portraits have been produced by Empire Studio. One appears below. This post card gives no address, and I have
found no trace of this studio in local trade directories, so I do not know
when it operated.
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However, the back of another portrait
from Empire Studio gives the studio address as
92-96 Nicolson Street. Several different photographers were based at this
address from 1870 until 1945.
In fact, I have 5 photos from Empire Studios in my collection, but only
one of them is of a soldier.
There appear to have been
'Empire Studios' in several towns and cities in Britain. These may well
all have been branches of the same company.
Several examples that I have
seen have the name embossed in the corner with a blind stamp. Some
have a CYCO mark printed on the card. This is the mark of the card
printer, who appears to have been in business from around 1904 to the
Nigel Aspdin, Derby, England
has been examining Empire Studios photos, some of soldiers in
uniform, and adds:
"I am even wondering if it was a franchise, or
perhaps even a NAAFI predecessor / affiliate."
Thank you to Nigel for telling me about:
- Empire Studios, 122, Commercial Street Portsmouth.
- Empire Studio, Leeds
- an Empire Studio, portrait of a soldier, dated July 1916.
Thank you to Tam Croal for
allowing me to reproduce this Empire Studio postcard portrait of his
Grandad and Gran McAthie.
Tam and his dad, Wullie Croal,
have sent me many photos of Holyrood Park and Dumbiedykes that I have now
added to the EdinPhoto web site.
Acknowledgement: Tam Croal, Edinburgh: March 14, 2009