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Cheap Tin Trade, by Audrey Linkman,
Appendix 1. American Gem Multiples in Britain

Information regarding dates is taken from trade directories, either directly or via the various listings published by the Royal Photographic Society, Historical Group and from Michael Pritchard's, A directory of London photographers 1841 - 1908.

Branch Address Dates
Birmingham 50B New Street No record
Bradford 151 Westgate 1881
Bristol 15 Clare Street No record
Cardiff 15 Crockherbtown 1882
(American Gem & Victorian Ferrotype Co.)    
London 153 Fleet Street 1880-84
  272 Regent Circus (Street) 1880-83
Wolverhampton 53 Queen Street  
And America    


Richard Parker Estabrooke, manager of the Company, is also listed in London directories as follows:
158 Fleet Street EC, 1877
153 Fleet Street EC, 1879-90

In 1877 Richard Estabrooke of 153 Fleet Street and John Baker, 34 Grays Inn Road, were charged with selling obscene photographs and of conspiring with each other to sell the pictures. They were described as wholesale dealers who supplied the trade. Talk in the studio, The Photographic News, Vol. 21 no. 985 (20 July 1877), p.348.


Branch Address Dates
Bristol 66 Wine Street (Corner of High Street and Wine Street) 1882
Glasgow 37 Jamaica Street No record. See notes
  57 Jamaica Street  
Liverpoo l Pembroke Chambers, Parker Street No record
  25 London Road See notes
London Alexandra Palace No record. See notes
Manchester Wilton Chambers, Market Street  
  (35 Market Street) 1881
Newcastle on-Tyne 41 Grainger Street No record. See notes


James Whyte, photographer, was listed at 37 Jamaica Street, Glasgow from 1884 -.
A gem in the possession of Mike Jacob lists the following addresses: 15 Parker Street, Liverpool and at the Alexandra Palace, London. In manuscript on reverse: 20th May 1880 N. McConnockie with compts.
J Forrest occupied 41 Grainger Street, Newcastle from 1871-1877.
J Dickinson is listed at 41 Grainger Street, Newcastle from 1883-1887, 43 Grainger Street from 1889-1896, 41 Grainger Street in 1897.


Branch Address Dates

Queen's Corner, Corporation St

(35, New Street)

Edinburgh 65 Prince's Street  
Glasgow 10 Jamaica Street No record. See notes
Liverpool 103 Bold Street 1881
London 83 Fleet Street 1878-85
  184 Fleet Street 1880-81
And America    


David Downie was listed at 10 Jamaica Street, Glasgow from 1861-77
Charles Turnbull (& Sons - 1865) was listed at 10 Jamaica Street from 1857-1920s

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