April 1911: ‘The wind…is inclined to blow my camera over’

Postcard from GLC: 1910

Looking through Professor Haverfield’s photograph album, our eyes were caught by this postcard from ‘G.L.C.’ (anyone know who this might be?) which is a reminder that taking photographs was a tricky and time-consuming process. G.L.C. was probably using a collapsible field camera, which would still have been a heavy piece of equipment. The camera would have been screwed onto a tripod base to give the camera the stability needed while the glass plate was exposed to light.

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G.L.C. writes:

Having splendid weather here except for the wind which is inclined to blow my camera over. The mosaics have quite converted me and I am looking forward to those in the Tunis museum which are said to be better. Hotel Giyimo (?) Rue de l’Eglise Tunis if you care to write before April 14th

The postcard of a mosaic from the site of Roman Timgad, Algeria,  seems to have been redirected to Haverfield on the 11th from his address in Headington, Oxford, to Devon, so it is unlikely G.L.C. ever got his hoped-for letter in Tunis!

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