Souvenir View Albums by Crystal Palace Postcard Publishers.

by

Fred Peskett

 

            Several of the postcard publishers used the same negatives for the production of albums of views of the Crystal Palace. In some albums there are other views which have not as yet been identified in the postcard form, but never-the-less may well exist as such.

            From 1854 to 1870 there seems to be several Official Crystal Palace Photographers, Gogerty, Delamotte and Negretti. All of these produced Stereographs, of which several bear a great similarity to postcards printed after 1900. In 1870 the “Official” title went to J. Russell, it is likely that many of the Negretti negatives were passed to Russell, by reason of the many cards published by this photographer showing the North Transept which was destroyed in 1866. Russell passed the title on to T. Everitt in 1914, and finally it went to Photochrom in 1920.

 

Souvenir Album of the Crystal Palace. F.P. & S. London.

            Book one. Red card, covers, bound, embossed with geometric design Gothic lettering infilled with gold. 7½" x 5½". Pull out panorama with 15 views which have been hand drawn from photographs. Black and white with a tint of blue on glossed paper. (These views may well have been original photographs by Negretti) Circa 1867 to 1870. The books are known with three patterns of embossing on the covers, these are illustrated as type 1, 2 and 3. The Albums must have been produced after 1867 by reason of view shown at No 12.

Type 1 The embossed designs at the top and bottom of the cover are repetitive and consist of two halves of a design or full designs. Type 1 contains a half a design, full design, full design, full design and half a design.

Type 2 Contains four repetitive complete embossed designs at the top and bottom of the cover the same as type 1, but in this case they are now all full designs with no half designs, giving full design, full design, full design, full design. There are other minor differences in the embossing.

Type 3 Is an entirely new designed cover with very shallow embossing, or perhaps it’s only the pressure caused by the gold blocking. The designs at the top and bottom are different and a new type and consist of four complete designs at the top and three at the bottom.

1st View           General view (From the Grounds, shows North Transept)

2nd View         North Nave. (Vertical view of the interior)

3rd View          South Nave. (Vertical view of the interior)

4th View          Egyptian Court.

5th View          The Pompeian Court.

6th View          Orchestra.

7th View          Interior. (Facing Medieval Court)

8th View          Alhambra Court.

9th View          Greek Court.

10th View        The Byzantine Court.

 

   

Souvenir Album of the Crystal Palace Type 1    Souvenir Album of the Crystal Palace Type 2

 

11th View        Exterior from South. (Showing North Transept)

12th View        Exterior. (View looking towards North Tower without the North Transept)

13th View        Gardens.

14th View        Italian Court. (Half size view)

15th View        Sculpture. (Half size view)

 

The Royal Album of Crystal Palace Views

            Book two. This book is very similar to the F. P. & S London books listed above and may well have come from the same stable. 7½" x 5½". Pull out panorama with twelve views (Unless the last page has been cut out) but each drawing which is almost identical, has been altered very slightly, usually by drawing in one or two extra visitors and the white line box round the illustrations is replaced by a red line. All the titles are the same although they are printed in a different order. The missing views are the 7th view Interior and the 14th and 15th the half size views)

1st View           General view (From the Grounds, shows North Transept)

2nd View         Alhambra Court.

3rd View          North Nave. (Vertical view of the interior)

4th View          Greek Court.

5th View          South Nave. (Vertical view of the interior)

 

Souvenir Album of the Crystal Palace Type 3

 

6th View          The Byzantine Court.

7th View          Egyptian Court. Interior. (Facing Medieval Court)

8th View          Exterior from South. (Showing North Transept)

9th View          The Pompeian Court.

10th View        Exterior. (View looking towards North Tower without the North Transept)

11th View        Orchestra.

12th View        Gardens.

 

The New Album of London.

