Jerome usually stamped the date of each portrait on the back of their
photos. This can be very helpful. Most old photos that have
survived from other studios from the 19th century and early 20th century
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Jerome appear to have had many studios throughout Britain. I
have been sent this photo of a Jerome studio. The sender believes it to
be of Jerome's first studio in England.
Unfortunately, Jerome did not usually say, on the back of their
postcards, which of their studios the photograph was taken in.
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portrait postcards from Jerome's studios.
Almost all the Jerome photos that I have seen have been studio
portraits, produced as postcards though rarely sent through the post.
Most of these postcards are are now loose, but they are occasionally
found in their original folders, as in the example below.
Thank you to Nigel Price of Oxford for sending me this portrait of his
mother, Nancye Freeman, taken at a Jerome studio, probably from around
1915-20. Nancye was step-daughter of Col. Bertram Gale, one of
the Directors and possibly Chairman of Jerome in the late 1940s and early
In addition to the many Jerome portraits, I have seen a small number
have been outdoor scenes. e.g. un-named
houses, Portobello beach, and the example below.
Thank you to Walter J Kramarski, Mount Prospect, Illinois,
USA for sending me this image of a Jerome postcard from his collection.
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This is a view of Pitcairn Island,
taken from a passing steamer on the New Zealand - England run via the
Jerome postcards would make an interesting subject for followers of
The prices charged by Jerome for a studio sitting were inexpensive, and
an annual visit to Jerome, perhaps on a birthday or at the end of the
school term was common, so many 'everyday clothes' can be seen in the
It would have been necessary to keep photographic sessions short. This
is apparent from some of the results, though the customers may well
have been pleased with their likenesses.
The postcards can now appear rather flat, so I have brightened some of
them and increased the contrast using Photoshop.
Most of the Jerome portraits appear to have been full length portraits
set against a studio backdrop, with perhaps a chair or 'marble'
Occasionally, the photographer moved in closer.
Thank you to Altie Bacon who wrote:
Paper-based Roll Film
"I am fairly sure that
Jeromes had Branches all over the UK until sometime in the 1950's.
In the late 1940's I personally went into their outlets in
Manchester, Derby and Southend-on-Sea in order to try to purchase
the paper based roll film that they sold in those days.
I believe however that
the Portrait Studios were their main line of business.
Altie Bacon: September 11, 2006
Thank you to Patsy Beech who wrote
"My grandmother, Mabel
Hunter, worked for Jerome in High Street, Sunderland. It was
her job to retouch and colour the photographs. She used to work
upstairs, in a tiny dark curtained-off corner doing her work.
In the 1950’s I used to
be taken to the studio to have my pictures taken in my dancing
costumes, and afterwards I used to go upstairs to see her at work.
The colour was applied
with a very small paint brush. She used a book of ‘Velox’
transparent water colour stamps, made by Kodak Limited, London. I
still have her paintbrush and book of colour stamps.
She worked for Jerome for
a very long time, and often used to tell me how, during WWII, the
men came in uniform to have their picture taken before going to
the front. No doubt many never returned!
She retired in 1960. I
think she may have worked there ever since she became a widow in 1935.
I hope this helps with some information about how the photographs were
coloured – or at least, how they were done on the premises in
I have frequently been asked:
1. Did Jerome have studios in certain
towns and cities in Britain, and if so, when?
The only way I know of answering this question is to check in the
local trade directories. The places I have been asked about most recently are:
- Liverpool (yes, I have details for Liverpool)
Cork I don't know).
2. Have any records or old negatives or
photographic plates survived from any of Jerome's studios?
So far as I have not been able to discover, the answer is
Can you help to answer
the questions above?
If so, please
e-mail me. Thank you.