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Derbyshire Photographers' Profiles
by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
J. Alfred & K.F. Stevens

of Derby




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According to Craven (1993), J. Alfred Stevens operated a studio in Derby from 1925 until 1952, first at 104 St. Peter's Street (at rear), and later at The Spot, 4 Albert Street.  Whipple's 1935 trade directory of Derby lists Alfred Stevens at "The Spot."  He first appears in telephone directories in 1924, and remained there until 1950, after which proprietorship appears to have been taken over by K.F. Stevens (followed in directories until 1959).  Some time after this, as evidenced by the proof folder shown below, S. Spencer became proprietor of the firm.
Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin Image © & courtesy of Nigel Aspdin
Proof folder/envelope from Stevens Studio, probably in the 1960s

Portfolio
Image © & courtesy of Jane Porter
Madge Baker (1920-1987)
by Stevens of Derby
Undated, but taken c. 1941-1942
Format: Large mounted print

Image © & courtesy of Jane Porter 

Notes by JP: Aged 21 (see below)

Image © & courtesy of Jane Porter

Image © & courtesy of Jane Porter Kathleen (Kath) Hazel Baker (1924-1987)
by Stevens of Derby
Undated, but taken c. 1941-1942
Format: Large mounted prints (reverse blank)

Image © & courtesy of Jane Porter 

Notes by JP: My gran Madge's sister, aged 18.  Kathleen Hazel Baker was born in 1924 at Derby.  She married Douglas McCowen (from Wales) on 17 Apr 1946 at Saint Mary's Church, Alvaston, Derby, and they had two children, Christine (b. 1948, Wales) and Andrew (b. 1953, Wales). Her husband died recently.
Image © & courtesy of Jane Porter

Image © & courtesy of Jane Porter Madge Porter née Baker (1920-1987)
by Stevens of Derby
Undated, but taken during WW2, c. 1940-1945
Format: Large mounted print

Image © & courtesy of Jane Porter

Notes by JP:  My gran Madge, born on 9 Apr 1920 at Derby, and died on 6 Aug 1987 at her home. She was fire bridge telephone communication in the 1940's. She married Albert Stanley Porter on 23 Apr 1945 at Saint Mary's Boulton Lane, Derby. They had a daughter - my mum - Josephine Porter, born in 1947 at Belper.

Image © & courtesy of Jane Porter

Image © & courtesy of Clive Greatorex Image © & courtesy of Clive Greatorex
Wedding photo of Ray and Betty Greatorex, by Stevens of Derby
Taken in January 1943
Format: Mounted print  Size: 150 x 100 mm

Image © & courtesy of Clive Greatorex



References
Images kindly provided by Clive Greatorex, Nigel Aspdin and Jane Porter
1841-1901 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
FreeBMD
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
Anon (1932) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire 1932, 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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