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    What Lens Is IN This Photo?

    I know it's a long shot, but can anyone identify the lens that Lewis Caroll is polishing in the photo below?

    When I was 16 I thought my father the stupidest man in the world; when I reached 21, I was astounded by how much he had learned in just 5 years!

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    Re: What Lens Is IN This Photo?

    It looks like a Dallmeyer.
    Nice to see that he kept his hands off little girls at times.
    Probably the photographer who Jock Sturges base his quest to produce his grubby little images on.
    He was otherwise known as Charles Lutwidge Dogson. Taught at The University of Oxford.
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    Re: What Lens Is IN This Photo?

    Pete, isn't it Rev. Charles Lutwidge Dogson?

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    Re: What Lens Is IN This Photo?

    So it wasn't just lenses that he buffed?
    When I was 16 I thought my father the stupidest man in the world; when I reached 21, I was astounded by how much he had learned in just 5 years!

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    Re: What Lens Is IN This Photo?

    Surname is Dodgson - not Dogson - although he did have conflicts with his father! I think you are all thinking of his father and paternal grandfather (all Charles's I think) who were ministers/bishops. Lewis was a mathematician/algebrist with a real interest in all arts.

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    Re: What Lens Is IN This Photo?

    Sorry Steven,
    It was Dodgson, don't know how I got that wrong.
    I'm pretty sure that he didn't become ordained but he did lecture on maths in Oxford.
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    Re: What Lens Is IN This Photo?

    I'd heard he was also an acquaintance of Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace, pioneers in developing the mathematics that led to the digital computer a hundred years later.

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    Re: What Lens Is IN This Photo?

    HI, he was a rev, you had to be to teach at Oxford then. Alex

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    Re: What Lens Is IN This Photo?

    When Roger Taylor researched the Carroll archives, diaries etc for Lewis Carroll, Photographer: The Princeton University Library Albums he found that contrary to previous belief the images of young girls where made over a short period, and all documented in the diaries.

    They were taken at a time when there was a craze for printed cards of artists drawings & paintings of similarly semi clad or nude young girls and they sold in huge numbers, and the conclusion was that Dodgson (Carroll) wanted to sell similar photographs.

    But not all sections of society viewed these cards/images in the same way, and Dodgson's position made it easy for people to pillory him, and of course it's right to ask if he should in fact have made some of them.

    Prior to Roger's work no-one had cross matched any of Dodgson;s (Carroll's) known images with the diary entries, but they where all there in his diaries. The entries show that the girls were always chaperoned.

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    Re: What Lens Is IN This Photo?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Tymków View Post
    HI, he was a rev, you had to be to teach at Oxford then. Alex
    An extremely rare dispensation was made for him, he rose no higher than deacon of the Anglican church. While he completed all his studies, he had no desire to be ordained. Somewhere in the boxes of books I have packed I have several biographies, if I ever find that box, or my heirs do....

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