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Old Photographs - Cambridgeshire Photographers - Bl-Bo

Photographers are listed alphabetically by surname on the following pages.

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Name: BLACK, Hubert     b. 1890 Settle Yorkshire      d.
Address: 5 Croft Cottages Exning Road, Newmarket
Working Dates: 1911
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: In the 1911 census Hubert was listed as a working photographer, an employee, a single man and boarder at 5 Croft Cottages, Exning. He boarded with Albert and Catherine Wilson, Albert was a stock keeper for a racing establishment.
References: England Census 1911

Name: BLACKALL, Bertha    b. 1885 Folkestone Kent      d.
Address: 7 Willow Walk, Cambridge.
Working Dates: 1911-
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Bertha is listed in the 1911 census as a photographer's assistant, an employee, boarding at 7 Willow Walk Cambridge with George Wolfe, a college gyp and his wife Caroline. In the 1901 Census Walter Gilbert Blackall (below) and his sister Bertha Blackall were brother and sister living at 33 Cornmarket Street, Oxford, with their parents Walter and Sarah Blackall. Bertha was a photographer's assistant. Their father, Walter Blackall, b: 1845 Theale Berkshire, was a photographer and an employer. When Bertha moved to Cambridge she might have been employed by her brother Walter Gilbert Blackall, or possibly by Hills and Saunders, with whom both her father and brother were believed to have been connected.
References: England Census 1911.

Name: BLACKALL, Walter Gilbert     b: 1878, Folkestone, Kent.       d.1955 Derby
Address: "Oakthorpe" Omestone Road, Cambridge in 1911. By 1939 at 19 Kings Parade Cambridge.
Working Dates: 1911-1939
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Listed in the 1911 census as a photographer and fine art dealer, an employer. Living at the above address with his wife Ellen Blackall b: 1880 Preston Lancashire. their one year old son and a live-in domestic servant. See also Bertha Blackall above. In the 1901 Census Walter Gilbert Blackall and his sister Bertha Blackall were brother and sister living at 33 Cornmarket Street, Oxford, with their parents Walter and Sarah Blackall. Walter Gilbert Blackall was shown as a photographer. Their father, Walter Blackall, b: 1845 Theale Berkshire, was a photographer and an employer. Walter Gilbert was married at Twickenham in March 1909.

From a number of local newspaper comments, WG Blackall appears to have been a popular Baritone performer in Cambridge over a number of years. In 1939, when the engagement of his son was announced, Walter Gilbert Blackall was still in Cambridge, but at 19 Kings Parade. 19 Kings Parade Cambridge was occupied by photographers Hills and Saunders from 1892 to 1940, and was later occupied from around 1946 by photographer Edward Leigh. A possible connection with Hills and Saunders, who started their business in Oxford, might explain why Walter and Bertha Blackall moved initially from Oxford to Cambridge. The National Archives record the registration at Stationers Hall for copyright purposes of two photographs of Professor Osler of Oxford in July 1905, copyright author Gilbert Walter Blackall, 328 Banbury Road Oxford, copyright owner Hills and Saunders Oxford (TNA COPY1/487/427 and COPY1/487/426).

WG Blackall was an accomplished artist. He illustrated "The Charm of Oxford" by J. Wells, published by Simpkin, Marshall, London, 1920, 1921. Some 23 of his detailed Cambridge drawings illustrated "The Charm of Cambridge" by S.C.Roberts, published by A & C Black, London, 1927, 2nd Edn 1933. Illustrations from this work were in turn published as a series of postcards by A & C Black. His work - detailed and realistic pencil drawings, bear the initials "W.G.B".
References: 1901 and 1911 England Census. Cambridge Daily News 19 Dec 1939.

