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Stickyback Photographers in England, Part 2, Locations L - Z

This page contains photographers in towns in England L-Z: Launceston, Leeds, Lewes, Liverpool, London, Loughborough, Lowestoft, Manchester, Margate. Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Penzance, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Preston, Reading, Redhill, Seaford, Sheerness, Shoreham, Southall, Southend on Sea, Southampton, Southport, Stroud, Sunderland, Swindon, West Bromwich, Worcester, Worthing,

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 pallate 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 Diecetory 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. 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

LEEDS

Address: 23 Park Row, Leeds
Possible practitioner: Not currently known
Operating dates: 1905
References: Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Saturday 28 January 1905 p5. "PHOTOGRAPHY. Sticky Backs a speciality. Wanted partner, working or sleeping. Capital not less than £50 to work all leading provincial towns: safe income: none but business men open to start at once need apply. Address Photo, 23 Park Row, Leeds".

Address: 83 Briggate Leeds
Possible practitioner: Not currently known
Operating dates: c. 1910
References: Next is a postcard print of an unknown lady in a shoulder width brimmed hat, c.1910. The number 321 is intruding into the mid right of the image. This is by the Sticky Back Studio, Market Street Manchester and at 83 Briggate, Leeds. They use an SB monogram in a scroll design.

Sticky Back Studio Manchester postcard Reverse of Sticky Back Studio Manchester postcard

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 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

LIVERPOOL

Address: 25 Lime Street Liverpool Jan to April 1900 then 77 Paradise Street Liverpool April 1900 to March 1902
Possible practitioner: GROSSI, SPIRIDIONE, trading as Grossigraph Copying Co
Operating dates: 1900-1902
References: 25 Lime Street Liverpool was, from 25 January 1900 the earliest address for Grossigraph, a photo copying company run by Spiridione Grossi, offering stamp sized photographs. The address changed to 77 Paradise Street Liverpool by 20 April 1900 and the firm advertised in many local newspapers until March 1902. From April 1901 Grossigraph advertisements used the phrase "The Isle of Man visitors say They've all got Sticky Backs".

Address: 107a Bold Street Liverpool
Possible practitioner: GROSSI, SPIRIDIONE
Operating dates: 1907-08
References: Local directories show Spiridione Grossi was a photographer at 107a Bold Street Liverpool 1907-08. This address was, in 1902, “The American Studios” with addresses that year at 107a & 120a Bold Street Liverpool and at Conway Street Birkenhead. It is not known whether Spiridione only took over the 107A Bold Street address in Liverpool, or whether he bought into the American Studio with its multiple addresses. (we are grateful to Irene Geels who has a 1902 print of one of her ancestors from The American Studios, the mount of which bears these three addresses.)

Address: 62A Bold Street 1903-4 and at 175a London Road 1895-1913
Possible practitioner: CUBBIN, WILLIAM COTTIER
Operating dates: 1895-1913
References: The stickyback photograph below, found in a card mount 31/2 by 2 5/8 inches with oval cut out bearing the words "The Peveril and Regent Studios". What follows is at the moment a working hypothesis only. The only place where the name "Peveril Studio" has been found in on the Isle of Man, where there was a Peveril Studio on Victoria Pier, operated by William Cottier Cubbin. Cubbin was also a photographer in Liverpool at 62A Bold Street 1903-4 and at 175a London Road 1895-1913. He later became a theatrical manager. (Lancashire Professional Photographers 1840-1940 by Gillian Jones and Isle of Man photographers http://www.isle-of-man.com/manxnotebook/tourism/pgrphrs/pgrhrs.htm.) A photograph in an identical mount can be found in the Manchester Regiment Archives, which suggests that this firm was located somewhere in the NW.

Photo from Peveril and Regent Studios

Address: 77 Paradise Street Liverpool
Possible practitioner: GROSSI, STELLA
Operating dates: 1911
References: In 1911 the Grossi family was resident at 77 Paradise Street. Family members included Stella Grossi, b.1884, Liverpool, a photographer and an employer. Spiridione Grossi also used this family address from time to time until his death in 1921.

