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Smaller Sizes of Portrait - Photographers in England - South East 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"

South East Region, includes: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Kent, Isle of Wight, Surrey, Oxfordshire, East Sussex, West Sussex. Locations listed so far include: Bognor Regis, Brighton, Canterbury, Chatham, Dover, Eastbourne, Folkestone, Gravesend, Hastings, Hove, Lewis, Margate, Oxford, Portsmouth, Reading, Redhill, Seaford, Sheerness, Shoreham, Southampton, Tunbridge Wells, Worthing.

BOGNOR REGIS

Address: 8 Pier Arcade, Bognor
Possible practitioner: KING AND WILSON
Operating dates: c.1915
References: Photo historian Paul Clarke has posted in Flick a number of images from an Edwardian photo album. Two of these, portraits of an unknown boy and a girl, are stickyback portraits from Pier Arcade, Bognor. The images are at www.flickr.com/photos/runninginsuffolk/34328922782 and https://www.flickr.com/photos/runninginsuffolk/34328922832. David Simkin in his excellent site on Sussex photographers lists photographers King and Wilson as operating from 8 Pier Arcade Bognor Regis in 1915 www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/BOGNORdirHR.htm

BRIGHTON

Address: 54 North Street, Brighton
Possible practitioner: GROSSI, SPIRIDIONE 1911, DUDKIN, ABRAHAM 1912
Operating dates: 1911 - 1917
References: The 1911 Kelly’s Directory for Sussex, shows Spiridione Grossi, photographer, 54 North Street, Brighton. David Simkin, in his excellent site on Sussex photographers, states that Grossi's studio at 54 North Street went under the name of "The Sticky Back & Post Card Studio". By around 1912 the Brighton studio had been taken over by another photographer, Abraham Dudkin. www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/BoultwoodFamilyGallery.htm and www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/DudkinModernStudios.htm. and the studio was known as the "Sticky Back and Modern Studios". By 1913 Abraham had also taken over another studio at 31 West Street Brighton. He also had a studio at 228 Commercial Road, Portsmouth. From 1915 to 1919 Abraham Dudkin's firm traded as "Modern Studios". It is not currently known whether this change of name indicated that they no longer produced stickyback photos. There are a number of surviving postcard format portraits from Modern Studios. After 1917 Abraham moved from 54 North Street to 10 Queen's Road Brighton where he operated until 1922. Abraham Dudkin's brother, Mordecai Dudkin, was a partner in the business. Mordecai operated from 157a Church Road, Hove 1915-17 and from 26 West Street, Brighton 1916-24. The firm also had a studio at 19 High Street, Shoreham 1918-19.

Below is a postcard cameo portrait of an unknown man with moustache. This is from Sticky Back and Modern Studios 54 North Street Brighton. This appears to be a finished and well composed product, as does the following postcard from the same studio with a group of three sitters. Next is a postcard of a young girl "Little Beatrice", with the studio addresses: "Stickyback and Modern Studios, 54 North Street & 31 West Street Brighton and 228 Commercial Road, Portsmouth". These are most likely all addresses for Mordecai Dudkin

Cameo portrait of man with moustacheReverse of cameo portrait

StickyBacks portrait of three peopleReverse postcard Stickybacks

 Portrait of Little Beatrice, Stickyback and Modern Studios, 54 North Street & 31 West Street Brighton and 228 Commercial Road, Portsmouth

Address: Brighton - precise address not known, but could be another reference to 54 North Street Brighton as in the entry above. See also below an example postcard from the studio of "Stickybacks 19 North Street Brighton"
Possible practitioner: Could this be GROSSI, SPIRIDIONE or BOULTWOOD, SIDNEY.
Operating dates: 1911
References: Croydon Chronicle and East Surrey Advertiser - Saturday 18 March 1911 p12 and 25 March 1911 p13. "Sticky Backs from 356 Strand, and Brighton, have now opened a Croydon Branch, 127 North End (opposite Empire) and have no connection with any other firm in Croydon". This could be Spiridione Grossi, who, when prosecuted for abduction in March 1913 stated that he had “business interests in Liverpool, London, Manchester, Brighton and Brussels”. On the other hand, David Simkin's research into Sidney Boultwood shows that he had connections with Croydon around 1911 and later had a studio, as yet not identified, which was "Opposite Empire". However, David dates the "Opposite Empire" studio at around 1917 www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/BoultwoodFamilyGallery.htm .

Below is a nicely composed portrait of a young girl, taken at StickyBacks Studio, 19 North Street, Brighton.

Portrait of young girlReverse of Brighton StickyBack portrait.

Address: Brighton - precise address not known. but could be another reference to 54 North Street Brighton as in the entry above. See also above an example postcard from the studio of "Stickybacks 19 North Street Brighton".
Possible practitioner: BOULTWOOD, SIDNEY
Operating dates: 1914
References: Gloucestershire Echo - Monday 01 June 1914 P4. "YOU MUST VISIT the original Mr Stickybacks ELECTRIC STUDIO With its novel methods of CINEMATOGRAPH PHOTOGRAPHY. CINEMATOGRAPHIC SNAPSHOTS OF YOURSELF. ENORMOUSLY POPULAR. The Original Mr. STICKY BACK'S STUDIO From 420 Strand, London, Brighton, Oxford, etc., 84 HIGH STREET (near Bath Road) CHELTENHAM." Over the years many photographers have operated in the Strand. The address at 420 The Strand appears on the real photograph postcard portrait below (author’s collection). The studio there was called “The Post Card Studio”. The studio name and job number are printed along the right hand margin of the photograph, suggesting that the photographer / inventor may have been experimenting with ways of including identifying text within the printed image area, as in the smaller stickyback photographs. We know that Spiridione Grossi had a studio in Brighton and that he had used the name "The Post Card Studio" elsewhere, making it likely that this Cheltenham advertisement was for his businesses. On the other hand, David Simkin's research into Sidney Boultwood shows that he had a studio at 23 Westgate Street Bath www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/BoultwoodFamilyGallery.htm . The Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette, Sat 8 Aug 1914 p1, carries an advertisement: " Doormen, two wanted; men used to theatre preferred; only smart young men with good references entertained; permanencies to right men - Full particulars to Studios, 23 Westgate Street Bath or 84 High Street Cheltenham". Linking the Bath and Cheltenham studios in this way shows that these were Sidney Boultwood's studios. The wording of the Cheltenham advert suggests that Sidney did, at some stage, have a studio in Brighton.

