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Old Photographs - Cambridgeshire Photographers - St-Sy

Photographers are listed alphabetically by surname on the following pages.

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Name:  STACEY, Brian  b:       d:
Address: 15 North St Wicken, Cambridgeshire
Working Dates: c.1980 - 1981
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information:
References: Cambridge Yellow Pages 1980, 1981

Name:  STANLEY & Co              b:       d:
Address: 111 Cromwell Road, Peterborough (1910), Mansion House Buildings Westgate Peterborough (1912)
Working Dates: c.1910-14
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: No trace found to date beyond these three directory entries.
References: Kellys Directory of Northamptonshire 1910, 1914
The Peterborough Directory 1912

Name:  STALLAN, William James    b: 1882 Sawston     d:1953 Cambridge
Address: East View, London Road, Sawston
Working Dates: c.1904 -1911
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: The 1911 Census shows Stallan at his parents house in London Rd Sawston, working as a photographer on his own account.
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
Kellys Directory of Cambridgeshire 1904;

Name:  STARR, Ralph     b: 9 Jan 1866      d: 1950
Address: Mill Road Cambridge, 108 Fitzroy Street, Regent Street, in 1933: 85 Regent Street Cambridge, 1 Lynn Road Ely: receiving depot 2 Wellington Street Littleport.
Working Dates: 1886-1939
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Ralph Starr learned the photographic business working for Hills and Saunders in Cambridge before setting up on his own in Mill Road briefly, then from 1887 at 108 Fitzroy Street Cambridge. In 1900 he opened another studio in Ely and another in Regent Street. Ralph Starr served two terms at Cambridge’s Mayor, 1918 and 1948. In the 1939 Register Ralph was listed as a retired photographer living at Rosemont, Newmarket Road, Cambridge. At the same address were: Eliza Starr b: 14/9/1872, single and Elizabeth Starr b: 13/11/1874 single.

See below for a cabinet photograph from the Simon Shirley Collection of an unknown man with banjo. The mount of this carte is grey, the reverse blank and the print on the face and edging are in white - the text on the face says "Ralph Starr 108 Fitzroy Street Cambridge" with a monogram with an intertwined "R and S", believed to be 1890s, a peak in banjo popularity. Beside this is another cabinet photograph from the author's collection, a family portrait c.1890s, mother, father and two girls on grey mount on which is written in white “Ralph Starr 108 Fitzroy St Cambridge Daylight and Electric Light Studio” with a similar monogram. Again the reverse of the mount is plain card. Presumably the carte with the additional advertising information is the later of the two. Next are two cartes de visite of unknown gentlemen, cream mounts with gilt chamfer edges, and gilt writing. Both have the 108 Fitzroy Street address, one has "Day and electric light studio". Below these is another Cabinet photograph, a side profile of a standing figure in Mayoral robes. The mount is black with gold lettering and edging. From other surviving photographs of Cambridge Mayors, this does not seem to be a self portrait of Starr as the Mayor of Cambridge in 1918, but probably dates from the 1890s.

Beneath that is a very rare "midget" carte de visite of a young boy in a sailor shirt and a jacket which looks several sizes too large for him, c.1890s. The size of this is 3 inches x 1.5 inches. The mount has "Ralph Starr Cambridge" in gold lettering beneath the image - it is on cream card with gilt edges. A couple of millimeters seem to have been trimmed off the bottom edge, perhaps to fit this into an album or wallet. The reverse of the mount is blank.

References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
108 Fitzroy Street Cambridge Kellys Directory of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, Kelly and Co London Sept 1896
Kellys Directory of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, Kelly and Co London July 1900
Cambridgeshire Collection’s Carte de Visite Collection c.65.5 has 22 cabinet photographs with 3 variations in mounts from Ralph Starr.

Man with banjo by Ralph StarrCabinet Photograph by Ralph Starr

Cabinet portraits by Ralph Starr - man with banjo and unknown family group, 1890s

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Two cartes de visite, reverse of both mounts blank, probably 1890s

Man in Mayoral robes by Ralph Starr

Unknown man in mayoral robes, possibly a self portrait of Ralph Starr

Midget Ralph Starr carte de visite

Rare midget carte de visite from Ralph Starr

See GATES and STARR Spaldings Directory of Cambridge 1891-1900
Cambridgeshire Collection’s Carte de Visite Collection c.65.5 has a cabinet photograph by Gates and Starr.

