·  Matthew Butson
Vice President of Hulton Archive
·  Lenny Hanson
Conservator of Hulton Archive
·  Sarah McDonald
Curator of Hulton Archive
·  Lee Shoulders
Director of Archival Film Content
·  Fox Photos Daybooks
·  Le Grice X-Ray Photograph
·  Roger Bannister breaks four-minute mile, 1954
·  London Stereoscopic Company
·  Rod Steiger, 1955
·  Blondin Crossing Niagara Falls, 1858
·  Tennyson's Idylls of the King, 1873
·  The Great East River Suspension Bridge, 1886
·  Hay Elevator, 1937
·  Eva Peron, 1951
·  Marilyn Monroe, 1956
·  Lauren Bacall, 1954
·  The Express Collection
·  Conservation
 
The Great Blondin Crossing Niagara Falls, 1858 Photographer: William England for London Stereoscopic Company (LSC)

Some of the first photographic views of the United States made available to the British public were from William England's camera as he toured America. His portrayal of The Great Blondin's (Frenchman Jean Francois Gravelot) famous tightrope crossing of Niagara Falls was a bestselling image for LSC. England's original glass-plate negatives and daybooks survived the considerable destruction incurred by LSC's archive. We resleeved and reboxed the negatives to meet conservation standards, and had his daybooks, which suffered severe flood damage, completely rebound.

Read Matthew Butson's article "Stereo Surround (William England)"



The original daybooks from London Stereoscopic Company's studio had suffered severe flood damage. The covers and spine were damaged or missing entirely and the albumen contact prints severely degraded. The corner images are the worst affected by water damage.


A side view of a broken section of the volume shows how water damage has cockled the pages. The volumes have been completed rebound. The pages were washed and pressed to remove stains and buckling, and the page borders reconstructed with conservation webbing to protect the fragile edges from future handling. The spines were then resewn before being bound in conservation covers.


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