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information from: Madeline Sweasey
uploaded- 8 February 2015
The Sweasey Family
Stationery Suppliers & Post Card Publishers
Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire
c.1890 - 1968

My great grandmother, Frances Sweasey, born 1857 in Portsmouth (nee Bayne), is recorded as having a Stationery Business in the 1891 Census at 62 St James' Road, Southsea, Portsmouth in Hampshire, it later moved to number 50 in the same street.
Her husband, William Sweasey, and their son, Arthur Harry Sweasey expanded the business with Frances according to the 1901 Census. William died in 1906.
Frances later remarried John Watt.

Sweasey Stationery delivery to Bosham
AH Sweasey Stationery delivery to Bosham, Sussex c1920.

Frances Sweasey with her first husband William
Frances Sweasey with her first husband William
Lily Sweasey
Lily Sweasey
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selection of Sweasey published postcards

Regarding the Post Cards. It appears that those published by 'Sweasey of Southsea' date from 1906 or before. Those published by 'A H Sweasey' date from 1906 onwards as Arthur Harry took over the business following his father's death.
By the 1911 Census Arthur Harry Sweasey his wife, Lily Sweasey (nee Jesse) and her sister Violet Jesse were all working in the business.
In the early 1900's it appears a photographer was employed to take many photos in Hampshire, Sussex and elsewhere, to be published as postcards.
In WW2 the business took a direct hit from a German bomb and the family, who lived on the premises, were fortunate to escape alive.
During the 1940's and 50's the business was situated in Portchester. Later there was a move to Marmion Road in Southsea and London Road at North End.
At this stage the, now wholesale, stationery business served customers throughout Hampshire, West Sussex and probably parts of East Dorset.
The business continued with the Sweasey Family until the 1960's.
Arthur's son William was involved for a time in the early years and also cousin Henry.
My father Charles Frederick Sweasey carried on the business until his retirement in the 1960's. My brother James and I were involved for a number of years before both moving to pastures new.
I can still recall counting out postcards as a child when preparing orders for customers. At the ripe old age of 70 I have decided to start collecting my ancestors postcards!
Madeline Sweasey

William Sweasey, on left, and his father Arthur Harry
William Sweasey, left, and his father Arthur Harry. c.1960.

Charles F Sweasey
with his wife Stella
James Sweasey
James Sweasey
Madeline Sweasey
Madeline Sweasey

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