Address: New England Road, Brighton ?
Possible Practitioner: Not currently known
Operating dates: ? c.1910
References: Photo historian Paul Clarke has posted on Flickr.com some 25 small portraits from an Edwardian photo album. There are three definite stickyback photos among these. These include two examples from 54 North Street Brighton and another from "New England Rd". There was a New England Rd in Brighton and so attributing this to another studio in the same town is a reasonable working hypothesis. The image can be seen at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/runninginsuffolk/30425808583/in/album-72157675381993741/ . The style of lettering does not seem to match that used by either Sidney Boultwood or Spiridione Grossi - the font face is too light. Also the way that "RD" is depicted is different. Both Boultwood and Grossi used a full height capital letter for the "R" and half height for the capital letter "D" with a full stop underneath it. whereas the New England Rd example uses full height capital "R" and a slightly reduced height capital "D".

Address: 31 West Street, Brighton
Possible practitioner: DUDKIN, ABRAHAM
Operating dates: 1913-15
References: David Simkin in his excellent site on Sussex Photographers list this as a second Brighton studio operated by Abraham Dudkin, who also operated from 54 North Street. www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/DudkinModernStudios.htm . The postcard portrait below of Little beatrice shows the addresses of 54 North St and 31 West Street, Brighton as well as 228 Commercial Road, Portsmouth.

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CANTERBURY

Address: Lower- Bridge St. Canterbury
Possible practitioner: KNIGHT, CHARLES HENRY, aka "The Original Stickybacks"
Operating dates: some time during 1914-18, operated for 6 months only
References: Dover Express - Friday 05 November 1920 P5. "DOVER PHOTOGRAPHER'S BANKRUPTCY. At the Kent Bankruptcy Court Saturday the following Re Charles Henry Knight, of. 35, Biggin St., and Snargate St. Dover, and 21 Tontine St. Folkestone and 69 Wellington St, Woolwich, debtor, who attended for his public examination, returned his liabilities at £528.8.10d. and estimated his assets at £74 17s. 10d., leaving a deficiency £454. 11s. Mr De Wet, of Folkestone, appeared for the debtor. Under  examination by the Official Receiver, debtor stated that he was formerly engaged as a salesman and in June 1913, he commenced business as a miniature photographer at 35, Biggin Street, Dover, in partnership with Mr. Herbert Beach, under name of the Original Stickybacks. They commenced with a capital £50, of  which £30 was borrowed. The business was not a success and in December 1913, it was agreed that they should dissolve the partnership. Beach withdrew from the concern, without any consideration whatever, and debtor took over the concern with its assets and liabilities. The assets were estimated at about £40 and the liabilities about £15. Owing to the influx of troops he commenced to do remarkably well and continued to do so for several years. extended his business by opening branch businesses at Snargate St., Dover, 69, Wellington St., Woolwich, Lower- Bridge St. Canterbury (the Canterbury business did not pay and it closed after six months), and 21, Tontine St., Folkestone. With the exception of the Canterbury shop the concerns were successful. He did very well and was able to finance them easily and without any outside assistance. Soon after the Armistice, however, his receipts fell off by fifty per cent. That was owing to the removal of the troops. He sold the Woolwich business in May this year, and prior to the receiving order he had also disposed of the branch businesses at Snargate St., Dover, and at Folkestone. He then entirely devoted himself to the business at 35, Biggin St., Dover. In February, 1916, he, in conjunction with two other persons, opened a canteen in Sandwich, but this venture was a failure, as was also a miniature rifle range, which  he and another person conducted at Sandwich. He estimated that his losses on these two enterprises amounted to at least £300. The cause of his failure were: falling off in trade since the Armistice, November, 1918, losses incurred in canteen enterprise, and law costs consequent on proceedings instituted by creditors for recovery of debts. The examination was closed." Dover Express - Friday 24 September 1920  P4 – receiving order made against Charles Henry Knight.

CHATHAM

Address: 129 High Street Chatham, 80 High Street Sheerness, 53 High Street, Southend
Possible practitioner: MASON, EUGENE AUGUSTUS (1834-1914) and MASON, NELLIE,
Operating dates: ? 1914-18.
References: See below postcards for these studios, suggesting that the business was first at Chatham, then Sheerness was added. In two cases the managing director of the firm is shown as N.Mason. Mason was not at the Chatham address in the 1911 census. Eugene Augustus Mason b 1834 died in 1914 and probate was granted to his widow, Nellie Mason, who was the N Mason shown as the managing director. In the London Gazette 24 July 1914 Issue: 28852 Page: 5817 there is a notice concerning the death of Eugene Augustus Mason (1834-1914) inviting any debtors to contact solicitors representing his estate. Eugene was described as "late of 129, High-street, Chatham, and 80,High-street, Sheerness, both in the county of Kent, and of 53, High-street, Southend, in the county of Essex, photographer, and trading under the styles or names of "Sticky backs" and "Faces" . Mason does not appear in the Directory of London Photographers 1841-1908. Eugene Mason appears as a photographer in the 1913 Kelly's Directory of Kent at 129 High Street Chatham and in the 1914 Kelly's Directory of Essex as a photographer at 55 High Street, Southend on Sea. In the 1918 Kelly's it is Mrs Nellie Mason who is the photographer at 129 High Street Chatham. To date nothing has been found of Eugene's earlier career, or of Eugene and Nellie in the 1911 census.

