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J Austin's

American Gem Studio

75 Princes Street

Gem Portrait

Below are the front and back of a gem portrait from J Austin's studio at 75 Princes Street.

Gem Portrait from J Austin's American Gem Studio at 75 Princes Street [front] Gem Portrait from J Austind's American Gem Studio at 75 Princes Street

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Ron Cosens

Size

Gem portraits were tiny tintype photos mounted behind a card, the same size as cartes de visite (approx 4ins x 2.5 ins) to enable them to fit into Photographic albums designed to hold cartes de visite.

Cost of Gem Portraits

Gem portraits were not expensive -  9 for 7  old pence,
i.e. 9 for 0.03 in the example above.

Studio Addresses

Many gem portraits have no photographer's name and address on the back.  The only two that I have seen from Edinburgh with photographer's name and address both come from 75 Princes Street, at the corner of Princes Street and Hanover Street opposite the Royal Scottish Academy Galleries.  They are from:

   -   J Austin's American Gem Studio (when?)

   -   White's American Portraits  (1880-1883)

The names of photographers based at 75 Princes Street/1 Hanover Street changes so frequently that it is not surprising to find some of them not appearing in the Edinburgh trade directories.  They may have arrived and left between the annual publications of these directories.   A similar situation, no doubt arose along the road at 79 Princes Street.

Studio Addresses in Other Cities

I have another tintype photograph by J Austin, also on a carte-de-visite size of mount.  The photograph is larger than the one above.   It is oval, approx 2ins x 1.5ins.

The back of the picture is very similar to the one above, but with different wording.  The label is headed:  J Austin, American Gem Studio Studios in Edinburgh and at, Grainger Street West, Newcastle-on-Tyne.

There is also a reference to London, but the full text of the label is not now legible.

Thank you to Marcel Safier, Photographic Historian, who wrote:

Prices

"J. Austin 'The American Gem Photographer' offered 9 mounted gems for 7d.  His studio was at 13 Grainger St West, Newcastle from 1881-1882 and his mount advertises a branch at 75 Princes St, Edinburgh."

 Marcel Safier, Holland Park, Queensland Australia

 

J Austin

Large Photos

In contrast to the tiny 'gem photos' above, here are two large attractive framed photos, each 22 ins x 9 ins,  signed by J Austin.  Is there any connection between the J Austin who signed these and J Austin's Gem Studio in Edinburgh.

 Two large photographs, each 22 ins x 8 ins, signed by J Austin

Thank you to Robert McLeod, Elgin, Moray, Scotland for providing these images.

 

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Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere     Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks