Having just been asked by a national museum to research ways of bringing a large and very technical collection of Victorian photographic equipment to the mainstream audience, we were intrugued to discover that early photographs were seen as far less significant than the miniature portraits hand-painted in oils which had previously been the must-have possession of nobility (and subsequently the moneyed classes). For many years during the early to mid 19th century, while Daguerrotypes and the wonders of Fox Talbot were being developed, anybody of class would have continued with their personal art gallery - often worn as brooches. Funny how that wish for the old ways persists - the revival of vinyl springs to mind. Books are making a comeback, When do we see the return of detachable collars?
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