Directory of Early Photographers in Huntingdonshire, A - G
According to Cozens (2), Albone spent some time as manager in James Phillips’ studio before eventually acquiring the business. (Phillips is still shown as running the studio in KN 1920.)
According to Heathcote, Beattie (born in Scotland, c.1820) was an itinerant photographer who worked in the eastern counties of England between 1851 and 1855, before moving to Leicester and, eventually, Bristol. His activities in Norfolk and Suffolk are treated in the relevant studio directories. He set up in business in Huntingdon in 1854.
An advertisement in the Cambridge Chronicle, 22nd July 1854, reads: 'Contrary to Mr Beattie's expectations, his Photographic Rooms continue to be crowded, and his orders so numerous, that he is compelled to Re-open his Rooms and prolong his stay for another fortnight in Huntingdon. Mr Beattie hopes the low price of his Portraits will induce the public to take the opportunity of procuring them. Portraits from 6s. 6d. "They must be seen to be appreciated." - Cambridge Independent Press.'
BOTWELL & Co
Buckden. Identified in Cozens (2) as a publisher of postcards (but not necessarily as a photographer). Datable examples of his work belong to the period c1907-10.
BROWN, John L
St Ives. Identified in Cozens (2) as a publisher of postcards (but not necessarily as a photographer). Datable examples of his work belong to the period around 1902.
COOPER, D & Co
Identified in Cozens (1) as a printer and publisher (but not necessarily photographer) of postcards. Datable examples of his work belong to the period c1905-10.
Shown as photographer, aged 20, in the 1891 census returns for Huntingdon.
DIXON, Thomas Harbin
Appears as ‘Alfred I’ in KH 1903 and ‘Alfred L’ in KN 1906.
Huntingdon. A postcard by Driver, datable to 1906, appears in Cozens (1). Cozens thinks he may have been a photographer rather than just a publisher.
FORSCUTT, W H
FREEMAN, J & Sons
Ramsey. Postcard publisher and possibly also a photographer. Datable examples of his work in Cozens (3) belong to the period c1906-12.
Worboys. Identified in Cozens (3) as a postcard publisher (but not necessarily as a photographer). Datable examples of his work belong to the period around 1918.
Hemingford Grey. Geeson ran the village Post Office and stores and is identified in Cozens (2) as a publisher of postcards (though not necessarily as a photographer). Dates uncertain, but possibly active a little later than the years covered by this directory.
GOGGS, W & Son
116 High Street, Huntingdon. Identified in Cozens (1) as postcard publishers (but not necessarily photographers) around the time of the First World War.
GOODE, John Thomas
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