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Did WWI photographers keep duplicates?
« on: Wednesday 10 February 10 23:16 GMT (UK) »
I recentrly discovered an old photo of my great grandparents (and g-g-grandmother), taken sometime during the war, at a company called Ping Pong Studio. It's address is listed as BACK OF HOME & COLONIAL STORES, UPPER ST., ISLINGTON N.

Has anyone heard of them before? I've tried searching the internet for them, but there doesn't seem to be any reference to them?? Does anyone know anything about them?

I don't know anything about how photographers operated during WWI but i'm curious if duplicates were made?


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Elliot

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Re: Did WWI photographers keep duplicates?
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 10 February 10 23:29 GMT (UK) »
Hi Elliot  :)

Not sure if I understand your question correctly, but a photographer at that time worked from negatives, so he could have printed as many copies as his customer wanted of any particular picture.  Whether or not he would have made any prints for his own records is another matter. 

There were hundreds, if not thousands, of small photo studios around in the early 20th century, some of which did not last for very long, so the chances of coming across any records for them will be slim.

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Re: Did WWI photographers keep duplicates?
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 11 February 10 05:30 GMT (UK) »
Unfortunately my brain had temporarily forgotten the age of pre-digital photography. ha ha.  ???

But yes, it was negatives I was curious about. Would they have just been thrown away/burned etc or kept for some far out, but useful (for me) reason?

Hope springs eternal. ha ha.

That's for the info anyway. It was always gonna be longest of long shots anyway.


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Re: Did WWI photographers keep duplicates?
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 11 February 10 08:11 GMT (UK) »
They would probably have been using roll film by that time, although for large format work they would have still used glass plates.  Either way, it's really rare to come across negs from photo studios.  There are some collections out there, but mainly either random lucky finds, or whole outputs from very large concerns that were donated to a collecting institution.

What was it you were hoping to find?

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Re: Did WWI photographers keep duplicates?
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 11 February 10 20:41 GMT (UK) »
Mmmmm. looking for a needle, that might not exist, in an infinite haystack.

I recently discovered my g-grandparents had a portrait photo taken at Ping Pong Studio. I was hoping to see if any more were taken at the same time. Or other visits to the studio happened with other people. I've had trouble identifying my g-g-grandmother before now because I didn't know what she looked like young. ha ha. But now I do :-)

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Re: Did WWI photographers keep duplicates?
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 13 April 11 12:25 BST (UK) »
I am not going to be very helpful, but I thought I would touch base on the Ping Pong Studios. I also have a postcard photo probably from about 1910-15.
Great address!!

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Re: Did WWI photographers keep duplicates?
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 20 March 21 17:48 GMT (UK) »
Dear All,

Regarding the Ping Pong Studio in Islington - there is some information about this studio on my site on stickybacks, midgets and stamp photos here: http://www.stickybacks.uk/regionsLON.asp#pp.

Unfortunately this does not pin down the name of the studio operator, its precise address or operating dates. Any further information or examples of work from the studio would be much appreciated.

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Re: Did WWI photographers keep duplicates?
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 21 March 21 00:03 GMT (UK) »
Hi
What a wonderful topic
and what a lovely website you have  Etchesfamily.

Stupid question on my part
but I suppose someone has done the basic directory and census searches?

Do you think they were within the HOME & COLONIAL STORES, UPPER ST., ISLINGTON N.?
Either subletting space from the store or contracted by the store as an attraction or service to customers?
Great place for the business to have been since folk would have been purchasing travel goods.

Pixie photos went round stores in Australia as recently as the 1990s taking photos of children.
Might still do. And graduation and school and kindergarten photo services would be analogous services.
Could this have been something similar? Like the Santa photos that pop up regularly?
In the 1930s- 1940s photographers used to snap people walking in the streets of Sydney.
People then could choose to buy or not. Great photo of dad pre-teens and his soon to be widowed mum.

Some of the weighing scales in big department stores were like that
 ie privately run but of benefit as a store attraction -- a symbiotic relationship.

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pH

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Re: Did WWI photographers keep duplicates?
« Reply #8 on: Sunday 21 March 21 02:19 GMT (UK) »
Interesting site Etchesfamily. It could be worth asking for it to be pinned to the photo restore board if it isnít already there.

This topic is about 12 years old, and the OP hasnít logged in to rootschat for about 7 years, but if they still have the same email address they will be notified of your contribution to the topic.

PS. Welcome to rootschat.  ;D