Thursday, December 27, 2012

Unknown Girl 1874(?) Aylesbury, Great Britain

This is a peculiar little photograph. There is no information of the lady pictured, but there is quite a lot about the photographers.

"Patronized by Her Most Gracious Majesty the Queen, their royal highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales. Members and Medallists of the Photographic Society of Great Britain. Mr and Mrs. S.G. Payne, artists and photographers, 43 New Road, Aylesbury."

Though the back was damaged by a carelessly placed sticker, it's clear that these were very good photographers. In fact, the Photographic Society of Great Britain still exists today under the name the Royal Photographic Society, or RPS. The society wasn't called the Photographic Society of Great Britain until about 1874, a little after Mr. S.G. Payne started including his wife on the back of the photographs. Female photographers weren't very common back then!

If you know who this may be, let us know in the comments!


  1. Hi Emily! Most likely a photo from the 1880's. Backs of CdV's were often filled with famous people info back then. She is a beauty:)

  2. I found your blog through FarSide of Fifty. I love looking at old photos. Keep up the good work.