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Who Were The Stickyback Photographers in Ireland?

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 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 - we welcome any additional information on "Sticky Backs" which you may come across. We have included the whole of Ireland on this page as we are referring to a period before Partition. Considering the relative populations it appears that stickyback photographers were more numerous in Ireland than the rest of the UK.

In a letter to the Editor on the subject of Sunday opening as it applied to Dublin, James J. Honohan, 113 Stephens Green, Dublin, wrote: "In the first place, anyone walking through our streets on Sundays will notice that the oldest established and best photographers (we have a few left here) are closed. Now, on the other hand, we have grown up in our midst the cheap jacks, the postcard, stickyback and 1s 11d enlargement branch of photography, abusing each other with sandwich men for all they are worth in the choicest American vulgarisms. Some of those people to my knowledge employ young girls from about 10 o’clock until 7 or 8 o’clock on Sundays". (British Journal of photography 17 Feb 1911 p 130)

Stickyback photographers have so far been found in: Arklow, Ballymena, Belfast, Coleraine, Cookstown, Dublin, Dungannon, Larne, Longford, Lurgan, Magherafelt, Mohill, New Ross, Newry, Tralee, and Tramore

ARKLOW

Address: Bridge Street, Arklow
Possible identity of practitioner: COWAN, H.
Dates operating: 1909
References: Dublin Daily Express - Thursday 29 July 1909 p1. "Youth wanted for Sticky Backs; used to taken today and ready tomorrow; none but experiencesd bneed apply. H.Cowan, Bridge street, Arklow".

BALLYMENA

Address: Broadway, Ballymena
Possible identity of practitioner: Not currently known. Christopher X, aka The Photo Kings, The Original American Miniature Photographers
Dates operating: 1908, then 1909-10
References: Passing reference to the premises in the report of a traffic accident: Ballymena Weekly Telegraph - Saturday 15 August 1908 p8. "Two Ballymena cyclists, Mrs Heaney, Albert Place and Mr James Giffen, William Street, came into collision on Saturday night at Broadway. Both were thrown from their machines and Mrs Heaney, who came in sharp contact with the ground sustained a severe cut at the back of the head. The other cyclist, who was uninjured, assisted in conveying Mrs Heaney to Messrs Sticky Backs premises adjacent" Then a return visit recorded in the Ballymena Observer - Friday 29 January 1909 p7. " First appearance of Christopher the Sticky Back King. your photo 6d per dozen. Opening at Broadway Ballymena tomorrow, Saturday 30th inst. NB Christopher's Sticky Backs never fade." Ballymena Weekly Telegraph - Saturday 24 December 1910 p8. "The numerous people who were delighted with their photos taken at Sticky Backs. Broadway. Ballymena, about two years ago. will be interested to learn that these famous Photo Kings have paid the town a return visit, they having now commenced business again at Ballymoney Street (corner of Broadway). The particulars given in the advertising columns of this paper to-day show, inter alia, that superior high-class Midgets can be supplied at the infinitesimal charge of sixpence per dozen, and that photos can be "taken day or night: wet or fine". The universal satisfaction which Sticky Backs gave before in Ballymena and district should guarantee them another big clientele now". Their advertisement on page 2 refers to them as "The Original American Miniature Photographers, Sticky Backs the Photo Kings - local branch at Ballymoney Street Ballymena". This wording suggests that in 1910 this was a branch from another studio.

