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Smaller Sizes of Portrait - Photographers in England - North West Region

We have divided England into Geographical Regions in order to keep the page sizes manageable for our listings of stickyback photographers. All the regions are listed here. Within each regional page, practitioners are listed by location alphabetically. If you are looking for a practitioner by name, start with our page "Smaller sizes of portrait - photographers by name"

North West Region, includes: Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, Cumbria, Isle of Man (But we have included IOM under "Rest of the world"). Locations covered on this page so far: Birkenhead. Blackpool, Bolton, Burnley, Heywood, Isle of Man, Liverpool, Manchester, Morecambe, Preston, Southport, Stockport, Wigan.

BIRKENHEAD

Address: 39 Grange Road West, Birkenhead
Possible practitioner: GROSSI, STELLA
Operating dates: 1914
Information and References: Liverpool Echo - Wednesday 09 December 1914 p6, "Man, middle aged, understanding bromide printing and developing 25/- and commission. Call Friday, Sticky Backs, 39 Grange Road West, Birkenhead." According to the 1914 Kelly's directory of Cheshire, 39 Grange Road West was occupied by photographer Stella Grossi, the younger sister of Spiridione Grossi. In 1911 Stella was at 77 Paradise Street Liverpool. The 1913 local directory listed Stella as a photographer at 57 Bold Street Liverpool. Later she married William Henry Huish and set up a studio in Morecambe. We have more here on our site on Stella Grossi.

BLACKPOOL

Address: 64 Waterloo Rd, South Shore, Blackpool.
Possible practitioner: WORLD'S PHOTO CO, names of proprietors not currently known.
Operating dates: 1906
Information and References: The Era - Saturday 04 August 1906 p27."Wanted. Quick operator and finisher for StickyBack photos. No learners need apply. Reference and full particulars to the manager, Worlds' Photo Co, 64 Waterloo Rd, South Shore, Blackpool."

Address: Blackpool, Preston, Bolton, Manchester, St Helens, St Annes, Liverpool, Nottingham(see detailed list below).
Possible practitioner: FRED ASH. (Frederic Joseph ASH) b.Mansfield Notts 1861 d Bournemouth 1929
Operating dates: 1880s to 1940
Information and References: See below, a tiny portrait of a lady in a straw boater hat. The image measures 1 x 0.8 inches on a white card mount 2.1 x 2.9 inches, on the face of which is printed in gilt a rectangular frame with embellishments and along the bottom "Fred. Ash. Blackpool, Preston, Bolton and Manchester". The reverse is blank. Frederic Joseph Ash 1861-1929 was the son of Nottinghamshire photographer Edwin Ash (1834-1892). Gillian Jones in her "Lancashire Professional Photographers 1840-1940" lists Fred Ash at the addresses and on the dates shown: below. The 1901 and 1911 census returns show his residence at 22 Raikes Parade, Blackpool. Moving into the stickybacks and postcards field early in the 20th Century may have been good for business. We know that Fred employed doormen at his studios in 1903 - as one of them, William Jennings Cookson, having been dismissed for drunkenness, was in court for assault (Lancs Evening Post 22 June 1903 p4). We also know that in 1906 Fred was advertising to take over other premises for his photographic business in Blackburn, Derby and Leigh. He was also in 1907 advertising for staff at a studio at 20 Long Row, Nottingham (Notts Evening Post 30 Nov 1907 p7 and by 1912 had a studio at Greyhound Street, Nottingham (which may actually have been the same premises). At the time of his death Frederic was living at Kumara, Lytham Road, South Shore, Blackpool. He died on new years day at a hotel in Bournemouth, his estate was worth over £41,000. (£2.6 m in today's money). His second wife, Beatrice Greenwood Hamer (1889-1964) may have run the business briefly after his death in 1929 (there are entries for Mrs Fred Ash in Manchester directories in 1932/3). However, by 1939 she had remarried and no longer seemed to be connected to the business.

1887-1892 16 George Street, St Helens
1889 South Beach Blackpool
1890-1932 6 Wellington Terrace Promenade, Blackpool
1895 3 Orchard Rd St Annes
1898-1901 91B Fishergate Preston
1899-1907 Larkhill House, 160 St Georges Rd, Bolton
1899-1915 40 King Street, Manchester
1901- 1907 2/4 Regent Square, Blackpool
1904 Central Beach, Blackpool
1904 20 Raikes Parade, Blackpool
1905-1909 41 Church Street, Blackpool
1913-1914 70A Market Street, Manchester
1915-1940 92 Bold Street, Liverpool (directories 1917-1940, but there is an earlier newspaper advert with this address in Oct 1915)
1923-1924 5/7 Wellington Terrace, Blackpool
1924 York Street, Blackpool
1928-1939 10 Corporation Street Manchester
1929 Fieldman's Arcade, Blackpool
1932-1933 Mrs Fred Ash 10 Corporation Street, Manchester.

