"I have Carte de Visite of my
great-grandmother, taken in either 1889, 1890, or 1891, which bears
the stamp of William Crooke ("W. Crooke, 103 Princes Street,
What I'm trying to determine is where the
photograph was made, in order to pinpoint where my great-grandmother
lived at the time. (She was age 13 or 14, and I'm wondering if she may
have been a pupil at a boarding school in Edinburgh.)
The photograph was made in a studio - no
props are visible, just a white background (it's a head-and-shoulders
My question is, since it bears Crooke's
address stamp, what is the likelihood that the portrait was made
OUTSIDE of Edinburgh, or at another location?
To the best of your knowledge, did the
Edinburgh photographers of the period travel to cities in England to
do standard portraiture?
Would he have travelled to another
city in order to take portraits, or have visited an English school
with that purpose? Or did he ONLY make standard portraits in his own
studio in Edinburgh?
I'd love to prove that my grandmother was
nowhere but in Edinburgh when the photo was taken.
Any help you could provide would be