BELFAST

Address: 146 Upper North Street. Belfast
Possible identity of practitioner: HAIG, Charles, aka "Sticky Backs" and "The Original American Sticky Backs".
Dates operating: 1905-1911
References: This firm used a particularly humourous form of advertising incorporating fake news. They also claimed to be the original American Sticky Backs using a unique "Electroscope". Belfast News-Letter - Thursday 28 December 1905 p2. "For sale. Sticky Backs are making a speciality of copying from old or faded photographs 9d per doz; enlargements at remarkably low prices; 1/2 doz American panel cabinets 1s. Sticky Back photos only 6d per doz. Sticky Backs 146 Upper North Street." Belfast Telegraph - Thursday 28 December 1905 p3. "Sensation in North Street. Police charge the crowds - an unusual occurrance - owing to an advertisement by that world-famed photograph firm, The Original Sticky Backs giving 1 dozen of highly enamelled photographs for the humble sum of sixpence, and are still giving them. Sticky Backs 146 Upper North Street". Belfast Telegraph - Friday 29 December 1905 p2. "Photography - wanted a smart respectable lad as apprentice. Apply Sticky Backs 146 Upper Street". Belfast Telegraph - Friday 19 January 1906 p3. "Election Result. Sticky Back wins easily. For further particulars see window 146 Upper North Street". Belfast Telegraph - Monday 05 February 1906 p1. "500 dollars reward if we don't teke your photographs at sixpence per dozen. Sticky Backs North Street." Belfast Telegraph - Saturday 31 March 1906 p2. "Sticky Backs only address in Belfast is 146 Upper North Street (a few doors from Royal Avenue). S.B. is the original and only patentee of the now famouse miniature photo process. "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." Follow who can. There is only one Sticky Backs. Photographs highly Enamelled and finished from 6d per dozen, taken today, ready tomorrow. We copy or enlarge from any photograph. Oil portraits a speciality. See specimens at studio. Lists post free." Belfast Telegraph - Saturday 07 April 1906 p6. "Startling occurance in North Street. A bull in the photographers. Great excitement was caused in the Sticky Backs Lighting Photographer's 146 North street, by the sudden appearance of a ferocious looking bull, which rushed into the shop. It appears the animal was frightened by the noise of the traffic and escaped from his drivers; but doubtless it is another wonderful example of animal intelligence, the bull being attracted by the outstanding offer made by this marvellous firm." Belfast Telegraph - Monday 23 July 1906 p2. "Caution. "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" Our name is being copied, our method of advertising is also being copied; but one consolation, our work cannot be copied. Every photograph taken by the Electroscope, the only one in Ireland. We are the original American Sticky Backs, 146 North Street. Beware of imitations."Belfast Telegraph Wednesday 25 July 1906 p1. "12 photographs taken by Electroscope for sixpence. The original Sticky Backs 146 North Street, Belfast and Bangor". Belfast Telegraph - Thursday 30 March 1911 p1. "Charles Haig's 146 Upper North Street the originator of the now famous Sticky Back photograph".

Address: 31 High Street, Belfast
Possible identity of practitioner: REID Brothers
Dates operating: 1906
References: Belfast Telegraph - Thursday 22 November 1906 p2. "Christmas Post Cards with mottoes and your photo on each; great novelty; 6 for 1/6d. Also Sticky Backs 12 for 1/- daylight or by electric light, till 9 o'clock pm. Reid Brothers 31 High Street, Belfast".

Address: 10 Dunluce Avenue.
Possible identity of practitioner: ALEXANDER
Dates operating: 1909
References:Belfast Telegraph - Friday 25 June 1909 p1. "Send me 1s3d and stickyback will make same to six beautiful postcards. Alexander, 10 Dunluce Avenue".

COLERAINE

Address: Coleraine
Possible identity of practitioner: DIAMOND
Dates operating: 1907
References: From the surviving adverts this may well have been a short visit by a travelling photographer, who unusually was offering photos taken in a motor car. Northern Constitution - Saturday 02 February 1907 p1. "1000 nice girls wanted at once to have their photo taken: only sixpence per dozen: we are here for a few weeks only. Sticky Backs Coleraine" Coleraine Chronicle - Saturday 13 April 1907 p1. "I say Tom, come and be taken in a motor car at Sticky Backs 6 post cards 1s. Diamond, Coleraine"

COOKSTOWN

Address: Oldtown Street, Cookstown, shop formerly occupied by Mr H.W.McAdoo
Possible identity of practitioner: Not currently known
Dates operating: 1906, 1907
References: Mid Ulster Mail Sat 13 Oct 1906 p8. " Sticky Backs are coming to town and for a few weeks only are taking lovely photos at 6d per doz, beautifully finished, highly enamelled. taken day or night, wet or fine. sticky Backs Oldtown Street (shop lately occupied by Mr H.W.McAdoo, Cookstown)". Mid-Ulster Mail - Saturday 15 December 1906 p1. " Christmas Presents. By far the most up-to-date and artistic present to send your friends is a nice card including your own photo. Sticky Backs have a large assortment of those beautiful cards designed by the leading artists of the day. Photos included from 1/6d per doz. Sticky Backs Oldtown Street Cookstown also at Lurgan". Tyrone Courier - Thursday 24 January 1907 p6. Light hearted column listing "things they are saying in Cookstown": "That Mr Sticky Back is still in town raking in the shekels and that he won't leave until there's ne'er a tenner left" "That the inordinate vanity of some of the local shop assistants has led them to get upwards of twenty dozen of photos taken" "That Mr McGurk, photographic and tonsorial artist has opened a rival show and is doing well".

