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Who Were The Stickyback Photographers in England ?

By around 1902 the name "Stickyback" had started to become known, and was associated with a particular type of tiny inexpensive portrait. The three unique selling points of these photographs were: tiny size, gummed back and probably most important - very low price - at times you could get a dozen StickyBacks for 3d, more normally for 6d. The clientele attracted to the StickyBacks establishment would have been very different to those attracted to a top photographic studio; hence some of the the advertisements listed below for "doorkeepers" at StickyBacks establishments. The price was such that some in this hitherto untapped clientelle would have been tempted to return and provide the photographer with repeat business. A newspaper report on a travelling sticky back photographer in Cookstown commented, no doubt with some exaggeration, that "the inordinate vanity of some of the local shop assistants has led them to get upwards of twenty dozen of photos taken"

Multi-position camera backs allowed photographers to take multiple images on a single plate and photographers devised different ways to print strips of prints from single negatives. Over time specific apparatus became available for the production of stickyback photographs. Some photographers taking up this style of photography incorporated the word "Stickyback" or some variation into their business names. For others, this could have been simply an addition to a range of services already offered.

There were two StickyBack studios in Peterborough, listed on our site. The identity of these Peterborough photographers has so far remained a mystery, but this has led us to investigate the whole Sticky Back genre in more detail. What follows draws heavily on the extensive research undertaken by David Simkin and included on his invaluable site http://photohistory-sussex.co.uk. David Simkin lists here http://www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/BoultwoodStickyBacksStudio.htm a number of StickyBack photographers he has discovered. It is hoped that the following will contribute towards a comprehensive listing of UK Sticky back studios which may prove to be of value to family and local historians.

In the information below we have tried to identify stickyback photographers across the UK, mainly from information gleaned from local newspapers. But many of these photographers would not have used newspapers to advertise, preferring instead to advertise extensively at their premises. Others will not have advertised and may only become known today through surviving examples of their work. Survivals of sticky back photos are not that common due mainly to their small size and confusion with later photo booth images. This is a work in progress and much more awaits discovery - please contact us if you have, or come across, any additional information on "Sticky Backs" which you are willing to share via this site.

If you come across Stickyback photos with only part of the photographer's address shown, searching this page might match the partial address with the photographer's town.

We have pages on this site for Sticky Back photographers in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the rest of the world.

There may well have been stickyback photographers, or photographers who included stickyback products in their offerings, in most towns. Towns in England where we have, so far, found definite traces of Stickyback photographers are: Bath, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Blackpool, Bognor Regis, Bolton, Brighton, Bristol, Canterbury, Cheltenham, Chester, Derby, Dover, Durham, Falmouth, Folkestone, Halifax, Hartlepool, Hebburn-on-Tyne, Hove, Ilfracombe, Ilkeston, Ipswich, Kidderminster, Leeds, Lewes, Liverpool, London, Loughborough, Lowestoft, Manchester, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Penzance, Peterborough, Portsmouth, Preston, Reading, Seaford, Sheerness, Shoreham, Southend on Sea, Southampton, Southport, Stroud, Sunderland, West Bromwich, Worcester, Worthing.

BATH

Address: Shirley Villa, Beechen Cliff, Bath
Possible practitioner: WILLWAY, Theophilus Charles (1860-1927)
Operating dates: 1914 - listed as a photographer in local directories 1911, 1919 and 1923
References: Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Saturday 21 November 1914 p1."Post all sticky backs lately taken to be enlarged for Xmas cards . Permanent process Willway, enlargement specialist, Beechen Cliff, Bath. One cabinet 2s"
PO Directory of Bath 1911, Ketty's Somerset Directory 1919, 1923

Address: 23 Westgate Street, Bath
Possible practitioner: BOULTWOOD, Sidney (1882-1958)
Operating dates: 1914-15
References: Stickybacks Studio, 23 Westgate Street, Bath, 1914-15. One of Sidney Boultwood's Sticky Back Studios, listed on David Simkin's 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. David Simkin has an example of a stickyback photo from this studio on his site at www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/BoultwoodBrydenWestgateBath.jpg. Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette Sat 8 Aug 1914 p1. "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."

