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Derbyshire Photographers' Profiles
by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
Frank Day (1870-)

of Heanor & Derby

Frank Day operated a studio in Heanor from the late 1890s until at least 1912, from premises in Station Road, Ray Street and Mansfield Road.  In the early 1920s he also had a studio in Derby.


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Frank Day was born in Nottingham in 1870, the youngest of three sons of William & Sarah Ann Day.  His father, who was a shoemaker, died  when Frank was still a child, and his mother remarried a dyer, John Ward.  Frank followed his step-father into this industry when a teenager, but appears to have become a photographer some time in the late 1890s.  It is possible that he worked as a travelling photographer for the Nottingham photographers Freckleton & Co. of 63 Long Row, Nottingham.  He married Gertrude Maud Allsop in 1897, and their first child Harold Edgar was born at Smalley in early 1898.  By April 1901 they were living at 169 Ray Street in Heanor, and Frank was working as a photographer.  Adamson (1997) shows Day with a studio at Mansfield Road, Heanor from 1906 until 1912.  A cabinet card (see below) also indicates that he had a studio at Station Road in Heanor, but it is not know whether this was before or after the Ray Street era.  A large format mounted photo (see below) shows that he also operated from a studio at 108 Pear Tree Road, Derby, probably after the First World War.

Portfolio
Image © & courtesy of Alan Craxford
Unidentified baby
by F. Day of Station Road, Heanor
Undated, but possibly taken c. 1900

Format: Cabinet Card

Image © & courtesy of Alan Craxford

Notes

Image © & courtesy of Alan Craxford

Image © & courtesy of Alan Craxford
Two unidentified young girls (left) and an unidentified older girl (right)
taken by F. Day of Ray Street, Heanor
Undated, but probably taken c. 1900-1905 

Format: Cabinet Card

Image © & courtesy of Alan Craxford

Notes

Image © & courtesy of Alan Craxford

Image © & courtesy of Terry Smith Two unidentified young girls (left) and an unidentified older girl (right)
taken by F. Day of Ray Street, Heanor
Undated, but probably taken c. 1900-1905 

Format: Cabinet Card

Image © & courtesy of Terry Smith

Notes


Image © & courtesy of Lynne Tedder
John Miller (c.1848-1922)
by F. Day of 108 Pear Tree Rd., Derby
Undated, but probably taken c. 1920 

Format: Large mounted albumen print

Image © & courtesy of Lynne Tedder 

Image © & courtesy of Lynne Tedder
Notes by BP:  John Miller, who was my own gg-grandfather as well as Lynne's great-grandfather, was variously a brick and pipemaker, grocer, shopkeeper, farmer and sub-postmaster at Weston Underwood.  It appears from this photograph that he may also have operated a carrier service between Derby and Weston Underwood.

References
Images kindly provided by Terry Smith, Lynne Tedder and Alan Craxford
1841-1901 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
FreeBMD
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
Anon (1891) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland & Nottinghamshire, Kelly & Co., London. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1895) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co. Limited, London.
Anon (1899) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co. Limited, London.
Anon (1912) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire 1912, Kelly's Directories Ltd., London.
Adamson, Keith I.P. (1997) Professional Photographers in Derbyshire 1843 - 1914, The PhotoHistorian, No. 118 Supplement, September 1997, ISSN 0957-0209. Courtesy of John Bradley.

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