Annie Little nee Acomb, A&G Taylor Photograph

This is a photograph of my paternal grandma, Annie Little, née Acomb, taken in 1897 when she was aged 1 in a rather old fashioned Victorian baby outfit.

On the reverse is: “A & G. Taylor, Artistic Photographers. Artists in Platinotype, Bromide and Carbon. The Largest Photographers in the World. By Special Royal Warrant Photographers to H.M.The Queen. 106. High Street, Stockton-on-Tees and 55 Lynn St., West Hartlepool”.

Photograph and details courtesy of Chris Little.

7 thoughts on “Annie Little nee Acomb, A&G Taylor Photograph

  1. I’m just wondering if it was the Annie Little from Norton, she made beautiful bread, I met her in 1971 in Malleable club she used to bring her fresh bread to the club and give it away.
    She had sons Jimmy, Stan and others I didn’t know, I was 18.


    • Rita,
      Sorry, no, a different Annie Little. She ran a Fish Shop in Hume Street with husband Tom. The children were Dorothy, Kenneth and Derek, who has sadly just died.


  2. I have my doubts about the photographers opinion of themselves, but admit that I have not checked!
    This type of photo was very much in vogue around the turn of the century. I have one of my father, taken in Pudsey Yorkshire in about 1902 or 1903 (it is undated). He was born Sept 1901. He appears to be held up by a belt round his waist! In his case he was dressed in the infant fashion of the time-in a dress!
    He was the only one of a large family to have such a picture taken. The family moved to Stockton about 1903, so a photographer was obviously available and I would guess that grand dad was better off, at least initially. So was it the custom to do the photo for the first born only? Was your paternal grandma the firstborn Chris?


    • Derek my uncle Cecil Diddams was a photographer in the 1920-30’s and considered himself artistic. I have a photo of mother and I shortly after being born in 1929 obviously posed with Mother gazing lovingly at me, she probably changed her mind later.
      Few people had cameras the box Browny was around for the few, money was short for luxuries and a camera was very much that. Studio camera’s were heavy to move around so tended to be static which led to the many Photographic studio’s being set up. When war came film was none existent and for years after so few photo’s exist of normal people going about their normal or you could say abnormal wartime lives.
      I got a camera for my 21st birthday which I still have though had many since instamatic and such. The modern trend of taking pictures of everything including what you eat seems a bit odd to me what will they do with them? my pictures are a trip down memory lane not a selfie falling off a cliff. A periodic time line of events in my life and the family which I look back on, no way artistic as my 1929 photo but still very real.


    • Derek,
      That is a very interesting question! Annie’s mother rather unusually divorced her first husband, and Annie was the first child of the new family/marriage, though the exact sequence of events have been swept under the carpet! And she had several half siblings.


  3. This typical photo of a child is thought-provoking. Taken in 1897 when Annie was only 1 year old. Now; think what this child had seen and heard by the time she celebrated her 21st birthday. That innocent face and anxious eyes would have recorded events we would rather forget. History teaches us much, sometimes we don’t always learn.


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