BIRKENHEAD

Address: 39 Grange Road West, Birkenhead
Possible practitioner: GROSSI, Stella
Operating dates: 1914
References: Liverpool Echo - Wednesday 09 December 1914 p6, "Man, middle aged, understanding bromide printingand developing 25/- and commission. Call Friday, Sticky Backs, 39 Grange Road West, Birkenhead." According to the 1914 Kelly's directory of Cheshire, 39 Grange Road West was occupied by photographer Stella Grossi, the younger sister of Spiridione Grossi. In 1911 Stella was at 77 Paradise Street Liverpool. The 1913 local directory listed Stella as a photographer at 57 Bold Street Liverpool. Later she married William Henry Huish and set up a studio in Morecambe.

BIRMINGHAM

Address: "Royal Studio", 98 New Street, Birmingham
Possible practitioner: "MR STICKYBACK" - identity not currently known
Operating dates: 1911
References: Coventry Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 01 November 1911 p1: "Mr Stickyback 98 New Street Birmingham, photos in Christmas Cards".

Address: 206 Maryvale Road, Bourneville, Birmingham
Possible practitioner: WILLIAMS, F
Operating dates: 1915
References: The Era - Wednesday 08 December 1915 p25. "Wanted, photographic Operator, used to Sticky Back business, must be capable of taking sole control of a shop and understanding the trade from beginning to end. References required. State terms by letter only to F.Williams, 206 Maryvale Road, Bourneville, Birmingham"

BLACKPOOL

Address: 64 Waterloo Rd, South Shore, Blackpool.
Possible practitioner: WORLD'S PHOTO CO, names of proprietors not currently knowwn.
Operating dates: 1906
References: The Era - Saturday 04 August 1906 p27."Wanted. Quick operator and finisher for StickyBack photos. No learners need apply. Reference and full particulars to the manager, Worlds' Photo Co, 64 Waterloo Rd, South Shore, Blackpool."

BOGNOR REGIS

Address: 8 Pier Arcade, Bognor
Possible practitioner: King and Wilson
Operating dates: c.1915
References: Photo historian Paul Clarke has posted in Flick a number of images from an Edwardian photo album. Two of these, portraits of an unknown boy and a girl, are stickyback portraits from Pier Arcade, Bognor. The images are at www.flickr.com/photos/runninginsuffolk/34328922782 and https://www.flickr.com/photos/runninginsuffolk/34328922832. David Simkin in his excellent site on Sussex photographers lists photographers King and Wilson as operating from 8 Pier Arcade Bognor Regis in 1915 www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/BOGNORdirHR.htm

BOLTON

Address: 28 Newport Street, Bolton.
Possible practitioner: PLEASALL PHOTO CO, names of propretors not currently known
Operating dates: 1904
References: Bolton Evening News - Friday 08 January 1904 P3. "Sticky Backs, Pleasall Photo Co, 28 Newport Street, Bolton."

BRADFORD

Address: not known
Possible practitioner: PIKE, ?, 83 Stratford Road Manchester
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 (sic) on same terms. Pike, 83 Stratford Road Manchester."

BRIGHTON

Address: 54 North Street, Brighton
Possible practitioner: GROSSI, Spiridone Grossi 1911, DUDKIN, Abraham 1912
Operating dates: 1911 - 1917
References: The 1911 Kelly’s Directory for Sussex, shows Spiridione Grossi, photographer, 54 North Street, Brighton. David Simkin, in his excellent site on Sussex photographers, states that Grossi's studio at 54 North Street went under the name of "The Sticky Back & Post Card Studio". By around 1912 the Brighton studio had been taken over by another photographer, Abraham Dudkin. www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/BoultwoodFamilyGallery.htm and www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/DudkinModernStudios.htm. and the studio was known as the "Sticky Back and Modern Studio". From 1915 to 1919 Abraham Dudkin's firm traded as "Modern Studios". It is not currently known whether this change of name indicated that they no longer produced stickyback photos. There are a number of surviving postcard format portraits from Modern Studios. After 1917 Abraham moved from 54 North Street to 10 Queen's Road Brighton where he operated until 1922. Abraham Dudkin's brother, Mordecai Dudkin, was a partner in the business. Mordecai operated from 157a Church Road, Hove 1915-17 and from 26 West Street, Brighton 1916-24. The firm also had a studio at 19 High Street, Shoreham 1918-19.