Address: 29 William Street, Cookstown
Possible identity of practitioner: Not currently known
Dates operating: 1909
References: This could have been a return visit by the same photographer as in 1906/07 above. Mid-Ulster Mail - Saturday 28 August 1909 p3. "Hello. Sticky Backs are in town again. Our specialist is 6 high class postcards 1/- each card highly enamelled. Note our address Sticky Backs 29 William Street, Cookstown."

DUBLIN

Address: Berlin Studio, 62 Dame Street Dublin
Possible identity of practitioner: Chic Photo Co aka Berlin Studio
Dates operating: 1903
References: Unusually this Sticky Back photographer took photos at customers' homes as well as in the studio. Freeman's Journal - Tuesday 06 October 1903 P8 (same advert appeared until 21 Oct 1903) "Photography - send Cabinet or CDV photo and postal order value 1s1d for 12 large sized Sticky-Back Photos. Address, Manager, Berlin Studio, 62 Dame Street, Dublin" Freeman's Journal - 22 October 1903 P8. "Photography: why go to studios I do photos at your own home, day or night. Call and see Stickyback Manager, 62 Dame St Dublin". Freeman's Journal - Friday 20 November 1903 P8. "STICKY-BACK Photos, 12 for 1s, beautifully finished, larger and better than ordinary stamp photos: send on your photo to be copied, ls 2d post free Chic Photo Co., 62 Dame Street, Dublin"

Address: 46 Henry Street, Dublin
Possible identity of practitioner: The Irish Stick-on Photo Co
Dates operating: 1904
References: Freemans Journal Tuesday 26 January 1904 p8. "Stickybacks: The Irish Stick-on Photo Co 46 Henry Street, are still busy taking the above at 4d per dozen, great value Y 4 pay more?" Freeman's Journal - Monday 01 February 1904 p8. "Stickybacks: Medallion Ovals; The Irish Stick-on Photo Co, 46 Henry Street are still taking the above at 4d per dozen; Y 4 U go and pay more."

