Earlier this week, he came back from his dad's with a black wooden trunk. Inside was a complete set of early twentieth century photographic equipment...including recipes for developing solutions, hundreds of glass plates, and an early bellows camera - probably pre-1900's from what little bit of research we've done.
There are also hundreds of glass slide and cellulose negatives.
We've found out how to 'develop' them (scan with the silver nitrate face up, then use Microsoft Office Paint to invert the colours - hey presto, the negative images turn positive!) and so I'm working through scanning them all.
Some I recognise - Pappa and Nanna in the late 1920's; possibly some of Mr Squidge's Dad as a young boy; Ludwig, who came over from Germany in the very late 1800's...and then there are others that must be around 1911. Everyone's dressed in their Sunday best, so I'm wondering if it was for the coronation.
Here are just a few...
A pair of flapper girls, all dolled up.
Not sure about these children. They might be the first four of Coral's five children,
Alex, Bernard, John and Nancy
Haircut and a beer...?
Pappa and Nanna, probably late 1920's, as they were married in 1930.
Family Hetzel, again 1920's or very early 1930's.
Fred * Ludwig Jnr * Coral * Nig (Philip)* Bob (Albert, Mr. Squidge's paternal grandfather)
Hannah * Sarah (nee Webb) * Ludwig Snr * Henrietta * Florence
A bit of guesswork going on with the ladies - the only ones I know for sure are Coral and Sarah...
There are loads more to scan and invert. I wonder who else we might find?