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Breathing fire

Transport links are the lifeline of milling. This photograph shows a steam wagon outside Sonning watermill. The wagon is called Catherine Cooper; it was produced by Foden Trucks, a British truck and bus manufacturing company, and is an overtype steam wagon. The man on the right is the mill owner Mr Witherington with his son, whilst the…

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By trawler from Aberdeen

This photo is an important reminder that without a range of extraordinary enthusiasts these collections would not exist. This Gem is a black and white glass plate negative, from a series taken by David H Jones, a specialist in watermills. During his research, David came across an account written by a soldier stationed on the Faroe…

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Seeing double

Stereographic images allowed the Victorians to explore the world from the comfort of their own home. This amusing Gem, a stereoscope, was a popular Victorian device used to view optical illusions. The stereoscope was a pair of lenses through which picture cards, or stereographs, would be viewed. The cards had two almost identical images next…

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