The photo below appears to be from around 1905 and pre-dates Fred Ash having a presence in Liverpool or Nottingham, so is earlier than 1907.

Portrait be Fred Ash

Address: Foxhall Square Blackpool, also 61 Piccadilly, Manchester
Possible practitioner: W.H.Fellows Electric Studio
Operating dates: 1901-2
Information and References: See entry below for 61 Piccadilly, Manchester

Address: Manchester, South Beach Blackpool, 163 St James' Street, Burnley.
Possible practitioner: Cooper & Sons, H Cooper
Operating dates: c. 1905 - 1909
Information and References: See carte de visite below reproduced with kind permission from the collection of Photo Historian Paul Godfrey. This comprises a serrated edged card mount with smaller than normal photographic image of a young couple and child, size 3.2 x 1.6 inches. Printed on the face of the mount in gilt lettering is "Cooper & Sons, South Beach Blackpool and Manchester". Gillian Jones "Lancashire Professional Photographers 1840-1940" lists no fewer than 28 Coopers, but none in South Beach Blackpool, making it difficult to pinpoint the exact firm. The Burnley Gazette Saturday 23 December 1905 carries an advertisement "MESSRS. COOPER & SONS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, from BLACKPOOL, at 163. ST. JAMES’-STEEET, BURNLEY, wish to inform the public that they have no connection with any other firm in the town. Nor do they employ Photographic Canvassers or out-door Operators who are going round representing themselves to be connected with us. All our Business is done at the above address by H. COOPER, where we are NOW SHOWING all the LATEST DESIGNS in PHOTO XMAS NOVELTIES at very reasonable prices. Already within the last few weeks we have had the pleasure of Photographing thousands of Burnleyites, and have given the greatest satisfaction. Please inspect our Windows." Gillian Jones lists Cooper Bros photographers at this address in 1908-1909, and Cooper Brothers appear in her listing at various addresses in Blackpool from 1904-1939.

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Address: Blackpool - various: 24 Promenade 1904-1924, Central Pier 1909-1913, 76/77 Central Beach 1918-1924, Victoria Pier 1924, 125 and 159 Promenade 1929-1939, 63 Central Promenade 1927
Possible Practitioner: Cooper Bros.
Operating Dates: 1904-1939
Information and references: Gillian Jones in "Lancashire Professional Photographers 1840-1940", shows that Cooper Brothers had a number of different studios in Blackpool between 1904 and 1939 (24 Promenade 1904-1924, Central Pier 1909-1913, 76/77 Central Beach 1918-1924, Victoria Pier 1924, 125 and 159 Promenade 1929-1939, 63 Central Promenade 1927) These studios were all well placed for holiday traffic and the next image appears to be cheap work to cater for that trade. The image is reproduced with the kind permission of Ron Cosens (www.cartedevisite.co.uk). This is a pseudo midget carte de visite, printed on light cardstock measuring 44 x 75 mm. The whole of the face side is a photographic print, including the text "Cooper Bros Blackpool". The reverse is blank. The photograph shows an attractive young woman wearing a large wide brimmed hat and high necked blouse, seated on a rustic seat with a painted garden wall and blossom background. From the clothing this is likely to be from around 1910.

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Address: Blackpool and Morecambe. North Shore Blackpool 1879-82, Church Street Blackpool 1879-1881, Claremont Rd Blackpool 1882-1892, Regent Rd Blackpool 1885, North Pier Blackpool 1885, South Beach Blackpool 1885-89, Wellington Terrace Blackpool, 1890-1902, Talbot Chambers Blackpool 1895-1913, 2 and 13 Promenade Blackpool,1905, Central Beach, Blackpool 1904-1907, 50 Chapel St Blackpool 1918. Promenade East Morecambe 1899 and Skipton Street Morecambe from 1899 to 1901. Also at 53 Long St Middleton 1890 and Townley St Middleton 1892-1898. Also at 4 Preston New Rd Blackburn 1891.
Possible practitioner: Samuel WOLSTENHOLME (1839-1899)
Operating dates: 1879-1918
Information and References: See below tiny portrait of a lady wearing straw boater and bow tie, on a card mount 57 x 73 mm with flowers, grasses and mosaic design. The photographer's name and address; "S.Wolstenholme, Blackpool and Morecambe" is printed on the face. The studio appears to have done such a rushed job that the image has accidentally been pasted upside down onto the mount. We are most grateful to Ron Cosens (www.cartedevisite.co.uk) for permission to use this image from his collection. Gillian Jones in "Lancashire Professional Photographers 1840-1940" lists Samuel Wolstenholme at a series of different addresses in Blackpool from 1879 to 1918. She also lists Samuel at Promenade East Morecambe in 1899 and at Skipton Street Morecambe from 1899 to 1901. This photograph is therefore post 1899, but these mounts could have been in use for some time after the studio left the Morecambe addresses. Samuel died in 1899, but the business was carried on in the same name by a number of his ten children. Many example cartes de visite and cabinet photographs from the Wolstenholme studios survive, showing that the studios turned out top class as well as "cheap work".

