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Jerome Ltd. of Derby
Image © & Collection of Brett Payne
HISTORICAL NOTES

Jerome Limited were a countrywide chain of photographers who opened a branch studio in Victoria Street, Derby in 1929 (Craven, 1993). The 1932 edition of Kelly's trade directory gives their address as 33 Victoria Street. This building is on the south side of Victoria street to the east (or left) of F.W. Woolworth & Co.'s bazaar, and was previously occupied by William Orme, draper. Although the exact date is unknown, probably by 1934 Jerome had moved to new premises at number 26 Victoria Street, close to the corner with Green Lane, immediately adjacent and to the west (or right) of Woolworth's. Their former premises at number 33 were subsequently occupied by Jackson's Stores Ltd, house furnishers (Kelly, 1941). Craven (1993) states that Jerome Ltd's Derby branch remained open until 1949.


I always welcome new additions to the gallery of images, so please contact me by email if you have any photographs by this studio. Likewise, if you have further information on the photographer of any of the subjects shown below, I would also be keen to hear from you.
CARD TYPES
Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Emma Sullivan Image © & Collection of Marilyn McMillan Image © & Collection of Clive Greatorex
Type I
Used early to mid-1930s
Pre-printed postcard
Vertical "JEROME," crown
and branches
Date stamp
Type II
Used early to mid-1930s?
Diagonal small "Jerome"
italic font
Date stamp
Type III
Used mid-1930s to early 1940s
Diagonal small "Jerome"
signature-style font
Date stamp
Type IV
Used late 1940s
Plain back
Date stamp only

PORTFOLIO Contribute a Photo
Image © & Collection of Caroline Dean Image © & Collection of Caroline Dean ID #: jerome01
Source: Collection of Caroline Dean
Artist: Jerome Limited
Negative No. -
Size: Postcard (Photo 79 x 131 mm)
Card Type: Type I - Vertical JEROME, crown and branches motif.
Date: Date stamped on the reverse, "7 OCT ..." Possibly taken in the mid-1930s.
Notes: Presumably taken in the Derby branch studio.
Subject: Caroline "Carrie" Sadler née Wileman (1905-) and John "Jack" Henry Sadler of Stanley, Derbyshire, full length seated/standing portrait. They were married in 1934.

Image © & Collection of Emma Sullivan Image © & Collection of Emma Sullivan ID #: jerome03
Source: Collection of Emma Sullivan
Artist: Jerome Limited
Negative No. -
Size: Postcard
Card Type: Type I - Vertical JEROME, crown and branches motif.
Date: Undated, but probably taken in the 1930s.
Notes: Branch studio location unknown.
Subject: Unidentified mother and child, half-length seated portrait.

Image © & Collection of Emma Sullivan Image © & Collection of Emma Sullivan ID #: jerome04
Source: Collection of Emma Sullivan
Artist: Jerome
Negative No. -
Size: Postcard
Card Type: Type II - Diagonal small "Jerome", italic font.
Date: Date stamped on the reverse, "22 DEC 1930?"
Notes: Branch studio location unknown.
Subject: Unidentified child, full length standing portrait.

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne
ID #: jerome08
Source: Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: Jerome, Ltd.
Negative No. -
Size: Postcard (Folder 103 x 164 mm Oval Frame 79 x 118.5 mm Card 80.5 x 132.5 mm Photo 76 x 132.5 mm)
Card Type: Type I - Vertical JEROME, crown and branches motif. Leather-look grey-green folder with embossed rose plant and corner designs, buff and grey oval passe partout matte.
Date: Date stamped on the reverse, "22 OCT 1931"
Notes: Branch studio location unknown.
Subject: Two unidentified children, full length seated/standing portrait.

