More photographs of and by F.J. Seaman

Further to my previous article about Frederick Joseph Seaman (1874-1953), I’ve received further information and photographs from his grand-daughter Anne Williams, and John Bradley, which are probably worth including as a separate post, rather than merely appending to the original one.

Image © and courtesy of Anne Williams
Anne sent me this rather nice studio self portrait by F.J. Seaman, taken at an unknown location and date. It appears to be a post card size, although I don’t know if it has anything printed or inscribed on the reverse. Based merely on a comparison with other portraits of FJS, I estimate it was taken around the time of the First World War.

Image © and courtesy of Anne Williams
She also sent me a later family portrait, possibly taken in the mid- to late 1920s, showing FJS with Evie, Mable Maude (seated – the elder daughter, and always known as Maude) and Maud’s husband, Ormonde Vivian O. Blackmore. Maud and Evie’s mother Bertha died at Sculcoates (Hull) in 1912, and their father remarried the following year, also at Sculcoates, to Hilda Blanche Bailey Jackson. Their twin sons Austin and Stanley were born in 1914 at Blackpool. They moved to Doncaster in 1915 and stayed there until 1926, when they moved back to Chesterfield and lived over the shop.

This now gives a continuous and very useful time frame for the operation of the various F.J. Seaman studios as follows:

(1891-1896 : Chesterfield, Ilkeston, Alfreton in Derbyshire – as Seaman & Sons)
1897-1903 : Hucknall Torkard, Nottinghamshire
?1898-1903 : Heanor, Derbyshire (also possibly open in 1905-1906)
1903-1907 : Sculcoates, Hull, Yorkshire (also at York, Beverley, Darlington, Bridlington and Scarborough?)
1907-1915 : Blackpool, Lancashire
?1909-1912 : Davygate, York, Yorkshire
1915-1926 : Doncaster, Yorkshire
1926-1950 : Chesterfield, Derbyshire

Click on image for reverse of post card Image © and courtesy of John Bradley
John Bradley has this post card portrait of a very smartly dressed young couple taken in F.J. Seaman’s Blackpool studio, probably shortly before the war, say between 1910 and 1914.

Many thanks to Anne Williams and John Bradley for their contributions.


~ by gluepot on Wednesday, October 15, 2008.

7 Responses to “More photographs of and by F.J. Seaman”

  1. >Hi, I'm Hannah Hancock and I'm 12 years old. I've been working on a family tree and have a feeling that I'm related to Anne Williams. I'm not sure though. Is there anyway that I can contact her. Through email maybe?Thanks.

  2. >Hi Hannah. If you'd like to send me an email using the contact address on my profile, I will forard your message to Anne.Regards and best wishes, Brett

  3. Hi,
    I have a photo postcard of a gentleman in Naval uniform,possibly an Admiral. As it says ‘F.J.SEAMAN Doncaster’ that places it between 1915 and 1926,so it could be WW1. ..But im not sure if its an actor in costume.
    Did Seaman photograph high ranking military personnel?
    I’m a bit unsure because i think the photo is signed ‘Vincent Carlyle’ and i believe there may have been an actor of that name.

    • Hi Andrew – Yes, it’s quite possible that Seaman would have taken photographs of both actors and admirals. If you’d like to send me a scan of the photograph I’d be happy to try and solve your mystery.
      Regards, Brett

  4. Good day,

    I have acquired a 1910 drawing of a child writing on a board, with toys, a gollywog, a cat and a doll. It is signed F.J.S. The J is taller than the F and S.
    Did Frederick Joseph Seaman do drawings?
    Thank you

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