Address: 7 Lime Street Liverpool
Possible Practitioner: The American Galleries
Operating Dates: Produced stickyback type photos which it described as "American Midgets" This firm also had studios in Manchester, Chester, Birkenhead, Glasgow, Rhyl, Douglas Isle of Man
References: See the entry on American Midgets on our page on sub carte de visite formats

American Midget

Address: 92 Bold Street Liverpool
Possible practitioner: FRED ASH (Frederic Joseph Ash 1861-1929)
Operating dates: 1915-1940 at this address
References: See the main entry for Fred Ash above

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LONDON

Address: 156 Kentish Town Road
Possible practitioner: WEST
Operating dates: -1906
References: The Era - Saturday 07 July 1906 p27. "Wanted to sell, sticky back outfit, complete, together with full instructions to beginner (cheap). Good living for steady man. Present owner going abroad. Apply West, 156 Kentish Town Road, London." The Directory of London photographers lists photographer Robert HOBKIRK at 156 Kentish Town Road N.W. in 1907.

Address: 420 Strand, London
Possible practitioner: BOULTWOOD, SIDNEY
Operating dates: c 1910 or earlier -
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." We now know that the address in Cheltenham was one of Sidney Boultwood's studios and so this is his advertisement. David Simkin records a Boultwood family belief that early in his photographic career Sidney worked for a photographer called Wallis, in the Strand. Perhaps Sidney was just giving a summary of his past employment rather than a list of his own studios. The Strand housed many London photographers over the years and no trace has yet been found of either Wallis or Boultwood in directory entries relating thereto. The address at 420 The Strand appears on the real photograph postcard portrait below of two men with button-holes. This includes an in-image information strip in the right hand margin. It is not clear whether this information strip was photographed in camera, or as a standing sign alongside the sitters. The information on the strip states "The Post Card Studio 420 Strand WC 19-9 627". The reverse of the image is a postcard format with no publisher's information.

postcard image from 420 Strand

Address: 422 Strand, London 1904 (and Provinces), 3 Pelham Arcade Hastings 1903-5, 62 Dame Street, Dublin, 1903, 16 The Arcade Gt Yarmouth 1904-08, Claremont Pier Lowestoft. (dates not known)
Possible Practitioner: CHIC PHOTO CO, no names of individuals connected with the company are known at this point.
Operating dates: 1903 to 1908, possibly as late as 1910
References See the first photograph below. This is a portrait of an unknown gentleman in a Homburg hat. He has narrow lapels on his jacket and his shirt collars are pinned behind the knot of his tie. This probably dates from around 1905-1910. The photograph measures 1.5 x 2.7 inches and has a narrow black border about 0.1 inches wide round all edges. The photo has been unevenly hand cut, probably from a strip of prints. It has been mounted in a two tone green window mount, the aperture of which is slightly too wide and two short for the photograph at 1.4 x 1.9 inches. Beneath the window of the mount is printed "Chic Photo Co, London and Provinces". The reverse of the mount is blank. Michael Pritchard's Directory of London Photographers 1841-1908 lists Chic Photo Co at 422 Strand from a 1904 Directory entry. The RPS listing of Victorian and Edwardian Photographers in Hastings, St. Leonards and Bexhill includes entries for the Chic Photo Co in Hastings 1903-05. The firm was trying to expand in September 1903. They placed an advertisement in the Freeman's Journal, Dublin, Monday 21, Tuesday 22 and Wed 23 September 1903 p1: "Shop wanted, best position in Grafton Street or Sackville St: also main street in Belfast; state terms. Chic Photo Co 422 Strand London." This obviously led to a quick and positive response because two months later, in the Freeman's Journal Mon 16 to Friday 20 November 1903 p8, they were again advertising "Stickyback photos 12 for 1s, beautifully finished, larger and better than ordinary stamp photos: send on your photo to be copied 1s 2d post free. Chic Photo Co, 62 Dame Street, Dublin." This was the address used until this point by The Berlin Studio, another Stickyback photographer listed on this site. There was probably further expansion by Chic as in the South Bucks Standard - Friday 28 October 1910 p8 there was an article on the retirement of Rev J.M.West, Vicar of Hazlemere, with a head and shoulders portrait of the Rev captioned "photo by The Chic Photo Co." (although this photo may have been taken some time prior to its publication in 1910). No trace of the company has been found at Companies House, in the National Archives or the London Gazette. Chic Photo Co may not have stayed in Hastings very long as their address, 3 Pelham Arcade, was occupied by the MIDGET PHOTO CO in 1907 and by photographer Thomas STYLES 1909-10 according to the excellent Sussex Photohistory site, www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/HASTINGSdirMN.htm