Image © & Collection of Sylvia Rhodes Image © & Collection of Sylvia Rhodes ID #: jerome13
Source: Collection of Sylvia Rhodes
Artist: Jerome
Negative No. -
Size: Postcard
Card Type: Type I - Vertical "JEROME," crown and branches motif.
Date: Date stamped on the reverse, "17 JAN 1932."
Notes: Taken at the Nottingham branch studio.
Subject: Lillian Nicholson, aged 11 (at centre), possibly with her sisters, full length standing/seated portrait.

Image © & Collection of Chris Southall Image © & Collection of Chris Southall ID #: jerome12
Source: Collection of Chris Southall
Artist: Jerome
Negative No. -
Size: Postcard
Card Type: Type I - Vertical "JEROME," crown and branches motif.
Date: Date stamped on the reverse, "18 JU? 1932."
Notes: Taken at the Derby branch studio.
Subject: Thomas Selby & Hilda Selby née Griffiths, full length seated portrait. He was born on 11 September 1901 at Birch Street, Manchester. Both of his parents died in 1905, so he and his brother and sister went into an orphanage, Styal Cottage Homes in Cheshire. After their marriage on 28 April 1930 Thomas and Hilda lived in her home town of Derby.

Image © & Courtesy of Patricia Hurworth Image © & Courtesy of Patricia Hurworth ID #: jerome15
Source: Collection of Patricia Hurworth
Artist: Jerome
Negative No. -
Size: Postcard (80 x 120 mm, but original has probably been trimmed)
Card Type: Type I - Vertical "JEROME," crown and branches motif.
Date: Date stamped on the reverse, "28 JAN 1933."
Notes: Taken at the Derby branch studio.
Subject: Thomas Hill (born c.1869) and Annie Hill née Hilliard (born 1874) of Derby, full length standing portrait with painted backdrop and table.

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: jerome16
Source: Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: Jerome
Negative No. -
Size: Postcard (84.5 x 132 mm)
Card Type: Type III - Diagonal small "Jerome", signature style font.
Date: Date stamped on the reverse, "1 APR 1935."
Notes: Branch studio location unknown. Patterned edge.
Subject: Unidentified young boy, perhaps 2-3 years old, in child's harness, full length standing portrait with cupboard, books and bookends.

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: jerome09
Source: Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: Jerome
Negative No. -
Size: Postcard
Card Type: Type III - Diagonal small "Jerome", signature style font.
Date: Date stamped on the reverse, "10 MAR 1936."
Notes: Branch studio location unknown.
Subject: Unidentified young woman, three-quarter length seated portrait.

Image © & Courtesy of Barbara Ellison Image © & Courtesy of Barbara Ellison ID #: jerome09
Source: Collection of Barbara Ellison
Artist: Jerome
Negative No. -
Size: Postcard (81.5 x 133.5 mm)
Card Type: Type III - Diagonal small "Jerome", signature style font.
Date: Date stamped on the reverse, "27 APR 1936."
Notes: Probably taken at the Derby branch studio.
Subject: Charles Vincent Payne (1868-1941), full length standing portrait.

Image © & Collection of Sylvia Rhodes ID #: jerome11
Source: Collection of Sylvia Rhodes
Artist: Jerome
Negative No. -
Size: Postcard
Card Type: Type II
Date: Undated, but taken c.1936.
Notes: Taken at the Nottingham branch studio.
Subject: Lilian Clerk née Nicholson, aged 8, head-and-shoulders portrait.

Image © & Collection of Caroline Dean Image © & Collection of Caroline Dean ID #: jerome02
Source: Collection of Caroline Dean
Artist: Jerome
Negative No. -
Size: Postcard (82 x 131 mm)
Card Type: Type III - Diagonal small "Jerome", signature style font.
Date: Date stamped on the reverse, "14 MAR 19..." - possibly 1936.
Notes: Taken at the Derby branch studio. Hand tinted.
Subject: Caroline Ruth Wheatley, born 1927 Stanley, Derbyshire, full length hand tinted portrait.