Name:  BLACKMAN, Jane, Mrs  Née Berry b:1842 Ramsey Hunts.    d:
Address: Westgate, Peterborough
Working Dates: c.1864
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: There is a single directory entry in Kellys for 1864 showing Mrs Jane Blackman, Photographic Artist, Westgate, Peterborough. It seems likely that this is the wife of Thomas Blackman listed below, or even Thomas starting to trade in his wife's name. Jane Blackman was the daughter of a waterman at Ramsey In 1861 Jane was shown in the census without occupation, living with her husband and 8 month old daughter Lizzie at 45 Lincoln Road, Peterborough. Thomas was a shoemaker, obviously a master craftsman as he had a live-in apprentice. By 1871 Jane and husband Thomas, were living at the Talbot public house, Long Causeway, Peterborough. Thomas was the inn keeper, with them were their 4 year old son Thomas and 10 year old daughter Lizzie.
References: Kelly's Northants 1864

Name:  BLACKMAN, Jennie   b: 1879  Peterborough   d:
Address: Exchange St, Peterborough
Working Dates: c.1901
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Daughter of Thomas Blackman below, working as a photographer for the family business in 1901.
References: Census 1901

Name:  BLACKMAN, Thomas (Thomas & Son in 1890) (Thomas & Co in 1896-8) (T J and W BLACKMAN in 1901)  Also used BLACKMAN & Co

Address: 1874 at 14 Westgate, Peterborough, 1876 at Long Causeway Peterborough, 1877 St John's Street, Peterborough, 1890 at 5 Exchange Street and Long Causeway Peterborough, 1892 Exchange Street Peterborough.

Working Dates: c.1860 - 1903 (Trade directory entries found from 1874. The firm's material claims the firm founded in 1860, so the earlier entry above for Jane Blackman is possibly connected. However, in the 1871 census nobody in the family listed a photographic occupation.

Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information:
In the 1861 census Thomas, aged 24 was a shoemaker at 45 Lincoln Road, Peterborough, where he lived with his wife Jane, no occupation, b 1842 Ramsey Hunts, and daughter Lizzie aged 8 months. Thomas was a master shoemaker with a live-in apprentice. In 1871 Thomas, aged 34, was shown as an innkeeper, at the Talbot public house, Long Causeway, Peterborough, where he was living with his wife, Jane, 4 year old son Thomas and 10 year old daughter Lizzie. In 1881 the census showed Thomas aged 44, photographer and tobacconist at St Johns St Peterborough, where he was living with his wife Jane and their children, Lizzie and Thomas. The 1891 census showed Thomas, aged 54, a photographer at Exchange St Peterborough, with his wife Jane three daughters, and son William b 1883. The 1901 census listed Thomas, aged 64, a photographer working on his own account at Exchange Street, Peterborough, with his wife Jane (no occupation shown), daughter Nellie, a tobacconist's assistant, daughter Jennie, 22, b. 1879 at Peterborough and son William b.1883, both described as photographers. In 1911 Thomas was listed as a tobacconist, living with his wife Jane, son William Percy b: 1883 Pboro, shown as a tobacconist, and daughter Nellie May b: 1876 Pboro, shown as a tobacconist assistant. There was no mention of photography in the 1911 census return.

See below (author's collection) for a carte de visite on cream card, rounded corners – seated studio portrait of unknown young man, reverse states “Photographer Thos Blackman 14 Westgate Peterborough, Negatives kept. Copies may be had at any time” but no negative number shown. The address dates this to around 1874-6

The Second Carte de visite (Simon Shirley Collection) is a little more recent (? early 1880s) with the St Johns Street address. This is a close-up portrait of an unknown bearded man wearing a hat. The white card mount is plain on the face, but the reverse has an intricate fern and fan design and the text "Photographer and picture frame maker, Thomas Blackman, miniature and portrait painter, St Johns Street Market Place Peterborough, negatives kept, copies may be had, cartes enlarged to life size and finished in oil or water colour".