The second photograph below adds another layer of complexity to the growth and structure of the Chic Photo Co. This photograph shows an unknown mature lady wearing a locket. The actual photograph measures approx 1 inch x 1.5 inches. The grey green heavy card mount has serrated edges and measures 2.6 x 3.7 inches with oval aperture 1.5 inches x 0.9 inches. On the face of the mount a floral design is printed round the oval aperture and the text "Chic Photo Co, Fort Arcade Margate". On the reverse the image is held in place by a white paper backing sheet on which is printed: " Chic Miniatures. Fort Arcade Margate, 3 Pelham Arcade Hastings, 16 The Arcade Gt Yarmouth, Claremont Pier, Lowestoft. Extra copies can be had. Any other photo or print copied." Robert Pols site on Norfolk Photographers lists The Chic Photo Co at 16 The Arcade Great Yarmouth, with entries in Kelly's Directories in 1904 and 1908. Robert's site on Suffolk photographers has no entry for The Chic Photo Co in Lowestoft. The address at Fort Arcade Margate is probably the same as that of the American Miniature Photo Co (and possibly later as the British-American Photo Co from around 1913- around 1930. It is not known whether the same company changed its identity or whether The American Miniature Photo Co simply took over premises previously occupied by the Chic Photo Co.

Portrait of unknown man in Homberg Hat by The Chic Photo Co

Small portrait, Chic Photo Co, Margate

Address: Somewhere in Earls Court
Possible practitioner: Individual not yet identified, trading as The Sticky Back Photo Co
Operating dates: 1906
References: Kirkintilloch Herald - Wednesday 07 February 1906 p4. "Sticky Backs, late of Earl's Court, London, Now open. The Sticky Back Photo Coy 31 East High Street, Kirkintilloch are now taking photographs at 6d per dozen, dull or rainy weather no obstacle. Call and see specimens in window. Shakespeare Said—" Secure the shadow ere the substance fade." WE say—" Grasp this opportunity ere it is too late. Call and See Specimens in our Window. Business Hours —2 till 9pm. Saturdays 12 till 10pm."

Address: 356 Strand
Possible practitioner: 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". 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 .

Address: 42 Oxford Street, 352 Strand, 21 Piccadilly (also at Fort Arcade, Margate, Kent.
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: 1910-20?
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. 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 firm may have been relatively short lived and the Margate trade directory entry suggests the firm may have changed its identity between these two names. Any further information on the firm would be most welcome.

Portrait of an unknown woman by the American Miniature Photo Co

Address: 30 Morning Lane, Hackney
Possible practitioner: As yet unknown
Operating dates: -1913
References: The Era - Saturday 24 May 1913 p27. " Wanted to sell. Sticky Backs Postcard Studio: complete fit up working; main road; sacrifice £40. Photographer 30 Morning Lane, Hackney".

Address: 53 Armagh Road, Bow, E.
Possible practitioner: BROADBEAR, W.H.
Operating dates: 1913
References: Daily Herald - Friday 21 November 1913 p7. Daily Herald. "Sticky Backs are still selling like hot cakes. those rebels who have not had any are missing a good opportunity. Send for a supply and use them. Very effective. 1d per dozen (3 varieties) Postage extra. W.H.Broadbear, 53 Armagh Road, Bow, E." No trace in the Directory of London Photographers.

