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Stickyback Photographers in England, Part 1, Locations A - K

Who Were The Stickyback Photographers in England ?

By around 1902 the name "Stickyback" had started to become known, and was associated with a particular type of tiny inexpensive portrait. The three unique selling points of these photographs were: tiny size, gummed back and probably most important - very low price - at times you could get a dozen StickyBacks for 3d, more normally for 6d. The clientele attracted to the StickyBacks establishment would have been very different to those attracted to a top photographic studio; hence some of the the advertisements listed below for "doorkeepers" at StickyBacks establishments. The price was such that some in this hitherto untapped clientele would have been tempted to return and provide the photographer with repeat business. A newspaper report on a travelling sticky back photographer in Cookstown commented, no doubt with some exaggeration, that "the inordinate vanity of some of the local shop assistants has led them to get upwards of twenty dozen of photos taken"

Multi-position camera backs allowed photographers to take multiple images on a single plate and photographers devised different ways to print strips of prints from single negatives. Over time specific apparatus became available for the production of stickyback photographs. Some photographers taking up this style of photography incorporated the word "Stickyback" or some variation into their business names. For others, this could have been simply an addition to a range of services already offered.

What follows draws heavily on the extensive research undertaken by David Simkin and included on his invaluable site http://photohistory-sussex.co.uk. David Simkin lists here http://www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/BoultwoodStickyBacksStudio.htm a number of StickyBack photographers he has discovered. It is hoped that the following will contribute towards a comprehensive listing of UK Sticky back studios which may prove to be of value to family and local historians.

In the information below we have tried to identify stickyback photographers across the UK, mainly from information gleaned from local newspapers. But many of these photographers would not have used newspapers to advertise, preferring instead to advertise extensively at their premises. Others will not have advertised and may only become known today through surviving examples of their work. Survivals of sticky back photos are not that common due mainly to their small size and confusion with later photo booth images. This site is a work in progress and much more awaits discovery - please contact us if you have, or come across, any additional information on "Stickybacks" which you are willing to share via this site.

If you come across Stickyback photos with only part of the photographer's address shown, searching these pages might match the partial address with the photographer's town.

We have pages on this site for Sticky Back photographers in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the rest of the world.

There may well have been stickyback photographers, or photographers who included stickyback products in their offerings, in most towns. Towns in England (A-K) where we have, so far, found definite traces of Stickyback photographers are: Bath, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Blackpool, Bognor Regis, Bolton, Brighton, Bristol, Canterbury, Cheltenham, Chester, Derby, Dover, Durham, Falmouth, Folkestone, Great Yarmouth, Halifax, Hartlepool, Hastings, Hebburn-on-Tyne, Hove, Ilfracombe, Ilkeston, Ipswich, and Kidderminster,

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."

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BIRKENHEAD

Address: 39 Grange Road West, Birkenhead
Possible practitioner: GROSSI, STELLA
Operating dates: 1914
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.

BIRMINGHAM

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"

BLACKPOOL

Address: 64 Waterloo Rd, South Shore, Blackpool.
Possible practitioner: WORLD'S PHOTO CO, names of proprietors not currently known.
Operating dates: 1906
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
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

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

BOLTON

Address: 28 Newport Street, Bolton.
Possible practitioner: PLEASALL PHOTO CO, names of proprietors not currently known
Operating dates: 1904
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
References: See the main entry for Fred Ash above

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BRADFORD

Address: not known
Possible practitioner: PIKE, ?, 83 Stratford Road Manchester
Operating dates: 1904
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 (sic) on same terms. Pike, 83 Stratford Road Manchester."

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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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".

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.

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.

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CHESTER

Address: 14 Foregate Chester
Possible practitioner: GROSSI, TOFISS
Operating dates: 1918
References: Liverpool Echo - Thursday 08 August 1918 p1. "Photography lady or youth thorough knowledge bromide printing and developing £2 weekly. Full particulars Tofiss Grossi Stickybacks 14 Foregate Chester." The unusual surname suggests that Tofiss was related to Spiridione Grossi. To date however no further information has been found about him.

DERBY

Address: 2 Litchurch Street, Derby
Possible practitioner: Currently not known - WINFIELD or HARDY
Operating dates: 1905
References: Derby Daily Telegraph - Tuesday 19 September 1905 P1. "Partner wanted for that lucrative branch of photography known as "sticky backs" methods entirely new advertiser's profits last 18 months £40 - £60 weekly; capital about £70 address Winfield 2 Litchurch Street Derby." The Era - Saturday 23 September 1905 p27. Same ad as above, but address shown as "Hardy 2 Litchurch St Derby."

