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From: "colleen morrison" <>
Subject: Re: PARSONS - oldest photographic subject etc
Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2005 17:53:47 -0000
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We're spoilt for choice for old photographic subjects here in Essex
(England). Mine is an old photo of an ancient burial mound and earth
workings found about 10 minutes walk from my cottage - near Churchgate
Street, Old Harlow. These are thousands of years old. Earth workings like
this, made by our ancestors scraping at the earth with primitive tools made
from bone, flint or deer antlers, are dotted all around our island and are,
I believe, the oldest human made structures we have.

I think the earliest photograph I have is one of Saint Peters church, Great
Totham in Essex in 1879, though this may have been a later reprint of an
earlier photographic plate. I have a photograph of one my ancestors which
may be older, but I can't confirm the date. Also have a few taken in the

Most of the old photographs I have date from around 1900 to 1920, I suppose
because this was very much the golden age of early photography when everyone
who could afford it wanted to have their photograph taken and there was at
that time a great craze for sending and collecting picture postcards too.


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Sent: Saturday, January 22, 2005 5:02 PM
Subject: Re: [Ess] Good news for PARSONS hunters

> In a message dated 1/22/2005 3:00:45 AM Pacific Standard Time,
> writes:
> I would be interested to know who has either the earliest identifiable
> photo
> or indeed the oldest subject. Any takers ?
> The gem in our family photo collection is a photo of my great great
> grandparents and their two younger children (one being my great
> grandfather). The image
> is on glass. Based on the apparent ages of the children, the photo must
> have
> been taken around 1860. It came to the U.S. in 1882 with my great
> grandfather
> and eventually found its way to Canada with my grandmother. We're thrilled
> to
> still have it in the family. (Apologies for the slight off-topicality.
> These
> were Lancashire folks, not Essex.)
> The great frustration in our collection is a raft of wonderful old
> tintypes
> in the back of a family bible with not a word as to who the people were.
> All we
> know is they were family. I'm sure many Listers can relate to this
> predicament.

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