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Ginger beer fountain, c 1898.

Martin, Paul

Ginger beer fountain, c 1898.
3 9 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 31cm


A photograph taken by Paul Martin around 1898 of men at a London fair. A man demonstrates the latest in late nineteenth century drink dispensers. Umbrellas shade the 'R Whites Ginger beer' stall in the background. Paul Martin is regarded as a pioneer of photo journalism. In 1892 he bought a 'Facile' - a popular hand camera made by Fallowfield of London. With his camera disguised as a leather case, he was able to work unobserved, taking the candid photographs of daily life which are recognised as his greatest work.

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© Kodak Collection / National Science & Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

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