Joined by J.W. RIGNALL to become STARR AND RIGNALL 1904
Mike Petty, An Eye on the Past, Cambridge Weekly News, 29/11/1990

Name: STARR AND RIGNALL

Addresses from Directory entries:
108 Fitzroy Street Cambridge, Kellys Directory of Cambridgeshire 1904-19
108 Fitzroy Street and High Street Ely in Kelly’s Directory of Cambridgeshire 1916. There was an advertisement in the Cambridge Independent Press for 6th July 1917 for a "respectable young lady and boy" to join the firm - applications to them in writing at Fitzroy street Cambridge.
43 Fitzroy Street; Spaldings Directory of Cambridge 1920-26.
85 Regent Street; Kellys Directory of Cambridgeshire 1929-1940
See also REGENT STUDIO Spaldings Directory of Cambridge 1901-26 – in the Directories for 1927-8, 29-30, 30/31, 31/32,32/33 the entry is shown as Regent Studio (Starr and Rignall) 85 Regent Street. Rignall was living at this address in the 1911 census.

Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information:
The firm was a partnership between Ralph Starr and John William Rignall. See below: a carte de visite, c.1905 of an unknown young man, cream mount with gilt edges and writing on the face "Starr & Rignall Cambridge and Ely" with a S&R monogram. Reverse blank. This appears to be a carbon print, not having faded or turned sepia over time as do albumen prints. Next, a carte de visite, c.1905 of an unknown young man, again a carbon print on a more lavish, presumably later, dark green enameled mount with square corners and gilt edges,beneath the image in gold lettering "Ralph Starr and JW Rignall 108 Fitzroy Street Cambridge City Studios Ely" Beneath this is a studio portrait of a family from The Regent Studio Cambridge, c.1930, approx 6 x 4 in on brown folder mount, detail from the cover appears below the photo. Next is a mounted 8 x 6 inch print which appears to be from the 1950s, (but must be a bit earlier given the firm's directory entries) of a Garden Party at 96 Chesterton Road Cambridge (now the Red House Doctor's surgery). The mount is cream imitation linen finish card with double green lines round the image. The photographers name "Starr and Rignall Cambridge and Ely" is impressed in the bottom RH corner of the mount, possibly in-house with a small hand embossing machine, shown in detail below. Next are two different products from the studio. The first is an oval print of a soldier in uniform in a 5.5 x 3in die cut scolloped dark brown mount with gilt lettering. The uniform of the subject appears to be from WW1, but close examination shows the image to be a copy of an earlier photograph, so this may be from the 1920s. The second different product is a circular print mounted on a 5 in square mount, graduated grey to cream, with white lettering. This could be again from the 1920s. Also below are two real photograph post card images from the firm, probably around 1910-20 - they have divided backs with place for stamp marked, but no postal rates. Also scanned are details from the rear of three real photo postcards showing the firm's name. Below this is a Starr and Rignall Ely view, over-printed with seasonal greetings in 1936. Below this is a 5 x 3 in portrait of a sailor and soldier from WWII by "Starr & Rignall City Studio, Ely" and a 1930s portrait (postcard back) of a little girl with soft toy (Pat Saddington Collection).

Reference:
Kellys Directory of Cambridgeshire 1929 at 72 Bridge Street Cambridge and 1 St Mary’s St Ely
Kellys Directory 1933 and 1937 Starr and Rignall 85 Regent Street Cambridge, 1 Lynn Road Ely plus in 1933 a receiving depot 2 Wellington Street Littleport.
Cambridgeshire Collection’s Carte de Visite Collection c.65.5 has 1 Carte de visite, 1 cabinet photograph and two other images from Starr and Rignall. Starr and Rignall did more than just studio portrait work, for example they produced a pack of a series of 12 views of Ely Cathedral "for your album" for 1/6d

Carte de visite, Starr and Rignall

Carte de visite, Starr & Rignall, Cambridge and Ely c1905

Cabinet Portrait, Starr and Rignall

Carte de visite on dark green enameled mount from Starr and Rignall c.1905


Family portrait from The Regent Studio

Family portrait The Regent Studio, Starr and Rignall

Detail from mount cover by The Regent Studio

Detail from the mount cover - Regent Studio

Garden Party 1950s Starr and Rignall

Starr and Rignall - garden party at 96 Chesterton Road, Cambridge looks like 1950s but probably earlier

Detail of Starr and Rignall impressed mark on mount

Detail of Starr & Rignall mount of the garden party photograph above

Starr and Rignall mounted WW1 print

An example of a different product - oval print mounted in diecut scolloped 5.5 x 3 in mount

Starr and Rignall circular print in square mount

Another different product, perhaps from the 1920s, with a circular print of a young girl in a 5 vin square grey / ceaem graduated mount with white lettering.

