Some Thomas Ogle
photos and ways of dating them.
An 1850s stereoview by Thomas Ogle entitled
"The Marsh, Preston" . It depicts Victoria Quay, built by the Ribble
Navigation Company and completed in 1854 and Ashton Quay in the distance. We believe this to be one of the earliest photos of Preston, taken c1855,
before Ogle & Edge were in partnership.
The earliest Thomas Ogle stereoviews
are on very light yellow or cream coloured card. The photos are square
and marked 'T Ogle' or 'Thomas Ogle' in the bottom
right hand corner of the right hand photo. They are not numbered and
the description is handwritten in pencil on the reverse.
This view of the Quays was an unusual subject for
Thomas Ogle to photograph. The photo was probably taken because Andrew & William
Ogle, his nephews, were partners in the engineering firm of Ogle & Robinson. About
1855, they leased a portion of Ashton Quays for use as a shipyard1; (this company
was bankrupt in 18572).
In the early days Thomas was probably experimenting
with stereographic photography; in this case he succeeded as the crane to the right, and the ships
masts, give a good 3D effect using a viewer.