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BOLTON

Address: 28 Newport Street, Bolton.
Possible practitioner: PLEASALL PHOTO CO, names of proprietors not currently known
Operating dates: 1904
Information and References: Bolton Evening News - Friday 08 January 1904 P3. "Sticky Backs, Pleasall Photo Co, 28 Newport Street, Bolton."

Address: Larkhill House, 160 St Georges Rd, Bolton
Possible practitioner: FRED ASH (Frederic Joseph ASH 1861-1929)
Operating dates: 1899-1907 at this address
Information and References: See the main entry for Fred Ash above

BURNLEY

Address: Manchester, South Beach Blackpool, 163 St James' Street, Burnley.
Possible practitioner: Cooper & Sons, H Cooper - see entry under Blackpool above

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HEYWOOD

Address: Broadfield Studio, Heywood
Possible Practitioner: MAWDSLEY
Operating dates: c.1906
Information and References: Heywood Advertiser Friday 11 May 1906 p1: "Wages are going up all over the town, but the price of Sticky-backs is coming down. 3d a dozen, you will agree, this offer is great. So you'd better hurry up before you're too late. Sticky-backs 3d per doz. Same quality as usual. Mawdsley, Photographer, Broadfield Studio".

ISLE OF MAN

The Isle of Man has a unique place in the birth of the Stickyback photograph. There were no doubt many photographers offering cheap work to the thousands of visitors to the island. Some are listed below but there were probably many others, yet to be listed. We are most grateful for the considerable assistance received, on all things historical, concerning the Isle of Man, from Frances Coakley (www.manxnotebook.com), Sarah Christian, Jude Dicken and other helpful staff at the Manx National Heritage Collections www.imuseum.im/, Alan Kelly (Mannin Collections Ltd) and Dave Evans.

Address: 10 Castle Mona Shops and Douglas Head, Isle of Man
Possible practitioner: GROSSI, Spiridione aka Grossi's American Card and Photo Co, aka Grossigraph
Operating dates: c. 1902
Information and references: 1902, Isle of Man directories recorded Grossi's American Card & Photo Co. at 10 Castle Mona Shops and Douglas Head. www.isle-of-man.com/manxnotebook/tourism/pgrphrs/pgrhrs.htm. See our page on Spiridione Grossi for the connection between the Isle of Man and the origin of the name "Stickyback".

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Spiridione Grossi's Stickyback Shop 10 Castle Mona Shops c.1902 (thanks to Dave Evans)

 

A Grossigraph stickyback on a pale blue mount. This image kindly provided by Frances Coakley www.manxnotebook.com

A Grossigraph stickyback on a pale blue mount. The address "Central Promenade Douglas" could be referring to the studio shown above. The Castle Mona shops faced the Central Promenade. This image kindly provided by Frances Coakley www.manxnotebook.com

Address: 2, 3 and 4 Castle Mona Shops, Central Promenade, Douglas, Isle of Man
Possible Practitioner: SEAMAN Dennis B
Operating dates: c. 1898-1913 at this address, had other studios in Manchester and Liverpool.
Information and references: See our page on the Seaman dynasty for details and examples of the firm's work.

Address: Peveril Studio, Douglas Isle of Man, Palace Studio Douglas Isle of Man
Possible practitioner: CUBBIN, William Cottier (1868-)
Operating dates: 1908-10
Information and references: Cubbin was a Liverpool photographer operating from 175, sometimes 175a, London Road, Liverpool, between 1895 and 1913. He also operated from 62a Bold Street Liverpool between 1902 and 1904, later having studios at 62 Bull Street Birmingham in 1907, 30 Pelham Street Nottingham in 1908 and at 409 Oxford Street London W in 1909. William's father was born on the Isle of Man and William probably traded there as a seasonal photographer initially in the early 1900s. One address from that period, which may have been a rented studio, was 26 Finch Road, Douglas, Isle of Man. In 1909 William had a studio at the Castle Mona shops in Douglas, The studio was damaged along with four other shops in a fire that year (Isle of Man Examiner Sat Dec 11 1909 p3) and in 1910 the repaired shop was taken over by the Isle of Man Banking Co Ltd. (Mona's Herald Wed June 15 1910) By 1911 he had studios at the Palace Studio, Palace, Douglas, Isle of Man and Peveril Studios,Victoria Pier, Douglas. Cottier Cubbin was also a theatrical manager and producer. The first photograph below is a stickyback type, found in a card mount 3½ by 2⅝ inches with oval aperture, bearing the words "The Peveril and Regent Studios". The only place where the name "Peveril Studio" has been found is on the Isle of Man, where there was a Peveril Studio on Victoria Pier, operated by William Cottier Cubbin. (Lancashire Professional Photographers 1840-1940 by Gillian Jones and Isle of Man photographers http://www.isle-of-man.com/manxnotebook/tourism/pgrphrs/pgrhrs.htm.) A photograph in an identical mount can be found in the Manchester Regiment Archives, which suggests that this firm was located somewhere in the NW. The second image below, of an Edwardian family group, is reproduced with the kind permission of photo historian Paul Godfrey. This has printed on the dark green card mount "Cottier Cubbin, Peveril Studios, Victoria Pier, Douglas, IOM". The reverse is blank. The third midget carte below is included with the kind permission of Ron Cosens (www.cartedevisite.co.uk). The mount on this example measures 57 x 80mm. The mount is an embossed pressed white card with a raised geometric and floral design and oval aperture. The stamp sized photograph behind the mount is of a young woman in straw boater and bow tie. The photographer has named the format on the front of the mount as a "Coronation Miniature". The photograph is held in place by a pasted-down cover sheet on the reverse on which is printed "Cottier Cubbin, Peveril Studios, Victoria Pier, also Palace Studio Douglas IOM". Which Coronation, 1902 or 1911? The fourth example below is another stamp sized photograph of a teenage girl with long hair, in a green card mount with oval aperture. Printed on the face of the mount is "Cottier Cubbin Peveril Studios Victorias Pier, Douglas IOM." The mount measures 57 x 80mm and the photograph 29 x 45 mm. The reverse is blank. These are all early 20th century cheap work produced for holidaymakers and visitors.