Address: Brighton - precise address not known, but could be another reference to 54 North Street Brighton as in the entry above. See also below an example postcard from the studio of "Stickybacks 19 North Street Brighton"
Possible practitioner: Could this be GROSSI,Spiridione or 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". This could be Spiridione Grossi, who, when prosecuted for abduction in March 1913 stated that he had “business interests in Liverpool, London, Manchester, Brighton and Brussels”. On the other hand, 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: Brighton - precise address not known. but could be another reference to 54 North Street Brighton as in the entry above. See also below an example postcard from the studio of "Stickybacks 19 North Street Brighton".
Possible practitioner: BOULTWOOD, Sidney
Operating dates: 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." Over the years many photographers have operated in the Strand. The address at 420 The Strand appears on the real photograph postcard portrait below (author’s collection). The studio there was called “The Post Card Studio”. The studio name and job number are printed along the right hand margin of the photograph, suggesting that the photographer / inventor may have been experimenting with ways of including identifying text within the printed image area, as in the smaller stickyback photographs. We know that Spiridione Grossi had a studio in Brighton and that he had used the name "The Post Card Studio" elsewhere, making it likely that this Cheltenham advertisement was for his businesses. On the other hand, 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 Brighton.

Address: New England Road, Brighton ?
Possible Practitioner: Not currently known
Operating dates: ? c.1910
References: Photo historian Paul Clarke has posted on Flickr.com some 25 small portraits from an Edwardian photo album. There are three definite stickyback photos among these. These include two examples from 54 North Street Brighton and another from "New England Rd". There was a New England Rd in Brighton and so attributing this to another studio in the same town is a reasonable working hypothesis. The image can be seen at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/runninginsuffolk/30425808583/in/album-72157675381993741/ . The style of lettering does not seem to match that used by either Sidney Boultwood or Spiridione Grossi - the font face is too light. Also the way that "RD" is depicted is different. Both Boultwood and Grossi used a full height capital letter for the "R" and half height for the capital letter "D" with a full stop underneath it. wheras the New England Rd example uses full height capital "R" and a slightly reduced height capital "D".

Address: 31 West Street, Brighton
Possible practitioner: DUDKIN, Abraham
Operating dates: 1913-15
References: David Simkin in his excellet site on Sussex Photographers list this as a second Brighton studio operated by Abraham Dudkin, who also operated from 54 North Street. www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/DudkinModernStudios.htm

Below is a postcard cameo portrait of an unknown man with moustache. This is from Sticky Back and Modern Studios 54 North Street Brighton. This appears to be a finished and well composed product, as does the following postcard from the same studio with a group of three sitters.

Cameo portrait of man with moustacheReverse of cameo portrait

StickyBacks portrait of three peopleReverse postcard Stickybacks

Next is a nicely composed portrait of a young girl, taken at another Brighton StickyBacks Studio at 19 North Street, Brighton.

Portrait of young girlReverse of Brighton StickyBack portrait.

BRISTOL

Address: 10 St Augustine's Parade, Bristol
Possible practitioner: ?BOWDEN BROS
Operating dates: 1903, 1904
References: Western Daily Press - Tuesday 22 December 1903 P7."The've all got sticky backs at the Polytechnic Studio St Augustine's Parade" (Bristol).
Western Daily Press - Friday 08 January 1904 P8 through to April 1904. "They've all got Sticky Backs except you. Call early and get them at 10 St Augustine's Parade, Bristol". According to Kelly's Directory of Bristol 1902 Bowden Bros, photographers were at 10A St Augustine's Parade. There was another photographer Sargent Bros, at no 7 and a photographic materials dealer, P and A Robertson was at No 6. It is not known whether Bowden Bros were at this address in 1903-4

Address: Bristol Bridge.
Possible practitioner: WILLETT, Henry R.
Operating dates: 1904
References:Clifton and Redland Free Press - Friday 26 August 1904 p2. "Willett, Photographer, Bristol Bridge. Reduced prices. 12 Stickybacks 1/-, 12 Cartes de Visite 3/6, 12 Cabinets 6/6" . Henry Willett was a professional photographer in Bristol from the late 1870s, earlier addresses included 10 St Augustine's Parade (1879)

Address: 27 Castle Street, Bristol
Possible practitioner: SEAMAN, H.O.
Operating dates: 1905
References:Western Daily Press of Friday 03 November 1905 P9
Theft of "Sticky-Backs" promotional discount tickets value one shilling from H.O.Seaman's photographers, 27 Castle Street, Bristol - offender sentenced by court to 5 years detention. See our page on Seaman photographer's.

