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Bell Photo

A number of images used on these cards also appear in series by other publishers; where known, these are listed under comments postcards.


SET NAME: Bell 1
PUBLISHER: Bell Photo
CARD SIZE: Standard
COLOUR: Sepia
DATE: 1904 (earliest known postmark)
NOTES: Front: Sepia photos with a thin white border (prone to fading). Most have a caption plus number printed in white on the photo, somewhere near the bottom corners. The number can be either before or after the caption
Reverse: All printing in red/yellow-brown. "Bell Photo, 23, Church Rd., Harlesden, London, N.W." in bottom left-hand corner
CODE CAPTION COMMENTS
806 THE ZOO Camel's head in harness; Child's hand on neck +Bell 6
809 PELICANS, THE ZOO Six birds plus pool
811 PELICANS, THE ZOO Six birds plus plus pool (birds in different positions to above)
823 CAPTIVITY. THE ZOO Lion +EFA +Bell 4
829 PELICANS THE ZOO Nine birds plus two pools
834 THE ZOO Camel in 'clock tower' house
836 THE ZOO Camel riding; One girl on back +EFA
841 or 941 THE ZOO Sealion; On platform in pool +EFA
844 AT THE ZOO Camel riding by 'clock tower' house (shows arch)
845 OSTRICH THE ZOO Two birds in outside pen of ostrich house
855 THE ZOO Camel riding; Two children on back and one on neck +Star (similar)
859 THE ZOO Elephant riding; Elephant level with second flower bed +EFA (similar)
? ? Elephant riding; Elephant level with first flower bed +EFA
872 THE ZOO Hippo in pool; Side view with open mouth, being fed through bars
872 THE ZOO Image as above but the arm is higher and the hand is raised
874 THE ZOO Bear up pole; Head below top of pole
877 THE ZOO Bear up pole; Head level with top of pole
884 Zebras At The Zoo Zebras +EFA; No reference to Bell but otherwise identical in format
894 THE ZOO Six flamingos +EFA (similar)
895 THE ZOO Six flamingos +EFA
895 THE ZOO Two Chapman's zebras +EFA (similar)
897 PELICANS AT THE ZOO Five birds +Star "A & W Co. Ltd London" instead of "Bell Photo" and the address, but identical in format
899 THE ZOO Sealion; On wall at the side of the pool, railings to the left +Star
902 THE ZOO Blue sheep on rocks +EFA
904 THE ZOO Male blue sheep on rocks
912 DEER AT THE ZOO Stag in doorway and four females outside with keeper
929 No caption? Close-up of English Wild Cattle
? No caption? Polar bear in old cage; Charging at bars
? ? Elephant ride +Star (similar)
- No caption Image as above but elephant's head up and keeper looking at elephant
? No caption? Image as above but keeper looking at the camera with arm bent
? ? Elephant riding; Corner of the lawn near the duck pond +Bell 3



SET NAME: Bell 2
PUBLISHER: Bell Photo
CARD SIZE: Standard
COLOUR: Sepia
DATE: Unknown
NOTES: Front: Sepia photos with a thin white border (prone to fading). Most have a caption plus number printed in white on the photo, somewhere near the bottom corners. The number can be either before or after the caption.
Reverse: All printing in red/brown-yellow. "Bell Publisher, 334 Essex Road, London N."
CODE CAPTION COMMENTS
829 Pelicans, The Zoo Pelicans
841 Earning Dinner, At the Zoo Bear
884 The Zoo Zebra
890 The Zoo Porcupines
894 The Zoo Flamingos
901 The Zoo Sealion



