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Jerome Limited

'Studios Everywhere'

Please keep scrolling down this page, or click one of the links below to read about:

Dates

Locations

Portraits

Views

Costumes

Photography Sessions

Paper-based Roll Film

Retouching

Questions and Answers

 

Jerome Limited

Dates

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 are undated.

The back of a Jerome postcard  -  1929  -  Lady and Chair ©

Please click on any thumbnail image on this page to enlarge it.

Locations

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.

Jerome's Studio  -  Probably Jeromme'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.

Portraits

Please click here to see some 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.

The cover of a folder containing a postcard portrait of Nancye Freeman taken in Jerome's Studio ©

A folder containing a postcard portrait of Nancye Freeman taken in Jerome's Studio ©

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 1950s.

 Views

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.   Please click on the image  below to enlarge it.

Jerome Postcard of Pitcairn Island ©

This is a view of Pitcairn Island, taken from a passing steamer on the New Zealand - England run via the Panama Canal.

Costumes

Jerome postcards would make an interesting subject for followers of fashion.

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 portraits.

Jerome postcard  -  1927 -  Lady in Hat and Chair ©

Photography Sessions

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.

 Jerome postcard  -  1930  -  Lady with Handbag ©

Most of the Jerome portraits appear to have been full length portraits set against a studio  backdrop, with perhaps a chair or 'marble' pillar.

Occasionally, the photographer moved in closer. 

 Jerome postcard  - 1932  -  Lady with Glasses ©

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. Regards-Altie Bacon."

Altie Bacon:  September 11, 2006

 

Thank you to Patsy Beech who wrote

Retouching

"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 Sunderland."

 

Questions

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 'No'.

Answers

Can you help to answer the questions above?

If so, please e-mail me.    Thank you.  -  Peter Stubbs

 

 

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EdinPhoto - Home Page  Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.   At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.     At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.  

Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks