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 ETW   DENNIS COURT SIZE PICTURE POST CARDS: 1895 to 1898

Mini Photographic

& 1900/1901 Regular

AND Sudan 1899/1902

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   Court size picture postcards were permitted in January 1895. Dennis took advantage of this almost immediately in addition to  producing the "Printed in Saxony" coloured set

      ETW Dennis produced mini photographic court size postcards, from 1895 onwards. The first known is for  Ventnor I.O.W  P/U 16th July 1895.and the second known is Ventnor P/U 18th July 1895  The third  1895 known  is for Margate P/U 30 July  1895). The  1895 London postcard does not seem to be  in a set, there seems to be   just the one PPC  for Tower Bridge. This is possibly  a "one-off" to celebrate the opening of this bridge in 1894. There  may  also be a "Newcastle slant" to it, as Armstrong of Newcastle designed and manufactured the impressive Tower Bridge raising/lowering  mechanism   

                 These mini photographic cards were also produced for Brighton and other South Coast resortsFirst etw Dennis card  for London, 1895. They start in 1895, but seem much more available from 1896 on. There seems to be 4 cards to a set. (see Ryde, with 2 cards on cream, 1 on blue and 1 on pink card). . The cards on this  page show sustained Dennis PPC activity from 1895 onwards.

 The first London set  is as late as 1898, which is slightly puzzling to me. Pre 1900, Dennis seems very North Country and Newcastle focussed

 

Further postally used 1895/6 examples sought, especially 1895 (either to buy or photocopy/email  appreciated)

gtwebber@guernsey.net

 

 From my collection and those of other collectors,   I give below  a partial listing of these ETW Dennis mini-photographic postcards  to give a general idea of the "when & where" of this series (roughly 1895 to 1898, South of England). I would like the chance to buy anything  printed in red italic either pu or npu, as well as any mini photo cards not on this list. £25 per card offered

(NOTE: List of ETWD  regular court size that I hold   given at bottom of page)

Known ETWD

 Mini photographic postcards, printed in half tone  

The ones in red italics I would like to buy. Updated 29/08/2017

LOCATION

Offer to buy

P/U Date

Bexhill on Sea-        ThPromenade   £25 offered 04/08/97
Bournemouth-  Invalids Walk NPU
     
Brighton-          Metropole   &   Grand Hotels   14/06/97
Brighton-         West Pier 14/06/97  26/09/98 & 07/04/96
Brighton-          Chain Pier   20/10/96
Brighton   Aquarium Marine Parade £25 offered 07/04/96
Chichester-   Cathedral   06/09/98
Greenwich     Royal Naval College £25 offered NPU
Hastings      The Beach £25 offered 20/08/98
Hastings-      The Pier   06/12/98
London        Tower Bridge. 4th earliest known   03/12/95
Margate        the Beach £25 offered NPU
Margate-     The Harbour   07/09/96&18/05/97
Margate-     The Jetty £25 offered NPU
Margate-   Fort Steps   NPU
Margate The Pier

(Third earliest P/U ,30 July 1895 miniphoto)

£25 offered 30/07/95 & 01/08/97
Oxford -Christ Church   17/07/97 & 10/04/98
Oxford-   Isis   NPU
Oxford-Magdalen College & Bridge   1897
Oxford-Martyr's Memorial   1897
Ramsgate- The New Road (ETWD  was apprenticed for 7 years in Ramsgate) £25 offered NPU
Ramsgate     The Sands   14/09/96 and 1898
Ramsgate   Watermill £25 offered Sept 1899
Ramsgate   The Harbour   August 1898
Ryde.     Appley Tower   NPU
Ryde.     Carisbrooke Castle   NPU
Ryde      The Pier   NPU
Ryde.     Spencer Road   NPU
Sandown-        From the Pier     07/09/96
     
Southampton - Bargate     13/02/97
Southampton-  Netley Abbey   13/09/97&16/10/97
Southampton-        Royal Pier     02/10/97
Southampton     Old walls   13/06/99
Ventnor-      General View

P/U 16th July 1895. First known Dennis miniphoto

    NPU

16/07/95

Ventnor-     The Esplanade     NPU
Ventnor  Bonchurch Valley

P/U 18th July  1895. 2nd earliest known miniph

£25 offered   18/07/95
Walthamstow- Old Church Chingford     14/12/99
CONCLUSION: This "mini photo" court size postcard series runs from mid 1895 to early 1898 (approx) and features South of England locations. From 1898 onwards Dennis used larger photographs on his court size/full size postcards, see list below. (Mostly North Country)

etw dennis postcard backs

Dennis  predominantly  used the upper (illustrated) style of back for these PPCs, but occasionally they used a Capital Letter modification of "Post" and "Card". with added in between  space and a more elaborate stamp box design together with a bigger picture.


