PHOTOGRAPHS FROM A FAMILY ALBUM

Page updated on 3rd April,2019




These photographs are kindly provided by Trevor Miller and are from an album rescued by Trevor during the demolition of Norwood College in 1972. The photographs, mostly by the very popular "high street" photographers of that time are undated so best-guesses are shown.





Probably 1892, the year Ruth Charlotte Prudames and William Cass were married. The high-buttoned suit jacket and Ruth's dark high-neck dress suggests the early 1890s

Though a rather formal and perhaps severe photograph Ruth and Wilf look to be very young. If the year of 1892 is correct then Ruth would have been in her late 20s and Wilf 24.

This is the usual large size, the cabinet card generally about 6" by 4" though the smaller handbag size cartes de visite were about 4" X 2.5". The card stock used for this photograph was by Marion of Paris and London, and is found on thousands of similar studio photographs of the late 19th century; the photograph was taken in the studio of W D Brigham, 20 Esplanade, Scarborough.




Another photograph, undoubtedly taken at the same sitting; the background, unusally plain, is just a curtain drape on the right and appears in both images. Ruth and Wilf appear a little more relaxed and they both appear to holding walking sticks, indeed two for Ruth.

As most people know, the majority of photographic portraits in the Victorian era were produced with a sepia tone; the process was used to give a warmer appearance to the image.












A rather striking portrait of Wilf Cass taken in the studio of Sarony, Scarborough. Again, probably 1892.





The 1890s trade directory for Scarborough lists 24 photographers in the town.

The web site of the Leeds and Bradford Photographic Studios 1840 - 1910 has an extensive account of the Canadian-born Oliver Sarony and this even includes a photographic self-portrait of him. The websites says
"Oliver Sarony visited Bradford in 1846 as an itinerant photographer and setup a studio in Leeds in 1862. He travelled to and worked from many other places but eventually settled in Scarborough where he established a very prestigious studio which was probably one of the most successful studios in Europe."

"Oliver's permanent base in Scarborough was established in 1857 in Alfred Street and in 1858 he had a brand new purpose built studio designed by local architects John and David Petch and built it in an area which would later be known as Sarony Square on the South Cliff, now simply named Oliver Street."

Oliver Sarony died in 1879 so this photograph would have been taken by a photographer of the studio.












Two studio photographs of Ruth taken at
the Bowness, Windermere, studio of the Brunskill brothers, Richard and John William.

Ruth is wearing the same blouse and distinctive pearl necklace in both photographs and, with the same hairstyle, suggests that both photographs were taken at the same sitting.





The second photograph suggests that Ruth is kitted out for walking in the Lake District.
Note the very pleasing scenic backcloth.



































Charlie Cass, probably at age three, so in 1901 (The image in its frame has slipped!).




























Charlie Cass, probably at age five, so in 1903, standing at the front door of the family home at 11 Avenue Road, Scarborough.

You will recall that his father, William or Wilf to us Norwood boys, was a music teacher so here is Charlie standing with his violin and in a sailor "suit".



























Two family photographs of Charlie's father, Wilf, probably taken around 1910. The first is almost certainly in the front garden of 11 Avenue Road as the house vaguely seen on the right is the house across the road and (in 2019) virtually unchanged - see other photos of 11 Avenue Road
The second photograph is certainly at the front door of number 11.












































Afternoon tea. Charlie, his mother Ruth and a maid in the front garden of no.11 Avenue Road, around 1911 when Charlie would have been about 13 and at Scarborough College.















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