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Photographers are listed alphabetically by surname on the following pages.

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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. His Hunstanton premises are believed to be the current RSPCA charity shop in Greevegate, shown below. Thanks to local historian Tony Gale for making the connection. Was John Bodger simply a postcard publisher or a photographer as well?

Postcard view, Peterborough by Bodger

Reverse of Bodger postcard

Bodger's former Hunstanton shop as it is today

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 with a cream faced, red backed, mount with flamingo design by Spicer Bros, 1880s, followed by a carte de visite 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

1880s carte de visite by M Boltonreverse of 1880s carte de visite by M Bolton.xx

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.). Other addresses in Norfolk.
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. It would appear that May attempted to open a studio in Peterborough in 1916, having struck a deal with John Borrill Etches to take over the stock in trade and goodwill of The Rapid Photo Co in Narrow Street. Something went wrong after agreement was reached. The Nottingham Journal on Wed 12 October 1921 p2 carried a report "A BREACH OF CONTRACT. Mr Justice McCardie, in the King’s Bench Division yesterday heard an action brought by Miss May Bone, of Market Place Peterborough against Mr. John Barrett (sic) Etches, of Narrow Street, Peterborough. claiming damages for, and an injunction against, breaches of the terms of a covenant to sell the stock-in-trade and connection of the Rapid Photo Co., of Narrow Street, Peterborough to the plaintiff in April 1916. His lordship found a clear breach of contract, and assessed the damages at £150, refusing a stay of execution."

In addition to portrait work she also produced local topographical postcards - an example below is from the author's collection. 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). Below this is another postcard print of a similar period of a mother and child. On the reverse is printed "Photograph by May Bone 63 Westgate and 5 Market Place Peterborough also at Rembrandt Studio Hunstanton. Extra Copies can be obtained"
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

Postcard of mother and child, showing both Peterborough addressesReverse of May Bone postcard

RPPC by May Bone

Reverse of May Bone topographical postcard

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 a 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". Next are two Cabinet photographs on slightly different mounts. The one on the left of an unknown lady in a hat, c. 1900, negative no in pencil on reverse is 2159, is on a buff mount with square corners, impressed line around the image and "W Boughton & Sons Cathedral Studio Peterborough" impressed on the face. The underlining on the name is horizontal. The photograph on the right is on a cheaper buff mount with rounded corners, The underlining under the firm's name is ascending from left to right and the studio name is in a gothic typeface. Both of the cabinet photographs have plain reverse sides. Both have scratched even while preserved in an album. 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

Cabinet photograph W Boughton & Sons Cabinet photograph W Boughton & 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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Photographers are listed alphabetically by surname on the following pages.

0 - 9 | Aa-Ak | Al-Ao | Ap-As | At-Az | Ba-Bak | Bal-Bam | Ban-Bd | Be-Bh | Bi-Bk | Bl-Bn | Bo-Bp | Br-Bt | Bu-Bz | Ca-Ck | Cl-Cn | Coa-Cor | Cos-Cz | Da-Dh | Di-Dq | Dr-Dz | Ea-Ec | Ed-Ez | Fa-Fh | Fi-Fz | Ga-Gd | Ge-Gq | Gr-Gz | Ha-Hd | He-Hh | Hi-Hn | Ho-Hz | I | Ja-Je | Jf-Jz | K | La-Ld | Le-Ln | Lo-Lz | Maa-Mad | Mae-Mar | Mas-Mb | Mc-Mi | Mj-Mz | Na-Nh | Ni-Nn | No-Nz | O | Pa-Pb | Pc-Ph | Pi-Po | Pr-Pz | Q | Ra-Rd | Re-Rh | Ri-Rz | Sa-Sb | Sc-Sf | Sg-Sk | Sla-Slz | Sma-Ss | Sta-Std | Ste-Sth | Sti-Sy | Ta-Ti | Tj-Tz | U | V | Wa-We | Wf-Wh | Wi-Wz | XYZ


 
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