that some of the photographs were taken in studios in Dublin and Edinburgh, the sitters almost certainly hailed from Northern Ireland.   Some of the photographs have been divided into possible family groupings and they will be displayed online in this manner.

I will post again as soon as the photographs are online.

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More Photographs Added to Reminiscene

I have today added a further six Cartes de Visite and Cabinet portraits and one Tintype to my website.

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Lt Charles Granville Whitelocke RN

This Carte de Visite by C A Duval and Co should, with any luck, help somebody with their family history.

The sitter is identified on the reverse as:

“Charles Granville Whitelocke, Lt RN, only son of Frank Whitelocke and Mary Anne W (nee Campbell)”.

If anybody can prove their descent from Lt Whitelocke, please contact me at

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