SIMON LAST WRITES that the back of an old photograph (shown above) of a group of people provides many clues as to who they were.
Simon goes on to say: “When I turned the photograph over, the back was covered with handwritten names and signatures!
“The photograph was taken by A & L Slingsby at Grange-over-Sands in Cumbria.
“Scanning the names I could see that the surname CARTLIDGE appeared several times.
“I found a 1911 census record, for a CARTLIDGE family living at 80 High Lane, Burslem, Stoke on Trent, whose names fitted with those on the back of the photograph.
“They were James CARTLIDGE aged 38, a Lithographic Artist, who was married to Edith aged 33. The couple had been married for ten years and their children were Reginald James aged 8, Wilfred George aged 4 and Edith May aged 2. If this is the Cartlidge family shown on the photograph, it is possible that the photograph was taken in the 1930s.
“James CARTLIDGE married Edith Emily SIMPSON in the April quarter of 1901 in the Stoke on Trent Registration District.
“James CARTLIDGE died in the December quarter of 1947 aged 74 and Edith Emily CARTLIDGE died on the 11th June 1949 aged 71.
“The 1939 World War 2 Register shows that their son Reginald James CARTLIDGE was born on 28th August 1902. He was a Colliery Manager. Their daughter Edith May CARTLIDGE was born on 19th October 1908. She was an Infants’ School Teacher.
“I wonder what the occasion was when this fascinating photograph was taken and why the CARTLIDGE family were there? If anyone has a link with the CARTLIDGE family and can identify anyone in the photograph I should like to hear from you.”
If you can help Simon to trace the Cartlidge family please contact him at email@example.com