Alan, who came attired as a Victorian, complete with top hat, has been collecting Victorian glass slides from every imaginable location, and has a vast collection. From this, he selected a wide range of images to show the club ( he calls himself an " image " man and is not interested in cameras except as a useful tool ).
The evening started with some amusing sequences consisting of drawn and painted images which told a short story e.g. the little boy who had a tantrum when being taken to the photographers and ended up crashing through the backdrop! This was followed by some beautiful Victorian portraiture with painted scenery etc., and many travel shots from all over the world. in particular Egypt, Japan and many locations in Europe. These were actual photographs, and were all hand coloured, some almost reproducing modern colour photography. This was obviously a highly skilled, intricate and time consuming process, and the results were unbelievably realistic.
As Alan had acquired these slides without knowing the origin of most of them, some of the locations were a mystery as were most of the photographers, this just adds to the interest to try and guess who took them, where, and with what equipment. Two well-known names were mentioned and some of their images shown, these were the famous Francis Frith, and the Whitby photographer Frank Meadow Sutcliffe.
This was a delightfully different evening, informally ptresented, and with lots of audience participation. It was just a shame that due to so many health issues at present with club members, attendance was disappointingly low.