Address: 66 St Peter's Street. Derby
Possible practitioner: BOULTWOOD, Sidney
Operating dates: 1914-19
References: Derby Daily Telegraph - Friday 06 November 1914 p1." Young man wanted to generally assist in dark room and studios; knowledge of photography not essential. Permanency to smart fellow. Mr Stickyback's Studios 66 St Peter's street." Nottingham Evening Post - Thursday 21 August 1919 p4. "Young lady assistant required about 20 for Ilkeston branch. Wages &c Stickybacks Ltd 66 St Peters Street Derby." Stickybacks Studio, 66 St Peter's Street, Derby, 1915-16. 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.
The three portraits below, of unknown sitters c.1915-16, are from the personal collection of photo historian, writer and researcher Brett Payne. One of these was used in a post on Brett's Photo-Sleuth blog in 2013 at: http://photo-sleuth.blogspot.com/2013/05/sepia-saturday-175-andy-warhol-looks.html . Brett runs an excellent website on Derbyshire Photographers: http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~brett/genealogy/photos/dbyphotos.html and we are most grateful to him for permission to show these portraits here.

Stickyback portrait from 66 St Peter's St, Derby

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Address: Unknown
Possible practitioner: Unknown
Operating dates: -1922
References: Derby Daily Telegraph - Monday 30 January 1922 p2. Advertisement for an auction at Derby included in the list of lots: "Also professional photographers equipment, including stickyback camera, complete with lens and all accessories, (by Billclef), patent printing machine, patent adjustable seat, developing dishes and tanks etc". The "Billclef" mentioned in this advertisement would have been Joshuah Billcliff, a camera manufacturer from Manchester, who patented a revolving camera back in 1885, patent no 13956. Joshuah died in 1898 and his firm, The Billcliff Camera Works, was continued by his sons. There is an example here on the Early Photography site of a Billcliffe camera from around 1906 with a multiposition back, used to produce multiple small photos on a single half plate film.

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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

DURHAM

Address: Not currently known
Possible practitioner: Not currently known
Operating dates: 1903
References: Durham County Advertiser - Friday 13 February 1903 p5. Report of Trades' Exhibition in the Drill Hall, Gilesgate, Durham "Stickybacks appear to be in great demand".

EASTBOURNE

Address: Bijou Studio, Seaside Road, Eastbourne
Possible Practitioner: Believed to be Marcus Parry (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

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.

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

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GREAT YARMOUTH

Address: 16 The Arcade Gt Yarmouth 1904-08, 422 Strand, London 1904 (and Provinces), 3 Pelham Arcade Hastings 1903-5, 62 Dame Street, Dublin, 1903, Claremont Pier Lowestoft
Possible Practitioner: Chic Photo Co
Operating dates 1904-08 in Yarmouth
References: See our main entry for the Chic Photo Co under the address of 422 Strand, London. ,

HALIFAX

Address: 26 Crown Street, Halifax
Possible practitioner: BOULTWOOD, SIDNEY
Operating dates: 1914-15
References: Stickybacks Studio, 26 Crown Street, Halifax , 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

HARTLEPOOL

Address: 41 Northgate Hartlepool
Possible practitioner: DOYLE
Operating dates: 1906
References: Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail Saturday 22 December 1906 p2. "Hallo, Hallo, Hallo. Is my face red? The latest! Call at Doyle's 41 Northgate, Hartlepool, and have your Sticky Back for Christmas. The largest and most up to date stock for XMas and New Year cards. Also a large selection of picture postcards at prices to suit all classes. Call early and inspect for yourselves. Note address 41 Northgate, Hartlepool".