Address: 4A Acre Lane, Brixton, London S.W
Possible practitioner: Sticky Backs Photographic Company Limited, Directors: Edgar Statham Perry, D.R.Blair, L.F.Pugh
Operating dates: 1911-1913?
References: British Journal of Photography Nov 3 1911 p 845 reported that a new company had been registered. "Sticky Backs Photographic Co Ltd" – the company was registered with a capital of £1000 in £1 shares. Objects "to take over the business of photographers carried on by E.S.Perry and D.E. Blair at 4a Acre Lane Brixton". First Directors to be D.R.Blair, E.S.Perry, L.F.Pugh, Registered office 4a Acre Lane, Brixton SW. Private Company. E.Statham Perry was also involved with another company registered in 1911; the Sticky Backs Photo Syndicate Ltd, Co No 118170. (or was this a single company which changed its name or with its name wrongly recorded by the British Journal of Photography?) This company was wound up following an extraordinary general meeting meeting chaired by Perry on 18th November 1912. There was a meeting of creditors on 4th January 1913 and the company was later dissolved. ( British journal of Photography Nov 3 1911 p 845. The National Archives BT 31/20259/118170. London Gazette Publication date: 3 January 1913 Issue:28678 Page:80. The London Gazette, Publication date: 3 January 1913 Issue: 28678 Page: 82. London Gazette 12 Oct 1920 Issue 32081 p 9900.)

Address: 69 Wellington Street Woolwich
Possible practitioner: KNIGHT, CHARLES HENRY, aka The Original Stickybacks or "Original Sticky Backs"
Operating dates: 1914-18
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. Below is an example postcard from the firm's Woolwich Studio.

Original Sticky Backs Portrait from WoolwichReverse of Original Sticky Backs portrait

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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LOUGHBOROUGH

Address: 6A Market Place, Loughborough
Possible practitioner: Linked in 1915 with the studio at 66 St Peters St Derby, who is believed to have been SIDNEY BOULTWOOD.
Operating dates: 1915 - May 2015
References: The following entry suggests that there was a stickyback photographer in Loughborough in January 1915. Loughborough Echo - Friday 29 January 1915. " Lost - will the lady who found purse containing Stickyback ticket no 301 kindly send her address to Box 703 Echo Office".
Loughborough Echo - Friday 26 February 1915 p4; "Warning!. The original Mr Stickyback's Electric Studios, 6 Market Place, Loughborough 66 St Peters St Derby. The proprietors beg to inform the Public that under no circumstances whatever do they employ door to door canvassers for photo enlargements. Such persons falsely representing that that they are in any way connected with our studios are endeavouring to obtain money by false pretences. We would most strongly warn the public against such unscrupulous persons."
Loughborough Echo - Friday 5th March 1915 and 19 March 1915 p1: WARNING! WHEREAS it has been falsely stated that the Proprietors of "The Original Mr. Stickyback's Electric Studios," of 6a, Market Place, Loughborough, and of 66, St Peter's Street, Derby, are Germans, we, the undersigned, have been instructed to take proceedings against all persons circulating such falsehood, as the Proprietors are British subjects of British birth. A REWARD of £10 will be paid for information enabling a conviction to be obtained. HOBSON & MARSDEN, Solicitors. 14, Corn Market, Derby. It is difficult to see where this rumor originated. If the proprietor was Sidney Boultwood he and his father were both born in the UK. It is possible that Sidney had a manager installed in Loughborough who aroused these suspicions.
Loughborough Echo Fri 7 May 1915. "Positively last two weeks. Now don't forget to visit Mr Stickybacks Electric Studios. Cinematographic snapshots of yourself, enormously popular. "They've all got stickybacks". The original Stickyback's (From Strand London etc, etc) 6A Market Place Loughborough (Opposite Town Hall). Ask to see specimens of our popular enlargements."

Address: Market Place, Loughborough
Possible practitioner: Not currently known
Operating dates: 1917
References: Loughborough Echo - Friday 23 February 1917 p1. "Wanted at once young lady to assist in cash desk and counter. Apply Sticky Back's, Market Place, Loughborough". This could be a continuation of the above entry, but that seems unlikely given the advertisement in March 1915 suggesting the studio at 6A Market Place was there for only another two weeks.

LOWESTOFT

Address: Claremont Pier, Lowestoft. (Also 422 Strand, London 1904 (and Provinces), 3 Pelham Arcade Hastings 1903-5, 62 Dame Street, Dublin, 1903, 16 The Arcade Gt Yarmouth 1904-08,
Possible practitioner: Chic Photo Co
Operating dates: not known - ? some time between 1905 and 1910
References: See the main entry on this site for Chic Photo Co under the address of 422 Strand London.