            Book three. This book again is very similar to the F. P. & S London books listed above and may well have come from the same publisher as The Royal Album of Crystal Palace Views. 7¼" x 5½". Pull out panorama with 27 views As its title would imply it includes 17 London views at the beginning. This is followed by two full size Crystal Palace views and eight half size views. Unfortunately the illustration of the cover has not come out very well as nearly all the gold blocking has come off and the cover is left in the same colour red overall. We have not listed the London views in this book. Again the views are very similar with mainly just a few extra visitors drawn in. From view 20 to 27 the views are all half size.

18th View        Crystal Palace. (This is similar to the view titled ‘Crystal Palace’ in book one and two.)

19th View        Crystal Palace Interior. (This is similar to the view titled ‘Interior’ in book one.)

20th View        Sculpture

21st View         Alhambra Court

22nd View       Egyptian Court

23rd View        Pompeian Court

24th View        Italian Court. (This is similar to the view titled ‘Italian Court’ in book one.)

25th View        Sculpture. (This is similar to the view titled ‘Sculpture’ in book one.)

26th View        Byzantian Court

27th View        Mediaeval Court

 

     

 

             The Royal Album of Crystal Palace Views                   The New Album of London

 

Russell & Sons “Crystal Palace View Album”.

            Book four. Hard card red covers with the lettering and the Crystal Palace embossed in gold. Pull out panorama of nine views circa 1905.

1st View           Crystal Palace and Grounds, Long view taken from the north west corner which shows the                                North Transept which was destroyed by fire in 1866.

2nd View         Crystal Palace, view of Central Transept and South Tower with fountains in the foreground.

3rd View          South Nave, looking north.) Interior Views by Russell

4th View          North Nave, looking south.) both are known as postcard views.

5th View          Handel Festival and Orchestra. (Main view) Three small insets (a) Crystal Palace,                                              Orchestra, (b) Mr. Walter Hedgecock, Musical Director, (c) The Dulwich                                             Philharmonic Society, (postcards not seen of the insets.)

6th View          Football Grounds, Final Tie Day and Main view of ground with goal mouth inset. (Neither                                  seen as postcard views.)

7th View          North Tower Gardens. Main view is The Fairy Archipelago (seen as a postcard) with two                                 views of the Topsy Turvy Railway, The Rapids, two views. (All seen as postcards)                                The Bandstand. (Not seen as a postcard) and Front view of the Crystal Palace, 1866                                   View. (Seen as a card)

8th View          Extinct Animals. Main picture known as a postcard, the four insets of the animals are not                                    known as postcards.

9th View          Fireworks Display. Main picture known as a postcard but the inset of the Crystal Palace is                                not.

 

J. Russell & Sons, Crystal Palace Views.

            Book five. Fifteen views in hard card covers red binding with Crystal Palace view and lettering embossed in gold. 10 ¼" x 7 ¼", dated 1907

1st, - 4th          Views as the 1905 album.

5th View          Pompeian Court and inset both known as a postcard.

6th View          The Alhambra Court, Main view known as a postcard, four small insets of the Court not                                                known.             Two further insets of statuary (both known as postcards)

7th View          The Greek Court and Statuary. Main picture and twelve insets all known as postcards.

8th View          Panorama of the Crystal Palace, (post 1866, not known as a postcard)

9th View          Egyptian Court. Main view known as a postcard, six inset views are not)

10th View        Football Ground. As the 1905 album views.

11th View        North Tower Gardens.)

12th View        Crystal Palace Sports. Main view of the Maze known as a post card but the six views of                                               sporting activities are not.

13th View        The Lakes. Main view known as a postcard, the three insets are not.

14th View        Extinct Animals, as the 1905 album views.

15th View        Fireworks Display, as the 1905 album views.

 

General Guide and Souvenir of the Crystal Palace.

            Book six. Published by J.J. Kelhier, London, with sixteen coloured photographs by J. Russell and Sons. C1910. Soft green thin card covers Printing in brown. 10" x 7". The colour views are negatives which have been hand tinted prior to printing.

1st View           The Great Centre Fountain. (Not known as a postcard)

2nd View         The Grand Nave. (Known as a postcard by Russell.)

3rd View          The Handel Festival Choir. (Known as a postcard.)

