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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, Dudley, Kidderminster, Walsall, West Bromwich and Worcester.

BIRMINGHAM

Address: "Royal Studio", 98 New Street, Birmingham
Possible practitioner: "MR STICKYBACK" - believed to be HARRY LLOYD.
Operating dates: 1911
Information and 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
Information and 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
Information and 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: 494 Moseley Rd, Birmingham 1898, 470 Moseley Rd Birmingham 1899-1907, 95 Station Road Kings Heath Birmingham 1908-1911, 95 and 97 Station Rd Kings Heath Birmingham 1912-1921
Possible practitioner: Mark Oliver SUFFIELD (Junior) (1866 - 1936)
Information and references: Mark Oliver Suffield is listed at the above locations in the RPS Photo Historian Supplement "Professional Photographers in Birmingham 1842-1914", by CE John Aston, Michael Hallett and Joseph McKenna. In the 1911 Census Mark Oliver Suffield, a portrait photographer was living with his wife Eliza and a male cousin at 95 Station Road Kings Heath Birmingham. (Mark Oliver Suffield was the cousin of the mother of the author JRR Tolkein). The two pseudo cartes below are reproduced with the permission of Ron Cosens (www.cartedevisite.co.uk). Beneath the images of a man wearing a pince-nez is the text "Suffield 95 Station Road Kings Heath Birmingham". On both, the text is part of the photographic image and the whole is printed on light cardstock, The first example is 35 x 59mm, the second is trimmed differently at 35 x 57mm. Although both seem to be from the same sitting and of the same subject, these have different specific dates in manuscript on the reverse of 1910 and 1908 respectively.

ely. Midget pseudo carte by Mark Oliver Suffield, reproduced with the permission of Ron Cosens (www.cartedevisite.co.uk)

Midget pseudo carte by Mark Oliver Suffield, reproduced with the permission of Ron Cosens (www.cartedevisite.co.uk)

Address: 62 Bull Street Birmingham in 1907
Possible practitioner: William Cottier Cubbin
See entry in NW England listed under Isle of Man.

COVENTRY

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
Information and 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 (www.cartedevisite.co.uk). 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 (www.cartedevisite.co.uk

DUDLEY

Address: 201 High Street Dudley (possibly only for a brief period.)
Possible practitioner: Not known - trading as The Original Mr Stickybacks Electric Studios.
Operating dates: c.1916
Information and references: There was an advertisement in the Dudley Chronicle, Saturday 09 December 1916, to the following effect: "The original Mr Stickybacks Electric Studios. Photo postcards of yourself 6 for 1/3d. The enormously popular stickybacks special reduced price 4d per dozen. Hurry up we shall be closing shortly. Stickybacks Studios 201 High Street Dudley. Studio opened 10am till 7.30pm. Sunday 2.30 till 6.30. Important. Owing to the lighting restrictions patrons would oblige by applying for their photos before 6.30pm". We are most grateful to Allan Collier for discovering this advertisement.

KIDDERMINSTER

Address: Bull Ring or Church Street Kidderminster (possibly same address as the two are contiguous).
Possible practitioner: BOULTWOOD, SIDNEY
Operating dates: 1914-15
Information and 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 www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/BoultwoodStickyBacksStudio.htm where you will find the full history of Sidney Boultwood (1882-1958) and his family

WALSALL

Address: Brownhills, Walsall
Possible practitioner: CADDICK American Studio
Operating dates c.1906
Information and 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.

WEST BROMWICH

Address: High Street, West Bromwich.
Possible practitioner: Not currently identified.
Operating dates: 1915
Information and 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.

WORCESTER

Address: 29 Queen Street, Worcester
Possible practitioner: BOULTWOOD, SIDNEY
Operating dates: 1915-16
Information and 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 www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/BoultwoodStickyBacksStudio.htm 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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