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Discovered … Member of the African Choir, London

Discovered … Member of the African Choir, London Stereoscopic Company, 1891. Photograph: Courtesy of © Hulton Archive/Getty Images

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150 years before Instagram, Julia Margaret Cameron set the trend for selfies with her Victorian era Celebrity Photographs

The Mountain Nymph Sweet Liberty June 1866: Julia Margaret Cameron was one of the greatest portraitists in the history of photography

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An entry from smatterings of an aesthetic

April 1826 – 20 January was an English actor known for his comic roles in Britain and America, particularly Lord Dundreary in Our American Cousin. I love this guy! He would be so much fun at a party!

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1900- Whitechapel Lads--founded in 1876, the Institute offered a home to young men who had been involved in petty criminal activity, rehabilitating them through working at the Mission which tended to the poor and needy in Whitechapel.

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1900. The Last Portrait of Queen Victoria by the lost gallery. Grandfather would have been six when she died in January 1901.

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Flower Seller. Characterful portraits of Londoners, believed to be by photographer Donald McLeish (1879-1950), selected from the three volumes of Wonderful London edited by St John Adcock and produced by The Fleetway House in the nineteen-twenties.

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Portraits of new arrivals were used as a marker of a child's progress in the Society. Case studies of some children appeared in the newsletter 'Our Waifs and Strays' describing how they had been transformed from a 'potential street loafer' into a productive member of society. These studies were often illustrated with 'before and after' photographs, contrasting their ragged past with their new-found respectability.

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