Sticky Backs portrait Chathamreverse of Sticky Backs postcard Chatham

Stickybacks portrait, Chatham and Sheerness addressesreverse of Stickybacks postcard, Chatham and Sheerness

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DOVER

Address: 35 Biggin Street 1913-1920 and Snargate Street Dover 1914 to 1920
Possible practitioner: KNIGHT, CHARLES HENRY, aka "Original Stickybacks" and "The Photographers"
Operating dates: 1913 - 1920
References: Dover Express - Friday 18 September 1914 p1. " Youth wanted to make himself generally useful. Apply between 4 and 5 Sticky Backs, Biggin Street".
Dover Express - Friday 05 November 1920 P5. "DOVER PHOTOGRAPHER'S BANKRUPTCY. At the Kent Bankruptcy Court Saturday the following Re Charles Henry Knight, of. 35, Biggin St., and Snargate St. Dover, and 21 Tontine St. Folkestone and 69 Wellington St, Woolwich, debtor, who attended for his public examination, returned his liabilities at £528.8.10d. and estimated his assets at £74 17s. 10d., leaving a deficiency £454. 11s. Mr De Wet, of Folkestone, appeared for the debtor. Under  examination by the Official Receiver, debtor stated that he was formerly engaged as a salesman and in June 1913, he commenced business as a miniature photographer at 35, Biggin Street, Dover, in partnership with Mr. Herbert Beach, under name of the Original Stickybacks. They commenced with a capital £50, of  which £30 was borrowed. The business was not a success and in December 1913, it was agreed that they should dissolve the partnership. Beach withdrew from the concern, without any consideration whatever, and debtor took over the concern with its assets and liabilities. The assets were estimated at about £40 and the liabilities about £15. Owing to the influx of troops he commenced to do remarkably well and continued to do so for several years. extended his business by opening branch businesses at Snargate St., Dover, 69, Wellington St., Woolwich, Lower- Bridge St. Canterbury (the Canterbury business did not pay and it closed after six months), and 21, Tontine St., Folkestone. With the exception of the Canterbury shop the concerns were successful. He did very well and was able to finance them easily and without any outside assistance. Soon after the Armistice, however, his receipts fell off by fifty per cent. That was owing to the removal of the troops. He sold the Woolwich business in May this year, and prior to the receiving order he had also disposed of the branch businesses at Snargate St., Dover, and at Folkestone. He then entirely devoted himself to the business at 35, Biggin St., Dover. In February, 1916, he, in conjunction with two other persons, opened a canteen in Sandwich, but this venture was a failure, as was also a miniature rifle range, which  he and another person conducted at Sandwich. He estimated that his losses on these two enterprises amounted to at least £300. The cause of his failure were: falling off in trade since the Armistice, November, 1918, losses incurred in canteen enterprise, and law costs consequent on proceedings instituted by creditors for recovery of debts. The examination was closed."
Dover Express - Friday 24 September 1920  P4 – receiving order made against Charles Henry Knight.
The London Gazette, 13 March 1923, Issue 32805, Page 2002 - Original Mr Stickybacks Electric Studios  Ltd to be removed from register in 3 months.
The London Gazette, 6 July 1923 Issue:32842 Page:4724, Original Mr.Stickyback's Electric Studios Limited removed from register.

An excellent humorous example photograph from the 35 Biggin Street studio has been posted on Flickr.com, by its owner Paul Wells. He has entitled the image "dodgey geezers" and it can be seen at https://www.flickr.com/photos/doverpast/6391080845 . Below is a small postcard 134 x 84mm from "Sticky Backs" 35 Biggin Street, Dover, on reverse in manuscript, "Mr Parish 1913". Note the negative number shown on the right hand side of the image, leaving the subject off-centre. The card is not exactly square - would this have been one from a conjoined set of postcards, cut up by the sitter?

Stickyback postcard from 35 Biggin Street, Dover, of Mr Parish, 1913.b

Address: 48 Biggin Street, Dover
Possible practitioner: Not currently known
Operating dates: ?1905
References: the small portrait below is about 2 in x 1.5 and in in an ornate embossed card mount 3 in x 2.25 in. The mount is labeled "The Royal Miniature" and on the reverse is "Sticky Backs, 48 Biggin Street Dover and Atlanta Pier Road Ilfracombe". The mount is similar to that used for tiny tin types.