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

HEBBURN-ON-TYNE

Address: 51 Carr Street, Hebburn-on-Tyne
Possible practitioner: PLATT, ROBERT C. JNR
Operating dates: c. 1911
References: In a discussion about a proposed Photographic Assistants Union, Robert C.Platt Jnr, 51 Carr Street, Hebburn-on-Tyne wrote: "We should not exclude from such a Union the man who starts in a small way on his own account. Personally I am in business on my own account, and I may say I am not turning out 24in x 20in carbons and driving about in my motor-car, but am producing the class of photographs which sell, and by which I have managed to make a living and pay my way for the past few years. I don’t go in for “stickybacks and postcards” for any particular love for that class of business, but simply because I find it easier to keep myself in constant employment and therefore be more certain of a regular wage each week. It only needs a glance at your advertising columns to show what class of work is required from assistants and also I have met several really capable photographers in my time who were glad to turn to a cheaper class of work in order to make a living, not to mention men who run high class establishments in one part of the town and a stickyback shop in another. I am in no way blind to the advantages of a really high class business turning out the best of work and when I get hold of sufficient capital I hope to have a business like that myself. But in the meantime I can’t help noticing the number of photographers who are producing cheaper stuff. These men are not fools, nor yet are they necessarily incapable of doing good work, but they simply realise the necessity of making a living and realise that the most certain way of doing so is to supply goods at a price low enough to be within reach of the surrounding population". British Journal of Photography Sept 15 1911 p712.

HEYWOOD

Address: Broadfield Studio, Heywood
Possible Practitioner: MAWDSLEY
Operating dates: c.1906
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".

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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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

ILKESTON

Address: Not currently known - Ilkestone
Possible practitioner: BOULTWOOD, SIDNEY
Operating dates: 1919
References: Nottingham Evening Post - Thursday 21 August 1919 p4. "Young lady assistant required about 20 for Ilkeston branch. Wages &c Stickybacks Ltd 66 St Peters Street Derby." The Derby Studio at 66 St Peters St has been identified as 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. Nottingham Evening Post - Thursday 11 September 1919 p3. " Glass sign for sale. No frame, about 11 ft by 22in £3 cash. Stickyback Ilkeston".

IPSWICH

Address: 59 St Matthews Ipswich
Possible practitioner: MASON
Operating dates: 1906-07
References: Evening Star - Friday 16 November 1906 P2. "Wanted, smart, active, youth at once. Apply Sticky Backs, St Matthews." (Ipswich) . Evening Star (Suffolk) - Monday 07 January 1907 p2. "Photographs by the mile. 12 for 4d. They've all got sticky backs. Don't mistake the address: Masons, 59a St Matthews." (Ipswich). Evening Star - Tuesday 05 February 1907 p2."Your photo on postcards 1s 9d per doz, highly finished cabinet 4s per doz, Sticky Backs 4d per doz: same address - Masons 59 St Matthews." (Ipswich)
Robert Pols lists an Ipswich photographer MASON, J Winton of 21 St Peter's Street, Ipswich listed in local Directories 1906,1906/7 and 1908 www.early-photographers.org.uk/Suf%20K-M.html Also, Robert Polls excellent listing of photographers from Kings Lynn, Norfolk, http://subdomain.early-photographers.org.uk/?page_id=84 has an entry for The Gainsborough Studio, Kings Lynn, where he draws attention to a newspaper report from the Lincolnshire Echo 11 May 1907, p4: "COUNTY Court On Thursday, before His Honour Judge Mulligan, K.C., Charles Holman, of Norfolk-street, Lynn, tobacconist. sued George Mason and Foster, formerly trading as Gainsborough Photo Company, and now the Sticky Backs Company, Ipswich, for £5 damage done to premises which they hired in Norfolk Street, Lynn. It was alleged that the large number of gas burners which defendants used for taking photographs at night took all the virtue out of the ceiling, whilst chemicals were spilt about the floors and damaged them. It appeared that the tenancy expired on the 25th March, but defendants gave up the keys in January, and the repairs were executed by the middle of February. His Honour held that under these circumstances the plaintiff could not recover. After the landlord took possession the tenant could not re-enter, because in that case he would have been a trespasser. The landlord should have seen to the matter before he took possession, and given the tenant an opportunity to execute the repairs."

Address: 10 Northgate Street, Ipswich
Possible practitioner: not currently known
Operating dates: -1909
References: Evening Star - Thursday 25 February 1909 p2. " For sale studio camera, sticky back photos in good condition; to be seen at 10 Northgate Street. No reasonable offer refused".

Address: 49 St Matthews Street Ipswich
Possible practitioner: BOULTWOOD, SIDNEY
Operating dates: 1913
References: Stickybacks Studio, 49 St Matthews Street, Ipswich, 1913. 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

KIDDERMINSTER

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 www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/BoultwoodStickyBacksStudio.htm where you will find the full history of Sidney Boultwood (1882-1958) and his family

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