Image from Peveril and Regent Studio

Cottier Cubbin group of three

Cottier Cubbin Coronation Miniature, reproduced with lermission of Ron Cosens www.cartedevisite.co.uk

Cottier Cubbin portrait of a teenage girl

Address: 2 Marina Terrace Douglas, Isle of Man in 1892, Marina Road (Marina Lawn in Directory) Douglas, Isle of Man in 1894: and at Harris Promenade Douglas, Isle of Man 1899 - 1907.
Possible practitioner: William Henry Warburton (1871 - 1937)
Dates of operation: 1892 -1912
Information and references: William Henry Warburton was born on the Isle of Man in 1871. In the 1911 census William is listed as a photographer, living at Bleng, Albany Road, Douglas, with his wife Edith, son Eric Dixon Warburton and his sister Charlotte Warburton. Eric and Charlotte were both listed at photographer's assistants. Initially Warburton advertised "high class photography" and particularly offered Platinotypes, later he catered more for a lower-end mass market. The midget pseudo carte below measures 36 x 67mm and is of a teenage girl, Sophie Smith and was taken, according to the writing on the reverse, on 14th August 1912. On the face of the image is the text "Warburton, Douglas IOM." This text is part of the photographic print. This is reproduced with the kind permission of Ron Cosens (www.cartedevisite.co.uk). According to this list of Isle of Man photographers http://www.isle-of-man.com/manxnotebook/tourism/pgrphrs/pgrhrs.htm W.H.Warburton was at 2 Marina Terrace in 1892, Marina Road (Marina Lawn in Directory) in 1894: and at Harris Promenade 1899 - at least 1907.