Address: Celtic Studio, 69 Lower Camden Street, Dublin
Possible identity of practitioner: ARNALL, John
Dates operating: 1904-1906
References:Wicklow People - Saturday 16 July 1904 p14. "PHOTOGRAPHY The foreign invasion is now threatening the photographic trade, but you look for the water-mark on your note paper and wear Irish Tweed. Then leave the foreign Photographs to the Shoneens and get your photograph taken at the Celtic Studio 69 Camden Street Dublin. Cabinets Enamelled 3 for 3s.6d. Every thing Photographic, from Stickyback to a life size enlargement. Patronised by leading Nationalists and Trade Unionists. Open on Sundays and Bank Holidays. John Arnall, 69 Lower Camden street, Dublin" Dublin Evening Mail - Thursday 22 November 1906 p3. STICKY-BACK PHOTOGRAPHERS AT WAR Rival Dublin Studios. Remarkable scene in court. A dispute between Dublin sticky-back photographers was investigated at the Southern Police Court, before Mr Swifte, today, when Henry Roe McMahon, Aungier street, was summoned by John Arnall. 11 Camden street, for the alleged unlawful detention of fifty photographs and one dozed mounts. Mr James W.Davis, solicitor, prosecuted and Mr McCune, solicitor, defended. Mr Davis, in opening the case said it was a row between two stickyback photographers. Complainant went into the witness box. He stated that he had been a photographer in Dublin for six or seven years. Mr Mccune. Has the witness been sworn? Witness - I have been sworn, do you want me to swear again? I will if you like. Do you believe that book? asked Mr McCune, dramatically pointing to the testament. Witness (warmly) - how dare you ask that question. My father was a Wesleyan. Mr McCune - Are you in the habit of boasting of being an atheist? Mr Davis here protested. Mr McCune - He does not believe in a supreme being. Mr Davis - you are full of holiness this morning. Mr McCune said he was not in the habit of putting questions without a reason. Witness - I have never in the whole course of my existence appeared on and Atheistic platform. Continuing his evidence witness said he carried on an extensive businesse. the defendant was once in his employment and had charge of a small studio. Defendant remained with him as an assistant until September of this year. After leaving him the defendant opened a shop of his own in Aungier street. Outside defendant's shop there were three photo frames and witness discovered that these frames contained a number of photographs which had been taken in complainant's studio in Camden street. Defendant, when he was in witnesses employ, insisted on tking a couple of negatives of each photo. at first complainant thought that was due to defendant's want of confidence. the cost of material for sixpenny photos was one penny. The value to the public was sixpence. Mr McClune - Did your business prosper during the last few years since defendant was employed by you? I put him in charge of a shop which brought in an income of £15 per week. Its business went down to £7 a week. Mr Swiftw - Did you make any application to Mr McMahon for the property? Yes I made two applications and did my best to get the pictures back. He further stated that all the photos were taken within a period of three months in one particular studio. For the defence it was stated that photos displayed by the defendant were given to him as presents by friends. Defendant went into the box and gave evidence in support of this. he said thet he opened a studio about three weeks after he left Mr Arnall. He said he had never taken any of Mr Arnall's property. All the photographs exhibited by him were his own property and those which had been taken at Mr Arnall's were given to him by friends. Several witnesses were called in support of this statement. Ultimately the summons was withdrawn on the defendant undertaking that he would not exhibit in future on his premises photographs taken at Mr Arnall's studio.

Address: 30 Grafton Street, Dublin
Possible identity of practitioner: GROSSI, Spiridione
Dates operating: 1906-07
References: Irish Times - Thursday 01 February 1906 p10, Case in the Land Judge's Court involving insolvency of Mr J.A.Taylor, owner of 2 houses in Grafton St, Dublin - one of which, No 30, was in possession of the Sticky Back Co, who had paid an annual rent of £300. Irish Times - Monday 28 January 1907 p7. "CAR ACCIDENT IN GRAFTON STREET. In Nisi Prius Court on Saturday, before Mr Justice Gibson, the appeal of the plaintiff in the case of Grossi v Collins was heard. It appeared that in August last the pony and cart of William Collins, of Fishamble street, was in Grafton street. A passing motor car frightened the animal, and sent the cart against Sticky Backs plate glass window, smashing it and doing damage to goods in the shop. Spiriodne Grossi, popularly known as "Stickyback,” the owner, brought action for damages against Mr. Collins before the Recorder, and his Honor gave plaintiff decree for £20 6s. 3d. Against this decree the defendant appealed. After hearing the evidence of Police Constable O’Brien and other witnesses, Mr. Justice Gibson affirmed the Recorder's order, with costs."

Address: 30, 34, 36 Grafton Street
Possible Identity of practitioner LLOYD, Henry L. possibly took over the business from Spiridione Grossi.
Dates operating 1910-17
References: Belfast News-Letter - Tuesday 22 November 1910 p2. The Scottish Temperance Life Assurance co Ltd v Henry L.Lloyd. action to recover rent allegedly owed on premises at 36 Grafton Street Dublin, known as Stickybacks where a photographic business was carried on. Wicklow People - Saturday 20 July 1912 p6. "Shop hours Act. you would be disappointed on arrival in Dublin to find Mr Sticky Back closed. To prevent this one of his two studios (Nos 30 and 34 Grafton Street) will always be at your command. No 34 closes for half day every Friday, No 34 closes for half day every Saturday." Ebay for sale 25 July 2018. Photo postcard portrait of gent in suit – on reverse H.L.Lloyd (Mr Stickyback) 30 Grafton Street Dublin. On Flickr.com Paul O'Farrell has posted a postcard portrait of a World War 1 British soldier taken by Dublin photographer H.L.Loyd (Mr. Stickyback) 30 Grafton Street. An inscription on the reverse reads "July 19 1917, yours sincerely George A. Foord" www.flickr.com/photos/33577523@N08/15712536040.

