Anlaby Road Hull, Ephemera, F J Seaman, Fredrick Joseph Seaman, Granny's Parlour Antiques Hull, Hull, Hull City of Culture 2017, old photographs, Photography, portrait photography, studio portrait., vintage fashion, waistcoat
A three-piece suit was obviously deemed essential attire for a formal portrait by the gentleman in this photograph, even if the three pieces did not originally belong together. Isn’t the waistcoat striking? Note the chain running across this chap’s chest and through the button hole of his waistcoat. Perhaps the chain or the item on the end of it was regarded as such a prized procession, meriting inclusion in the portrait, that any waistcoat would do in order to show it off? Perhaps the waistcoat was an old favourite. We’ll never know.
The photograph was taken by F J Seaman of “Hull, York, Scarborough, Bridlington, Beverley, Blackpool“ and according to the Photo-Slauth, the F J stands for Fredrick Joseph. It seems that professional photography was the family business, but I won’t quote from Mr. Paynes’ blog word for word; follow the link if you are interested. I’m assuming that this photograph was taken at the Hull branch of the business, because I found the portrait in Hull; another find from Granny’s Parlour antiques on Anlaby Road.
I just found an old family photograph without any info as to whom the person is, in my mother in laws stuff. The gentleman has a beard, has his hand resting on a mantle. He is wearing a three piece suit with a white shirt and tie and white hanky in the breast pocket.
Is there a way to identify which of the two studios this was taken in.
F.J.Seamann 44 Prospect St, Hull also at York, Beverly and Blackpool is printed on the right lower corner of the cardstock.
Is there a way to date the photo? Do you know when that establishment closed down.
Any help would be greatly appreciated
I don’t know about the date, but the inscription is different on the back of my card; it reads “F. J. Seaman, Hull, York, Scarborough, Bridlington, Beverley, Blackpool”. The other things written on the back are “POST CARD”, underlined with a wavy line, “CORRESPONDENCE” on the left and “ADDRESS” on the right, with no dividing line between them or lines for the address. Dotted lines mark where to affix the stamp.
That’s as much as I know, Carol.