Real photo postcards, Starr and Rignall

Two real photograph postcards c. 1910-20 from Starr and Rignall

Real photo postcards from Starr and Rignall

Firm's designation on the rear of three different real photo postcards c 1910-20

RP Postcard by Starr and Rignall
Reverse of Starr and Rignal postcard

1936 Starr and Rignall postcard over-printed as a greeting card

Portraits from City Studio Ely

1940s Starr and Rignall portrait of two servicemen

Portrait of girl with soft toy

1930s Starr and Rignall, Cambridge and Ely portrait of child with soft toy.

Starr and Rignall Stidio, Ely

Starr and Rignall's City Studio, junction St Mary's Street and Lynn Road, Ely. The main studio was on the 1st floor to the right of the Kodak flag in Lynn Road. This image is reproduced by kind permission of the Cambridgeshire Collection, reference Y.Ely.K3 41694

Name:  STEARN, Thomas, Snr, later Mr and Mrs Stearn, later Messrs Stearn or Stearn and Sons 
Thomas Stearn b: 1825 Bloomsbury Middlesex d:1905,  Wife - Eliza Louisa b:1829 Poplar d:1892. Their ten children were: Herbert T b:1855, Frank b:1856, Allen F b:1858, Florence Eliza b:1859, Harry Cotterell b: 1860, Warwick William b:1861, Walter James b:1865, Gilbert A b: 1866, Rupert b:1869, Ralph b: 1872.            
Address: 72 Bridge Street, Cambridge, Brunswick Terrace, Cambridge 1916, 1922, 1929
Working Dates: 1866 - 1966. In the 1861 Census Thomas was at 72 Bridge Street shown as a tailor, his wife a shop keeper. By 1871 the census showed the family at the same address with Thomas's occupation changed to photographer, with son Frank a photographer's assistant. In 1881 the family still occupied 72 Bridge Street. It would appear that the business was assisted at different times by the family taking in one or two student lodgers. In 1901 Harry and Walter James Stearn were both living at 72 Bridge St with their father Thomas - all three described as photographers. Thomas's grand-daughter, Edith F Stearn b: 1876 Winchester, was also listed as a photographer's assistant. By 1911 Walter James was the occupant at 72 Bridge Street, listed as a photographer.
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Started their business at 72 Bridge Street around 1866 and the firm they founded was at the same premises until 1970. The firm produced portraits, souvenir views of Cambridge and postcards and undertook a lot of University and college work, including sporting events and groups. In their later years of operation, they merged with Eden Lilley’s photographic business and became part of the Hunting Group, later owned by British Rubber Company. Two of their photographers in the 1960s were Frank Kenworthy and Len Jowett. Frank Bird also worked for them briefly around 1963. A number of illustrations below show the work of the firm over their long history.
The first carte de visite (1) below is a vignette head and shoulders portrait of an unknown lady with lace collar, 1870s by Thomas Stearn. The reverse states "Landscape and Portrait Photographer Thos Stearn 72 Bridge Street Cambridge, negatives kept, copies may be had"
(2) Stereo card of Caius College New Court Cambridge - mounted on distinctive yellow cardstock, with the photographer's name and location in black manuscript on the reverse.
(3) Carte de visite, square cornered mount, view of 1st Court, St John's College Cambridge, 1870s, - reverse shows "Mr and Mrs Stearn Photographers, Cambridge" and monogram with initials "TES", Simon Shirley collection.
The next five scans below are of cartes de visite by Messrs Stearn.
(4) unknown male sitter holding cane and bowler, grey card mount with chamfered and gilt edging, “Messrs Stearn, CAMBRIDGE” in gilt lettering on the face, reverse is blank (1870s)
(5) vignette portrait of L.K.Harrison, negative number 8882, grey card mount, “Messrs Stearn Cambridge” impressed on face; reverse has a logo with interlocked M and S and text “Messrs Stearn Artists and Photographers 72 Bridge Street Cambridge” (1890s),
(6) vignette portrait of Maxwell H Smith, negative no 9592, mounted on grey card, on face impressed lettering “Messrs Stearn, Cambridge” is coloured in white, edges chamfered and coloured white. (1890s)
(7) vignette portrait of T.C.James, dated Jan 7 1902, negative No 30437, on face impressed lettering “Messrs Stearn CAMBRIDGE” coloured in white, reverse as for carte (3)
(7a) Portrait of unknown lady with brooch, black gloss mount, rounded corners, gilt lettering "Messrs Stearn Cambridge" on face, reverse blank. (Possibly 1890s).
(8) vignette portrait of unknown man mounted on grey card with red edging, impressed on face “Messrs Stearn Cambridge”, reverse has floral design with geometric borders, mount producer’s name on bottom “Reg C.E.& G” (c.1905)
Stearns did far more than just cartes de visite. Illustrated below from the author's collection (9) is a framed albumin print of seven unknown academics, c.1900, The mount has "Stearn & Sons, Cambridge" printed thereon, 11 x 8.5in, in oak frame 18 x 20.5in.
(10) a view of the audience at Ditton Corner on the River Cam for May week, c.1905, embossed with the photographer's name, "Messrs Stearn" (Frank Bird Collection).
(11) a pair of portraits, 5.5 x 4 in, (author's collection) from the 1920s of children in theatrical or fancy dress, below is the detail of the firm's signature on the lower right of these prints.
(12) Unknown young man in three piece suit, image 2.5 x 3.5 inches on heavy brown card mount 7 x 5 ins, impressed on mount below image "Stearn & Sons Cambridge" possibly 1930s.
(13) The window of Stearn's studio in Bridge Street in the 1950s showing some of their College group photos (Cambridgeshire Collection)
(14) Enlargement of a section of a photo taken from Edward Leigh's Kings Parade studio showing two of Stearn's photographers at work at a University degree day (Frank Bird Collection).
(15) and (16) A community party at Chesterton celebrating VE or VJ day 1945, below which is the Stearn's backstamp from the reverse of the print (Frank Bird Collection)