Address: 19 Castle Street, Bristol
Possible practitioner: Not yet identified
Operating dates: 1923
References:Western Daily Press - Wednesday 25 April 1923 p2. "Ladies required, experienced in photography, apply Sticky Backs 19 Castle Street".

CANTERBURY

Address: Lower- Bridge St. Canterbury
Possible practitioner: KNIGHT, Charles Henry, aka "The Original Stickybacks"
Operating dates: some time during 1914-18, operated for 6 months only
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.

CHELTENHAM

Address: 84 High Street Cheltenham
Possible practitioner: BOULTWOOD, Sidney
Operating dates: 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.". Gloucestershire Echo - Wednesday 03 June 1914 p5. "The Original Sticky Back Studio. High-street, seems to have become remarkably popular, judging by the crowds visiting the Studio lately. One is bound to admit that these little photographs are remarkably good, surprisingly so in fact, are extraordinarily good value. They are produced by the latest Cinematographic process, which accounts for tho marvellous rapidity with which they are taken. They are, as claimed, "just a snapshot of yourself", and they've all got stickybacks. Mr. Stickybacks Studio is at 84 High-street (near Bath road), Cheltenham". Gloucestershire Echo - Thursday 18 June 1914 p2. Active reliable man wanted for circular distribution, door to door, Stickyback, 84 High Street, Cheltenham. Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette Sat 8 Aug 1914 p1. " 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". The studio at 23 Westgate Street Bath was one of Sidney Boultwood's studios, so the Cheltenham address must have been another of his premises. The studio at 84 High Street may have only occupied part of the address as a number of advertisements appeared in the press before and after June 1914 for J.Maxwell, fish merchant at 84 High St.

CHESTER

Address: 14 Foregate Chester
Possible practitioner: GROSSI, Tofiss
Operating dates: 1918
References: Liverpool Echo - Thursday 08 August 1918 p1. "Photography lady or youth thorough knowledge bromide printing and developing £2 weekly. Full particulars Tofiss Grossi Stickybacks 14 Foregate Chester." The unusual surname suggests that Tofiss was related to Spiridione Grossi. To date however no further information has been found about him.

DERBY

Address: 2 Litchurch Street, Derby
Possible practitioner: Currently not known - WINFIELD or HARDY
Operating dates: 1905
References: Derby Daily Telegraph - Tuesday 19 September 1905 P1. "Partner wanted for that lucrative branch of photography known as "sticky backs" methods entirely new advertiser's profits last 18 months £40 - £60 weekly; capital about £70 address Winfield 2 Litchurch Street Derby." The Era - Saturday 23 September 1905 p27. Same ad as above, but address shown as "Hardy 2 Litchurch St Derby."

Address: 66 St Peter's Street. Derby
Possible practitioner: BOULTWOOD, Sidney
Operating dates: 1914-19
References: Derby Daily Telegraph - Friday 06 November 1914 p1." Young man wanted to generally assis in dark room and studios; knowledge of photography not essential. Permanency to smart fellow. Mr Stickyback's Studios 66 St Peter's street." Nottingham Evening Post - Thursday 21 August 1919 p4. "Young lady assistant required about 20 for Ilkeston branch. Wages &c Stickybacks Ltd 66 St Peters Street Derby." Stickybacks Studio, 66 St Peter's Street, Derby, 1915-16. One of Sidney Boultwood's Sticky Back Studios, listed by David Simkin 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: Unknown
Possible practitioner: Unknown
Operating dates: -1922
References: Derby Daily Telegraph - Monday 30 January 1922 p2. Advertisement for an auction at Derby included in the list of lots: Also professional photographers equipment, including stickyback camera, complete with lens and all accessories, (by Billclef), patent printing machine, patent adjustable seat, developing dishes and tanks etc

DOVER

Address: 35 Biggin Street 1913-1920 and Snargate Street Dover 1914 to 1920
Possible practitioner: KNIGHT, Charles Henry, aka "Original Stickybacks" and "The Photographers"
Operating dates: 1913 - 1920
References: Dover Express - Friday 18 September 1914 p1. " Youth wanted to make himself generally useful. Apply between 4 and 5 Sticky Backs, Biggin Street".
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.
The London Gazette, 13 March 1923, Issue 32805, Page 2002 - Original Mr Stickybacks Electric Studios  Ltd to be removed from register in 3 months.
The London Gazette, 6 July 1923 Issue:32842 Page:4724, Original Mr.Stickyback's Electric Studios Limited removed from register.

