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Holmes Brothers, Wholesale Manufacturers of Photographic Apparatus

The Holmes Brothers business was established in 1896 by C.H. and H. Holmes as Wholesale manufacturers and Patentees of high class photographic apparatus. Holmes brothers had it beginnings as the Leather, Sadler & Holmes company starting in 1878 where they sold glass for wet plate photographers. In September 1896, the photographic News reported that J.J. Sadler retired from the business to settle down in Leeds and to pursue another business, which initiated the name chug and start of the business operating as Holmes Brothers. The Holmes brothers firm was located at 24 Southall St. Manchester.

The Holmes Brothers are most recognized for their manufacturing of the Sanderson camera. The Sanderson was one of the most popular british made cameras made beginning in 1895. The camera was designed by F. Herbert Sanderson. Sanderson was born in Cambridge in 1856, he worked as a cabinet maker and wood and stone carver. Working as a photograph and finding difficulty in photographing architectural subjects, he designed a suitable camera for his purposes, the Universal Swing Front which is the basis of the Sanderson camera. He died in July 1929.


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