Royal Miniature by Sticky BacksReverse of Royal Miniature

EASTBOURNE

Address: Bijou Studio, Seaside Road, Eastbourne
Possible Practitioner: Believed to be PARRY, Marcus (b.1879 Camberwell)
Operating dates: c.1910 -
References: See below, postcard portrait of a young woman "Phyllis", with the number "9353" in the top centre of the the image. On the reverse "Bijou Studios, Seaside Road, Eastbourne, High Street, Redhill, The Cliffe Lewes and Union Street Plymouth" and impressed in the bottom margin on the face "Bijou Studio, Seaside Road, Eastbourne" . This site on Sussex Photographers lists The Bijou Studio Seaside Road Eastbourne 1910+ with the name of the photographer: Marcus Parby / Parry / Perry. www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/EBNEdirBC.htm. The 1911 census shows photographer and employer Marcus Parry, b.1879 Camberwell, living at 6 Central Buildings, Seaside Road, Eastbourne. Living with him was his wife, Fannie, b.1880 Plaistow, Essex, and children: May b.1900 Forest Gate, Victoria b.1901 Plaistow, and Marcus b.1903 Walthamstow. Also at the same address was Jennie Breach b.1890 Chichester, an employed photographer. In 1901 Marcus Parry was a steam driller at 115 Harcourt Road West Ham and next door to him was a photographer Frederick Breach b.1875 Bristol, and his family, including his daughter Nellie who was later to work as a photographer for Marcus. The 1915 Kelly's Directory shows Marcus Perry at both Seaside Road Eastbourne and as a photographer at 25 Cliffe, High Street, Lewes. (The 1909 and 1911 Kellys Directory shows a second photographer, J.R.Lizars, at Seaside Rd Eastbourne, at No 46. Also in Seaside Rd in 1909 was another photographer, Frederick C Cooper, at 18 Elms Buildings, Seaside Rd. By 1911 Cooper was at 37 Grove Rd Eastbourne. In both cases there are no corresponding entries for these photographers at Lewes, Redhill and Plymouth. ) Local Directories do not show a photographer in High Street Redhill. Union Street Plymouth was a popular location for photographers, with six firms there in 1910 and 1914 - none of these were "Bijou Studio" or Parry, Lizars or Cooper.

Postcard by Bijou Studio Eastbourne

FOLKESTONE

Address: 21 Tontine Street Folkestone
Possible practitioner: KNIGHT, CHARLES HENRY
Operating dates: 1913-1918
References: Dover Express - Friday 05 November 1920 P5. DOVER PHOTOGRAPHER'S BANKRUPTCY. At the Kent Bankruptcy Court Saturday the following Re Charles Henry Knight, of. 35, Biggin St., and Snargate St. Dover, and 21 Tontine St. Folkestone and 69 Wellington St, Woolwich, debtor, who attended for his public examination, returned his liabilities at £528.8.10d. and estimated his assets at £74 17s. 10d., leaving a deficiency £454. 11s. Mr De Wet, of Folkestone, appeared for the debtor. Under  examination by the Official Receiver, debtor stated that he was formerly engaged as a salesman and in June 1913, he commenced business as a miniature photographer at 35, Biggin Street, Dover, in partnership with Mr. Herbert Beach, under name of the Original Stickybacks. They commenced with a capital £50, of  which £30 was borrowed. The business was not a success and in December 1913, it was agreed that they should dissolve the partnership. Beach withdrew from the concern, without any consideration whatever, and debtor took over the concern with its assets and liabilities. The assets were estimated at about £40 and the liabilities about £15. Owing to the influx of troops he commenced to do remarkably well and continued to do so for several years. extended his business by opening branch businesses at Snargate St., Dover, 69, Wellington St., Woolwich, Lower- Bridge St. Canterbury (the Canterbury business did not pay and it closed after six months), and 21, Tontine St., Folkestone. With the exception of the Canterbury shop the concerns were successful. He did very well and was able to finance them easily and without any outside assistance. Soon after the Armistice, however, his receipts fell off by fifty per cent. That was owing to the removal of the troops. He sold the Woolwich business in May this year, and prior to the receiving order he had also disposed of the branch businesses at Snargate St., Dover, and at Folkestone. He then entirely devoted himself to the business at 35, Biggin St., Dover. In February, 1916, he, in conjunction with two other persons, opened a canteen in Sandwich, but this venture was a failure, as was also a miniature rifle range, which  he and another person conducted at Sandwich. He estimated that his losses on these two enterprises amounted to at least £300. The cause of his failure were: falling off in trade since the Armistice, November, 1918, losses incurred in canteen enterprise, and law costs consequent on proceedings instituted by creditors for recovery of debts. The examination was closed. Dover Express - Friday 24 September 1920  P4 – receiving order made against Charles Henry Knight

Address: 33 High Street, Folkestone
Possible Practitioner: - See The Yankee Studios - full entry in London Region under address 34 Upper Street, Islington. Also at 54 New Road, Gravesend, Kent
Operating dates: 1906-7

GRAVESEND

Address: 54 New Road, Gravesend, Kent,
Possible Practitioner: See The Yankee Studios - full entry in London Region under address 34 Upper Street, Islington. Also at 33 High Street, Folkestone
Operating dates: 1906-7

HASTINGS

Address: 3 Pelham Arcade Hastings 1903-5 (also at 422 Strand 1903- and 62 Dame Street, Dublin, 1903), 16 The Arcade Gt Yarmouth 1904-08, Claremont Pier, Lowestoft
Possible Practitioner: CHIC PHOTO CO, no names of individuals connected with the company are known at this point.
Operating dates: 1903 to 1907, possibly as late as 1910 422 Strand,
References - see entry at 422 Strand London

HOVE

Address: 157a Church Road, Hove
Possible practitioner: DUDKIN, MORDECAI: brother and partner of Abraham Dudkin
Operating dates: 1915
References: David Simkin has full details of the Dudkin family, their photographic business and their studios on his excellent site on Sussex Photographers: www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/DudkinModernStudios.htm.

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LEWES

Address: 28 Station Street, Lewes
Possible practitioner: HENTY, F and COPPARD, W
Operating dates: 1914-15
References: Sussex Agricultural Express - Friday 10 December 1915 p7. Lewes prisoner of war - report of the capture of Sgt F.Henty, Royal Sussex Rgmt. "He will be remembered by many in Sussex as partner in the Sticky Back Studio at 28 Station Street Lewes with Corporal W.Coppard".