midget pseudo carte by WH Warburton, Ron Cosens www.cartedevisite.co.uknn

Address: Victoria Street and Prospect Hill Douglas
Possible practitioner: Thomas Hewer Blase b. 1874 Liverpool d.1912 also known as John Walker Thomas Hewer Blase.
Operating dates: Ceased trading Sept 1905
Information and references: Thomas Hewer Blase was the son of photographer John Walker Blase. His father started in the photographic business in 1880 and operated from 17 Longfellow Street, Liverpool between around 1881-1925. In 1891 Thomas was with his parents and six siblings at 17 Longfellow Street, Toxteth Park, Liverpool and he was employed as a photographer, presumably in his father's business. Thomas Hewer was operating as a photographer in his own name at 16 New Market Street, Blackburn in 1898. In 1901 Thomas was lodging at 101 Green Street Liverpool and his occupation was shown as a clerk to the Dock Board Engineer. For whatever reason Thomas's career then reverted back to photography and by 1905 he was operating as a seasonal photographer at Douglas on the Isle of Man with studios in Victoria Street and Prospect Hill Douglas. At the end of the 1905 season his business was in trouble. A number of people, including the landlord of one of the studios, were chasing outstanding bills, resulting in court appearances in Douglas recorded in the Manx Sun, Saturday, 9 September, 1905; Page: 3 and the Isle of Man Examiner, Saturday, 7 October 1905; Page: 6. One of Thomas's assistants, Samuel Slinn, told the court that Thomas had left the Island. As a result, the court allowed possessions which Thomas had left behind to be seized and sold to cover his debts. Mona's Herald, Wednesday, 8 November 1905; Page: 8 gave a notice of a Coroner's sale of these possessions, the list of which included - from the Victoria Street Studio; "a Large Sticky-Back Photographic Apparatus with 15 Incandescent Burners, Rubber Piping. &c.; large mahogany Camera, 3-light Incandescent Lamp. 2-light do.. 14 yards Gas Piping. Mirrors, Chairs, two Hand Burnishers, 24 gross slip in mounts, 4 gross Stamp Slip-in Mounts, 4 gross Assorted Mounts, Dark Room Lantern. &c". More traditional photographic goods were listed from the Studio at Prospect Hill, viz "Large Mahogany Camera, Photographic Scenery, fourfold Screen, mahogany Show Case, Brussels Carpet, Steps. Pembroke Tables, Burnishing Machine, Mount Cutter, 12 gross of Miniature Mounts. Copper Kettle, Richmond Gas stove (small), walnut Suite in saddlebags, Square Tapestry Carpet, large framed Photographs, Show Cases, Albums, Oilcloth, &c." There may have been other reasons for Thomas to have neglected the payment of some of his bills. On 3 December 1905 he married May Blanche Beatrice Woodcock at Braddon, on the Isle of Man. His debt problems continued to press and Isle of Man Examiner, Saturday, 8 December 1906; Page: 1, reported the commencement of voluntary bankruptcy proceedings against him. The proceedings were later reported in the Manx Sun, Saturday, 8 September 1906; Page: 3. There Thomas pleaded that, after working as a professional photographer for fifteen years, he had no assets whatsoever. He told the court that £600 worth of photographic equipment, seized from his studios against his debts, had been sold by the Coroner for just £50 and that he had no assets. In view of him being penniless, the court could not see any point in declaring him a bankrupt. Eventually Thomas managed to set himself up again as a photographer. The 1911 census recorded him as a self employed photographer working from home at 29 Palatine Rd, Douglas. He was living with his wife May and their children, May and Thomas. Money must have remained tight as the family also had a 24 year old grocer's assistant boarding with them. Thomas died at the age of 39 in 1912 and was buried at Onchan, Isle of Man.

Address: The Morrotype Studio, 44 Parliament Street, Ramsey, Isle of Man,
Possible Practitioner: Alfred Julian Moore (1865-1939)
Operating dates: 1905-1910 for the Morrotype Studio
Information and References:

1907 Morrotype of unknown man in a straw hat, 19071905 Morrotype of Sam Stephenson

The first image below of an unknown man in a straw boater measures 1.6 x 2.05 inches, and has been inaccurately cut on a slant from a strip. Across the bottom of the strip is written "Morrotype" and a number 855. In the bottom left corner are some other numbers or letters which are indecipherable, but may be a partial date, best guess 1907. The second photograph is a Morrotype apparently dated 12 June 1905. This image is reproduced with the kind permission of the owner, Penny Guest, and shows her Great Uncle, Sam Stephenson, b. 1881 who served in the Royal Marines Light Infantry and the Royal Navy Fleet Reserve. There is a similarity with a stickyback photograph, with information contained on a signboard included in the photograph and the photos produced in a strip, but these are slightly larger than other stickybacks and may, or may not have had an adhesive back.

It took some time to pin down the photographic studio behind the Morrotype and we are most grateful to Dave Evans for spotting Morrotype advertisements in newspapers from Ramsey, Isle of Man. The Morrotype Studio advertised very regularly in the Ramsey Courier between 7th April 1905 and 14 January 1910. The Studio was at 44 Parliament Street Ramsey, near the swing bridge, in premises formerly occupied by the Ramsey Gaslight Company. In a few of the Ramsey newspaper advertisements, the studio was linked with the Premier Studio, 23 Waterloo Road, Ramsey. This was the studio and the home of Alfred Julian Moore (1865-1939?). Moore was the son of a doctor, Benjamin Thomas Moore, and Clara Moore, born Smith. He was born on the Isle of Man and was listed as a photographic artist at 23 Waterloo Road Ramsey in the 1891 and 1901 census returns. One of Alfred's cartes de visite, offered for sale on Ebay in 2020, of an unknown seated man holding newspaper, recorded on the face "Alfred Moore Ramsey IOM" and on the reverse under a Royal Coat of Arms, "Photographic Artist, Alfred Moore, From Abel Lewis, 23 Waterloo Road, Ramsey, Isle of Man ...." This suggests that Alfred trained to be a photographer with Abel Lewis, who was a Manx photographer operating between the mid 1860s and 1885, when John Bruton took over his studio. In 1891 a photographic assistant, George Cowen, b.1864, boarded with Alfred Moore and his mother, then a widow living on her own means. Both George and Alfred were shown as employers and were in partnership. The Ramsey Courier, Friday, February 07, 1958; Page: 3 has an article on George.B.Cowen (1865-1948), coinciding with a retrospective exhibition of his work. George also started his career as an assistant to Abel Lewis of Douglas, then worked for Bruton's before going to Ramsey as a partner to Alfred Moore. Later George acquired the business of G.Paterson and set up his own studio in Waterloo Road Ramsey around 1895.