An excellent humorous example photograph from the 35 Biggin Street studio has been posted on Flickr.com, by its owner Paul Wells. He has entitled the image "dodgey geezers" and it can be seen at https://www.flickr.com/photos/doverpast/6391080845

Address: 48 Biggin Street, Dover
Possible practitioner: Not currently known
Operating dates: ?1905
References: the small portrait below is about 2 in x 1.5 and in in an ornate embossed card mount 3 in x 2.25 in. The mount is labeled "The Royal Miniature" and on the reverse is "Sticky Backs, 48 Biggin Street Dover and Atlanta Pier Road Ilfracombe". The mount is similar to that used for tiny tin types.

Royal Miniature by Sticky BacksReverse of Royal Miniature

DURHAM

Address: Not currently known
Possible practitioner: Not currently known
Operating dates: 1903
References: Durham County Advertiser - Friday 13 February 1903 p5. Report of Trades' Exhibition in the Drill Hall, Gilesgate, Durham "Stickybacks appear to be in great demand".

FALMOUTH

Address: High Street Falmouth
Possible practitioner: Not currently known, aka West End Sticky Backs
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 in High St Falmouth in 1910 or 1914 Kelly's Directories.

FOLKESTONE

Address: 21 Tontine Street Folkestone
Possible practitioner: KNIGHT, Charles Henry
Operating dates: 1913-1918
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

HALIFAX

Address: 26 Crown Street, Halifax
Possible practitioner: BOULTWOOD, Sidney
Operating dates: 1914-15
References: Stickybacks Studio, 26 Crown Street, Halifax , 1914-15. One of Sidney Boultwood's Sticky Back Studios, listed on Savid Simkin's 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

HARTLEPOOL

Address: 41 Northgate Hartlepool
Possible practitioner: DOYLE
Operating dates: 1906
References: Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail Saturday 22 December 1906 p2. "Hallo, Hallo, Hallo. Is my face red? The latest! Call at Doyle's 41 Northgate, Hartlepool, and have your Sticky Back for Christmas. The larghest and most up to date stock for XMas and New Year cards. Also a large selection of picture postcards at prices to suit all classes. Call early and inspect for yourselves. Note address 41 Northgate, Hartlepool".

HEBBURN-ON-TYNE

Address: 51 Carr Street, Hebburn-on-Tyne
Possible practitioner: Robert C.Platt Jnr
Operating dates: c. 1911
References: In a discussion about a proposed Photographic Assistants Union, Robert C.Platt Jnr, 51 Carr Street, Hebburn-on-Tyne wrote: "We should not exclude from such a Union the man who starts in a small way on his own account. Personally I am in business on my own account, and i may say I am not turning out 24in x 20 in carbons and driving about in my motor-car, but am producing the class of photographs which sell, and by which I have managed to make a living and pay my way for the past few years. I don’t go in for “stickybacks and postcards” for any particular love for that class of business, but simply because I find it easier to keep myself in constant employment and therefore be more certain of a regular wage each week. It only needs a glance at your advertising columns to show what class of work is required from assistants and also I have met several really capable photographers in my time who were glad to turn to a cheaper class of work in order to make a living, not to mention men who run high class establishments in one part of the town and a stickyback shop in another. I am in no way blind to the advantages of a really high class business turning out the best of work and when I get hold of sufficient capital I hope to have a business like that myself. But in the meantime I can’t help noticing the number of photographers who are producing cheaper stuff. These men are not fools, nor yet are they necessarily incapable of doing good work, but they simply realise the necessity of making a living and realise that the most certain way of doing so is to supply goods at a price low enough to be within reach of the surrounding population". British Journal of Photography Sept 15 1911 p712.

HOVE

Address: 157a Church Road, Hove
Possible practitioner: Mordecai Dudkin, brother and partner of Abraham Dudkin
Operating dates: 1915
References: David Simkin has full details of the Dudkin family, their photographic business and their studios on his excellent site on Sussex Photographers: www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/DudkinModernStudios.htm.

