Thursday, September 20, 2012

Found 1930's Glass Plates

Whilst out and about I came across some glass plates, all the same size and age (between 1932-34) they pre date ASA ratings so show the H&D (Hurter and Driffield) speed 1500 being roughly about 16 ASA.

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. What initially intrigued me was the boxes had the formulas for developers. The Ilford Double X Press plates have the formulas for several types of developer ID-1 ID-2 and ID4.

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Similarly the Illingworth plates have formula's. Thomas Illingworth & Co were a British plate manufacturer, Thomas was from Halifax and had a photography business at 41 Crown Street in that town.
Later he moved to London and there he started his plate making business which he ran until his retirement in 1922. His eldest son Thomas Midgely Illingworth took over the business when his father resigned as Managing Director. (He died the following year.) Thomas Midgely Illingworth pursued a policy of co-operation with the larger firm of Ilford and became a Director of Ilford when the two companies amalgamated.
By the early 1930's they had been absorbed by the Ilford company, which is about the same time these plates were made.

Villages in Suffolk

The negatives are all of towns and villages in Suffolk, UK and mostly churches and large buildings  very few of the subjects have changed much in the 80 years and disappointingly there are not many images that have people or cars.

The condition of the plates is quite good

They have a feel of the era
Initially I thought I might take a trip to re-shoot some in this century, but as so little has changed I'm not sure it will be worth it. I will scan a few of the best ones ad add them later. I'm glad I bought them if not just for the developer formulas.

© Photo Utopia 2012


Anonymous said...

It can be worthwhile to scan these old plates in maximum resolution. There is usually a surprising amount of detail in them. Have a peek at if you are interested.

Photo–Smith said...

Hi Yes I plan to scan some of the best ones, possibly I may take a trip to some of the places and re-shoot them.

mattmoy_2000 said...

Ah, I'm glad to see you also enjoy looking at old plates too. I've picked up several packets of glass plate negatives from my local flea market - it's always fun trying to work out where they are photographs of! As jabcam says, there is a heck of a lot of detail in those old plates. fmail me if you're interested and I'll send you a link to some of my scans.
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