Address: 9 Westmoreland Street
Possible identity of practitioner: FINNERTY and CO
Dates operating: 1906
References: Irish Times - Thursday 18 October 1906 p4. Advertisement for Moy Elta Grand Fete, various attractions listed including: "Sticky Backs and photos by Messrs Finnerty and Co 9 Westmoreland street".

Address: Aungier Street Dublin
Possible identity of practitioner: McMAHON, Henry Roe ,
Dates operating: 1906
References: Dublin Evening Mail - Thursday 22 November 1906 p3. "STICKY-BACK PHOTOGRAPHERS AT WAR Rival Dublin Studios. Remarkable scene in court. A dispute between Dublin sticky-back photographers was investigated at the Southern Police Court, before Mr Swifte, today, when Henry Roe McMahon, Aungier street, was summoned by John Arnall. 11 Camden street, for the alleged unlawful detention of fifty photographs and one dozed mounts. Mr James W.Davis, solicitor, prosecuted and Mr McCune, solicitor, defended. Mr Davis, in opening the case said it was a row between two stickyback photographers. Complainant went into the witness box. He stated that he had been a photographer in Dublin for six or seven years. Mr Mccune. Has the witness been sworn? Witness - I have been sworn, do you want me to swear again? I will if you like. Do you believe that book? asked Mr McCune, dramatically pointing to the testament. Witness (warmly) - how dare you ask that question. My father was a Wesleyan. Mr McCune - Are you in the habit of boasting of being an atheist? Mr Davis here protested. Mr McCune - He does not believe in a supreme being. Mr Davis - you are full of holiness this morning. Mr McCune said he was not in the habit of putting questions without a reason. Witness - I have never in the whole course of my existence appeared on and Atheistic platform. Continuing his evidence witness said he carried on an extensive businesse. the defendant was once in his employment and had charge of a small studio. Defendant remained with him as an assistant until September of this year. After leaving him the defendant opened a shop of his own in Aungier street. Outside defendant's shop there were three photo frames and witness discovered that these frames contained a number of photographs which had been taken in complainant's studio in Camden street. Defendant, when he was in witnesses employ, insisted on tking a couple of negatives of each photo. at first complainant thought that was due to defendant's want of confidence. the cost of material for sixpenny photos was one penny. The value to the public was sixpence. Mr McClune - Did your business prosper during the last few years since defendant was employed by you? I put him in charge of a shop which brought in an income of £15 per week. Its business went down to £7 a week. Mr Swiftw - Did you make any application to Mr McMahon for the property? Yes I made two applications and did my best to get the pictures back. He further stated that all the photos were taken within a period of three months in one particular studio. For the defence it was stated that photos displayed by the defendant were given to him as presents by friends. Defendant went into the box and gave evidence in support of this. he said thet he opened a studio about three weeks after he left Mr Arnall. He said he had never taken any of Mr Arnall's property. All the photographs exhibited by him were his own property and those which had been taken at Mr Arnall's were given to him by friends. Several witnesses were called in support of this statement. Ultimately the summons was withdrawn on the defendant undertaking that he would not exhibit in future on his premises photographs taken at Mr Arnall's studio."

Address: 140 Stephen's Green, Dublin
Possible identity of practitioner: BROOK-SMITH, E
Dates operating: 1907
References: Irish Independent - Wednesday 09 January 1907 p8. "Photography. Stickybacks enlarged; old photographs copied, cabinet size 12s per dozen, half dozen 7s 6d, quarter dozen 5s; own photograph in Xmas postcards 4s 6d per dozen. E.Brook-Smith Photographer 140 Stephen's Green, Dublin"