Presumable Alfred, an established professional photographer, opened his second studio in Parliament Street so that he could compete with other studios offering cheap work to the thousands of visitors to the island. A second studio, better placed for visitors, allowed him to do this without adversely affecting his main studio, also his home, which was set in a large quality three story terraced villa in a residential neighbourhood. The Morrotype Studio was mainly open part time, Wednesday evenings and Saturdays generally, but later every afternoon and evening. So it may be that Alfred continued to run both studios without increasing his workforce. Alfred obviously saw himself as a high class photographic artist. He had photographed the Royal family on their official visit to the Island and proudly added the royal coat of arms to the mounts for his cartes de visite. The "Morrotype Magic Miniature Studio" offered Morrotype miniatures at 1s a dozen, groups 1/6d per doz, mounts for 1d and 1½d each, portraits mounted onto christmas cards, and postcards, The Morrotype was clearly intended as a rival miniature to the Stickyback. In one advertisement Alfred wrote: "We do all the work. While others sleep we laboured to produce a process Morrotype to abolish the common stickybacks in Ramsey. Success has crowned our efforts and our studio in Parliament Street is open day and night making our popular miniatures". (Ramsey Courier, Tuesday, August 7, 1906; Page: 4.). Then a few weeks later. "We have knocked them all out. We worked while others slept in evolving a process Morrotype for clearing the common stickyback mess out of Ramsey. We have knocked them out and the town is ours. They have departed to take in other folk elsewhere." (Ramsey Courier, Friday, September 21, 1906; Page: 4.) The inclusion of the in-shot sign board for the Morrotype clearly suggests that a similar feature was to be found by this time on other Isle of Man Stickybacks.

In January 1910 Alfred announced the closure of the Morrotype Studio, "as the proprietor is opening another on the mainland" (Ramsey Courier, Friday, January 14, 1910; Page: 4) The Premier Studio remained open at Ramsey. Later in 1910 they were advertising "Alfred Moore Premier Studio Waterloo Road takes all popular sizes and styles. Post cards from 3/6d per doz, Miniatures from 1s per doz, Panels 3 copies for 1s. (Ramsey Courier, Tuesday, December 13, 1910; Page: 1). We do not know whether Alfred opened another studio on the mainland, but by November 1913 he was offering his business for sale as a going concern with the stated intention of retiring to the country to manage a farm he owned. (Isle of Man Examiner, Saturday, November 29, 1913; Page: 5)

LIVERPOOL

Address: 25 Lime Street Liverpool Jan to April 1900 then 77 Paradise Street Liverpool April 1900 to March 1902
Possible practitioner: GROSSI, SPIRIDIONE, trading as Grossigraph Copying Co
Operating dates: 1900-1902
Information and References: 25 Lime Street Liverpool was, from 25 January 1900 the earliest address for Grossigraph, a photo copying company run by Spiridione Grossi, offering stamp sized photographs. The address changed to 77 Paradise Street Liverpool by 20 April 1900 and the firm advertised in many local newspapers until March 1902. From April 1901 Grossigraph advertisements used the phrase "The Isle of Man visitors say They've all got Sticky Backs".

Address: 107a Bold Street Liverpool
Possible practitioner: GROSSI, SPIRIDIONE
Operating dates: 1907-08
Information and References: Local directories show Spiridione Grossi was a photographer at 107a Bold Street Liverpool 1907-08. This address was, in 1902, “The American Studios” with addresses that year at 107a & 120a Bold Street Liverpool and at Conway Street Birkenhead. It is not known whether Spiridione only took over the 107A Bold Street address in Liverpool, or whether he bought into the American Studio with its multiple addresses. (we are grateful to Irene Geels who has a 1902 print of one of her ancestors from The American Studios, the mount of which bears these three addresses.)

Address: 62A Bold Street 1903-4 and at 175a London Road 1895-1913
Possible practitioner: CUBBIN, WILLIAM COTTIER
Operating dates: 1895-1913
Information and References: The stickyback photograph below, found in a card mount 31/2 by 2 5/8 inches with oval cut out bearing the words "The Peveril and Regent Studios". What follows is at the moment a working hypothesis only. The only place where the name "Peveril Studio" has been found in on the Isle of Man, where there was a Peveril Studio on Victoria Pier, operated by William Cottier Cubbin. Cubbin was also a photographer in Liverpool at 62A Bold Street 1903-4 and at 175a London Road 1895-1913. He later became a theatrical manager. (Lancashire Professional Photographers 1840-1940 by Gillian Jones and Isle of Man photographers http://www.isle-of-man.com/manxnotebook/tourism/pgrphrs/pgrhrs.htm.) A photograph in an identical mount can be found in the Manchester Regiment Archives, which suggests that this firm was located somewhere in the NW.

