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Police Photographers

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Police Photographers

Post by Karen on Tue 2 Mar 2010 - 9:13

Joseph Thomas Martin succeeded George Louis Gumprecht as police photographer in 1886. Martin is the Thames Police photographer who was used by Scotland Yard to photograph the victims of Jack the Ripper. Here is some biographical information on Martin:

Martin, Joseph Thomas
Born 1848. Died 1933.
Martin, Joseph Thomas
Born in Commercial Road, Stepney 1848.
Christened July 28 1848 in Stepney.
3 brothers.
Md Sarah (b Stepney 1851).
1 daughter.
STUDIOS: 1. Cambridge Road, Mile End, Stepney (c 1875).
2. 186 Commercial Road East, Poplar 1878 - 1879.
3. 11 Cannon Street Road, Poplar 1887 - 1893. Successors to Louis Gumprecht.
4. 37 Norton Folgate, City of London 1891 - 1892. Succeeded by Charlotte Carter.
5. 14 West India Dock Road, Poplar 1894 - 1905.
6. 62 West India Dock Road, Poplar 1905 - 1922.
7. 12 West India Dock Road, Poplar 1922 - 1929.
1881: restaurant keeper living at 231 Commercial Road East, Poplar.
1901: photographer living at 141 West India Dock Road, Poplar.
1933: photographer living at 34 Canton Street, Limehouse, Poplar.
Official corpse photographer for Thames Police, succeeding Louis Gumprecht in 1887. Photographed the victims of Jack the Ripper for Scotland Yard.
Also played in orchestras of steamships which plied from London Bridge to Southend; narrowly avoided being on board the "Princess Alice" when she sank after a collision in 1878.
Knocked down by a tramcar in East India Dock Road October 1933; driver acquitted of blame.
Died in Poplar October 1933.
LITERATURE: Corpse photographer's action. IN BJP October 13 1933; IN East London Advertiser October 14; Fifty years a corpse photographer. IN East London Advertiser October 21 1933 p 6.
Photographer 1875
Restaurant Keeper 1881

George Louis Gumprecht was employed by the river police in the 1870's to photograph corpses dredged out of the Thames. He was succeeded by Joseph Thomas Martin in 1886. Martin is the police photographer who photographed the mortuary photos of the victims who fell prey to Jack's knife. Here is some biographical information on the aforementioned George Louis Gumprecht:

Gumprecht, George Louis
Alternative names: Georg Ludwig Gumprecht
Born 1832, Germany. Died 1908.
Gumprecht, George Louis (i.e. Georg Ludwig Gumprecht).
Born in Hanover, Germany 1832.
Naturalised British subject April 27 1880.
Md Elizabeth A. (1849 - 1886).
2 sons & 2 daughters.
STUDIOS: 1. 12 Cannon Street Road, Stepney 1864 - 1865.
2. 11 Cannon Street Road, Stepney 1865 - 1886. Succeeded by J Martin
Licensee of Jolly Sailor PH 182 - 183 St George Street, Shadwell 1881 - 1887; concert hall license refused 1887, after inspection of premises by Middlesex justices.
Employed by river police in 1870s to photograph corpses dredged out of Thames; the post passed to his successor, Joseph Martin in 1886.
Proprietor of King's Oak Hotel, High Beech, Loughton, Essex 1887 - 1908; re - erected electric organ (cost £800) from old pub in hotel dining - room.
1861: photographer living at 156 St George Street, Ratcliff Highway, Shadwell. Also linguist.
Died in Edmonton 1908.
LITERATURE: William Collinson. The apostle of free labour. London, Hurst & Blackett, 1913; correspondence with Robin Hutcheon in Australia 1998.
Photographer 1861
Linguist 1861
Licensee (Public House) 1881
Here is some more information on George Louis Gumprecht for your perusal: Louis Gumprecht Louis Gumprecht Louis Gumprecht&dq=George Louis Gumprecht&pgis=1

Finally, a photo of King's Oak Hotel, where Gumprecht was proprietor


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Re: Police Photographers

Post by Karen on Tue 15 Jul 2014 - 15:16

Wanted to be Photographed at Her Husband's Tomb.

Pity the sorrows of a lady of Whitechapel, named Bush, who (says "The Daily Telegraph") arranged with an artistic photographer in the same locality to take her photograph grieving over the tombstone of her late lamented husband in Ilford Cemetery, and paid him the sum of 12s. 6d. in advance.
During the whole afternoon agreed on, she hovered around the tomb, preparing to be taken in the most affecting posture, but the photographer and his camera were conspicuous by their absence. At last, when the shades of evening fell, and portraiture, except by the electric light, which is not yet installed
in the cemetery, became impossible, she murmured nothing more severe that "He cometh not," and went away. She then, in the Whitechapel County Court, sued photographer Martin for the return of the twelve shillings and sixpence deposit.
"Now then," remarked Judge Bacon to the defendant, "what have you got to say for yourself? Why didn't you go to photograph the lady?"
"I went to Manor Park burying ground with my camera, and waited for her for hours," answered the artist.
"Why didn't you go to Ilford?" demanded His Honor; "the lady ought to know where her husband is buried."
"It must have been her mistake," replied the defendant, "or why should I have gone to Manor Park? I want my expenses."
"How much were they?"
"One and sixpence."
"Does that include the drinks you had?"
"Oh, no!" answered the defendant.
"How much did they come to?" queried the judge.
The photographer thought for a moment, but could give no definite information on the subject. "I know," he answered, contemplatively, "that I had some, but I really don't remember how many."
"Then you must return the lady her money," said His Honor, "because it was your mistake. You see, she wanted to be photographed weeping at her husband's grave. That would have been a most tempting bait for another man.
Through you she lost her opportunity."

Source: The Lake Wakatip Mail, Friday February 21, 1896

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