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Smaller Sizes of Portrait - Photographers in England - South 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"

South West Region, includes: Somerset, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Swindon, Wiltshire, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall. Locations included so far are: Bath, Bristol, Cheltenham, Falmouth, Ilfracombe, Launceston, Penzance, Plymouth, Salisbury, Stroud, Swindon.

BATH

Address: Shirley Villa, Beechen Cliff, Bath
Possible practitioner: WILLWAY, THEOPHILUS CHARLES (1860-1927)
Operating dates: 1914 - listed as a photographer in local directories 1911, 1919 and 1923
References: Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Saturday 21 November 1914 p1."Post all sticky backs lately taken to be enlarged for Xmas cards . Permanent process Willway, enlargement specialist, Beechen Cliff, Bath. One cabinet 2s"
PO Directory of Bath 1911, Kelly's Somerset Directory 1919, 1923. Full details of Theophilus Charles Willway can be found in "Secure the Shadow, Somerset Photographers 1839-1939" by Robin Ansell, Allan Collier and Phil Nichols.

Address: 23 Westgate Street, Bath
Possible practitioner: BOULTWOOD, SIDNEY (1882-1958)
Operating dates: 1914-15
References: Stickybacks Studio, 23 Westgate Street, Bath, 1914-15. One of Sidney Boultwood's Sticky Back Studios, listed on David Simkin's 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. David Simkin has an example of a stickyback photo from this studio on his site at www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/BoultwoodBrydenWestgateBath.jpg. Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Saturday 11 April 1914 p2, contained this advertisement: "Grand Opening To-Day. You must visit the Original Mr Stickybacks Electric Studios (from Strand, London, and Provinces) 23 Westgate Street (near Theatre and Palace) Bath. Just a snapshot of yourself for 6d doz. They've all got Stickybacks. Enormously popular." In the same newspaper, page 9, it was reported: "New Electric Studio. As will be seen from an advertisement in our public notices column Mr "Stickyback" has today opened an electric studio for midget photography. These studios have been very popular in other towns, and no doubt the business opened today will prove an attraction in this busy thoroughfare." Obviously the studio did prove to be popular as the firm was advertising for "bouncers" in the Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette Sat 8 Aug 1914 p1. "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."

1914 advertisement for the opening of the Stickyback Studio at Westgate Street, Bath.

BOURNEMOUTH

Address: 120 Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth
Possible Practitioner: The Texas Photo Co
Operating dates: c. 1903-1911
References: See the entry for The Texas Photo Co under Bristol below

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BRISTOL

Address: 10 St Augustine's Parade, Bristol
Possible practitioner: ?BOWDEN BROS
Operating dates: 1903, 1904
References: Western Daily Press - Tuesday 22 December 1903 P7."They've all got sticky backs at the Polytechnic Studio St Augustine's Parade" (Bristol).
Western Daily Press - Friday 08 January 1904 P8 through to April 1904. "They've all got Sticky Backs except you. Call early and get them at 10 St Augustine's Parade, Bristol". According to Kelly's Directory of Bristol 1902 Bowden Bros, photographers were at 10A St Augustine's Parade. There was another photographer Sargent Bros, at no 7 and a photographic materials dealer, P and A Robertson was at No 6. It is not known whether Bowden Bros were at this address in 1903-4

Address: Bristol Bridge.
Possible practitioner: WILLETT, HENRY R.
Operating dates: 1904
References:Clifton and Redland Free Press - Friday 26 August 1904 p2. "Willett, Photographer, Bristol Bridge. Reduced prices. 12 Stickybacks 1/-, 12 Cartes de Visite 3/6, 12 Cabinets 6/6" . Henry Willett was a professional photographer in Bristol from the late 1870s, earlier addresses included 10 St Augustine's Parade (1879)

Address: 27 Castle Street, Bristol
Possible practitioner: SEAMAN, H.O.
Operating dates: 1905
References:Western Daily Press of Friday 03 November 1905 P9
Theft of "Sticky-Backs" promotional discount tickets value one shilling from H.O.Seaman's photographers, 27 Castle Street, Bristol - offender sentenced by court to 5 years detention. See our page on Seaman photographer's.

Address: 19 Castle Street, Bristol
Possible practitioner: Not yet identified
Operating dates: 1923
References:Western Daily Press - Wednesday 25 April 1923 p2. "Ladies required, experienced in photography, apply Sticky Backs 19 Castle Street".