Below that is a cabinet photograph (author's collection) of a couple with riding gear, the mount - in gold on buff card states "Blackman & Co, Exchange St, Market Place, Peterborough Established 1860" c. 1900. Next is a cabinet photograph from the 1890s (author's collection) of an academic in mortar board, the front states, "Blackman & Co Exchange St Market Place Peterboro" and the reverse, is a seated lady artist design by Marion and Co with the legend "From the Studio of T Blackman & Co, photographers and picture frame makers Exchange Street, Market Place, Peterborough. Negatives kept. Copies may be had, cartes enlarged to life size and finished in oil or water colors". Next is a carte de visite from the Exchange St, Market Place, Peterborough address in seated lady artists with winged cherub design - no negative number given - 1890s.

Blackman's photographs illustrate the book "Photographs and extracts from the History of the Church of Peterborough" by Symon Gunton, late prebendary of that church and set forth by Symon Patrick, Dean of Peterborough with a sketch of the Author; Peterborough. Published 1880 by Geo. C. Caster, Printer in Peterborough.

References: History, Topography and Directory of Northants, Francis Whellan & Co 1874
Kelly's Directory of Northamptonshire 1877, 1890.
Kelly's Directory of Northamptonshire 1894 Blackman, Thomas & Son, Exchange Street and Long Causeway Peterborough.
Cook's Peterborough and District Directory, WJ Cook, Boston, Lincs 1894
Kelly's Directory of Northamptonshire 1898 and 1903, Blackman, Thomas & Co Exchange Street, Peterborough
Wright's Northamptonshire Directory CN Wright, 1884
Caster's Directory of Peterborough 1892, 1896, 1901
Cook's Directory of Peterborough 1898
Clarke's Directory of Peterborough 1876

cdv by Thomas Blackman cdv by Thomas Blackman

Carte de visite, Thomas Blackman Reverse of carte de visite, Thomas Blackman

Cabinet photograph by Blackman and Co

Blackman & Co cabinet photo of an academicReverse of Blackman & Co cabinet photograph

Carte de visite unknown lady by Thomas Blackman

Name:  BLACKMAN, William Percy  b: 1883 Peterborough     d:
Address: Exchange St, Peterborough
Working Dates: c.1901
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Son of Thomas Blackman above, the census return shows that he was working as a photographer for the family business in 1901. My 1911 he was shown as a tobacconist in the family business.
References: Census 1901

Name:  BLAIR, Charles W    b:1846 Canterbury Kent  d:Q1 1880 St Olave Southwark
Address: High Street Huntingdon
Working Dates: c.1871
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Listed in the 1871 census as an assistant to photographer Arthur Maddison in Huntingdon, occupation shown as "photographic printer".
References: 1871 census

Name:  BLANCHARD, Valentine  b:1833 Wisbech  d:1901 Herne Kent
Address: Various London addresses, Rectory Farm, Harston, Cambridgeshire, in his retirement c.1892-95
Working dates:1857 to 1890s
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information
: Uncle to Valentine Louis Blanchard below. See this page for full details of this photographer

Name: BLANCHARD Valentine Louis or BLANCHARD Valentine Jnr. b: 1860 Kings Lynn d: c.1900 Johannesburg South Africa
Address:Lynn Road Wisbech 1883, later Post Office Terrace, Cambridge (1887) and 28 and 15 Hills Road, Cambridge, Bradford, 1890, then Horton Yorks c.1891
Working dates:
1883-1889 (Cambridge)
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information
: See this page for full details of this photographer