In 1897 Dennis printed some court cards of Winchester, without a border around the picture. These were not successful and this type may be confined to Winchester?


etw dennis london postcardBy 1898 Dennis was publishing regular court size postcards with larger photographs, typical card illustrated opposite (Houses of Parliament) . Note the explicit ETWD initials

The same photographic negative of the Houses of Parliament  was used for the court postcard and then the regular full size postcard.

 By 1900 ETW Dennis had moved to full size postcards. (a lot of the court size postcards listed below were issued, with the design unchanged, as full size cards) .This was an extensive series (possibly 200 to 250?) covering mainly the North of England and the Midlands Some of this series have local publishers names on them. (e.g a printing for D.K &  Co=De Keyser Hotels with  1902 back ) The "starred" locations I believe were photographed by ETWD himself and have his explicit initials on them. Other photographs in the series have indications of having been "bought in" from other photographers.

It would seem that ETWD was a keen photographer, witness his Sudan 1898 photographs and the GB * ones below. .

 
Updated 29/08/2017

MY HOLDING OF

Dennis 1899/1900/1901.

 Court Size & Full Size.

 Half tone printed Photo Based

£10 per card offered for missing cards

My holding of Dennis court size /full size postcards  (excluding mini photo,  listed above)  The * indicates explicit use of "ETWD" initials (The blue print is used to make the table more readable)  CS=Court Size

137 different  cards 

Barnsley *         CS

The Tower, Locke Park

Barnsley +         CS The Quarry, Locke Park
Barnsley+          CS St Mary's  Church
Beverley            CS The Minster
Beverley New Walk
Beverley         CS North Bar

Following 3 cards are Dennis style

Birmingham  CS Chamberlain Sq/Not Dennis??
Birmingham CS Midland Institute/Not Dennis??
Birmingham CS The Exchamge/Not Dennis??
Birmingham     CS Art Gallery/Usual Dennis style
Birmingham     CS G.P.O/Usual Dennis style

Bolton Abbey

Stepping Stones

Bolton            CS Town Hall            pu  03/10/99
Bolton            CS Parish Church
Bolton            CS Smithmills Hall     pu 04/10/99
Bolton            CS Deane Church
Boston           CS St Botolph's Church
Bradford          CS Peel Park
Bradford     CS Norman Gateway
Bradford Royal Exchange
Bridlington Bridlington Quay, The Parade
Burton * Parish Church , Trent
Bury* Parish Church
Bury* Fleet St
Bury* Hospital

Chesterfield

Crooked Steeple

Carlisle

Court House

Carlisle          CS

Castle

Carlisle The Cathedral
Carlisle East  Window Cathedral
Carlisle Market Place
Coventry St Michaels Church Spire
Darlington Bandstand in the Park
Dolgelly      CS Precipice Walk
Dudley          CS Castle Keep
Dudley          CS Parish Church  (Publisher- Wynde)
Dudley          CS Triple Gateway Dudley Castle

Durham *

Cathedral (from St Oswalds)

Durham* Cathedral (from Railway Stn)

Ely Cathedral *

Lantern Tower

Ely Cathedral *

From Railway

Ely Cathedral * From Park    
Ely Cathedral * West Tower 

Filey

From North

Filey             CS The Crescent
Gateshead   CS Saltwell Park (Local publisher)

Greatt Yarmouth *

Beach Gardens

Great Yarmouth  * Town Hall & Quay
Halifax Orphanage
Halifax* Parish Church
Halifax* The Rocks

Harrogate     CS

Bogs Valley

Harrogate     CS Sulphur Well
Harrogate   CS Prospect Hotel and The Stray
Hartlepool  CS Lighthouse
Huddersfield St George's Square
Huddersfield Greenhead Park
Huddersfield*  CS Beaumont Park

Hull

Victoria Pier

Hull

Holy Trinity Church

Hull Wilbeforce Statue

Isle of Man *

Peel (from castle)

Isle of Man * Port Erin
Isle of Man * Loch Promenade
Isle of Man * Castletown
Isle of Man* Port St Mary
Kettering Gold street  pu 01//11/01
Kidderminster CS Municipal Buildings

Kirby Hall

 

Kirby Hall P/U     6 Mar 1900
Knaresborough    CS Dropping Well
Leamington       CS Linden Avenue

Leeds

Town Hall

Leicester

Entrance to Park

Leicester

Clock Tower

Leicester Museum & New Walk
Leicester Boulevard Bridge & St Mary's Ch
Leicester CS Old Newarke Gateway
Leicester   CS Municipal Buildings

London *

Westminster Abbey

London * Thames Embankment

London *

Tower Bridge

London

Houses of Parliament

London Albert Hall
London * Guildhall
London         CS Grey Friars Hospital Interior
London* Law Courts
London * Royal Exchange
London Trafalger Sq
London * St Pauls Cathedral
London * London Bridge

London *

Rotten Row

Manchester

Piccadilly

Manchester Town Hall  (Local publisher A&S Walker,Manchester)
Market Harborough Sheep Market
Menai Straits General View
Middlesborough Vaughan Statue
Middlesborough Royal Exchange
Middlesborough* Fountain, Albert Park
Middlesborough* Wesley Ch, Town Hall, Corporation Rd