Address: 41 High Street, Bristol
Possible practitioner: The Texas Photo Company
Operating dates: 1901-02
References: This is one of at least three Texas Photo Company studios which appeared in the UK between 1901 and 1903 and which have left traces in local newspapers. The earliest reference is in the Western Daily Press, Wednesday 12 June 1901 p2: "Photographer wanted. State age, salary and experience. Call or write - Texas Photo Co 41 High Street, Bristol." It would seem that the business offered personalised photographic badges and brooches but these didn't prove to be as popular as anticipated. In the Western Daily Press, Monday 17 February 1902, p1, they advertised: "Latest invention. American MACHINE for making buttons and brooches for sale. Texas Photo Co 41 High Street". Then, the following day, in the Western Daily Press, Tuesday 18 February 1902, p3, they advertised: "Good business for disposal, no experience required, call for information. Texas Photo Co 41 High Street". No trace has been found of the individual behind this apparently short lived enterprise, but we can see how these firms operated from advertisements from and reports of two other Texas Photo Co studios, in Lincoln and Bournemouth. In the Lincolnshire Echo, Tuesday 15 April 1902 p2 is a report "Latest thing on earth. The Texas Photo Co of San Antonio, Texas, USA, the largest popular priced photo company in the world, have opened a branch gallery in this city, and to introduce their new work and machines they will make, for a few days only, their new famous photographs. 12 for 6d and 12 for 1s. Photo buttons of yourself 6d and 1s. "You get your money's worth" at the Texas Gallery over Wilson's shop 311 High Street, Lincoln." Although this report talks about this being a branch of an American Company, it is possible that this was some sort of franchise arrangement. The next week they were advertising for an operator: Lincolnshire Echo, Monday 21 April 1902 p1; "Wanted photographer: must be sober, reliable and not afraid to work. State age, married or single and salary expected. Texas Photo Co 311 High Street, Lincoln." Then there were two advertisements in August 1903 suggesting that further expansion was planned in the South of England. In the Bournemouth Daily Echo, Saturday 15 August 1903 p3 was an advert; "Photography. Wanted, young man for midgets at once; state age and salary required; no spec, Texas Photo Co 120 Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth." Then in the Bournemouth Daily Echo, Tuesday 25 August 1903, p1, "Wanted, room, unfurnished over business premises, in main street, for midget photography, at Southampton, Portsmouth, or Winchester. Particulars to Texas Photo Co, Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth. According to Kelly's 1911 Hampshire Directory The Texas Photo co was still operating at 120 Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth. There may have been other branches.
Below is an example Texas Photo Co portrait of an unknown man. The white card mount 2.5 x 2.8 inches, has a stipple and floral embossed design with "Texas Photo" embossed on the bottom margin. The reverse is blank. The stuck-down photograph measures 1.4 x 1.2 inches. Below this is a postcard format full length portrait of an unknown lady. This has "Texas Photo co" printed on the face. A scratched-on negative number, 1658, can be seen on the right of the image at the level of the hem of the subject's dress. The reverse of the postcard has no information about the firm.

Texas Photo Co portrait of an unknown man

Postcard format portrait of an unknown lady, negative No 1658, by the Texas Photo co


CHELTENHAM

Address: 84 High Street Cheltenham
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.". Gloucestershire Echo - Wednesday 03 June 1914 p5. "The Original Sticky Back Studio. High-street, seems to have become remarkably popular, judging by the crowds visiting the Studio lately. One is bound to admit that these little photographs are remarkably good, surprisingly so in fact, are extraordinarily good value. They are produced by the latest Cinematographic process, which accounts for tho marvellous rapidity with which they are taken. They are, as claimed, "just a snapshot of yourself", and they've all got stickybacks. Mr. Stickybacks Studio is at 84 High-street (near Bath road), Cheltenham". Gloucestershire Echo - Thursday 18 June 1914 p2. Active reliable man wanted for circular distribution, door to door, Stickyback, 84 High Street, Cheltenham. Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette Sat 8 Aug 1914 p1. " 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". The studio at 23 Westgate Street Bath was one of Sidney Boultwood's studios, so the Cheltenham address must have been another of his premises. The studio at 84 High Street may have only occupied part of the address as a number of advertisements appeared in the press before and after June 1914 for J.Maxwell, fish merchant at 84 High St.

FALMOUTH

Address: High Street Falmouth
Possible practitioner: Not currently known, aka West End Sticky Backs
Operating dates: 1915
References: Cornishman - Thursday 25 November 1915 p1" NEXT WEEK ! FOR XMAS ! LOOK OUT FOR THE "WEST END" "STICKY BACKS" Opening at 84, Market Jew St., Penzance. Perfect Portraits at Popular Prices! Head and Shoulders - - 3s. Per Dozen. Three Quarter Figure - - 6d. „ (The West End Panels) LIFELIKE, WELL FINISHED, PERMANENT PHOTOGRAPHS Also at High Street, FALMOUTH.". No trace of a photographer in High St Falmouth in 1910 or 1914 Kelly's Directories.