Image © & Courtesy of Sarah Nash Image © & Courtesy of Sarah Nash ID #: jerome14
Source: Collection of Sarah Nash
Artist: Jerome
Negative No. -
Size: Postcard (72 x 116 mm, but original has been trimmed)
Card Type: Type III - Diagonal small "Jerome", signature style font.
Date: Date stamped on the reverse, "27 NOV 1937."
Notes: Probably taken at the Derby branch studio.
Subject: Eileen Nash née Culling, aged 20 (born 23 June 1917, daughter of Jonathan Michael Culling & Amy Toplis), head-and-shoulders portrait.

Image © & Collection of Marilyn McMillan Image © & Collection of Marilyn McMillan ID #: jerome05
Source: Collection of Marilyn McMillan
Artist: Jerome
Negative No. -
Size: Postcard
Card Type: Type III - Diagonal small "Jerome", signature style font.
Date: Date stamped on the reverse, "21 SEP 1942."
Notes: Taken at the Derby branch studio.
Subject: Horace Watts Woolley and Phyllis M. Woolley née Hirst, born 1927 Stanley, Derbyshire, full length hand tinted portrait. Newspaper cutting taped to the reverse, "WOOLLEY-HIRST. - On September 15, 1942, at Alvaston Parish Church, Derby. L/Bdr. Horace Watts Woolley, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. Woolley, of 138, Raynesway, Alvaston, to Phyllis M. Hirst, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. Hirst, of 176, Brighton-road, Crewton, Derby."

Image © & Collection of Clive Greatorex Image © & Collection of Clive Greatorex ID #: jerome06
Source: Collection of Clive Greatorex
Artist: Jerome
Negative No. -
Size: Postcard (Folder 80 x 125 mm)
Card Type: Unknown. Folder with scenic design, and oval passe-partout matte with square frame and horizontal "JEROME" at lower right.
Date: Date stamped on the reverse, "16 DEC 1946."
Notes: Taken at the Derby branch studio.
Subject: Clive Greatorex, full length seated portrait.

Image © & Collection of Sylvia Rhodes ID #: jerome10
Source: Collection of Sylvia Rhodes
Artist: Jerome
Negative No. -
Size: Postcard (78.5 x 126.5 mm)
Card Type: Unknown.
Date: Undated, but probably taken c.1947-1948.
Notes: Taken at the Derby branch studio.
Subject: Sylvia Clark, aged 8, full length seated portrait.

Image © & Collection of Clive Greatorex Image © & Collection of Clive Greatorex ID #: jerome07
Source: Collection of Clive Greatorex
Artist: Jerome
Negative No. -
Size: Postcard (125 x 80 mm)
Card Type: Type IV.
Date: Date stamped on the reverse, "27 JAN 1949."
Notes: Taken at the Derby branch studio.
Subject: Clive Greatorex, full length seated portrait.

REFERENCES

Historical Directories from the University of Leicester
- Anon (1925) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly's Directories Ltd., London.
- Anon (1932) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly's Directories Ltd., London.
- Anon (1941) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly's Directories Ltd., London.
Indexed 1841- 1901 Census images from Ancestry.com
Transcript of the GRO Index from FreeBMD
Adamson, Keith I.P. (1997) Professional Photographers in Derbyshire 1843 - 1914, The PhotoHistorian, No. 118 Supplement, September 1997, ISSN 0957-0209.
Craven, Maxwell (ed.) (1993) Keene's Derby, Breedon Books, Derby, pp. 200-202
Jerome Ltd. Studio Portraits Flickr Group by Gavin Parry
Jerome Studios by Maurice Fisher on his Photographic Memorabilia web site
Jerome Limited by Peter Stubbs on his EdinPhoto web site


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Many thanks to Barbara Ellison, Sarah Nash, Patricia Hurworth, Chris Southall, Clive Greatorex, Marilyn McMillan, Sylvia Rhodes, Emma Sullivan and Caroline Dean for kind contributions of images and information.


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