Friday, July 20, 2012

Dating Buchanan's School Photographs of Hertfordshire

Yesterday I blogged about Lockers Park School, Hemel Hempstead, and included a photograph of the dining room by Percy A Buchanan. Anthony has helpfully drawn my attention to the fact the Percy married a daughter of Carl Wilhelm Stackemann in 1902.

St George's School, Harpenden
posted 1910
Carl Wilhelm Stackemann was a photographer who specialized in school photography (see the excellent Sussex Photohistory web site). He employed a team of photographers to go round the country photographing schools (are there any examples from Hertfordshire?) and Percy may well have worked in this capacity. However in in 1907 Carl went  bankrupt and sold the business. The earliest school card published by Percy that I have been able to trace dates from 1908 - so it is likely that he set up on his own company following the bankruptcy. More information about this - and updates to help date Hertfordshire school photographs he took can be seen on the Percy A Buchanan page. Any information you can provide to make this page even more helpful will be welcome.

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