Address: Bijou Studio, The Cliffe, Lewes
Possible Practitioner: Believed to be PARRY, Marcus (b.1879 Camberwell)
Operating dates: c.1910 -
References: See below, postcard portrait of a young woman "Phyllis", with the number "9353" in the top centre of the the image. On the reverse "Bijou Studios, Seaside Road, Eastbourne, High Street, Redhill, The Cliffe Lewes and Union Street Plymouth" and impressed in the bottom margin on the face "Bijou Studio, Seaside Road, Eastbourne" . This site on Sussex Photographers lists The Bijou Studio Seaside Road Eastbourne 1910+ with the name of the photographer: Marcus Parby / Parry / Perry. www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/EBNEdirBC.htm. The 1911 census shows photographer and employer Marcus Parry, b.1879 Camberwell, living at 6 Central Buildings, Seaside Road, Eastbourne. Living with him was his wife, Fannie, b.1880 Plaistow, Essex, and children: May b.1900 Forest Gate, Victoria b.1901 Plaistow, and Marcus b.1903 Walthamstow. Also at the same address was Jennie Breach b.1890 Chichester, an employed photographer. In 1901 Marcus Parry was a steam driller at 115 Harcourt Road West Ham and next door to him was a photographer Frederick Breach b.1875 Bristol, and his family, including his daughter Nellie who was later to work as a photographer for Marcus. The 1915 Kelly's Directory shows Marcus Perry at both Seaside Road Eastbourne and as a photographer at 25 Cliffe, High Street, Lewes. (The 1909 and 1911 Kellys Directory shows a second photographer, J.R.Lizars, at Seaside Rd Eastbourne, at No 46. Also in Seaside Rd in 1909 was another photographer, Frederick C Cooper, at 18 Elms Buildings, Seaside Rd. By 1911 Cooper was at 37 Grove Rd Eastbourne. In both cases there are no corresponding entries for these photographers at Lewes, Redhill and Plymouth. ) Local Directories do not show a photographer in High Street Redhill. Union Street Plymouth was a popular location for photographers, with six firms there in 1910 and 1914 - none of these were "Bijou Studio" or Parry, Lizars or Cooper.

Postcard by Bijou Studio Eastbourne

MARGATE

Address: Fort Arcade, Margate, Kent. (Also 422 Strand, 3 Pelham Arcade Hastings, 16 The Arcade Gt Yarmouth, Claremont Pier Lowestoft).
Possible Practitioner: No name known - the firm traded as the The Chic Photo Co
Operating dates: 1913 - around 1908-10
References: See main entry for Chic Photo Co under the address of 422 Strand, London. This firm may have occupied the same studio as The American Miniature Photo Co listed below, and it is possible that the Chic Photo Co transitioned in some way to The American Miniature Photo co. .

Address: Fort Arcade, Margate, Kent. Also at 42 Oxford Street, 352 Strand, 21 Piccadilly
Possible Practitioner: No name known - the firm traded as the American Miniature Photo Co (and possibly later as the British-American Photo Co)
Operating dates: 1910-?1930?
References: American Miniature Photo Co is the name on the reverse of the portrait below. This is a tiny image, just 0.7 x 1.2 inches, on a white card embossed mount measuring 2.3 x 3.2 inches. The design on the mount shows three parts, an outer frame of dashes, a middle frame of leaves and berries over a stippled background, and an inner frame of tiny tulip heads. The aperture in the mount measures 1.1 x 1.6 inches and so the image does not fill the aperture, but is just stuck onto the reverse side of the label. The reverse of the mount has a printed paper label pasted on it with the legend "American Miniature Photo Co. 42 Oxford Street W., 352 Strand, 21 Piccadilly W. London, Also Fort Arcade Margate. Extra Copies can be had" The image itself is an outdoors shot of a woman standing beneath foliage. It looks as though this has been cut down from a wider image which also included a second person. The image has a very black and white contrast, with little by way of greys. Altogether this appears to be a very cheap and poor quality product.
There is no trace of this firm on the Photo London listing (Directory of London Photographers 1841-1908) or in the Kent Kelly's Directories. Both the Strand and the Piccadilly addresses were used by other photographers, but the Photo London listing has no occupants shown for the period when this photograph would have been produced. Kelly's Kent Directories for 1913, 1918 and 1922 have a photographer with a similar name, The British-American Photo Co, listed at 1A Arcade Steps, Fort Arcade, Margate, and in 1930 at 17A Arcade Steps, Fort Arcade, Margate. Anthony Lee's excellent site on Margate Local History has a real photo postcard dated 1927 showing the burnt out remains of the British American Studio following a fire. This probably explains their relocation between 1922 and 1930. Unfortunately no newspaper account has yet been found of this fire and the individuals involved. There is no trace of The American Miniature Photo Co or the British-American Photo Company at Companies House, in the London Gazette, local trade directories (other than stated above) The National Archives or Google. All of this suggests that the American Miniature Photo Co may have been relatively short lived and the Margate trade directory entry suggests the firm may have changed its identity to the British-American Photo Co. Any further information on the firm would be most welcome.