ILFRACOMBE

Address: Atlanta Pier Road, Ilfracombe
Possible Practitioner: Not Currently known
Operating dates: ?1905
References: This address appears on the reverse of the stickybacks mount from 48 Biggin Street Dover

LAUNCESTON, Cornwall

Address: Church Street, Launceston, Cornwall
Possible practitioner: William Smale CATER (1852-1930) trading as W.S.Cater & Co
Dates of operation: 1888-1910
References: The photo below, of an unknown lady in large picture hat, measures approximately 1.3 x 1.4 inches and is mounted in a white card mount embossed with a floral border, 2.3 x 3.2 inches, with an aperture 0.85 x 1.2 inches. The rear of the mount has a paper backing sheet pasted on to hold the photo in place and stamped on the paper sheet is a rubber stamped artist's palette and the words "W.S.Cater & Co Photo Artists Launceston". The photo probably dates from 1905-10. Census returns for 1881,1891,1901 and 1911 show William Smale Cater not as a photographer, but primarily as a printer, and also a bookseller and stationer, and an employer. However he is recorded in the 1906 Kelly's Directory as a photographer at Church Street, Launceston. According to the local press W.S.Cater was a photographer in Launceston from at least 1888 when he was advertising local topographical views, cartes de visite and cabinet photographs in the Cornish and Devon Post. His mode of advertising was in the form of a letter of praise from a grateful customer, followed by details of the firm. By 1910 the firm was still advertising, apparently offering top class portraits - their advertising included a classic line drawing of a well dressed couple and the text: "When she wants a portrait of him, or he one of her we make them in the kind that pleases". Although they were listed as photographers in the 1906 directory there is no trace of the firm in the 1910 or 1914 Kelly's directories. William submitted seven photographs to Stationers' Hall for copyright purposes: one in 1888 depicting two blind beggars, the others, in 1906, all showing old fashioned pre-mechanisation harvest scenes. The firm may have been targeting a new client base with less expensive portraiture in its closing years. Below are two of Cater's earlier more traditional products, two midget cartes de visite on mounts 3 x 1.6 inches. The photo on the right of an unknown lady is probably the older of the two, on a cream mount with "W.S.Cater & Co Launceston" printed on the face. The image of an unknown man, on the left of the pair, is on a thicker ivory high gloss mount, with the same text on the face. Both midget cartes have blank reverses. There is an article about William Smale Cater, and his portrait, on Roger Pyke's excellent site "Launceston Then".

Tiny portrait by W.S.Cater

Two cartes by W.S.Cater

PENZANCE

Address: Causewayhead Penzance
Possible practitioner: Not currently known
Operating dates: 1913
References: The Cornish Telegraph - Thursday 24 April 1913 P1. "The original sticky backs will open on Thursday April 24th at Causewayhead Penzance. In order to advertise our American Automatic Photography. By presenting this coupon you are entitled to 1 doz photographs of yourself at half price 3d." The Daily Mail reported on a find of a number of stickyback photos from this studio. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3410357/Treasure-trove-portraits-1910-Penzance-uncovered.html . There is no trace of a photographer in this street in Kelly's Cornwall Directory 1914

Address: 84, Market Jew St., Penzance.
Possible practitioner Not currently known:
Operating dates: 1915
References: Cornishman - Thursday 25 November 1915 p1. " NEXT WEEK ! FOR XMAS ! LOOK OUT FOR THE "WEST END" "STICKY BACKS" Opening at 84, Market Jew St., Penzance. Perfect Portraits at Popular Prices! Head and Shoulders - - 3s. Per Dozen. Three Quarter Figure - - 6d. „ (The West End Panels) LIFELIKE, WELL FINISHED, PERMANENT PHOTOGRAPHS Also at High Street, FALMOUTH." No trace of a photographer at this number in Market Jew St in the 1914 Kelly's Directory of Cornwall. There were photographers at number 10 (Gibson and sons) and 68 (Opie Ltd with studios in Bond St London, Redruth, Falmouth, Truro, Helston Camborne)

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PLYMOUTH

Address: Bijou Studio, Union Street, Plymouth
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

