Hertfordshire Postcard Artists, Photographers, Publishers, etc.

Herbert Edward Birdsey

Photographer of St Albans



Old Herts


St Albans

Herbert Edward Birdsey was born in Market Street, Studham, Bedfordshire (now Markyate, Herts) in 1857, his father, Thomas Birdsey, being a grocer. He married Mary Ann Bone in 1880 and in 1881 he was recorded as a shoemaker living in Rushden, Northamptonshire. In the early years of the marriage he regularly changed both address and occupation In 1882 he was an insurance agent in Redbourn (where his eldest son was born). In 1886 he was an ale & porter agent in Victoria Street, St Albans, and in 1890 he is listed as living at Alphington, Bushey Grove, Watford. At the time of the 1891 census he is described as Assistant Superintendant of the Prudential Assurance Company,  living at Thurlaston House, Vicarage Road, Watford. He was still in Vicarage Road in 1895, but had moved to 71 Market Street, Watford by 1899, and was still working with the Prudential when he was living at 52 Hill Street St Albans at the time of the 1901 census. However he settled down as he is listed in trade directories between 1908 and 1926 as a photographer at 63 St Peter's Street, St Albans, but his address at the time of death in 1928 was 152 Bearton-road, Hitchin.

All the pictures I have so far located that were taken by him are undated portraits of unidentified individuals.


Rogues Gallery

Mystery Pictures  by Birdseye of St Albans



Probably a World War 1 group, but can anyone identify the young men or their Regiments (from the cap badge).



Man in uniform - by Birdsey, St Albans


While this gentleman is wearing some kind of uniform, with a badge which may be made of intertwined letters it is far from clear what the uniform represents or even the kind of organisation he was working for.

Is the fact that he was photographed by a St Albans photographer a clue?


GPO Caop circa 1910


Problem Solved.

Catherine has kindly drawn my attention to the pictures of uniforms on the The British Postal Museum and Archive website. There can be no doubt that the man in the picture is a postman.

GPO Uniforn circa 1910.

St Albans Museum has a picture of an unidentified young woman by Birdsey, possibly from 1916

January 2007   Rogue Galley page created
July 2013   Reformatted and extended as photographer page
October 2013   Picture identified as a postman.