Portrait of an unknown woman by the American Miniature Photo Co

OXFORD

Address: Not currently known, possibly Queen St Oxford?
Possible practitioner: BOULTWOOD, SIDNEY, Stickybacks.
Operating dates: pre June 1914
References: Gloucestershire Echo - Monday 01 June 1914 P4. "YOU MUST VISIT the original Mr Stickybacks ELECTRIC STUDIO With its novel methods of CINEMATOGRAPH PHOTOGRAPHY. CINEMATOGRAPHIC SNAPSHOTS OF YOURSELF. ENORMOUSLY POPULAR The Original Mr. STICKY BACK'S STUDIO From 420 Strand, London, Brighton, Oxford, etc., 84 HIGH STREET (near Bath Road) CHELTENHAM." David Simkin's research into Sidney Boultwood shows that he had a studio at 23 Westgate Street Bath www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/BoultwoodFamilyGallery.htm . The Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette, Sat 8 Aug 1914 p1, carries an advertisement: " Doormen, two wanted; men used to theatre preferred; only smart young men with good references entertained; permanencies to right men - Full particulars to Studios, 23 Westgate Street Bath or 84 High Street Cheltenham". Linking the Bath and Cheltenham studios in this way shows that these were Sidney Boultwood's studios. The wording of the Cheltenham advert suggests that Sidney did at some stage have a studio in Oxford. The Stickybacks photo below of two young women, possibly sisters, has an Oxford address at Queen St Oxford. The 1911 Kelly's Directory of Oxfordshire lists two photographers in this area: S.Philip Jenkins at 2a Queen's (sic) St Oxford and Joseph Brown Stokes (1866-1940) at 16 Queen St Oxford. In the 1911 census photographer, Joseph Brown Stokes was living in Jersey Villa, Inkerman Rd, Woolston, Southampton. No trace has been found of S Philip Jenkins in the 1911 census. It is possible that Sidney Boultwood took over the premises of one of these two photographers some time before June 1914. See the entry below for the Novelty Portrait Co at 2A Queen Street, which suggests it is likely thas Sidney Boultwood took over his studio.

Stickybacks Oxford

Address: 2 (or 2A) Queen Street, Oxford. (Also at Pier Hill Buildings, Southend on Sea, Essex, and 56 Camden Road, Tunbridge Wells)
Possible practitioner: The Novelty Portrait Co proprietor believed to be Samuel Payne Jenkins, aka S.B.Jenkins (or S.Philip Jenkins)
Operating dates: c. 1906 - 1907
References: See below portrait of an unknown baby. Image size 1.1 x 1.4 inches, in white mount 2.3 x 3.1 inches with aperture 0.9 x 1.2 inches, with floral embossed border, "The Novelty Portrait Co" printed in red on the face. Reverse has a cover sheet pasted down holding the image in place and printed on the cover sheet "Novelty Portrait Co" and the addresses: "Pier Hill Buildings Southend on Sea, 56 Camden Road Tunbridge Wells, and 2 Queen Street, Oxford".
The first trace of the firm found in the press is dated 21 June 1906 when they advertised on p5 of the Southend Standard and Essex Weekly Advertiser "Respectable girl wanted to look after baby. Novelty Portrait Co Pier Hill Buildings". The same advert was repeated on 28 June and 5 July 1906. The firm appears in the 1907 Kelly's Directory of Oxfordshire at 2a Queen Street, Oxford where it is listed with a variation in its name to "the Novelty Art Portrait Co, proprietor S.B.Jenkins". It seems likely that Kelly's Directory has correctly recorded the address as 2A Queen Street as there was an art tutor operating from 2 Queen Street at least from Sept 1902 to October 1908. The firm does not appear in the 1911 Kelly's Oxford Directory, but listed as a photographer at 2A Queen Street was S.Philip Jenkins. Were S.B Jenkins and S Phillip Jenkins one and the same person, or two related individuals ? No trace has been found of the firm in Southend in Kelly's Directories 1906, 1908, 1910, 1912, 1914, 1917, 1922. (There is however a Novelty Photo Co at 8 Springfield Rd Chelmsford in the 1910 Kelly's Directory of Essex, which is probably not related).
No trace has been found of the Novelty Portrait Co in Tunbridge Wells in Kelly's Directories of Kent 1903 or 1913. No trace has been found of the company at Companies House or in The Gazette. The proprietor of this firm is believed to be Samuel Payne Jenkins, b. 7/11/1873 at Wallingford, Berks, who was the son of photographer and hairdresser Henry Jenkins. Henry Jenkins ran the Alpha Studio in Grosvenor Road Tunbridge Wells, a studio previously run by Edward Sims, then D.Everest. In 1891 Samuel was a photographic assistant, as was his sister Polly, living at 40 Grosvenor Rd Tunbridge Wells. Presumably Samuel and Poly worked for their father's business,. In 1901 Samuel was at 17 Grosvenor Rd Tunbridge Wells where he was a photographic operator and employee. In 1911 he was living at 20 Grosvenor Rd Tunbridge Wells and was then a photographer, trading in the name of Samuel Payne Jenkins, and an employer. He was listed as a photographer at 20 Grosvenor Rd Tunbridge Wells in the 1918 Kelly's Directory of Kent. By 1939 Samuel was a photographer living at 40 Grosvenor Rd Tunbridge Wells. In 1939 his daughter, Doris A Jenkins, b.1905 was also a photographer at the same address. When Samuel died in 1949, probate was granted to his wife Amy Ada Jenkins and his son Alan Payne Jenkins, who was also a photographer. According to the 1939 telephone directory Samuel was a photographer and his address was shown as Alpha Studio, Grosvenor Rd, Tunbridge Wells. It may be that Samuel operated throughout his working life at Alpha Studio as a traditional professional photographer, trying the stickyback market as the Novelty Portrait Co briefly around 1906-7.