Address: 184 Union Street, Plymouth
Possible practitioner: ? William L BAILLIE, trading as The Novelty Studio.
Operating dates: 1907-1926
Refereces: See below small albumen circular print of a young woman pasted onto a heavy dark green card mount printed in gilt "Novelty Studio 184 Union Street, Plymouth". Image diameter 2 inches, mount 3.2 x 5 inches. Below this is a real photo postcard portrait of an unknowl man, on the reverse of which is printed "The Novelty Studio, 184 Union Street Plymouth" . According to Kelly's Directories for Devonshire for 1910, 1914 and 1923 the photographer at 184 Union St Plymouth was Willian L Baillie. The earliest newspaper report mentioning the name "The Novelty Studio" in Plymouth is in The Athletic News, Monday 22 April 1907 p2 which carried a portrait of H.J.Lillicrap, a Rugby Union player from Devon, captioned "Photo by the Novelty Studio, Plymouth". From 1912 to 1924 a number of advertisements appeared in the situations vacant columns in the Western Morning News for staff for the Novelty Studio at 184 Union Street Plymouth, for re-touchers, receptionists, errand boys and bromide printers. Then in the Western Morning News Thursday 21 January 1926 p9 appeared an advertisement marking the closure of the studio: "Business premises to let - in March, suite of rooms at 184 Union Street (late Novelty Studio) suit dentist, photographer, hairdresser or as showrooms - Wheeler". Nothing further has been discovered to date about William L Baillie. There were at least three other "Novelty Studios" in the South of England, but, apart from similar studio names, no evidence has been found to date connecting any of them with the Studio at 184 Union Street. These were 3 High Street (Bargate) Southampton c. 1902-1923, Fore Street Devonport 1912 , 182 Commercial Rroad Portsmouth (1914 -1923, run by photographer David Davies, a report of whose businesses and bankrupcy appeared in the Portsmouth Evening News Mon 2 May 1932, p18) (dates shown are earliest and most recent newspaper mentions)

Circular image of unknown woman pasted onto green mount titled - Novelty Studio 184 Union Street, Plymouth

The Novelty Studio RPPC of unknown man

SALISBURY

Address: 6 Queen's Street, Salisbury
Possible Practitioner: ? Scotfold Ltd ?
Operating dates: Around 1919
References: The three stickyback portraits below, of two unknown men and a woman, are from a studio at 6 Queen's Street, Salisbury. A stickyback signboard with this address is clearly visible in the portrait of the woman, and can just be made out in the other two examples. The portraits are all trimmed to different sizes, widths 1.1 to 1.25 inches, heights 1.5 to 1.7 inches. There are no photographers listed at this address in the Kelly's Directories of Wiltshire for 1907, 1911, or 1915, but there is a photography firm named Scotfold Ltd at this address in the Kelly's 1920 Wiltshire Directory. Nothing further has yet been discovered about this firm of photographers from Companies House, The National Archives or The Gazette. There is a rather intriguing newspaper advertisement featuring this address in the Western Gazette 7th November 1913 p6 "Girl (18-25) wanted at once for illusionary show. Must be pretty and intelligent. Good wages. Apply Panopticon, 6 Queen Street Salisbury". This suggests that the premises may have been used at that time for some sort of visual entertainment. At the present time neither of these can be positively linked to the Stickyback photographer at this address.

Three stickybacks from 6 Queen Street, Salisbury

STROUD

Address: 7 George Street, Stroud
Possible practitioner: Benson's Photo Studio. BENSON, JOSEPH FRANCIS (1851-1913)
Operating dates: 1905
References: Gloucester Citizen - Saturday 10 June 1905 P4. " Notice Benson's Photo Studio, 7 George Street, Stroud. Special prices during Whitsuntide Highly finished enamel four cabinets 2s 6d; sticky backs 6d per dozen". 1901 Kelly's Directory of Gloucestershire lists Benson at Charfield as an artist and photographer. 1906 Kelly's Directory of Gloucestershire lists Joseph Francis Benson at a photographer at 7 George Street Stroud and at "Langleigh" Charfield Glos. By 1911, Benson, still living at Charfield, described himself as a retired photo artist.

SWINDON

Address: 15 Regent Street, Swindon
Possible practitioner: not currently known, but possibly E.Carr
Operating dates: not currently known, some point between 1903 and 1917
References: The Family Museum has indicated an interest in a Stickybacks Exhibition to be held at the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, and have displayed three images from this Swindon Photographer at: http://britishphotohistory.ning.com/m/blogpost?id=2680769%3ABlogPost%3A111848 . Another image from this photographer has been posted on Flickr by Local Studies at Swindon Central Library, who suggest the photographer was E.Carr, and the date around 1915, https://www.flickr.com/photos/swindonlocal/41045405071/in/album-72157622046996426/ Local directories from 1903 and 1917 do not show a photographer at this address.

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