Address: 33 Upper O’Connell St , Dublin.
Possible identity of practitioner: Not currently known, trading as "American Ping Pong Studios"
Dates Operating: Not known, possibly 1910-20? (Not listed in the 1904 Thom's Directory of Dublin)
References: Photo historian Orla Fitzpatrick in her brilliant “Jacolette” blog for Sept 2011 has a post highlighting a postcard portrait of a young lady by the “American Ping Pong Studios” at 33 Upper O’Connell St , Dublin. In the United States “Ping Pong” or “Penny Portraits” were names applied to those studios producing portraits in the format of small, very inexpensive, photos or postcards for the masses. (i.e. similar in many respects to UK Stickybacks) Such studios could be found at US seaside or other holiday resorts. The name “Ping Pong” was derived from the photographer clicking the back of the camera back and forth into predetermined positions to expose a small part of the plate in each shot. Orla’s post also refers to a 1909 US handbook on how to make money through this type of cheap work. Orla’s find is the only example so far discovered of this US name "Ping Pong" appearing in the UK photographic trade, although the word “American” appears in a fair few UK studio names. This https://griffonagedotcom.wordpress.com/2017/12/23/ping-pong-photos-an-introduction/ is a superb article by Patrick Feaster about "Ping Pong Photos" or "Penny Portraits" in the USA. Neither of these US phrases has been found in the British Newspaper Archive.

DUNGANNON

Address: Market Square, Dungannon
Possible identity of practitioner: Not currently known - presumably a travelling photographer
Dates operating: 1906
References: Tyrone Courier - Thursday 23 August 1906 p2. "Don't Miss Sticky Back, your photo only 6d per dozen. Guaranteed permanent, beautifully finished, taken day or night wet or fine. We are here for a few weeks only. Don't miss this chance. Sticky Back, Market Square, Dungannon."

Address: 48 Scotch Street, Dungannon
Possible identity of practitioner: Not currently known
Dates operating: 1907
References: Tyrone Courier - Thursday 05 December 1907. "Come and have your photos taken on post cards at Sticky Backs. Nice to send to your friends this Christmas. 6 for 1s. Cheaper and better than Christmas Cards at Sticky Backs, the up-to-date photographers, 48 Scotch Street, Dungannon".

LARNE

Address: Larne - not currently known
Possible identity of practitioner: Nemo?
Dates operating: 1907
References: Larne Times - Saturday 10 August 1907 p3. ROUND THE TOWN. (By NEMO.")

STICKY BACKS.

Oh, please look pleasant always, and never wear frown,
For of course you know that “Stickybacks” have just arrived in town.
So put on your Sunday clo’es.
Go where everybody goes—
That's to "Stickybacks."

And if you’ve never had your photo taken yet.
Well, I calculate there ain't no need at all for you to fret.
Just put on your newest tile
Wear your very nicest smile.
And go to "Stickybacks."

If you want something to remind you in the days that are going to be
Of the days when you had quite a decent physiognom-ee
Put on your highest collar.
Take the eighth part dollar,
And go to “Stickybacks"

If you ever suffer from appendicitis or the “jumps,"
If you ever want a splendid cure for the measles or the mumps.
Just follow my advice.
Which of course very nice.
And go to “Stickybacks."

I'm perfectly aware I haven’t done it very well.
But if you do not like this little tale I’ve tried to tell.
If something else you’d like,
Mv advice is take your bike
And go to—“ Stickybacks."

LONGFORD

Address: Not currently known
Possible identity of practitioner: BRENNAN and CORR
Dates operating: 1905
References: Longford Journal - Saturday 21 January 1905 P1. "Messrs Brennan and Corr Photographers will shortly open a "Sticky Back" establishement in town. this will be a splendid opportunity for persons wishing to have their photographs taken and the prices will be within reach of all as they will be able to do them at the nominal charge of 1s per dozen mounted on very pretty cards. Specimens can be seen at Miss Cowan's Main Street, Longford"

LURGAN

Address: Lurgan - address currently unknown - also at Cookstown
Possible identity of practitioner:
Dates operating: 1906
References: Mid-Ulster Mail - Saturday 15 December 1906 p1. "Christmas Presents. By far the most up-to-date and artistic present to send your friends is a nice card including your own photo. Sticky Backs have a large assortment of those beautiful cards designed by the leading artists of the day. Photos included from 1/6d per doz. Sticky Backs Oldtown Street Cookstown also at Lurgan"

MAGHERAFELT

Address: Garden Street, Magherafelt
Possible identity of practitioner: RITCHIE, W.M.
Dates operating: 1907
References: Mid-Ulster Mail - Saturday 23 February 1907 p4. "Wanted 1000 young men and their sweethearts to compete for a reward that is offered for anything excelling the quality and finish of Ritchie's Sticky Backs. the talk and admiration of all. W.M.Ritchie, photographer and lanternist, Garden Street, Magherafelt".