Address: Lowestoft Bridge, Lowestoft 1912-13, 155 London Road, Lowestoft 1912-13.
Possible practitioner: BOULTWOOD, SIDNEY
Operating dates: 1912-13
References: Stickybacks Studio, Lowestoft Bridge, Lowestoft 1912-13 and 155 London Road, Lowestoft 1912-13 were Sidney Boultwood's Sticky Back Studios, which David Simkin has 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

MANCHESTER

Address: 83 Stratford Road Manchester.
Possible practitioner: PIKE,
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 on same terms. Pike, 83 Stratford Road Manchester."

Address: 5 Marsden Square, Manchester 1909 and 84 Market Street Manchester 1909-11
Possible practitioner: GROSSI, SPIRIDIONE
Operating dates: 1909-1911
References: Liverpool Directories show Spiridione Grossi as a photographer at: 5 Marsden Square, Manchester 1909 and 84 Market Street Manchester 1909-11

Address: 54 Market Street, Manchester
Possible practitioner: REED, CHARLES JOHN STEWART and ALLAN, WALLACE EDWARD, trading as "Sticky-Backs"
Operating dates: c. 1910
References: David Simkin, in his excellent site on Sussex Photographers, has uncovered much of the material on this page. David links Spiridione Grossi with two other photographers, Charles John Stewart Reed and Wallace Edward Allan who operated a photographic studio at 54 Market Street, Manchester under the name of "Sticky-Backs" in 1910. The partnership between Reed and Allan was dissolved in January 1911 (London Gazette Publication date: 6 January 1911 Issue: 28454 Page:153) and from that date Charles John Stewart Reed took control of the "Sticky-Backs" firm. David makes the link on the firm's name, the proximity of this address to Spiridione's business in at 84 Market Street Manchester in 1909-11, and the fact that an electrical engineer named Charles John Reed resided close to Spiridione's Brighton studio in 1911. (www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/BTNStickyBacks54%20NorthSt.htm).

Address: 40 King Street (1899-1915) 70A Market Street (1913-1914), 10 Corporation Street (1928-1939) Manchester
Possible practitioner: FRED ASH (Frederic Joseph Ash 1861-1929)
Operating dates: 1899-1939 at this address
References: See the main entry for Fred Ash above

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

NORTHAMPTON

Address: 5, Horsemarket, Northampton
Possible practitioner: ? HENRY: REYNOLDS, WILLIAM HENRY (1872-) or possibly DUDLEY, HORACE HENRY (1877- 1945)
Operating dates: 1903
References: Bedfordshire Times and Independent - Friday 27 March 1903 P8."24 Stamps or 12 Victoria's (sticky backs), for 1/-. send carte or Cabinet Photo (which will be returned uninjured) with 1/- P.O. and Id. stamp to Henry’s, 5, Horsemarket, Northampton". Robert Pols in his excellent site on Northants photographers www.early-photographers.org.uk has this address occupied by photographer William Henry Reynolds (1872-) in a Kelly's Northants trade directory entry for 1903 (pub in May 1903). Reynolds was also at the Horse Market address in the 1901 census, recorded as a photographer and an employer. Robert Pols has the address occupied by another photographer, Horace Henry DUDLEY from local trade directory entries between 1906 and 1912. In the 1901 census Horace Henry Dudley was living with his parents in Dudley, Worcs, where he was a photographer working on his own account. According to Kelly's 1910 Northampton Directory, photographers Wilkinson and Bean were at 5 Horsemarket, Northampton in 1910. In the 1911 census, Horace Henry Dudley was a photographer and an employer living at 26 Birmingham Road, West Bromwich. From surviving cartes de visite, H.H.Dudley had a string of studios in the Midlands at: 94 High St West Bromwich, Jenkinson's Buildings Gold St Kettering, 46 Liverpool Rd Stoke, 20 Granby St Leicester, 113A Station Rd Burton, 170 Edleston Rd Crewe and 46 Broad St Worcester. By 1939 Dudley had retired, but was still living in West Bromwich where he died in 1945. In 1914 the Horsemarket address was occupied by The Elite Photographic Co, proprietor George Evans.

