Not got a clue ?? Page 4 Music Box

Pam writes …. I was also given (by Pam Bemrose) a “musical” album full of photos that will be difficult to scan.  You wind it up underneath and it plays a tune.  Quite priceless.

And here it is.

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This young lady features on the front page within the Music Box … did she have a significant relationship with it ?
Was she the owner ?


Do these two photos show the same young woman ? Are they related to the young lady above .. or are they the same ? We need to look for family facial similarities.


And here are examples of its contents.

Within the photographs is a card (bottom right of the right-hand side) advertising the business of ‘portrait and landcape photographers Byron and Son of Long Row, Nottingham, established 1852′. … presumably the photographers who helped prepare the collection ??
A very full history of their business can be found in Google Books.
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And here is a couple facing, on adjacent pages … man and wife, Pam wonders ?


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The page below is interesting in that, in the top right, it features a photo of a gravestone. The inscription reads ‘In affectionate remembrance of Marinah Ebbern who died Dec 16 1878, aged 61 years. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord’.

The original gravestone can be found in the churchyard extension of St. Mary’s Church. Marinah was baptised at that church on August 7th 1817, the daughter of William Burgin-Richardson and Elizabeth (nee Attenborough). And at the same church she married Francis Ebbern on September 8th 1835. She died at 46 Bath Street, where her daughter Frances Amelia was living with her ‘partner’ (soon to be husband) Cecil Aldwinkle and her (their?) illegitimate daughter Edith Annie.

And it was Annie Ebbern, the neice of Frances Amelia, who married Arthur Edwin Paling … on Page 1


On the left is the reverse side of the Photo, above left.

The photographer William Gillam traded in Derby from about 1870 until the 1890’s.

You can find a little more detail of William on Brett Payne’s site


My thanks to Tony Gale who has taken the time to send some interesting detail on the photographer William Gillam.

William was my 2nd Gt Grand Uncle; he lived from 1836-1902. I have never come across a Carte de visite, or any other of his work before. His parents ran a Cordwainer’s business at 24 Irongate in Derby. (below left)

It was his sister, Fanny Gillam who married my Gt Gt Grandfather Charles Gale on 13th October 1857 at All Saints Derby. (below right)

Above is his Marriage entry in St Peter’s Marriage Register. Nice to see his signature

Left is 24 Irongate .. it is now home to Wilson’s ‘Ye Olde Sweet Shoppe’, and Sally Montague, with the European restaurant and Bistro occupying the upstairs.

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another fresh face; photographer is “A. Wrate, Skegness and Mablethorpe”

Gibson Bros, King St, Nottm

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There is a date on the back of this “post card” …. 7 Sep 1940

Photographer is Byron & Son, Nottingham, established 1852

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And a very peculiar one to conclude

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