References: Cambridge Chronicle 10/3/1866, 20/4/1867 advertised that they took cabinet photos and offered reduced prices for cash. Cambridge Chronicle 8/1/1870
Became Sterne, Thomas and Son 72 Bridge Street Kellys Directory of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, Kelly and Co London April 1888 - 1900. Between 1901 and 1904 directory entries changed from "& Son" to "& Sons"
In Kellys Directory of Cambridgeshire 1904, Spaldings Directory of Cambridge 1913, 1915, 1919 1922 list as Stearn, Thomas and Sons and Stearn and Sons
In Deacon's Court Guide 1892 there is an advertisement "Messrs Stearn Portrait and Landscape Photographers Cambridge. Particular and personal attention given to groups in town or county. A large series of views of Cambridge"
Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992 72 Bridge Street
Kellys Directory of Cambridgeshire 1869 -1962
Described as Stearn & Sons (Cambridge) Ltd in the 1960s
Mike Petty, An Eye on the Past, Cambridge Weekly News, 22/11/1990.
Cambridgeshire Collection’s Carte de Visite Collection c.65.5 has 2 cartes with different mounts for Thomas Stearn and 2 cabinet photographs for Messrs Stearn.
1962 Kelly's Directory of Cambridge has an advertisement "For Commercial Photography please contact Stearns 72 Bridge Street, Tel 50677. Special facilities available for large groups and conferences". Frank Bird's autobiography includes references to the firm and its photographers in the 1960s.

carte de visite by Thos StearnReverse of Thomas Stearn carte

1) Carte de visite by Thomas Stearn

St John's College Cambridge by Mr and Mrs Stearn

Reverse of carte de visite, Mr and Mrs Stearn

(2) Carte de visite, square cornered mount, view of St John's College Cambridge - reverse shows "Mr and Mrs Stearn Photographers, Cambridge" and monogram with initials "TES"

Stereo Pair by Thomas Stearn

(3) Stereo pair by Thomas Stearn of Caius College New Court

Detail of reverse of stereo pair

Detail of reverse of stereo pair above

 

Cartes de visite, Stern
Stearn (4) and Stearn (5)

Reverse of 2 cartes de visite by Messrs Stearn
Reverse of Stearn (4) and Stearn (5)

Cartes de visite by Stearn
Stearn (6) and Stearn (7)

Reverse of two cartes de visite, Stearn
Reverse of Stearn (6) and Stearn (7)

Carte de visite, black mount by Messrs Stearn

(7a) Messrs Stearn carte de visite, black gloss mount, gilt lettering, reverse blank, no negative No.

Carte de visite, StearnReverse of carte de visite, Stearn
Stearn (8) and the reverse of Stearn (8)

Group of academics by Stearn & Sons
(9) Group of unknown academics, Stearn and Sons

Messrs Stearn view of the May Races

(10) The audience at Ditton Corner on the River Cam during the May races, circa 1900, below is a detail of the embossed Messrs Stearn mark from the lower rh corner of the print (Frank Bird Collection)

Detail of photographers mark embossed on the above print

(10a) Detail of embossed photographer's mark on the above print.