MOHILL

Address: Glebe Street Mohill
Possible identity of practitioner: McTEGART, T.
Dates operating: 1905
References: Leitrim Advertiser - Thursday 09 February 1905 p2. "Photography. Do you require your photograph taken? If yes do call at McTegart's Glebe Street Mohill. Cabinets or carte de visite sizes. Groups or family residences taken by arrangement. Post cards of local views kept in stock. Also Sticky-Backs. Prices very Moderate. T M'Tegart Photographer, Glebe Street Mohill."

NEW ROSS

Address: 21 Mary Street, New Ross
Possible identity of practitioner: O'REILLY, Thomas
Dates operating: 1908
References: Wicklow People - Saturday 25 July 1908. "Photos and Sticky-Backs.— Thomas O'Reilly, 21 Mary-street, New Ross, to inform the public and friends that he has ten years’ experience of funeral and carpentry undertaking; that also he has in stock all sizes of oak, elm, and deal coffins, finished in the latest fashion, and on the shortest notice; also tables, dressers, windows, beds, boxes kept in stock or made to order: choice selection of picture postcards and other stationery; also sweets and fancy cakes kept in stock. Prices to defy competition. A trial respectfully solicited. Please note address—T. O'Reilly, 21 Mary-street, New Ross."

NEWRY

Address: 23 Hill Street
Possible identity of practitioner: Not currently known
Dates operating: 1907
References: Newry Reporter - Tuesday 24 December 1907 p4. "Business house to let, at present in occupation of Sticky Back Company. Apply 23 Hill Street."

TRALEE

Address: 12 Dominick Street
Possible identity of practitioner: Not currently known a.k.a. Mr Sticky Back
Dates operating: 1907
References: Kerry Evening Post. - Saturday 02 March 1907 p2. "Look Out. Mr Sticky Back is coming and will open at No 12 Dominick Street Tralee. Six artistic little photos for sixpence".

TRAMORE

Address: No 2 Position, Strand Road, Tramore, Co Waterford,
Possible identity of practitioner: PIPER,
Dates operating: 1906
References: The Era - Saturday 21 July 1906 p28. "Wanted. Known, Ground to let, suitable for diving pictures, cinematograph, mirrors, Midgets or any other novelty show; also space doe stickybacks. Terms either share or rental; if rental, please bring cash with you. Piper, no 2 Position, Strand Road, Tramore, Co Waterford, Ireland."


OTHER GENERAL REFERENCES TO STICKYBACK PHOTOS

Derry Journal - Wednesday 10 January 1906 p3
Report of concert in Glenvar N.S. on Jan 1st. "Mr E. McConnellogue opened the concert with his ususal comic rendering "O Mr Sticky Back".

Nottingham Evening Post - Saturday 05 January 1907 p5
BOY BURGLARS' CONFESSION. BELFAST MYSTERY SOLVED. The mystery associated with an extraordinary series of burglaries, which has baffled the police for a month past, was cleared up at the Belfast police-court yesterday, when two boys, Henry Jack, 15, and James Jack, 17, were remanded on no fewer than 46 separate charges. The burglaries were skilful and systematic. At one place one the burglars fell through a skylight, and, from a pool of blood which was found, it was supposed that he was seriously injured, but no suspicious man presented himself for treatment at the hospitals. At the beginning of this week the robbers' hoard was found under a wood pile at the docks, and with it the clue the mystery. Amid the miscellaneous heap of watches, chains, jewellery, purses, knives, footballs, postagestamps and clothing, the police discovered a " sticky-back " photograph of two boys, which put them on the scent. They were arrested on Thursday night, and made a full confession. The elder lad was in a pitiable plight. It was he who had fallen through the skylight, and there was an ugly wound on his head. Not daring to seek medical aid he had bandaged himself, and the wound was in a terrible condition. Ten charges were entered into yesterday, and the prisoners in each case admitted their guilt.

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