ILFRACOMBE

Address: Atlanta Pier Road, Ilfracombe
Possible Practitioner: Not Currently known
Operating dates: ?1905
References: This address appears on the reverse of the stickybacks mount from 48 Biggin Street Dover

ILKESTON

Address: Not currently known - Ilkestone
Possible practitioner: BOULTWOOD, Sidney
Operating dates: 1919
References: Nottingham Evening Post - Thursday 21 August 1919 p4. "Young lady assistant required about 20 for Ilkeston branch. Wages &c Stickybacks Ltd 66 St Peters Street Derby." The Derby Studio at 66 St Peters St has been identified as one of Sidney Boultwood's Sticky Back Studios, listed on Savid Simkin's 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. Nottingham Evening Post - Thursday 11 September 1919 p3. " Glass sign for sale. No frame, about 11 ft by 22in £3 cash. Stickyback Ilkeston".

IPSWICH

Address: 59 St Matthews Ipswich
Possible practitioner: MASON
Operating dates: 1906-07
References: Evening Star - Friday 16 November 1906 P2. "Wanted, smart, active, youth at once. Apply Sticky Backs, St Matthews." (Ipswich) . Evening Star (Suffolk) - Monday 07 January 1907 p2. "Photographs by the mile. 12 for 4d. They've all got sticky backs. Don't mistake the address: Masons, 59a St Matthews." (Ipswich). Evening Star - Tuesday 05 February 1907 p2."Your photo on postcards 1s 9d per doz, highly finished cabinet 4s per doz, Sticky Backs 4d per doz: same address - Masons 59 St Matthews." (Ipswich)
Robert Pols lists an Ipswich photographer MASON, J Winton of 21 St Peter's Street, Ipswich listed in local Directories 1906,1906/7 and 1908 www.early-photographers.org.uk/Suf%20K-M.html

Address: 10 Northgate Street
Possible practitioner: not currently known
Operating dates: -1909
References: Evening Star - Thursday 25 February 1909 p2. " For sale studio camera, sticky back photos in good condition; to be seen at 10 Northgate Street. No reasonable offer refused".

Address: 49 St Matthews Street Ipswich
Possible practitioner: BOULTWOOD, Sidney
Operating dates: 1913
References: Stickybacks Studio, 49 St Matthews Street, Ipswich, 1913. One of Sidney Boultwood's Sticky Back Studios, listed on David Simkin's 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

KIDDERMINSTER

Address: Bull Ring or Church Street Kidderminster (possibly same address as the two are contiguous.
Possible practitioner: BOULTWOOD, Sidney
Operating dates: 1914-15
References: Evening Despatch - Friday 11 December 1914 p2. "Smart reliable man wanted as doorman etc good wages to the right man Stickybacks studio Church Street, Kidderminster." Stickybacks Studio, Bull Ring, Kidderminster , 1914-15. One of Sidney Boultwood's Sticky Back Studios, listed by David Simkin 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

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".

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 Spiridone 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: 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.

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 photigrapher 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 records relating thereto. The address at 420 The Strand appears on a real photograph postcard portrait in the author’s collection . The studio was called “The Post Card Studio”. The studio name and job number are printed along the right hand margin of the photograph, suggesting that the photographer may have been experimenting with ways of including identifying text within the printed image area, as in the smaller stickyback photographs.

Address: 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 substanoe 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: 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 amd 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, N,
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: Not currently known
Possible practitioner: Not currently known
Operating dates: 1915
References: The following entry suggests that there was a stickyback photographer in Loughborough in 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".

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".

LOWESTOFT

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).

NORTHAMPTON

Address: 5, Horsemarket, Northampton
Possible practitioner: HENRY, William Henry REYNOLDS (1872-) or possibly Horace Henry DUDLEY (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.

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 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.

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)

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 which includes a photo of the premises.

Address: Narrow Street, Peterborough
Possible practitioner: Not currently known. Possibly John Borrill ETCHES?
Operating dates: c.1916
References: See entry on our site at www.fadingimages.uk/photoSti.asp. Photo below proves the existance 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

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.

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.

READING

Address: 17 Oxford Street, Reading
Possible practitioner: BOULTWOOD, Sidney
Operating dates: 1913-14
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

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 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 poirot 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.

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 Framcis (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".

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 Fliskr 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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