Portrait of unknown child be The Novelty Portrait Co

PORTSMOUTH

Address: 33 Queen Street, Portsmouth
Possible practitioner: HUGHES, DICK
Operating dates: 1905
References: The Era - Saturday 25 February 1905 p27. "Wanted. Quick showing novelties for novelty exhibition (admission free) from Feb 27 onwards. Shares or salary. Space to let for Sticky Backs, Peep Show, &c wire or write, Dick Hughes, 33 Queen Street, Portsmouth" No trace of a photographer of this name in Portsmouth in the 1904 or 1911 Kelly's Directories.

Address: 228 Commercial Road Portsmouth (1912-23), 210 Commercial Road Portsmouth (1920-26)
Possible practitioner: HICKS, F. or DUDKIN, ABRAHAM.
Operating dates: 1912 - 1926
References: Portsmouth Evening News - Saturday 21 June 1913 p8. "Bromide Male Printer wanted immediately for while you wait work; must be smart, with all round knowledge. Apply with references, F.Hicks, Sticky Backs 228 Commercial Road". There is no trace of a photographer of this name in Portsmouth in the 1904 or 1911 Kelly's Directories. However, David Simkin in his excellent site on Sussex Photographers lists this as a studio address for Abraham Dudkin, the Brighton photographer who had taken over Spiridione Grossi's studio at 54 North Street Brighton. David illustrates this with postcards in the name of the Stickyback and Postcard Studios with both addresses and postmarks of 1912 and 1916. See also the postcard below of Little Beatrice which has this Portsmouth address together with 54 North Street and 31 West St Brighton. F Hicks could have been the person managing this studio for Abraham Dudkin.

Portrait of Little Beatrice, Stickyback and Modern Studios

READING

Address: 17 Oxford Street, Reading
Possible practitioner: BOULTWOOD, SIDNEY
Operating dates: 1913- March 1914
References: Stickybacks Studio, 17 Oxford Street, Reading, 1913-14. One of Sidney Boultwood's Sticky Back Studios, listed on his excellent site on Sussex Photographers at www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/BoultwoodStickyBacksStudio.htm where you will find the full history of Sidney Boultwood (1882-1958) and his family.
Reading Observer - Saturday 17 January 1914 p4: "Just a snapshot of yourself. They've all got stickybacks. Enormously popular. The original Mr Stickyback's Studios (from Strand London, Southampton, Brighton, Ipswich, Lowestoft, etc, 17 Oxford Street (opposite McIlroys) Reading, and 29 Queen Street, Oxford."
Reading Observer 7 Mar 1914 p9: "Positively the last two week, don't fail to visit the original Mr Stickyback's studios (from Strand, London and Provinces) 17 Oxford Street (opposite McIlroy's) Reading, just a snapshot of yourself 6d per doz. They've all got stickybacks. Enormously popular."

REDHILL

Address: Bijou Studio, High Street, Redhill, Surrey
Possible Practitioner: Believed to be PARRY, Marcus (b.1879 Camberwell)
Operating dates: c.1910 -
References: See below, postcard portrait of a young woman "Phyllis", with the number "9353" in the top centre of the the image. The postcard has been hand cut from a roll of preprinted cards. On the reverse "Bijou Studios, Seaside Road, Eastbourne, High Street, Redhill, The Cliffe Lewes and Union Street Plymouth" and impressed in the bottom margin on the face "Bijou Studio, Seaside Road, Eastbourne" . This site on Sussex Photographers lists The Bijou Studio Seaside Road Eastbourne 1910+ with the name of the photographer: Marcus Parby / Parry / Perry. www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/EBNEdirBC.htm. The 1911 census shows photographer and employer Marcus Parry, b.1879 Camberwell, living at 6 Central Buildings, Seaside Road, Eastbourne. Living with him was his wife, Fannie, b.1880 Plaistow, Essex, and children: May b.1900 Forest Gate, Victoria b.1901 Plaistow, and Marcus b.1903 Walthamstow. Also at the same address was Jennie Breach b.1890 Chichester, an employed photographer. In 1901 Marcus Parry was a steam driller at 115 Harcourt Road West Ham and next door to him was a photographer Frederick Breach b.1875 Bristol, and his family, including his daughter Nellie who was later to work as a photographer for Marcus. The 1915 Kelly's Directory shows Marcus Perry at both Seaside Road Eastbourne and as a photographer at 25 Cliffe, High Street, Lewes. (The 1909 and 1911 Kellys Directory shows a second photographer, J.R.Lizars, at Seaside Rd Eastbourne, at No 46. Also in Seaside Rd in 1909 was another photographer, Frederick C Cooper, at 18 Elms Buildings, Seaside Rd. By 1911 Cooper was at 37 Grove Rd Eastbourne. In both cases there are no corresponding entries for these photographers at Lewes, Redhill and Plymouth. ) Local Directories do not show a photographer in High Street Redhill. Union Street Plymouth was a popular location for photographers, with six firms there in 1910 and 1914 - none of these were "Bijou Studio" or Parry, Lizars or Cooper.

Postcard by Bijou Studio Eastbourne

SEAFORD

Address: Not currently known, Seaford, Sussex.
Possible practitioner: Not currently known
Operating dates: c.1914
References: Photo historian Paul Clarke from Bury St Edmunds has posted on Flickr.com images from an Edwardian family photo album which include seven stickyback photographs from an as yet unidentified photographer in Seaford, Sussex. These are individual portraits of young women in Pierrot outfits. The sign board used by the photographer is smaller than other examples, taking up only the left hand half of the top of the images and has a series of numbers/letters and the word "Seaford" in caps in a very narrow font. An example is here: www.flickr.com/photos/runninginsuffolk/16686136147 . From their position in the album these date from around 1914. David Simkin in his excellent site on Sussex photographers lists three firms operating in Seaford at this time www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/NEWHAVENdirAZ.htm , but they all seem to have been well established and traditional commercial firms and so are not likely to be the producers of these images..

