In 1891, William Alcock displayed his penchant for photography by attending the inaugural meeting of the Port Elizabeth Photographic Society on the 27th July held in the Algoa House Hotel in Western Road. Alcock was appointed its first Chairman.
This is an eclectic collection of photographs taken by William Alcock.
Main picture: July 1902. The first motor car to successfully negotiate Van Stadens Pass – a 4.5 hp Benz owned by W. Alcock
Photos reveal more than a moment in time. They also evoke emotions and provide a link to the past. Hopefully, this trove of photographs will take you back in time to another era.
Main picture: Cars racing on the roof of the Fiat Factory in 1923
Perhaps I am a sucker for photographs but only if they display pathos, skill, unalloyed beauty or a social message. All of these photos meet one of the criteria. Hence, I must admit mea culpa.
Main picture: Amsterdam at night
All of these photographs display the tranquility of nature through its reflections on the water.
In any selection of old photographs, there will be some that I have seen many times. In this collection, all were unique.
Main picture: World economic crisis, 1929
History is comprised of a myriad of moments lost in the mists of time. These photographs bring back to life a mere handful of those moments in time. Each, in its own way, casts a sharp light on the life and times of a bygone era.
Become entranced in how the world behaved, loved and lived in the past.
Main picture: Carrying a Rolls Royce across a river in Nepal in 1950
Our world is wondrous yet weird, surprising yet monotonous, always ready to amaze. This gallery of photographs reinforces my view that one can never stop being enchanted with the wonders of the world until one’s dying days.
Main picture: A village in Yemen
Oddities prevail everywhere. Whether it is people with too much time on their hands who design the most exquisite but odd creations to an ape grooming a buck as if it were a fellow ape, the world has seen it all. Some are just happenstance – chance in modern parlance – being in the right place at the right time, such as a ship crashing into a pier or due to exquisite timing when a fish eagle catches a fish.
All in their own way are highly unusual. This blog reveals forty such eclectic oddities.
Main picture: Who would want to cycle around on a toilet? Clearly the designer / builder is not out to impress the females but rather his own ego.
This was another first for Port Elizabeth. By all accounts, the first photographic studio in South Africa was established in Port Elizabeth.
The first publicly announced photographic process, was the Daguerreotype process, or daguerreotypy. It was introduced worldwide in 1839. For following nearly twenty years, it was the most commonly used photographic processes internationally.
The first photograph using this process in Port Elizabeth was on the 17th October 1846.
Main picture: The Beach at South End in 1878