Arthur and Mabel Asher : The Cheapside Photo Co c 1890-1912
The Cheapside Photo Co late 1880s - 1912 Run by Arthur and Mabel Asher 1890s - c 1912
The carte de visite above shows the address of the studio as number 4 Bernard St. The style of the reverse of the card, and the subject's dress suggest that the portrait was taken in the late 1880s or early 1890s. Until the late 1880s number 4 was the address of photographer George Southgate. However, the 1891 census lists 2,3 and 4 Bernard Street as a large draper's shop at that time. Presumably the Cheapside Photographic Co worked from a studio space inside the draper's shop. The names of the photographers at the studio before the early 1900s have not been found.
Stevens Directory 1895
The Cheapside studio was listed at number 5 Bernard Street in 1895, and then in 1901 numbers 2, 3 and 4 were still the Draper's Emporium,and number 5 was a private address. Arthur Asher, Railway Clerk, married Mabel Barron, photographer, in 1906. Arthur and Mabel took over the Cheapside Photographic Studio at around the same time. The 1907 trade directory listed The Cheapside Photo Studio at 5 Bernard St.
In 1911 the census recorded Arthur Asher, (Railway Clerk b Southampton 1882), his wife Mabel, (Photographer b 1885 Manchester), and their young daughter resident at 5 Bernard St. The 1912 street Directory listed Arthur H Asher, photographer, at number 5.
Mabel and Arthur may have lived at 5 Bernard St, and operated the photography business in the former studio of George Southgate within the large Drapery Store at 2, 3 and 4 Bernard St. No trace of Arthur or Mabel has been found after the 1912 directory.