Two 1920s portraits of children in theatrical or fancy dress

(11) a pair of portraits from the 1920s of children in theatrical or fancy dress, see below for detail of the firm from the lower right corner of these prints.

Details or Stearn's signature on the above two prints

Photo of young man by Stearn & Sons

(12) Photograph of young man, dark brown mount, impressed mount mark "Stearn & Sons Cambridge"

 

Stearn's shop front

(13) Stearn's premises at 72 Bridge Street, Cambridge, photo by permission of the Cambridgeshire Collection. Catalogue reference P.Stear.K4.24036

Stear's photographers at work at the Senate House

(14) This detail from a large print taken from Edward Leigh's Kings Parade Office of a degree day on the Senate House lawn in the 1960s shows two of Stearn's photographers, Frank Kenworthy and Len Jewitt, in white shirts with their backs to the camera, taking photographs of degree holders and their families. (Frank Bird Collection)

Celebrations for VE or VJ day, Cambridge by Stearn's

(15) Stearn's photograph of a community party in Cambridge celebrating VE or VJ Day (Frank Bird Collection)

Backstamp from the print above

(16) Backstamp, 1945, from reverse of the print above (Frank Bird Collection)

Name:  STEEL, A.L., PHOTOGRAPHY   b:       d:
Address: 33 Elter Walk, Gunthorpe, Peterborough
Working Dates: c.1990 - 1999
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Weddings, commercial etc
References: Peterborough Yellow Pages 1990, 1999

Name:  STEELE, Enoch   b: 1824, Burslem, Staffs  d: 1877, Wisbech
Address: Crescent Wisbech, then 8 High Street Wisbech
Working Dates: 1861? -1875

Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: In 1861 Enoch Steel, photographic artist, b: c 1823 (birth place shown a not known) and his wife Ann b: c 1826 Hanley Staffs were both lodgers at 1 Nene Parade Wisbech, the home of Henry Cole, horse keeper and his family. The 1871 Census shows Enoch Steele and his wife Anne (b:1824 Shelton Staffordshire) and daughter Francis Eleanor at 8/9 High St Wisbech. Frances Eleanor was born in Wisbech in 1862. Living with them was a visitor, Mary Anne Jones b:1799 Shelton Staffs (who was Enoch's mother in law). Enoch's occupation was shown as a photographer. (The 1871 census return has been wrongly transcribed as Enoch Stute)

The first of the cartes de visite below appears to be the oldest, perhaps from the early 1860s, judging by the clothing, hairstyle and lack of studio props. The cream mount has square corners. The reverse of the mount has a heraldic garter design with the wording "Photographed by E Steele, Crescent, Wisbech". The Crescent address doesn't appear in later directories. Next is another, believed later, carte de visite of a mother and daughter from the late 1860s, on a square cornered white mount. There is no photographer's name on the face, the reverse states "From E Steele's Photographic Rooms, CAM. Copies can always be had." But the old english script is difficult to interpret and the initial looks more like a "G" than an "E". The use of the word "CAM." for an address is very strange - hardly an advertisement likely to lead to more customers. Next is a portrait of a couple, the clothing and ladies hairstyle suggesting the 1870s. The cream mount has rounded corners. There is no text on the face and the rear, printed sideways has the text "Mr E Steele Photographer 8 High Street Wisbeach Cambs, copies to be had. Next is a carte de visite of a vignette portrait of an unknown man with a moustache. The photograph is mounted on a white mount with thin blue line round the face. The photograph has been badly mounted to cover the photographer's details which are printed at the bottom of the mount "E Steele photo. 8 High Street Wisbeach". The reverse of the carte is printed in blue "Mr E Steele Photographer 8 High Street Wisbeach Cambs. Copies to be had". The design is slightly more elaborate than the previous carte, particularly the scroll work around the address on the reverse. It is from the 1870s.

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 Aug 1869 - Nov 1875

Early Steele carte de visiteReverse of Steele carte de visite

Carte de visite - SteeleReverse of Steele carte

Steele carte de visitereverse of carte de visite by E Steele

Carte de visite, E SteeleReverse of E Steele carte de visite

Name:    STENNETT, George b:28/3/1912       d:
Address: "Bentley" Allen Road, Peterborough
Working Dates: c.1939
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: The 1939 Register lists George as a "press photographer and process engraver Dept Manager", living at the above address with his wife Edith M Stennett b:1/7/1914. No further detsails known.
References: 1939 Register

