Carter Bros.


West Pier, Brighton

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Booksellers and stationers, 173 Western Road, Brighton (listed in the 1912-1913 Brighton & District Trades Directory). Carter Bros. started publishing cards of Brighton by 1905. They are best known for their "Real Collotype Series" of view cards of well-known Brighton landmarks (the West Pier, Palace Pier, Aquarium, Royal Pavilion, etc.). The cards were evidently printed by Mezzotint and have typical Mezzotint style backs (some are even marked "New Series"). Postmarks seen range from 1905 to 1910.

Carter Bros. also had links with the London publisher, Frederick Hartmann. A coloured collotype printed in Saxony entitled "Storm at Hove" showing huge waves breaking over the seafront exists in two versions, one with the caption printed in white and the Hartmann logo on the back and the other with a red caption, and a label on the back "Published by Carter Bros, Brighton and Hove". The Hartmann version was on sale by 1907; the Carter Bros. look-alike seemingly only a year or so later.

H. A Carter of 206 Church Road in Hove marketed halftone cards of Hove in the Edwardian period, which were supplied by the Photochrom Co. of Tunbridge Wells. As far as can be determined, H. A. Carter was merely a proxy publisher, and no evidence has been found to suggest that he was connected with Carter Bros.

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