Address: 18 Henry Street Northampton
Possible practitioner: Not currently known
Operating dates: 1904
References: Northants Evening Telegraph - Tuesday 01 March 1904. "Stickybacks medallion ovals 18 Henry Street (Northampton) are taking the above at 4d per dozen. Brooches or pendants. 4d Why pay more". Robert Pols does not pick up this address in his listing of Northamptonshire photographers, suggesting this firm may not have operated there for very long.

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NORWICH

Address: Prince of Wales Rd, Orford Place Norwich in 1906
Possible practitioner: TANEY and Co ,
Operating dates: 1906
References: Eastern Evening News - Saturday 14 April 1906 p1. "They've all got Sticky Backs!" come to the old firm for cheap and good photography midget size 12 for 1 s. Taney and company Orford Place (Tram Centre). Removed from Prince of Wales Rd Norwich". Robert Pols in his excellent site on Norfolk photographers lists George TANEY, who, with his son George E Taney also traded as Taney and Co, at a number of different Norwich addresses between 1864 and 1904. The firm was at Prince of Wales Road, according to local trade directories from 1877-1904. Robert does not pick up the Orford Place address for the firm, suggesting this might have been a relatively short-lived venture at the end of the 40 year plus life of the firm. Photo historian Paul Clarke from Bury St Edmunds has posted on flickr.com a stickyback portrait of a youth in naval uniform from Prince of Wales Rd Studio www.flickr.com/photos/runninginsuffolk/30967173336

NOTTINGHAM

Address: Exchange Walk
Possible practitioner: RYLEY, JOHN WILLIS (1875-1927)
Operating dates: 1923
References: Nottingham Evening Post - Tuesday 30 October 1923 p2. " Wanted young lady for cash counter, Stickybacks, Exchange Walk". Kelly's and other Nottinghamshire Directories list photographer John Willis Ryley at 3a Exchange Walk from 1912 to 1925. In 1901 Ryley was a photographer working from home on his own account at 14 Welbeck Street, Sutton in Ashfield. Other addresses for him were 8 Berkley St Nottingham in the 1911 census and 1912 Kelly's and 124 Mansfield Rd as his home address in 1920.

Address: 20 Long Row, Nottingham, Greyhound Street, Nottingham
Possible practitioner: FRED ASH (Frederic Joseph Ash 1861-1929)
Operating dates: c,1907-1912 at this address
References: See the main entry for Fred Ash above 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).

OXFORD

Address: Not currently known, possibly Queen St Oxford?
Possible practitioner: BOULTWOOD, SIDNEY
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.Phillip 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. It is possible that Sidney Boultwood took over the premises of one of these two photographers some time before June 1914.

Stickybacks Oxford

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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PETERBOROUGH

Address: Midgate Peterborough
Possible practitioner: Not currently known
Operating dates: c.1902-1906
References: See entry on our site at www.fadingimages.uk/photoSti.asp . Below is a photograph of the outside of the premises.

Stickyback Studio, Midgate Peterborough, operator not currently known

Address: Narrow Street, Peterborough
Possible practitioner: Not currently known. Possibly ETCHES, JOHN BORRILL ?
Operating dates: c.1916
References: See entry on our site at www.fadingimages.uk/photoSti.asp. Photo below proves the existence of this Sticky Back studio. The photograph below has been reproduced with the permission of its owner, Carol Petchey, and with the permission of the Chatteris site of the Cambridgeshire Community Archive Network, where it has been posted. The photograph shows Mary Bishop, aged 20, who was born & lived at Beezlings Farm, Chatteris, the daughter of Emily Maltman Bishop (nee Jackson) & Fred Bishop. This appears to be a "Stickybacks" portrait having a text bar at the bottom of the image. The text states "Narrow St PBoro" with a photo number in the left hand corner which appears to be "552". The owner of the image dates this at around 1916. Mary is shown in the 1911 census as being born in 1897, dating the photograph to 1916/17. The large hat suggests a date after 1910, so is consistent with this dating. So this suggests there was a stickybacks photographer in Narrow Street Peterborough around 1916, up to some 10 years after the demolition of the Midgate building. Was the Stickyback photograph of Mary Bishop taken by one of the photographers already listed on this site with premises in Narrow Street, or by another, as yet unidentified, photographer? A number of different photographers operated from Narrow Street over the years (Ball and Co at No 13 until 1907 and Squire Phillips at No 16 in 1924). The closest date we have for 1916 is the Rapid Photo Co at 24 Narrow Street in 1914. The Rapid Photo Company would appear to have been in the hands of John Borrill Etches when he contracted to dispose of its stock in trade and goodwill to Hunstanton photographer May Bone in April 1916. This was a transaction which Etches had agreed to, but failed to carry out, resulting in May Bone successfully taking him to court in 1921 and winning damages.