Name:    STEWART, Barry b:       d:
Address: 5 Fairfields, Huntingdon, St Ives
Working Dates: c.1999
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information:
References: Peterborough Yellow Pages 1999

Name:    STEWART, John Thomas b: 1837 Boston Lincolnshire       d: 1913
Address: A caravan at Front Street, Warboys
Working Dates: c.1861 in Cambs, then a period travelling followed by a longer photographic career in Oxfordshire.
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: John started his photographic career as a travelling photographer. In the 1861 census John and his wife Ellen M. Stewart b:1841 Westminster were sleeping in a caravan in Front Street Warboys. John's occupation was shown as a photographic painter. In 1871 John and wife Eleonor M Stewart and their 8 month old son Orford, were in a caravan at Leicester Road, Lutterworth. By 1881 John had re-married (Helen S Stewart b: 1837 Buckingham), and settled at London Road Bicester where John was a photographic artist. By this timer they had two children, Orford b: 1870 Lutterworth and Harriett b: 1873 Bicester. By 1891 both John and wife Helen were photographers on the Market place at Bicester. The backs of their cartes de visite bear both names. In 1901 John was a widower, still operating as a photographer in Water Lane Bicester. Some of John's cartes de visite carry a masonic emblem. He was a member of Jersey Lodge Bicester, No 2334 from 1904 - 1908, but was already a Brother when he joined that Lodge and had been initiated in 1887. By 1911 John had retired - he was suffering from "senile decay" and living at 7 Cemetery Road, Bicester. He died in 1913.
References: England Census 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911.

Name:  STICKYBACKS or STICKY BACKS
Address: Midgate Peterborough
Working Dates: some time between c.1902 - 1906
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: The photograph below is reproduced with permission from the excellent site www.peterboroughimages.co.uk, which contains many photographs of Peterborough through the ages. The photo is stated to be from around 1900 and shows premises on the North side of Midgate adjacent to Broadway. An old shop is plastered with advertising (including one large graphic advertisement which, by today's standards, is outrageously racist) for the wares within - which are "sticky back" photographs. These were described by a photographic journal of 1912, "A Stickyback Photograph is one that has adhesive matter spread on the back, which it is simply necessary to moisten and then stick the picture on the mount. 'Stickyback' is the name by which small gummed-photographs, not much larger than a postage-stamp, are known." [Photo-era Magazine, Vol.28, 1912]. These inexpensive little photographs were a bit like the strips of images obtained today from photo-booths, although the stickybacks were produced by hand, not by a machine. Many of the example prints surviving from various sticky-back studios are printed from negatives which contain information from the camera or printing device (e.g. the photographer's name and address and a negative number) as well as the image through the lens.

It is not known at this stage who the photographer was at this Midgate studio in Peterborough. The date of the photograph may be a little more recent than was supposed. The building in question protruded across the junction from Midgate, reducing the width of Broadway. It was demolished around 1906 so that Long Causeway and Broadway aligned across the junction with Midgate and Westgate. The building was bought by Peterborough Corporation in 1899 with land extending along Broadway, with a view to building a Town Hall there. The same building was occupied in the 1901 census by David Henry Stott and his family. Stott b:1857 Peterborough was a printer, bookbinder, stationer bookseller and newsagent and photographs survive of the building with his signage. By the time the 1903 Kelly's Directory of Northampton was published in May 1903 Stott's businesses were operating in Long Causeway and Cross Street. When Kelly's Directory of Northamptonshire 1906 was published, Stott was living at 7 The Crescent, Thorpe Road Peterborough and his business premises were at 3 Westgate and Cross Street. The directory was published in Nov 1906. Kelly's Directories must have taken months if not years to prepare. It seems likely therefore that the photograph below of the Stickyback studio at Midgate was taken between 1902/3 and 1905/6.

It is possible that this was a studio in a small chain. There were other Sticky Back and Sticky Back and Postcard studios in Manchester, Brighton, Sheerness, Portsmouth, Brixton, Woolwich, Dublin - these seem to have been in operation from around 1901. The Manchester Sticky Backs was run by a Charles John Stewart Reed and Wallace Edward Allan. A photographer called Sidney Boultwood travelled around the country with a portable Stickbacks photographic apparatus, setting up a temporary studio in each town he visited. Between 1911 and 1918, Sidney Boultwood established Stickybacks studios in Southend-on-Sea, Lowestoft, Ipswich, Reading, Kidderminster, Halifax, Bath, Derby, Worcester and Southampton. The inventor of the sticky back photo is believed to be Spiridione Grossi and you can read extensive research on this by David Simkin at: http://photohistory-sussex.co.uk/BoultwoodStickyBacksStudio.htm.