SHEERNESS

Address: 80 High Street, Sheerness, Kent.
Possible practitioner: MASON, EUGENE and MASON NELLIE, aka Stickybacks or Faces
Operating dates: ?1913-14
References: See entry for MASON at Chatham above

SHOREHAM

Address: 19 High Street, Shoreham
Possible practitioner: DUDKIN, ABRAHAM and MORDECAI, trading as Modern Studios
Operating Dates: 1918-19
References: The story of Modern Studios and the Dudkin family has been thoroughly researched by David Simkin and is to be found on his excellent site on Sussex Photographers at: www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/DudkinModernStudios.htm . Abraham Dudkin started his photographic career taking over Spiridione Grossi's stickyback studio at 54 North Street Brighton. It is not known whether Dudkin and his brother continued the stickyback products. They certainly produced postcard format portraits.

SOUTHAMPTON

Address: 74 Above Bar, Southampton, 1916-18. 90 Above Bar, Southampton, 1917-18.
Possible practitioner: BOULTWOOD, SIDNEY
Operating dates: 1916-1918
References: Stickybacks Studio, 74 Above Bar, Southampton, 1916-18, Stickybacks Studio, 90 Above Bar, Southampton, 1917-18. Two of Sidney Boultwood's Sticky Back Studios, listed on his excellent site on Sussex Photographers at www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/BoultwoodStickyBacksStudio.htm where you will find the full history of Sidney Boultwood (1882-1958) and his family. An example stickyback photo from this studio has been posted on Flickr.com by artist Paul Jackson, depicting Len Williams from his family tree. You can see the image here.

Address: 3 High Street, Bargate, Southampton
Possible Practitioner: The Novelty Studio Co, or Novelty Studio
Operating dates: c.1902
References: The first photo below in a green card mount with heart shaped aperture with embossed surround has on the face printed in red "The Novelty Studio Co, 3 High Street, Bargate, Southampton". The mount measures 2.25 x 3.25 in. The height of the aperture is 1.1 inch. The photograph, of a teenage girl wearing a lace collar, is approximately 1 inch wide x 1.3 inches tall. The reverse is blank, the photo is held in place be a stuck down plain cover paper. The second example below is a portrait of the same girl, mounted in a white embossed mount with a rectangular aperture with rounded top - measurements are similar. In this instance there is no printing on the face of the mount. On the reverse the image is secured in place by a paper cover slip, on which is printed by rubber stamp: "Novelty Studio 3 High Street, Southampton". The third example below is on a brown / green mount with ovel aperture. It is larger than the two previous examples - the mount being 2.7 x 3.5 inches. The photograph is a double portrait depicting a teenage girl and sister or mother and is 2.3 x 1.9 inches. The photo is held in place with a blue cover paper on which is stamped with a rubber stamp "Novelty Studio 3 High Street, Southampton". The photos are of the same person and appear to be taken at approximately the same time.

Advertisements appeared in the Southern Echo - Saturday 29 March 1902 p3 and Bournemouth Daily Echo - Tuesday 01 April 1902 p1, "Photo Novelty Studio. 3 High Street, Bargate, Southampton. For Easter week only. Photo button or hand painted miniature free with each sitting. Photos 16 for 1s in four positions". There is no trace of this studio in Southampton in the 1902 or 1911 Kelly's Directories, so this studio may have been short-lived. Against this, there are three acknowledgements of photos from this studio in local newspapers in 1914, 1916 and 1923. Of course the photographs may have preceded the dates of publication or the attributions may have been made in error. The Hampshire Advertiser Saturday 26 September 1914 p8 carried a photo of Mr Sidney Herbert, a Southampton Unionist candidate, captioned: "Photo by Novelty Studio Southampton". The Hampshire Advertiser - Saturday 23 September 1916 p8 carried a photo of Mr Hugh Montgomery, killed in action, with the same acknowledgement. The Hampshire Advertiser - Saturday 17 November 1923 p2 carried a photo of Mr Cyril Sharp, appointed under-sherriff captioned "Photo by Novelty Studio Southampton". There were other "Novelty Studios" which may or may not have been connected with this firm - see our entry in the SW Region for The Novelty Studio 184 Union Street, Plymouth.

Heart shaped photo by The Novelty Studio Co

Portrait of teenage girl by the Novelty Studio Southampton

double portrait by the Novelty Studio, Southampton.

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TUNBRIDGE WELLS

Address: 56 Camden Road, Tunbridge Wells (also at 2 (or 2A) Queen Street, Oxford and Pier Hill Buildings, Southend on Sea, Essex)
Possible practitioner: The Novelty Portrait Co proprietor believed to be Samuel Payne Jenkins, aka S.B.Jenkins (or S.Philip Jenkins)
Operating dates: c. 1906 - 1907
References: Full details appear in the entry for Oxford on this page

Address: Somewhere in Tunbridge Wells - see entry on London Region Page for The Yankee Studios, 34 Upper Street, Islington.
Possible Practitioner: The Yankee Studios.

WORTHING

Address: 167 Montague Street, Worthing
Possible practitioner: Not currently known
Operating dates: c.1912
References: Photo collector Benicektoo has posted on Flickr.com a portrait of a young woman which appears to be a stickyback photo from 167 Montague Street, Worthing. The portrait can be found at: www.flickr.com/photos/26093461@N00/5601138622 . David Simkin, on his excellent site on Sussex photographers has a list of Worthing studios, but there is no studio which seems to match this address. David lists this image as a photograph from an automatic photo machine at this address http://www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/AutoPortraitsDudkin.htm.

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