Name:  BLISS, Henry James   b:1852  Oxford     d:
Address:Operating from Post Office Terrace Cambridge working for or with his brother John Edward Bliss.
Working Dates: from at least 1883 probably to 1885 when his brother died, and by 1888 he was a photographer at 1 London Road, Grantham
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Henry James Bliss trained in the printing industry and was an apprentice compositor in 1871, when he was living with his parents and six siblings at 95 Friars Street, Oxford. At some point before 1883 Henry had joined his brother, John Edward Bliss, as a photographer at his studio in Post Office Terrace, Cambridge. John Edward Bliss died at Newport, Isle of Wight on 19 January 1885; Henry James Bliss, also then a photographer at Post Office Terrace, was named as his executor (Cambridge Independent Press 2nd May 1885). Henry James Bliss was a Freemason and a member of the Cambridge based Lodge of Three Grand Principles No 441 from around 1883 to 1885. The Lodge records list him as a photographer. In Jan 1888 Henry joined another Masonic Lodge, Doric Lodge No 352 at Grantham, where the Lodge records again showed his occupation as a photographer. He resigned from the Lodge in Dec 1894. Local Directories record him as a photographer in Grantham at 1 London Road, in 1894 at 34 Lombard St Nottingham and also at Grantham, 1901 at 34 Lombard Street. From 1905 to 1911 there is a Henry James Bliss resident at 99 Stanford Avenue Brighton, who may be the same person.
References: Records of United Grand Lodge of England for Lodges 441, 625 and 352
Cambridge Independent Press 2nd May 1885
Kelly's Directory Lincolnshire 1894, Nottinghamshire 1894, 1900, Sussex 1905, 1911

Name:  BLISS, John Edward   b: 1854 Oxford      d: 1885 Isle of Wight
Address: 7 St Andrews Street, Cambridge (1883) Post Office Terrace Cambridge (1878)
Working Dates: 1878-1885
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: In 1878 John Edward Bliss was elected a member of the Photographic Society of Great Britain, and his address was shown as Post Office Terrace, Cambridge (Photographic Journal Nov 1878). In 1881 Bliss was shown in the census residing at Post Office Cottage at the rear of the Post Office, Cambridge. He was single and a photographer. A display advertisement dated 26/11/1881 shows, "Late Arthur Nicholls. Studio portraits and local views."

Below is a cabinet photograph of an unknown young man, negative No 890. This is one of the earliest designs used by Bliss, as it simply mentions the Post Office Terrace address. On the cream face of the mount is printed in red "Cabinet Portrait JE Bliss Cambridge" The mount is a high gloss ivory. The reverse is printed in red "Artist and photographer J.E.Bliss Post Office Terrace Cambridge Portraits enlarged by the carbon process and finished in oil or water colours. Negatives kept copies may be had". There is also a heraldic crest with a sheaf of corn and the motto "Quod Severis metes" - (as you sow, so shall you reap) - the Bliss Family crest. The mount is printed by Trapp and Munch, Berlin. Next is another cabinet photograph, no negative number, with a black mount on the front, cream on the rear, the design is similar to the first, but has slightly more elaborate corners and has the addition of the St Andrews Street Fancy Goods Store. The mount publisher is Reeves and Mears. Below this are three cartes de visite, believed to be oldest on the left. Mounted on cream high gloss cards with rounded corners. The design of the reverse of the cards takes the original diagonal name design used by Arthur Nichols and adds new information to it. The whole of the reverse reads "Fancy Goods Stores, 7 St Andrews Street, Artist and Photographer J.E.Bliss, late Arthur Nicholls Post Office Terrace Cambridge. Cartes enlarged by the carbon process and finished in Oil or Water Colors. Negatives kept copies may be had. Plain 1sh each, 7 for 5 sh, 14 for 9 sh – 26 for 16 sh 6d. Vignettes 1 sh each 7 for 6 sh 14 for 10 sh 26 for 18 sh 6d” The cartes of the two female subjects are numbered 584 and 682 bottom LH side of the reverse with a blue inked numbering stamp. Below this is another carte de visite of a gentleman with moustache and central parting, on the reverse of the mount is written the name of the sitter "AP Humphry". There is no negative number shown. The mount was supplied and printed by Trapp and Munch, Berlin. Although these mounts refer to Bliss's business being "late Arthur Nicholls", they are not simply older mounts over-printed by Bliss, but appear to have been designed by Bliss to capitalise of the goodwill accumulated by his predecessor.