Photo from Peveril and Regent Studios

Address: 77 Paradise Street Liverpool
Possible practitioner: GROSSI, STELLA
Operating dates: 1911
Information and References: In 1911 the Grossi family was resident at 77 Paradise Street. Family members included Stella Grossi, b.1884, Liverpool, a photographer and an employer. Spiridione Grossi also used this family address from time to time until his death in 1921.

Address: 7 Lime Street Liverpool
Possible Practitioner: The American Galleries
Operating Dates: Produced stickyback type photos which it described as "American Midgets" This firm also had studios in Manchester, Chester, Birkenhead, Glasgow, Rhyl, Douglas Isle of Man
Information and References: See the entry on American Midgets on our page on sub carte de visite formats

American Midget

Address: 92 Bold Street Liverpool
Possible practitioner: FRED ASH (Frederic Joseph Ash 1861-1929)
Operating dates: 1915-1940 at this address
Information and References: See the main entry for Fred Ash above

MANCHESTER

Address: 83 Stratford Road Manchester.
Possible practitioner: PIKE,
Operating dates: 1904
Information and References: The Era - Saturday 17 December 1904 P27. "Wanted Sticky Backs on sharing terms in good positions Bradford and Manchester. Applicants must be able to provide everything except room and gas. Room for other novs on same terms. Pike, 83 Stratford Road Manchester."

Address: 5 Marsden Square, Manchester 1909 and 84 Market Street Manchester 1909-11
Possible practitioner: GROSSI, SPIRIDIONE
Operating dates: 1909-1911
Information and References: Liverpool Directories show Spiridione Grossi as a photographer at: 5 Marsden Square, Manchester 1909 and 84 Market Street Manchester 1909-11

Address: 54 Market Street, Manchester
Possible practitioner: REED, CHARLES JOHN STEWART and ALLAN, WALLACE EDWARD, trading as "Sticky-Backs"
Operating dates: c. 1910
References: David Simkin, in his excellent site on Sussex Photographers, has uncovered much of the material on this page. David links Spiridione Grossi with two other photographers, Charles John Stewart Reed and Wallace Edward Allan who operated a photographic studio at 54 Market Street, Manchester under the name of "Sticky-Backs" in 1910. The partnership between Reed and Allan was dissolved in January 1911 (London Gazette Publication date: 6 January 1911 Issue: 28454 Page:153) and from that date Charles John Stewart Reed took control of the "Sticky-Backs" firm. David makes the link on the firm's name, the proximity of this address to Spiridione's business in at 84 Market Street Manchester in 1909-11, and the fact that an electrical engineer named Charles John Reed resided close to Spiridione's Brighton studio in 1911. (www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/BTNStickyBacks54%20NorthSt.htm).

Address: 40 King Street (1899-1915) 70A Market Street (1913-1914), 10 Corporation Street (1928-1939) Manchester
Possible practitioner: FRED ASH (Frederic Joseph Ash 1861-1929)
Operating dates: 1899-1939 at this address
Information and References: See the main entry for Fred Ash above

Address: 61 Piccadilly Manchester, Foxhall Square, Blackpool
Possible practitioner: William. H. FELLOWS Electric Studios.
Operating dates: 1901-2
Information and References: According to Gillian Jones "Lancashire Professional Photographers 1840-1940" W.H.Fellows was at 13 Tyldesley Road Blackpool 1895-1898 then William H Fellows was at at 61 Piccadilly Manchester 1897-1901. No further trace has been found of the firm. The first photograph below of an unknown lady is a midget carte de visite. 1.5 x 2.5 inches on a cream mount. The actual photograph measures 1.3 x 2 inches. On the face is written "W.H.Fellows Electric Studios Manchester and Blackpool". On the reverse is written "Keepsake W.H.Fellows Electric Studios 61 Piccadilly Manchester also Foxhall Square Blackpool." Use of the word "Keepsake" suggests this was an early attempt to target new markets with inexpensive products. The second example below is 2.5 x 1.4 inches on a thick paper mount. The actual photo of an unknown young woman measures 1.25 x 2 inches. The mount has on the face "Electric Light Studio, W.H.Fellows Blackpool". The reverse is blank, and may possibly have originally been gummed. On the left hand side of the photograph there is a trace of a negative or job number, which might have been a physical number within the field of the photograph or could have been added by some sort of in-camera numbering device.

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Address: Manchester, South Beach Blackpool, 163 St James' Street, Burnley.
Possible practitioner: Cooper & Sons, H Cooper - see under Blackpool

MORECAMBE

See Samuel WOLSTENHOLME Entry above listed under Blackpool

PRESTON

Address: 49 Fishergate
Possible practitioner: Not currently known
Operating dates: 1910
Information and References: Lancashire Evening Post - Tuesday 29 November 1910 p8. " Wanted. Young lady about 17, wages 5s, apply after 4, Sticky Backs 49 Fishergate".