We have also added more material on the origins of Stickybacks photographs and the Stickybacks name to our site at http://www.fadingimages.uk/StickyBack.asp .

References:
www.peterboroughimages.co.uk;
http://photohistory-sussex.co.uk/BTNStickyBacks54%20NorthSt.htm has a very detailed account of the Brighton Sticky Back Studio.
This site has details of Sidney Boultwood and his studios http://photohistory-sussex.co.uk/BoultwoodStickyBacksStudio.htm
Examples of Stickyback photos can be found here: http://photohistory-sussex.co.uk/BoultwoodStickyBacksStudio.htm and in the Trott family album here: http://photohistory-sussex.co.uk/StickyBackTrottAlbum.htm.

Stickybacks studio, Midgate, Peterborough

Name:  STILLS (Alan DAVIDSON ABIPP)  b:       d:
Address: The Old Horse Yard, Comberton Road, Toft
Working Dates: c.1990 – still in business in 2016
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: digital photography for advertising, working from studios in Cambridge and Norwich and location photography throughout the UK.
References: Yellow Pages 1990, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, http://www.stills-photography.co.uk/index.php

Name:  ST IVES PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDIO or ST IVES STUDIO  b:       d:
Address: 49 Taman Close, St Ives
Working Dates: c.1999 - 2000
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: weddings, portraits, dance, boudoir
References: Cambridge Yellow Pages 2000, Peterborough Yellow Pages 1999

Name: ST IVES STUDIO
Address: Station Road, St Ives
Working Dates: 1962 - 1968
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information:
References: County Directory of Huntingdon 1962-63. D.A.Yales Directory of Huntingdon and Peterborough 1967/1968

Name:  STRINGER, T   b:       d:
Address: St Ives
Working Dates: c.1900
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: We are grateful for permission to include the carte de visite portrait below of an unknown young man by Stringer from the Huntingdonshire Archives. The reverse of the white mount has a number of hand stamped designs, including the legend: "Photographed by T Stringer St Ives Hunts". No trace of this photographer has yet been found in local trade directories or census returns.
References: Huntingdonshire Archives Accession No 4741.

Carte de visite portrait by T Stringer

Name:   STUDIO MARGARET
Address: 22 Victoria Road, Wisbech
Working Dates: c.1966 - 1990
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information:
References: Eastern Counties of England Trade Directory 1966/1967. Peterborough Yellow Pages 1971, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1986, 1990

Name:   STUDIO POLAROID
Address: At Thakral’s Chemists 9-10 Stanisland Way, Werrington, Peterborough and Peters Photo 10 Great Whyte, Ramsey
Working Dates: c.1990
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: – instant passport photos - some sort of franchise arrangement perhaps?
References: Peterborough Yellow Pages 1999 block ad for both addresses.

Name:  STURTON & SONS   (Joseph and Richard Sturton)
Address: Cambridge
Working Dates: c.1869
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Joseph Sturton b:1815 Sleaford Lincs, was a chemist and druggist at 119 Fitzroy Street Cambridge in the 1861 census. He was assisted by his wife Elizabeth b:1824 Cambridge. Their children, all born in Cambridge, were: Anne Ainsworth b:1842, Miriam b:1847, Martha Hooper b:1848, Susanna b:1853, Richard b:1855, Joseph Ashworth b:1857 and Mary Elizabeth b:1858. In 1862 Mr Sturton chemist and druggist of Fitzroy Street Cambridge was mentioned in the Cambridge Independent Press (12/4/1862) in the case of a suicide who had taken a fatal dose of Laudnum purchased from his chemist's shop. In 1871 the family was living at 1 Park Terrace Cambridge. Joseph was a "chemist and landowner", assisted by his wife and daughter Susanna and his son Richard was an apprentice chemist. The family had two servants. By 1881 Joseph had changed his occupation and was described as a farmer. In 1881 Richard Sturton was living at 28 New Square Cambridge, a chemist and oil merchant employing 12 men and 6 boys. He was living with his wife, Mary Emma b:1861 Peterborough. In 1881 Joseph Ashworth Sturton was living at 6 Warkworth Street Cambridge and was an oil merchant. In 1891 Richard, still a chemist, had moved to 6 Park Terrace Cambridge. His children were: David Allan b:1883, Elizabeth b:1884, Joseph b:1885 and Phillip Leslie b:1888. Joseph Sturton was by this time describing himself as a retired chemist and Joseph Ashworth Sturton was living at Trumpington Cambridge and was described as a provision merchant and farmer. In 1895 Richard was nominated as a County Councillor for Cambridgeshire. In 1901 Joseph Ashworth Sturton was living in Hills Road Cambridge and was a grocer. In 1910 Joseph Sturton died. By 1911 Richard was a retired Chemist; he died in 1924. Joseph Ashworth Sturton died in 1929.