In May 1883 Bliss registered 14 photographs at Stationers' Hall to preserve copyright. These were portraits of named individuals in different parts in the classic plays "the 'Ajax' of Sophocles" (TNA records COPY 1/364/244, COPY 1/364/250, COPY 1/364/247, COPY 1/364/246, COPY 1/364/251, COPY 1/364/248, COPY 1/364/252, COPY 1/364/245, COPY 1/364/249, COPY 1/364/302, COPY 1/364/303, COPY 1/364/304, COPY 1/364/305, COPY 1/364/301) . Bliss died at Newport, Isle of Wight on 19 January 1885; his brother Henry James Bliss, also at that time a photographer at Post Office Terrace, was named as his executor (Cambridge Independent Press 2nd May 1885). There was a sale of J E Bliss's apparatus and stock at Post Office Terrace on 30 June 1885. The Post Office Terrace studio was leased to Bliss by Jesus College who either owned the premises or occupied them by arrangement with Christ's College. R Reynolds Rowe, a Cambridge architect employed by Jesus College, in a letter dated 13th Jan 1887 to the College Bursar stated of the premises: "The rent is high at present; the two last tenants (i.e. Nicholls and Bliss) lost money there".

References: Reeve, F.A. Victorian and Edwardian Cambridge from Old Photographs, Batsford 1971
Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
Spaldings Directory of Cambridge 1878-83
Kellys Directory of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, Kelly and Co London April 1883
Mike Petty, An Eye on the Past, Cambridge Weekly News, 14/2/1991
Petty MJ, The Cambridge Photographers at Post Office Terrace, Cambridge No 29, Winter 1991-2
Numerous negatives survive in the Cambridgeshire Collection from the firm and there are 3 cartes de visite in the carte de visite collection at the Cambridgeshire Collection c.65.5.
Cambridge Independent Press 2nd May 1885 and 27 Jun 1885.
Census 1881


Bliss cabinet photographReverse of Bliss cabinet photo

Cabinet photograph by BlissReverse of Bliss cabinet photograph

Three cdvs by JE Bliss
Three cdv backs JE Bliss

JE Bliss carte de visiteReverse of JE Bliss carte de visite

Name:   BLOXHAM, Nigel  b:       d:
Address:  88 High St Newmarket, in 1981 also at 71 Mill Lane, Fordham in 1982 . In 1983 at 16A High Street, Newmarket, in 1990 at Station Road Fordham, in 1995 at 71 Mill Lane Fordham
Working Dates:  c. 1980 - at least 1998 – may still be in business in 2016 according to a number of online directory sites.
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Press, Social, Industrial and Commercial, Aerial photography . 1000 sq m drive-in studio advertised in 1990
References: Cambridge Yellow Pages 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1990, 1995, 1997, 1998

Name: BODGER, John W. b: 1856 d:
Address: Peterborough and Hunstanton
Working Dates: c.1910
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Postcard publisher. See below an example from the author's collection of a postcard view of Peterborough Cathedral and Bishops Palace. The reverse contains the text "J W Bodger, Peterborough and Hunstanton" c 1910-20.
References: Anthony Day, "Fen and Marshland Villages. A Portrait in old photographs and picture postcards". SB Publications 1993 ISBN 1 85770 041 4 at p79 shows a street scene from Thorney dated 1910 with the name "J.W.Bodger, Peterborough and Hunstanton" on the face. John Bodger is recorded as a chemist at 5 Broadway Peterborough in the 1901 Census. He is also shown as a chemist at Royal Parade, Greevegate Rd Hunstanton in Kellys Directory of Norfolk 1912. Was he simply a postcard publisher or a photographer as well?

