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Digital Image

1890s Digital image of photograph showing an electric car designed by Magnus Volk outside of Metropole Hotel, Brighton.

Portobello Sewer Outfall

Postcard bearing two small attached photographic prints showing two images of the Portobello sewer outfall. Left image shows the Penstock Chamber, while the image on the right shows the outbuildings. Postcard almost certainly pre-1902 as no divided back.

Photographic Print

October 1887 This photographic print is a copy of an original photograph. It shows the inventor Magnus Volk seated on an electric dog cart. Volk, wearing a top hat, is accompanied by his sister in law Deborah, and his son Bert on the back. The photograph was taken out

Photographic Print

17 November 1883 This photographic print is a copy of an original engraving. It is a cartoon of Magnus Volk pushing a carriage, titled 'Perseverence'. The image was originally published in the Brightonian periodical. Magnus Volk was a famous local inventor, 1851 - 1937. V

Photographic Print

November 1883 Monochrome photographic print showing the opening of Volk's Electric Railway. Shows numerous dignitaries inside car. Large crowds in attendance, both to sides of car and on promenade above. Clock tower of Aquarium visible in background.


Invented 1892 This film apparatus is made of wood, metal and glass. This apparatus used mirrors, coloured glass slides and light to produce a full colour stereoscopic image. This system was the world?s first for the production of natural colour imagery. It was used in