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20 June 2019

Have just spent some time working out the best way to get an impression of the embossing on some of the early 20th Century card mounts used by stickyback photographers. Hopefully at some future point we will be able to start to identify which mounts came from which mount producer. The example below is a portrait of an unknown young man, by an unknown photographer. Does the image on the right show more detail of the mount than the scan on the left?



4 June 2019

The site now lists some 178 "stickyback and postcard" studios in the UK, with more being added every week. As the number of entries on the site has grown, the site structure has now changed slightly. Instead of two huge pages listing the Stickybacks studios in England, the material has now been divided into nine English Regional pages, as well as the pages for Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Rest of the World.

The photo below raises an interesting question. Did some of the Stickyback studios offer their clients props to be included in their portraits? The photograph below, 2.9 x 2 inches, appears to have been cut from a strip. No details of the photographer have survived, but it has the date 1918 written on the reverse in manuscript. So which is the most likely explanation - would an apparently well off, well dressed young person with fur hat, muff and stole, have used such a photographer, or is it more likely that the fur accessories were loaned to the subject as props for the photograph? One Stickyback photographer, Abraham Dudkin, was also a furrier!

1918 portrait of a teenage girl with fur accessories


15 May 2019

The site continues to grow, while individual photographers are proving difficult to research, and many remain only partially identified. Already the pages on Stickyback photographers in England are getting too large and some further sub division is called for. Perhaps this is also the time to divide the UK into regions. Also, Google Analytics have been added to the site today. So far there has been a tiny trickle of visitor feedback about the site, which fortunately is positive in its nature.

Below is a recent unusual find of a pair of Stickybacks, reverses blank, each 2.3 x 1.5 inches, photographer unknown, portraits of an unknown mother and child c.1910?

Pair of Stickybacks - photographer and subjects unknown


13 April 2019

The author of this site runs, a site for local and family historians about photographers in Cambridgeshire 1840-2000. Research on photographers in Peterborough stalled when trying to identify two different early 20th Century photographers who were producing "Stickyback" photographs. Little has been written about the early 20th century photographers who adapted commercial photography to cater for a new mass market in the first quarter of the 20th Century. New inexpensive products, sometimes of dubious quality, provided many with their first experience of being photographed.

Research into the field was starting to skew from its original purpose and so material on Stickybacks and related topics, covering the whole of the UK, has been moved across to this new site.

This site probably barely scratches the surface of this branch of photography. Please get in touch if you can add in any way to the information and the examples on this site.

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