Postcard view, Peterborough by Bodger

Reverse of Bodger postcard


Name:  BOLTON, Mrs Martha.  b:1845 Wentworth Ely (Martha Starkey) By a previous marriage Martha Heydon. d: 1928. The firm may have traded around 1897 as M and T BOLTON
Address: Fore Hill, Ely
Working Dates: 1881-1904
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: The 1881 Census shows Martha, described as a "Photographist", living at 141 Downham Road, Ely with her family. Her husband was Samuel Bolton, b.1839 at Ely, a rural letter carrier. Their children were Thomas S Bolton, b.1879 at Ely and Rose H Bolton, b.1880 Ely. Also living with the family was Martha's daughter from her previous marriage, Fannie G. Heydon, b. 1865 at Illinois, USA. See below carte de visite (author's collection) of an unknown young woman by M Bolton, Fore Hill, Ely, printed in brown ink, with artistic design on the rear, 1890s. Below this is another, possibly later, carte (author's collection) showing a small child being supported by the arm of an adult. This is printed in an oval and the mount, printed in brown ink, with art nouveau motifs is by Samuel Fry & Co Ltd. The legend on the rear reads "Patronised by the gentry of the towns. M Bolton Photographer Fore Hill Ely. Groups & views taken, enlargements made from any photograph Duplicates can be had at any time". The third example below is of an unknown bearded man. The reverse is printed in sepia "Patronised by the gentry of the towns M.Bolton Photographer Fore Hill Ely. Groups and views taken, enlargements made from any photographs. Duplicates can be had at any time". Three images from the firm were registered at Stationers' Hall to preserve copyright. The first submitted on 28/7/1897 was a photograph of Jubilee Celebration, Ely, 1897. Copyright owner of work: Martha Bolton and Thomas Bolton. M & T Bolton, Fore Hill, Ely. Copyright author of work: Thomas Bolton, Fore Hill, Ely. Form completed: 28 July 1897, TNA COPY 1/431/452. The second and third submissions were photographs of the Lord Bishop of Ely. Copyright owner of work: Martha Bolton, Fore Hill, Ely, Cambridge. Copyright author of work: Thomas Bolton, Market Square, Ely, Cambridge. Forms completed: 16 August 1902. TNA COPY 1/456/418 and COPY 1/456/419

References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992

Kellys Directory of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, Kelly and Co London 1892, 1896, 1900, 1904
Mike Petty, An Eye on the Past, Cambridge Weekly News, 11/4/1991,
Obituary Ely Standard 24/2/1928, Article Ely Standard 24/2/1983

Carte de visite, M BoltonReverse M Bolton carte de visite

Carte de visite of child by BoltonReverse of carte de visite by Bolton

M Bolton carte de visiteReverse of M Bolton carte de visite

Name:   BOLTON Samuel b:1839  d:1888
Address: Fore Hill Ely from 1883
Working Dates: 1883 - 1888
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: In 1881 Samuel was working as a rural letter carrier living with his wife Martha in Ely. When he married Martha at St Barnabas Church, St Lukes Parish, Islington, Middlesex, he was working as a post messenger. His wife was described in 1881 as a photographer so she seems to have preceded him in the photographic business. Ely, Kellys 1883-1888  – the business was continued by his wife Martha after Samuel died in 1888, then by his son Thomas Samuel Bolton.
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
Mike Petty, An Eye on the Past, Cambridge Weekly News, 11/4/1991
Kellys Directory of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, Kelly and Co London April 1883
Kellys Directory of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, Kelly and Co London April 1888 

Name:  BOLTON Thomas Samuel     b: 1879 Ely      d: 1943
Address: Ely, Market Place in 1904, 40 Fore Hill from 1908-1937
Working Dates: 1897 - 1943
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Son of Martha Bolton above, joined her in the business which traded in 1897 as M and T Bolton. Three images from the firm were registered at Stationers' Hall to preserve copyright. The first submitted on 28/7/1897 was a photograph of Jubilee Celebration, Ely, 1897. Copyright owner of work: Martha Bolton and Thomas Bolton. M & T Bolton, Fore Hill, Ely. Copyright author of work: Thomas Bolton, Fore Hill, Ely. Form completed: 28 July 1897, TNA COPY 1/431/452. The second and third submissions were photographs of the Lord Bishop of Ely. Copyright owner of work: Martha Bolton, Fore Hill, Ely, Cambridge. Copyright author of work: Thomas Bolton, Market Square, Ely, Cambridge. Forms completed: 16 August 1902. TNA COPY 1/456/418 and COPY 1/456/419.

