Ghent, Emile Schulze, circa 1910-1935. A set of nearly 140 original b/w and full colour photos, mounted, of lamp designs.
A fine and large collection of original photographs with an average size of 15 x 10 cm (6" x 4") but many larger, or somewhat smaller, of well over 250 different models of lamp. A few are printed. The vast majority mounted on 122 more-or-less similar-sized cardboard sheets (14 x 24 cm; 5.5" x 9.5"), sometimes two photos on one card, or one photo showing up to 12 or more different designs. Several come with handwritten notes about their dimensions, the light bulbs to be used, a catalogue number, and so on. Some are hand-coloured or in colour photography. A minority (16) loose, or mounted on smaller cardboard sheets. One is a postcard, dated 1932. Added: 33 similar cards with mounted photos of candle-sticks, ornaments and the like, from the same source. Also included is a business document from the firm of Etablissements Emile Schulze, Gand (Ghent, Belgium). Apparently, this firm was a major upmarket lamp dealer in pre-WWII Belgium, and probably went out of business in the 1970s. The Museum van Oude Techieken (Museum of Old Technicnologies, MOT) in Ghent lists two Emile Schulze catalogues: Fabrique d'appareils d'éclairage et de manchons à incandescence, and Fabrique de Lanternes. Appareils d'Eclairage, Manchons à incandescene. All cards and photographs are in good condition. A very attractive, unique collection.