4th View          The Alhambra Court. (Not known as a postcard.)

5th View          The Egyptian Court. (Known as a B/W real photo postcard)

6th View          The Mediaeval Court. (Known as a colour postcard.)

7th View          The Renaissance Court. (Not known as a postcard.)

8th View          The Italian Court. (Not known as a postcard.)

9th View          The Pompeian House. (Not known as a postcard.)

10th View        The Lower Lake and Extinct Animals. (Known as postcard)

11th View        The Lower Lake for Boating & Fishing, (Known as a postcard)

12th View        The Cycle Track. (Not known as a postcard.)

13th View        The Lower Lake and Rustic Bridge. (Known as a postcard)

14th View        The Lower Lake for Aquatic Sports (Not known as postcard)

15th View        The Cricket Ground. (Not known as a postcard.)

16th View        The Football Ground. (Not known as a postcard.)

 

Crystal Palace Illustrated Souvenir.

            Book seven. Printed by J. J. Keliher and Co., Official Printers to the Crystal Palace. 33 King William Street, E.G. and Marshalsea Works, Boro' S.E. Undated but before 1899 (*probably during 1898, see note at foot of text) All photographs by J. Russell.

Red card covers, stapled. Black title, 7¼" x 9¾". 16 views.

1st View           The Great Centre Fountain. (Seen as a postcard)

2nd View         The Grand Nave. (Seen as a postcard)

3rd View          The Lower Lake, devoted to Boating and Fishing. (Seen as a postcard)

4th View          The Cycle Track, (Not seen as postcard)

5th View          The Football Ground. (Not seen as postcard)

6th View          The Cricket Ground. (Not seen as postcard)

7th View          View of Lower Lake spanned by rustic bridge, (Seen as a postcard)

8th View          View of Lower Lake, devoted to Boating and Aquatic Sports. (Not seen as a postcard)

9th View          The Lower Lake with Extinct Animals. (Seen as a postcard)

10th View        The Pompeian House. (Seen as a postcard)

11th View        View no The Egyptian Court. (Seen as a postcard by Hartmann)

12th View        The Medieval Court. (Seen as a postcard)

13th View        The Renaissance Court. (Seen as a postcard)

14th View        The Italian Court. (Not seen as a postcard)

15th View        The Alhambra Court. (Seen as a postcard)

16th View        The Handel Festival Choir. (Seen as a postcard)

*In the text. a chapter “The Park and Gardens” the following gives a clue as to the date of publication. “perhaps the Palace grounds are seen to the best advantage, when they are illuminated. and the coloured electric and gas illuminations will be more extensive and beautiful than ever during the coming summer season of 1899. The Great Fountains too, will be electrically illuminated on a scale never before attempted in England.”

12 sepia Photographic Views of the Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood

            Book eight. Published by F. Stevens (Stationer) 50 Westow Street. Red card covers with title blocked in gold. 7½" 6½" There is no indication as to the photographer but the views of the Crystal Palace do have certain similarities with known postcards by unknown printers/publishers. Not dated but Circa 1900.

1st View            Serial number 3893. Crystal Palace. This is a view of the Crystal Palace taken from the                                                Low Level Station area, Negative No 8, but with additional detail in the                                                    foreground, ie The lower end of the toboggan run can be seen, two concrete blocks                                     on the railway side of the wall , handrails and forked posts on the footbridge.

2nd View            Serial number 3886. Westow Hill.

3rd View            Serial number 3888. Westow Street, Upper Norwood.

4th View            Serial number 3908. Royal Normal College, East Front.

5th View            Serial number 3906. White Hart Hotel and Church Road.

6th View            Serial number 3907. All Saints Church.

7th View            Serial number 3890. Gipsy Hill and Christ Church.

8th View            Serial number 3887. Anerley Hill. (known as a postcard)

9th View            Serial number 3911. Beulah Hill with Spa Hotel.

10th View            Serial number 3883. The Parade, Upper Norwood.

11th View            Serial number 3889. Central Hill.

12th View            Serial number 3910. Dulwich College

 

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