Thomas also became a publisher of local postcards. Below are two examples of T Bolton real photograph postcards (author's collection) c.1901, divided backs but no stamp boxes, below which are details of the firm's overstamping on the reverse, possibly made with rubber stamps.

Next is a photograph of the shop front of Bolton's Fore Hill Studio, Ely, reproduced by permission of the Cambridgeshire Collection, catalogue ref Y.Ely.K3.41695. Note the sign board outside the premises states that the studio was "Founded 1863". This refers to the studio rather than the firm and earlier occupants were the Bradley family and then Bradley and Bolton.

Next is a real photo postcard from the author's collection, with a family portrait - mother father, three children and a nannie, taken outdoors. Reverse printed in green "T Bolton Market Square Ely". The back contains information about US, Spain and Japan not permitting the use of a divided back, dating this card to around 1907. Below this is a WW1 postcard-sized portrait of an unknown soldier with embossed in lower RH corner "T.Bolton Ely". No photographer's information on the reverse. (Author's collection)

References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992.
Kellys Directory of Cambridgeshire 1904.
Kellys Directory of Cambridgeshire 1908-1937
Traded until his death in January 1943.
Mike Petty, An Eye on the Past, Cambridge Weekly News, 11/4/1991
Michael Rouse, The Villages of Old Cambridgeshire A portrait in Photographs and Old Picture Postcards, SB Publications 1989, page 1

2 post cards by T.Bolton

Detail of reverse of T Bolton postcards

Shop front, Bolton's Studio, Ely

Family portrait T Bolton
Reverse of T Bolton postcard portrait

Soldier in uniform by T.Bolton

Name:  BONE Miss May              b: 1877 Litcham, Norfolk  d: 1943
Address: 5, Market Place Peterborough, 62 Westgate, Peterborough. (dates for changes of premises not currently known.)
Working Dates: 1920-40
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: In the 1891 census May, aged 14, was living with her parents at Norwich St, Fakenham, Norfolk. Her father, Richard H Bone, was a watchmaker and jeweler. At the age of 14 May was a photographer's apprentice. By 1901, May was still with her family at the same address but was a photographer working on her own account. May Bone later had studios in Norfolk at Norwich Road, Fakenham, Beach Road Hunstanton (at least as early as 1908), and Red Lion Street, Aylsham. After her death the Peterborough Studio was run by a John Rozelar for several years, but it was purchased in 1957 by Thomas Howell and became part of the Campkins business.
See below for a sepia toned family portrait, unknown family, postcard format, c.1910, by May Bone when she had studios at Hunstanton and Fakenham (author's collection).
References: Kelly's Directory of Northamptonshire 1920, 1924, 1928, 1931,1936, 1940
Peterborough Advertiser Directory 1922, 1925, 1927

Family Portrait be May Bone

Reverse of family portrait by May Bone

BOROUGH STUDIO - See REAM, Lilian, Wisbech

Name:  BOSSETT, Annie       b: 1919      d:
Address: 55 Montague Road Peterborough
Working Dates: 1939
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Annie Bossett is listed as a single woman a "Photographer Assistant (Developer Printer)" in the 1939 Register. There is no indication which Peterborough studio employed her.
References:

