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  • Victorian Mystery Solved

    Victorian Mystery Solved

    This post was originally written in 2008 but has been updated in 2018 as a result of further information becoming available. During the autumn of 2007, out of the blue, a Mrs Marina Lord had contacted one of our committee members (Trevor C). She had found an old portrait photograph in a drawer of a […]

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  • Is this a photograph of James Johnson?

    Is this a photograph of James Johnson?

    During the writing of “A Victorian Society”, I came across a photograph in the archives which was most unusual, being a portrait of a man of African descent, taken in the late 1860s or early 1870s. The photographer was a founding member of the Oldham Photographic Society, named William Thorpe. The subject of the photograph is […]

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  • A Victorian Society

    A Victorian Society

      Book: A Victorian Society Oldham Photographic Society, the First 150 Years by Christine Widdall 326 pages and more than 300 pictures… Available from amazon.co.uk – £15 including postage Description “A Victorian Society” is a book about early photography and photographers, told against the backdrop of life in what was to become the most productive […]

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  • Preparations for the 150th Anniversary

    Preparations for the 150th Anniversary

    The 150th anniversary of Oldham PS will take place in May this year and lots of preparations are in place to celebrate it. Firstly, a members commemorative book is planned, which will be printed on demand, probably by Blurb. We will be holding a special dinner during the week of the anniversary, when Mike and Christine will […]

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