Described in one local trade directory as "wholesale druggists, pharmaceutical dealers and photographic dealer". Were any of the Sturtons also photographers or did they simply provide photographic chemicals / equipment? In 1902 when a Committee of local photographers was formed to deal with a Photographic Convention visiting Cambridge, one Committee Member was R.Sturton.
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992. Kellys Directory of Cambridgeshire 1869

Name:  SUCKLING, Arthur  Herbert  b:1865 Linton Cambs  d:1951
Address: Hope Cottage, Horne Lane, Linton 1904, Oak Cottage, Horne Lane, Linton in 1908
Working Dates: 1904-16
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Arthur was the son of Samuel Suckling b:1819 Steeple Bumpstead, the local chemist and druggist in Linton High Street. In 1881 Arthur, aged 16, was also described as a chemist. In 1891 Arthur was a cabinet maker. He was a carpenter and picture frame maker in 1901 and foreman joiner in 1911. Presumably photography was a secondary occupation.
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
Kellys Directory of Cambridgeshire lists him as a photographer between 1904-16.

Name:   SULLIVAN, Les b:       d:
Address:  The Old Magistrates Court, 1-5 Cross Lane, Melbourn
Working Dates: c.1997
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: group photography
References: Cambridge Yellow Pages 1997

Name:   SUMMERS, Richard b:       d:
Address:  Fenstanton
Working Dates: c.1859
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: The Cambridge Chronicle of Saturday 10th September 1859 reported from the St Ives petty sessions that William Mandefield of St Ives was committed for a month in default of paying £1 19s 6d for having on 4th July wilfully and maliciously damaged a tent by cutting the same, the property of Richard Summers of Fenstanton, photographic artist". Summers could have been a travelling photographer - local press reports suggest that at this time there might easily be three or four photographers' booths at local fairs. No other trace found at this stage of this photographer
References: Cambridge Chronicle 10/9/1859. CB Chronicle 14/4/1860 reported five photogrphic artists at that month's Godmanchester Fair.

Name:  SWAINE (SWAME sic), George, b: Wisbech 1828      d:1912
Address: Little South Street Wisbech, Canal Row Wisbech in 1871 then from 1875, 20 Norfolk Street East, Wisbech
Working Dates: 1864-1896
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information:  In October 1864 there was a fire at the premises of Mr Swaine, photographer, of Little South Street Wisbech. He was unpacking glass from a crate and the straw packing caught fire - but for prompt assistance the whole house would have caught fire. In 1871 George was listed as a photographer living in Canal Row, Wisbech. In 1881 George was listed in the census as a painter and photographer living at 20 Norfolk St East with his wife Elizabeth, a milliner and bonnet maker, b. Leeds 1832 and their 7 children aged between 21 and 6 years. In 1892 and 1896 he was listed as a photographer and plumber. In 1891 George was living in Norfolk Street East, Wisbech and was a house painter and photographer. In the 1901 Census George was living in Wisbech and described as a painter and photographer. In 1911 he was living in St Peters Road Wisbech and occupation was shown as house painter.
References: Cambridge Independent Press 8th October 1864
Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
Kellys Directory of Cambridgeshire 1864
PO Directory of the Counties of Cambridge, Norfolk and Suffolk, Kelly and Co London Sept 1865 (Swame)
PO Directory of the Counties of Cambridge, Norfolk and Suffolk, Kelly and Co London Aug 1869 (Swaine) Little South Street, Wisbech
20 Norfolk Street East, Wisbech PO Directory of the Counties of Cambridge, Norfolk and Suffolk, Kelly and Co London Nov 1875
PO Directory of the Counties of Cambridge, Norfolk and Suffolk, Kelly and Co London Nov 1879
Kellys Directory of Cambridgeshire 1883 listed as a photographer 20 Norfolk St East.
Kellys Directory of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, Kelly and Co London April 1888
Kellys Directory of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, Kelly and Co London Aug 1892 listed as a photographer and plumber.
Photographer and plumber, Kellys Directory of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, Kelly and Co London Sept 1896.

Name:  SWIFT PHOTO SERVICES
Address: 87 Eastfield Road, Peterborough
Working Dates: c.1990
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: industrial, commercial, domestic, weddings, portraits
References:
Peterborough Yellow Pages 1990

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