Name:  BOUGHTON, Walter and Sons                     b:       d:
Address: Cathedral Studio, Peterborough
Working Dates: 1898-1900
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Walter Boughton and Sons were enterprising photographers operating in Norfolk and Suffolk. Details can be found on Robert Pols excellent site www.early-photographers.org.uk. In Norfolk the firm operated in Thetford 1883-1912, Yarmouth 1896, Norwich 1900 and Kings Lynn: High St 1901-08. In Suffolk the firm had premises in Lowestoft and later briefly in Ipswich: 106 London Rd Lowestoft 1892, 54 London Rd Lowestoft 1896-1916. 24 Buttermarket, Ipswich 1900-01. In 1900 the firm was expanding. The Ipswich Journal of 2nd June 1900 reported that local photographer Walter Boughton had taken on a photographic business from a Mr Dupres (or Duprez) at 24 Buttermarket, Ipswich, having been persuaded by Dupres that it was a going concern which he was only selling because he was emigrating to France to be with his fiancee, but which turned out to be a moribund business involved in a property dispute. It would appear that as an alternative, the firm expanded into Peterborough briefly, taking over the Cathedral Studio from printer and publisher George Caster, and later relinquishing it to photographer A.F.Healey who was shown as its occupier in the 1901 census and who's entry in the local directory for 1905/6 described his firm as "Late W Boughton & Sons".

It would seem that the members of the Boughton family involved in running the business were brothers Thomas R Boughton b: 1869 Thetford and Walter Boughton b:1873 Thetford. Their father, Walter Boughton b: 1842 Norton Suffolk, was listed in the census returns for 1881, 1891 and 1901 as a builder, presumably his primary occupation.

See below carte de visite from the author's collection, a vignette close up of an unknown lady, possibly an outdoor portrait, on the face is impressed "W Boughton and Sons, Cathedral Studio, Peterborough". Below this is an example view postcard of York Cottage Sandringham (part of the Sandringham Royal Estate), one of the Britannia Series of postcards produced by W Boughton and Sons Thetford. This was postally used in 1917.

References: Northampton and District Trades Directory, Town and County Directories Edinburgh 1905/6
Cook's Directory of Peterborough 1898
Directory of Peterborough (Caster) 1901

Carte de visite, Boughton and Sons

Postcard, W Boughton and Sons Thetford, Norfolk

Reverse W Boughton and Sons postcard used in 1917

Name:  BOWLES, Harry      b:1884       d:
Address: 1924 at 37 Lincoln Road, Peterborough, 1927 at Market Hall Arcade, Westgate, Peterborough, 1939 resident at 83 Garton End Road Peterborough
Working Dates: 1924-39
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Produced local postcards. In the 1939 Register shown as a photographer on his own account, living with his wife Madeline, b: 1868, at 83 Garton End Road, Peterborough.
References: Kelly's Directory of Northamptonshire 1924, 1928, 1931, 1936, Peterborough Advertiser Directory 1925, 1927

Name:  BOWSER, Henry      b: Marylebone, Middlesex 1843       d:
Address: 13 Lynn Road, Wisbech
Working Dates: c.1879 - 1881
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: In 1871 Henry Bowser was in South View, Winchester working as a photographer and lodging with another photographer, Edgar Gyngell. The 1881 Census shows Henry as a photographer at 13 Lynn Road, Wisbech, living with his wife Julia, b. Winchester 1855. By 1891 they had moved to Norton in County Durham where he was still a photographer, self employed. In 1901 they had moved again to Brighton, where Henry was still shown as a photographer.
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
PO Directory of the Counties of Cambridge, Norfolk and Suffolk, Kelly and Co London Nov 1879

Name:  BOWYER, Sidney    b: 1888 Cherryhinton   d:1925 Cambridge
Address: Jersey House, Rock Road, Cambridge
Working Dates: c. 1911
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: In the 1911 Census Sidney Bowyer was listed as a photographer's assistant. He was living at home with his parents three sisters and brother. His parents ran a milk selling business. It is not known at this stage for whom he worked. References: 1911 England Census.

Name:  BOYD, Walter   b:1875 Islington    d:
Address: North Street Burwell
Working Dates: c.1911
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: In the 1911 Census Walter was listed as a photographer working on his own account from home. He was living in a 2 room dwelling in North Street Burwell with his wife Nellie Boyd b:1884 Islington, a travelling actress. They had a son, Leopold James Boyd b:1908 Wimborne Dorset.
References: 1911 England Census.

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