Small format (postcard and half plate) glass negatives of numbered studio portraits

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  • Reference
      GB 197 DYBAG/5/3
  • Former Reference
      GB 197 DY/BAG/5/3
  • Dates of Creation
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Scope and Content

Half plate (6.5''x4.75'') and postcard (5.5''x3.5'') size studio portraits of individual sitters and groups, labelled with studio numbers and surnames. Some labels also include the size or finish required for the printed photograph. The sequence of studio numbers runs 103-9236, with large gaps due to losses, followed by c.120 negatives with missing or illegible studio numbers that stylistically and date-wise belong in this group. Amongst the c.3000 negatives dated c.1914-c.1918, those involved in war work and the Armed Services feature heavily and c.1080 of these images have been scanned, as indicated in the Copies field of their record. Around 360 negatives were taken from earlier photographs, approximately 70 negatives are of non-portrait subjects and c.220 are outdoor (non-studio) portraits. Several of the negatives are damaged by mould from being kept in damp storage conditions in the past, which has also caused some of the labels to fall off. Where present, the labels have been retained and are loose within the enclosures.

Notes on portraits of military personnel:

Where possible, the branch of military service has been identified and if the image contains identifying details, the regiment and rank of individual soldiers are stated in the record.

The names of regiments, ranks and spellings used are consistent with the First World War period, e.g. Serjeant. However, brackets have been omitted where they might hinder text searching, e.g King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, not King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry) [so called until 1921]. Acronyms, e.g. KOYLI, have not been used, except where quoting a caption on the negative.

Also, to aid searching, sailors of the Royal Naval Division are still described as such post-Apr 1916 when they began wearing Army khaki general service dress and the name changed to the 63rd (Royal Naval) Division.

Men of the lowest rank of the Royal Artillery are described as Gunners, though some may have been the equivalent rank of Drivers, and only 'Royal Artillery' has been used where detail denoting the branch (Field, Garrison, Horse) is not visible.

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