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by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
The Derby Stereoscopic Company

of 36 Victoria Street, Derby




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The Derby Stereoscopic Company operated from a studio at 36 Victoria Street, Derby, with Frank Birch as manager, from 1903 until at least 1912 (Craven, 1993).  These premises were previously used by John Burton & Sons (1864-1866), Clement Rogers (1871-1874), J.W. Price (1876), Harry J. Watson (1891-1895), Layton & Lamb (1898-1899), Leonard Norman (1899-1900).  A recent addition to the portfolio (see below) suggests that the studio remained open until at least c. 1916.

Portfolio
Image © & courtesy of David Lamb Unidentified elderly woman
by The Derby Stereoscopic Co., corner of St. Peter's Street and Victoria Street, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. 1904-1908
Size: Mount 170 x 228 mm Photo 90 x 137 mm

Image © & courtesy of David Lamb

Notes:
Image © & courtesy of David Lamb
Image © & courtesy of David Lamb

Image © & courtesy of Diane Alton-Kaighin Alathea Mary Yates Watherston (1886-1966),
by The Derby Stereoscopic Co. of 36 Victoria Street, Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. 1908

Image © & courtesy of Diane Alton-Kaighin

Notes: Alathea Mary Yates Watherston was born on 20 December 1886 at Leeds, Yorkshire, only child of Alfred Watherston and Annie Rushworth.  She married Thomas Alton (1883-1917) (see below) in 1908, and died at Blackpool, Lancashire on 21 March 1966.

Image © & courtesy of Diane Alton-Kaighin

Image © & courtesy of Diane Alton-Kaighin Thomas Alton (1883-1917),
by The Derby Stereoscopic Co. of 36 Victoria Street, Derby
Undated
, but probably taken c. 1908

Image © & courtesy of Diane Alton-Kaighin

Notes:  Thomas Alton was born on 5 April 1883 at Heage, Derbyshire, one of ten children of George Alton & Mary Kirkland.  He married Alathea Mary Yates Watherson (1886-1966) (see above) on 20 April 1908 at St. Luke's Church, Heage.  Thomas enlisted in the army as a driver during the First World War, but died six weeks later of pneumonia on 1 February 1917 in London, while still in training.


Image © & courtesy of Roy Benford William Henry Benford (1883-1917),
by The Derby Stereoscopic Co., corner of St Peter's St & Victoria St., Derby
Undated
, but probably taken c. 1916
Format: Large print mounted on card

Image © & courtesy of Roy Benford

Notes by RB:  William Henry Benford was born on 6th November 1892 at 67 Gisborne Street, Derby, the eldest son of Jeremiah Benford (1866-1933) and Kate Hardy (1863-1896).  He married Rose May Beckett (1894-1970) on 23rd October 1916 at St Luke’s, Derby.  He was an engine driver for LNER out of their Doncaster yard.  He died at Newmarket in October 1976.  My dating of the photograph as 1916 is based upon the date of his marriage and there is also a photograph of Rose Beckett taken by P & L E Swain, Derby 1a Normanton Road, Derby.  My speculation is that these photographs may have been exchanged on their engagement.

Image © & courtesy of Roy Benford


References
Images kindly provided by
Roy Benford, David Lamb and Diane Alton-Kaighin
Anon (1912) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire 1912, Kelly's Directories Ltd., London.
Craven, Maxwell (ed.) (1993) Keene's Derby, Breedon Books, Derby, pp. 200-202. - by kind courtesy of Sonia Addis-Smith

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