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There are over 6,000 old photographs of Hungerford included in the Virtual Museum. It can be very difficult to accurately date them, and a number of different clues must be used. These include:

1. Dated images: Some images have clear dates printed by the photographer (esp Albert Parsons).
2. Postal rate: ½d, 1d or 1½d used.
3. Postal date: If the postcards are posted, then the date of the image cannot be later then the date of the postmark.
4. Local landmarks: The dates of certain landmarks, such as the railway bridge, shop signs, telegraph poles, and other street furniture can all offer clues.
5. Dates of certain events: Images of key events may give clear dates of images.
6. Photographers' publishing dates: Information is gradually accumulating for the dates when certain photographers' images were published.
7. Known dates of photographers' work.
8. Type of image: eg Carte de Visite, or postcard. Carte de Visites: Most CDV locally date from 1865-1875, although there are examples between 1860-1894. Only rarely are they from 1859 or 1895-1905. Locally, CDVs were published by Alfred Lane, Samuel Hawkes, and William Softley Parry. See Cartes de Visites.

Photographers' work:

Albert Parsons:

- Church Street - c1902-09
- No street named - c1910-1913
- 1 Bridge Street - c1914-1916/17
- 30 High Street - c1916/17 - 1950

Ernest Barnard:

c1906 - 1918.

Freeman Bros:

Lithographic: - 1903
Photographic: - c1910

Samuel Hawkes:

c1881 - c1920.

Frederick Jessett:

c1907-1908.

Alfred Lane:

c1871 - 77

William Softley Parry:

1877 - c1903.

William Mapson:

c1898-1905.

Phillip Osbourne "Os" Collier, Reading:

- 1-3250 Autumn 1905 - Jul 1909
- 4000-4052 Jul 1908 - Jul 1910
- 5000-5032 ? - c1916
- A1 - A1075 Jul 1910 - Sep 1911
- B1 - B1149 Apr 1910 or Aug 1911 - Dec 1912
- C1 - C995 Jun - Jul 1915
- E1 - E61 ? - c1917
- G1 - G140 ? - ?
- M1 - M2 ? - ?
- X1 - X96 Aug 1914 - Sep 1915
- X509 - X532 ? - Dec 1918
- Late series with a border, bottom margin contained the title and is script or typewritten or
typeset 1950s-c1965

Chester Vaughan:

- 1903

Kingsway (WH Smith):

: - 1907

Wyndham Series:

- Dec 1904

Others:

Alfred Barratt, Fleet Street, London, 1911.

Elliott and Fry, London, 1910.

Charles Hawker, 84 Northbrook Street, Newbury, 1902-1937 (but no Hungerford views after 1909?)

A. W. Hoare, Reading, 1930-52.

Righton, 42 Northbrook Street, Newbury 1903--> (but no Hungerford views after 1909?)

J. Benjamin Stone, 1902.

J. Templeman , Stoke-on-Trent, 1914-1918.

Tomkins & Barrett, Swindon,

W. Wicks, Hayes, Middlesex, 1910.

Postal Rate:

The postage rate for postcards was a follows:

- ½d from 1 Oct 1870 until...

- 1d from 3 Jun 1918 until...

- 1½d from 13 Jun 1921 until...

- 1d from 29 May 1922 until...

- 2d from 1 May 1940.

Local Landmarks and Street Furniture:

Railway Bridge: First bridge (1862) replaced by the second lattice bridge in 1896.

24 High Street: 1 dormer changed to 3 dormers c1891?

23 High Street: Mock Tudor re-fronting c1903.

Water stand pipes: Installed c1903; removed c1916?

Drainage Vents: Installed c1909 at Three Swans and Bridge.

Telegraph Poles: c1907: 5-bar in central High Street

c1912: 10-bar in central High Street

2-bar at Riverside

High Street Drains: Open still in 1909.

See also:

- Photographers & Publishers

- Photographic Archives