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Smaller Sizes of Portrait - Photographers in England - West Midlands 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"

West Midlands Region, includes: Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands. Locations included to date are: Birmingham, Coventry, Kidderminster, Walsall, West Bromwich and Worcester.


Address: "Royal Studio", 98 New Street, Birmingham
Possible practitioner: "MR STICKYBACK" - believed to be HARRY LLOYD.
Operating dates: 1911
References: Coventry Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 01 November 1911 p1: "Mr Stickyback 98 New Street Birmingham, photos in Christmas Cards". According to "Professional Photographers in Birmingham 1842-1914" (by C.E.John Aston, Michael Hallett and Joseph McKenna), 98 New Street Birmingham was occupied by photographer Harry Lloyd. Harry Lloyd traded as Mr Stickyback in Dublin - see our entry on our page for Stickybacks in Ireland for full details. Below is a large stickyback photograph, almost postcard sized at 4.8in x 2.4 in, of an unknown young man in straw hat with cane. In the right hand edge of the photograph is a sign board with the legend "Royal Studios 98 New Street B'Ham 318 218". This photograph is roughly hand cut from a roll of photographic paper, the reverse is blank - the numbers may suggest this dates from 1918

Royal Studio Stickyback

Address: 206 Maryvale Road, Bourneville, Birmingham
Possible practitioner: WILLIAMS, F
Operating dates: 1915
References: The Era - Wednesday 08 December 1915 p25. "Wanted, photographic Operator, used to Sticky Back business, must be capable of taking sole control of a shop and understanding the trade from beginning to end. References required. State terms by letter only to F.Williams, 206 Maryvale Road, Bourneville, Birmingham"

Address: 168 Hockley Hill, Birmingham
Possible practitioner: PARR
Operating dates: c.1906
References: The British Journal of Photography 28 December 1906 carries the following advertisement: "Midget - Stamp trade. Man, or man and wife for branch. Give particulars of previous engagement, Parr, 168 Hockley Hill, Birmingham"


Address: 73 King William Street Coventry 1881, 4 The Burgess, Coventry 1892-1908, 76 St Michaels Rd Coventry 1913-1915
Possible practitioner: William Hillyear Gough (1857-1923), also trading as Gough's Electric and Daylight Studios Coventry
Operating dates: 1881 - 1915 at least; had retired by 1923
References: Kelly's Directory of Warwickshire 1892, 1896, 1900, 1904, 1908. Spennell's Directory of Coventry 1912/13.
The Coventry Herald - Friday 07 February 1896 p6, reported: "Photography By Electric Light.—Amongst the uses to which the electric light is being applied in Coventry one the most novel is photography, as introduced by Mr. W. H. Gough, of the Burgess Studio. The results obtained not only compare favourably with those accomplished In daylight, but for clearness even surpass them. The convenience of the arrangement will be appreciated by ladies and gentlemen wishing to be photographed in evening or fancy dress, without the trouble of special preparation for the ordeal". William made a great deal of his no doubt substantial investment in electric light for his studio and advertised this extensively in local newspapers in 1896 and 1899. For example in the Coventry Herald - Friday 24 January 1896 p4, "Photography by electric light W.H. Gough Electric and Daylight studios 4 The Burges Coventry, portraits taken by electric light from dusk till 8 (Saturdays 9.30) or by appointment at any hour." According to the 1912 Kelly's Directory of Warwickshire there was a William Henry Gough, photographer, at 53 Hill Street Coventry. This is most likely an error as William Hillyear Gough was not listed in that directory, yet continued to trade for a number of years afterwards. Other addresses for William Hillyear Gough were 7 Swanswell St Coventry (1891 census) and 121 Treeshill Rd Coventry (1901 Census)

Below is a midget carte de visite from this studio, reproduced with the kind permission of Ron Cosens ( The carte measures 44 x 67 mm. On the face is a simple floral art nouveau design in blue with the words "Gough's Electric and Daylight Studio, Coventry". The image, of an unknown young lady with multiple strings of pearls, pasted onto the carte, is approximately a quarter of the size of the mount. The photograph is unevenly fixed onto the mount suggesting a hasty assembly. The reverse is blank.

midget carte by W.H.Gough, Coventry, reproduced with the permission of Ron Cosens (


Address: Bull Ring or Church Street Kidderminster (possibly same address as the two are contiguous).
Possible practitioner: BOULTWOOD, SIDNEY
Operating dates: 1914-15
References: Evening Despatch - Friday 11 December 1914 p2. "Smart reliable man wanted as doorman etc good wages to the right man Stickybacks studio Church Street, Kidderminster." Stickybacks Studio, Bull Ring, Kidderminster , 1914-15. One of Sidney Boultwood's Sticky Back Studios, listed by David Simkin on his excellent site on Sussex Photographers at where you will find the full history of Sidney Boultwood (1882-1958) and his family


Address: Brownhills, Walsall
Possible practitioner: CADDICK American Studio
Operating dates c.1906
References: The British Journal of Photography 7 Dec 1906 p.ii carries the following advertisement: "Good ferrotype operator wanted for XMas and New Year. Sobriety indispensible. Must be accustomed to quick business. State terms, Caddick photographer, Brownhills, Walsall." It would appear that this studio, producing ferrotypes and other inexpensive products styled itself as and American Studio.. This blog entry carries an appeal for information about a photograph from Caddick American Studio, Brownhills, Walsall.


Address: High Street, West Bromwich.
Possible practitioner: Not currently identified.
Operating dates: 1915
References: Evening Despatch - Friday 30 April 1915 p2. "Smart reliable man wanted as doorman and bill distributor; good references. Apply Sticky-backs studio, High Street, West Bromwich." The 1916 Kelly's Directory of Staffordshire lists no fewer than four photographers in the High St at West Bromwich: AE Bliss at 380, G Cooper at 304, H.H.Dudley at 165 and D.Murray at 319.


Address: 29 Queen Street, Worcester
Possible practitioner: BOULTWOOD, SIDNEY
Operating dates: 1915-16
References: Stickybacks Studio, 29 Queen Street, Worcester, 1915-16. One of Sidney Boultwood's Sticky Back Studios, listed on his excellent site on Sussex Photographers at where you will find the full history of Sidney Boultwood (1882-1958) and his family. Below is an example portrait from the studio. This image is reproduced with the kind permission of Val Brown, and depicts her grandmother, Emma Brown, taken around 1915-17.

Stickyback photo from 29 Queen St Worcester

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