SET NAME: Bell 3
PUBLISHER: Bell Photo
CARD SIZE: Standard
COLOUR: Sepia
DATE: 1904 (earliest known postmark)
NOTES: Front: Sepia photos with a thin white border (prone to fading). Most have a caption plus number printed in white on the photo, somewhere near the bottom corners. The number can be either before or after the caption
Reverse: All printing dark brown. Bell logo with "The Bell series" written in the bell. Along left edge: "The Bell Series of Real Photos in Silver Print, Bell’s Photo Co LTD., Leigh-on-Sea, Essex"
CODE CAPTION COMMENTS
826 Polar Bear At the Zoo Polar bear
864 THE ZOO Elephant riding; Corner of the lawn near the duck pond +Bell 1
884 ZEBRAS AT THE ZOO Two Chapman's zebras +EFA
993 At The Zoo Bear up pole; man and boy watching
6197 AT THE ZOO Grevy's zebra +Star
6260 AT THE ZOO Indian rhinoceros +LL (similar)



SET NAME: Bell 4
PUBLISHER: Bell Photo
CARD SIZE: Standard
COLOUR: Sepia
DATE: 1905 (earliest known postmark)
NOTES: Front: Sepia photos with a thin white border (prone to fading). Most have a caption plus number printed in white on the photo, somewhere near the bottom corners. The number can be either before or after the caption
Reverse: All printing in black. Logo at the top of the central dividing line is two sets of four dots done in a diamond shape with two arrow heads either side. "JOHN WALKER & Co., LONDON 'Bell’s Series'" along left-hand edge
CODE CAPTION COMMENTS
814 THE ZOO Camel in 'clock tower' house
826 POLAR BEAR AT THE ZOO Polar bear
836 AT THE ZOO "CAPTIVITY" Lion in outside area; Pile of rocks and logs behind +EFA
852 or 862 THE ZOO Camel riding' One child on neck, two girls on back, girl standing at rear +EFA
894 THE ZOO Flamingos
981 At The Zoo Lion behind bars, inside den
983 At The Zoo Lioness inside den; Two doors visible
6243 AT THE ZOO Elephant riding; Keeper feeding the elephant; This card does not have "John Walker" etc. along left edge but is otherwise identical in format
6244 
EMU
3 Emus in a paddock
6269 AT THE ZOO Bird of prey (eagle?)



SET NAME: Bell 5
PUBLISHER: Bell Photo
CARD SIZE: Standard
COLOUR: Sepia
DATE: 1905 (earliest known postmark)
NOTES: Front: Sepia photos with a thin white border (prone to fading). Most have a caption plus number printed in white on the photo, somewhere near the bottom corners. The number can be either before or after the caption
Reverse: All printing in brown. Very plain reverse with no logo and just a plain 'T' at the top of the central dividing line. There is NO mention of "Bell's Series" on these cards, but pictures and numbers are identical to cards in set C above. Along left edge: "JW & Co., Ltd, London"
CODE CAPTION COMMENTS
834 Dromedary. The Zoo Camel in 'clock tower' house
894 THE ZOO Six flamingos in close up +Bell 1
6206 THE ZOO Two giraffes and a keeper +Star
? ? Elephant ride



SET NAME: Bell 6
PUBLISHER: Bell Photo
CARD SIZE: Standard
COLOUR: Sepia
DATE: Unknown
NOTES: Front: Sepia photos with a thin white border (prone to fading). Most have a caption plus number printed in white on the photo, somewhere near the bottom corners. The number can be either before or after the caption
Reverse: All printing in black. Very plain reverse with no logo and just a plain 'T' at the top of the central dividing line. There is NO mention of "Bell's Series" on these cards, but pictures and numbers are identical to cards in set C above. Along left edge: "SEELEY'S LIBRARY, 236, GT. PORTLAND ST., W"
CODE CAPTION COMMENTS
806 AT THE ZOO Camel's head in harness; Child's hand on neck +Bell 1
6266 AT THE ZOO Two leopards inside den +Bell
? ? Male lion laying from left to right, asleep



SET NAME: Bell unknown
PUBLISHER: Bell Photo
CARD SIZE: Standard
COLOUR: Sepia
DATE: Unknown
NOTES: The following cards are only known from photocopies and cannot be assigned to a set
CODE CAPTION COMMENTS
824 AT THE ZOO Young elephant giving rides +EFA
979 THE ZOO Rhinoceros by pool in outside enclosure (old elephant house)
994 At The Zoo Girl feeding a monkey (?) in the bird of prey aviaries
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