Address: 151 Church Street.
Possible practitioner: Not currently known
Operating dates: - 1920
Information and References: Lancashire Evening Post (pub in Preston) - Tuesday 09 November 1920 , p2. "Girl wanted just left school, for cash desk, Stickybacks 151 Church Street". Artist and photographer Paul Jackson has published on Flickr.com a stickyback photograph from this studio of a relation, Amy Williams Shaw, you can see this here.

Address: 91B Fishergate, Preston
Possible practitioner: FRED ASH (Frederic Joseph Ash 1861-1929)
Operating dates: c,1898-1901 at this address
Information and References: See the main entry for Fred Ash above

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SOUTHPORT

Address: 27, London Street, Southport
Possible practitioner: GROSSI, SPIRIDIONE
Operating dates: 1915-16
Information and References: In the Liverpool Echo, 29 May 1915 page 2, Spiridione Grossi advertised: “Gentleman requires shop in best centre of Southport for summer months for photographic business. Will pay double rent in advance”. It is likely that this advert succeeded as a short let of commercial property during WW1 would have been relatively easy to secure. In May 1916 when he submitted one of his patent applications, Spiridione gave an address at: 27, London Street, Southport. These might have been business premises secured by Spiridione’s advertisement – probably on a short lease as, by 1917, No 27 London Street was occupied by a firm of auctioneers and estate agents.

Address: Lord Street, Southport, Lancashire.
Possible practitioner: John RATCLIFFE and Co.
Dates of operation: 1899 - 1911
Information and references. Gillian Jones "Lancashire Professional Photographers 1840-1940" lists John Ratcliffe and Co at four different addresses in Lord Street Southport at different times. These were: 205 Lord St 1899-1901, 421 Lord St, 1902, 195 Lord Street 1904-5, 379 Lord Street 1906. The firm was also at 4 Wellington Street, Southport 1900-01 and 11 New Market Street Southport 1908-9. They also had a studio at 71½ The Parade, Birmingham in 1911. John Ratcliffe (1862-1940) was the son of a grocer, born in Southport. In 1911 John and his family were living at 50 King Street, Southport, he was listed in the census as a photographic artist and an employer. The photograph of a young girl below measures 38 x 57 mm and is printed on photographic paper, on the rear is a rubber stamp "J.Ratcliffe, Lord Street, Southport" .This photograph is reproduced with the permission of Ron Cosens (www.cartedevisite.co.uk)

midget portrait of young girl by John Ratcliffe and Co, Southport. Ron Cosens www.cartedevisite.co.uk

 

STOCKPORT, Cheshire

Address: 8 Princes Street, Stockport, 1913-1936, 3 Princes Street, Stockport, 1928-1939
Possible practitioner: VAN NETTE STUDIO, possibly Mrs Violet OGDEN.
Operating dates: 1913-1939
Information and References: Various local directory entries show Van Nette Studios at 8 Princes Street, Stockport Cheshire from 1913 to 1936 and at 3 Princes Street Stockport Cheshire from 1928 to 1939. It is possible that misprints of the address might account for an apparent overlap of both addresses between 1928 and 1936. Research has so far not revealed the name of the photographer behind the Van Nette Studio, but from 1921 to 1928 there was a photographer, Mrs Violet Ogden, at 3 Princes Street, who may or may not have been part of this studio. Below, reproduced with the kind permission of Ron Cosens www.cartedevisite.co.uk, is an example of the work of the Van Nette Studio, a 39 x 82 mm portrait of a gentleman standing behind what looks like a wrought iron seat. The photo has a black border and is on a dark grey mount approximately the same size as the photograph. The reverse of the mount has a rubber stamp with a single line of text in caps "VAN NETTE STUDIOS, 8, PRINCES STREET, STOCKPORT" printed in purple ink. The studio also did some outdoors work. Greater Manchester County Record Office has a group photograph by them of The Band Of Hope Temperance Society in Stockport, c.1910 (Reference 1984/13). The studio also produced work in postcard format. Manchester Archives Ref GB124.DPA/1369/5 is a postcard format portrait of a WW1 soldier.
Gillian A.Jones and Graham Jone, RPS PhotoHistorian supplement, July 1995, Professional Photographers in Cheshire 1849-1940

Small carte by Van Nette Studio, Stockport. With permission of Ron Cosens www.cartedevisite.co.uk

WIGAN

Address: 23 Upper Dicconson Street, Wigan
Possible practitioner:MADDOCK, Samuel.
Operating dates: c.1907
Information and References: The British Journal of Photography 29 November 1907 p.ii carries an advertisement "Branch Manageress for midget studio to operate and finish. Salary and commission. Apply S.Maddock 23 Upper Dicconson St, Wigan". Gillian Jones, Lancashire Professional Photographers 1840-1940 records Samuel Maddock as a photographer at 89 Cemetery Rd, Southport 1901-1905.

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