# 40103


Pair of celluloid button photographs with views of Launceston, Tasmania, circa 1915.

$100.00 AUD

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Two celluloid-coated hand-coloured paper prints, in identical oval format, 145 x 195 mm; both are in good condition, with the original label of Spurling’s Studios, 93 Brisbane Street, Launceston, still affixed to the leather versos.

Tasmanian photographic curios from the World War One period.

Spurling’s Studios – probably run by Stephen Spurling III around the time these celluloid button photographs were made and sold – were located at 93 Brisbane Street, Launceston from 1902 until 1924.

These tourist souvenirs were designed for wall display. They were made by laminating a paper-print photograph and paper mat with cellulose nitrate film. This was wrapped around a metal base and machine-pressed into place. A leather backing was then glued onto the reverse.




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