Stickyback photo from Narrow Bridge St Peterborough

PLYMOUTH

Address: Bijou Studio, Union Street, Plymouth
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

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

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

PRESTON

Address: 49 Fishergate
Possible practitioner: Not currently known
Operating dates: 1910
References: Lancashire Evening Post - Tuesday 29 November 1910 p8. " Wanted. Young lady about 17, wages 5s, apply after 4, Sticky Backs 49 Fishergate".

Address: 151 Church Street.
Possible practitioner: Not currently known
Operating dates: - 1920
References: Lancashire Evening Post (pub in Preston) - Tuesday 09 November 1920 , p2. "Girl wanted just left school, for cash desk, Stickybacks 151 Church Street". Artist and photographer Paul Jackson has published on Flickr.com a stickyback photograph from this studio of a relation, Amy Williams Shaw, you can see this here.

Address: 91B Fishergate, Preston
Possible practitioner: FRED ASH (Frederic Joseph Ash 1861-1929)
Operating dates: c,1898-1901 at this address
References: See the main entry for Fred Ash above

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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
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. 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
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.
Possible practitioner: MASON, EUGENE and MASON NELLIE, aka Stickybacks or Faces
Operating dates: ?1913-14
References: See entry for MASON at Chatham in the entries for LONDON 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.

SOUTHALL

Address: 45 King Street, Southall
Possible practitioner: Not currently known
Operating dates: c.1914
References: West Middlesex Gazette - Friday 27 March 1914 p5: "45 King Street, Southall. Stickybacks open daily. One dozen excellent photos of yourself for threepence. Enlargements from one shilling each. Postcards six for 1/-". West Middlesex Gazette, Friday 03 April 1914 p4; "45, King Street, Southall. STICKYBACKS OPEN DAILY. One dozen excellent photos of yourself for threepence. Enlargements from one shilling each, postcards six for 1/-."

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SOUTHEND ON SEA

Address: 12 Victoria Avenue, Southend On Sea
Possible practitioner: BOULTWOOD, SIDNEY
Operating dates: 1911-12
References: Stickybacks Studio, 12 Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea 1911-12. 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

Address: 55 High Street, Southend on Sea.
Possible practitioner: MASON, EUGENE and his wife, MASON NELLIE, aka Stickybacks or Faces
Operating dates: ?1913-14
References: See entry for MASON at Chatham in the entries for LONDON above

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.

SOUTHPORT

Address: 27, London Street, Southport
Possible practitioner: GROSSI, SPIRIDIONE
Operating dates: 1915-16
References: In the Liverpool Echo, 29 May 1915 page 2, Spiridione Grossi advertised: “Gentleman requires shop in best centre of Southport for summer months for photographic business. Will pay double rent in advance”. It is likely that this advert succeeded as a short let of commercial property during WW1 would have been relatively easy to secure. In May 1916 when he submitted one of his patent applications, Spiridione gave an address at: 27, London Street, Southport. These might have been business premises secured by Spiridione’s advertisement – probably on a short lease as, by 1917, No 27 London Street was occupied by a firm of auctioneers and estate agents.

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.

SUNDERLAND

Address: Bridge Street Sunderland, Tyne and Wear
Possible practitioner: Not currently identified
Operating dates: 1913
References: Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette - Monday 07 April 1913 p3, "Situations Vacant. Doorman wanted, Sticky Backs, Bridge Street".

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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.

WEST BROMWICH

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.

WORCESTER

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 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

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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