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T.W. Swift

of 12 Market Place, Chesterfield

T.W. Swift produced postcards in Chesterfield c. 1917, but is not know whether he also did portraiture from his studio at 12 Market Place.

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Tom William Swift was born in 1873 at Collingham, Nottinghamshire, only son of a painter and house decorator Thomas Swift and his wife Elizabeth.  He married Ada Marshall at Nottingham in 1894, and they had a son, Arthur Blatchford Swift the following year.  Shortly after, they moved to Chesterfield, Derbyshire, where Tom was working as a coal agent in April 1901.  A post card produced by T.W. Swift and postally used in 1917 probably dates from around that time.


The Lake, Queen's Park, Chesterfield, by T.W. Swift of 12 Market Place, Chesterfield
Undated, but used postally in 1917
- Format: Post Card - Image © & courtesy of Neil Wilson

Images kindly provided by Neil Wilson
1881 UK Census - online from the LDS church
1871, 1891 & 1901 UK Census - online from
Anon (1917) Chesterfield Year Book & Directory for 1917, Printed by The Derbyshire Courier, Chesterfield, Dec 1916 - by kind courtesy of Rita Effnert
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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