"I worked for Jerome’s Studios, Broad Street,
Reading from 1965-1967.
You might be interested to know
that the company used, from early times, paper-based card negative and not
film, manufactured when I was there by Ilford."
"Reading was also, for many years, the
company’s photographic copying centre. All photographic printing was by
"The photographer employed there, for many
years, was an ’East Ender’ whose parents immigrated to England around 1880
from Lithuania. His name was Sam Shapiro.
He completed his apprenticeship
in photography, funded by the Rothschild foundation, during the Great War
and was eighteen when that war ended."
"Also at the Reading Branch were:
- Retoucher, Albert
Cope - always 'Mr Cope'.
- Copy Reprographer, ex-Army Catering
Corps man by the name of Jack Allen.
- Manageress, Dorothy Dyer, known to the
senior staff as Dolly Dyer
- a sales girl named Shirley
Sam Shapiro, Jack Allen and Albert Cope had
all worked for the company in Holloway Road, London for many
years. Sam and Jack were then re-housed to Slough, Buckinghamshire.
Albert lived at Enfield, Middlesex."