Middleton *

High Forge

Mumbles     CS Village

Newcastle

High Level…

Newcastle

Jesmond Dene

Newcastle Grey Street

Northallerton *

All Saints Church

Northampton

Castle Ashby

Northampton Q.Eleanor Cross (Brown local publisher)
Oakham * Oakham Castle
Ottley Manor House
Pontefract St Giles Church
Pontefract All Saints Church
Pontefract Engraving of Castle
Pontefract* Kings School
Portmadoc General View
Pwllheli From Gimlet Rock
Rugby School House
Rugby School & Chapel
Rugby * Tom Brown Statue*
Rugby       CS St  Andrews Church
Rugby       CS No further caption  General vw
Rushton    CS Rushton  Hall
Saltburn CS General View
Saltburn CS Cat Nab
Saltburn CS The Gardens

Scarborough

Holbeck Gardens

Scarborough View from Valley Bridge
Scarborough South Bay
Scarborough Clarence Gardens
Scarborough The Castle
Selby* Market Place
Selby* Park & Abbey (south)
Selby* Selby Abbey SE
Southport Lord Street
Stockton on Tees* Town Hall & High St from South
Stockton on Tees* North End High Street
Stockton on Tees Lake in Ropner Park
Sunderland       CS Fawcett St

Sunderland *

Cow & Calf Rocks

Sunderland       CS

Shipping in the Wear

Sunderland* Museum & Winter Gardens
Wakefield* Chantry

Wakefield *

County Hall

Wigan *

Mesnes Park

Wolverhampton   CS Queen Square
Wolverhampton   CS West Park       p/u Jan 3   1900
York                    CS Choir & East Window York Minster
York Minster. W.Front
York River Ouse and Lendal Bridge
York St Mary Abbey
York Micklegate Bar

 

Dennis Court/Full size Postcards that I do NOT  have, as of  29/08/2017           (35 cards)

A star **  means  specific “ETWD” initials in picture

Banbury Cross

Batley*

Market Place

Beverley North Bar
Beverley St Mary's Church
Bishops Aukland In the Park
Bishops Aukland Newgate St
Bishops Aukland Castle screen
Bolton The Infirmary (Gledsdale publisher)

Bradford

Town Hall

Burton on Trent*

Iron Bridge

Darlington St Cuthberts Church

Dewsbury*

Infirmary

Furness Abbey
Gt Yarmouth* Market Place

Huddersfield*

Market Place

Ilkley The Tarn
Isle of Man  Douglas from Douglas Head,  Groudle Glen,  Kirk Braddan,  Laxey Glen Gardens,  Peel Castle & Harbour,   Ramsey from Mooragh Park,  Ramsey from South
Leeds Parish Church

Leeds

RoyaL Exchange

Loughborough
Northallerton* Market Place
Rugby St Maries Church
Shottery  (near Stratford) Ann Hathaway's  Cottage

Southport

Marine Gardens & Lake (North Vw)

Stockton on Tees* Launch of  S.S Gadsby
Warwick Leicesters Hospital
Warwick The Mill Guy Cliffe
Whitby St Mary's Church

 Below,

 Non GB activities

An ETWD photo (initials by leftmost soldier's boot) taken in the Sudan .   Photographed , published and printed by Dennis  as a PPC  for sale in the Sudan circa 1902 (Phil Mason collection). This is one of a Sudan set, some photographs were taken in Sept 1898 , just after the battle of Omdurman and the rest after the post War Sudan reconstruction, probably Dec 1901 or thereabouts. I am still not quite sure how E.T.W. Dennis got to Khartoum in 1898  immediately after the battle, he must have gone with some civilian observers? But which ones? Armstrong of Newcastle, the leading British big gun maker , would certainly have sent observers to assess the effect of a new explosive being used for the first time in this Sudan campaign, Some photographic record would have been needed of the effects of this explosive   It is possible that Dennis went with this group. .For full Sudan list see non GB Dennis

  In addition to the Sudan postcards, Dennis was busy in South Africa.  Arthur Roberts has sent me photocopies  of  explicitly initialled   ETWD postcards for South Africa. (Some with typical U/B Dennis 1902 backs). By 1902, Dennis was actively exporting cards. (The Boer war was from 11 Oct 1899 to 31 May 1902)

  Dennis also published some ETWD  Australian  (a lot of Tasmanian, but some Australian also, one was  Lane Cove River ,Sydney NSW)  I have some P/U 1906,shown below. Some of these Tasmanian cards do not have ETWD on them e.g  "Penguin NW Coast Tasmania", (but with usual "eggshell blue" sky). Full coverage is given in Section 14 "Non GB Cards  "Full Australian ,Sudan,SA Details

 I would greatly appreciate details of any further Dennis NON Great Britain postcards up to about 1908 say .(Preferably with explicit "ETWD")  This area needs research.

etw dennis sudan postcard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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