Anjo, José, c. 1870 - 1950 (photographer)
- Existence: c. 1870 - 1950
Dates and places
José Anjo was of Portuguese origin. For many years he was the Portuguese Consul in Antigua. In 1897 Anjo was advertising postcards in the 'Antigua Standard'. At this point he was based in the High Street, St Johns, Antigua. In 1899 he photographed hurricane damage in the Leeward Islands for the acting Governor. In 1899, 1900 and 1901 he made photographic visits to Dominica. In 1903 he was appointed agent for Rochester Optical and Camera Company. In 1905 his premises and 15 years worth of negatives were destroyed in a fire at 31 High Street. He continued trading from Anthony Anjo's 'The People's Grocery'. He was possibly bankrupt by 1907 as there was a public auction of his assets. However, he had resumed photographic work by 1913. Anjo's wife Helen died in 1946 and was survived by a daughter, Rita.
Obituary in 'The Dominica Chronicle' (14 June 1950) and in 'St Kitts-Nevis Daily Bulletin' (15 June 1950).
Information from William B. Ashley.
Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:
141 x 290 mm. A photographic copy of the three page address of welcome, embellished with paintings of Antiguan scenes, presented to Princess Marie Louise by the Antiguan Agricultural and Commercial Society. The print is stamped on the reverse: 'Photograph and Copyright by José Anjo, St. John's, Antigua, B.W.I.'.
124 x 99 mm. Showing Bell and Princess Marie Louise on the verandah of Government House having just stepped down from the carriage standing in the foreground. The print is stamped on the reverse: 'Photograph and Copyright by José Anjo, St. John's, Antigua, B.W.I.'.
119 x 99 mm. A view showing the group (including Bell and the Princess) standing on the verandah and carriage pulling away from the house. The print is stamped on the reverse: 'Photograph and Copyright by José Anjo, St. John's, Antigua, B.W.I.'.
284 x 231 mm. A view from the arch of welcome looking along the High Street towards the landing stage, with crowds on each side of the road watching the carriage carrying the royal party. The print is stamped on the reverse: 'Photograph and Copyright by José Anjo, St. John's, Antigua, B.W.I.'.
291 x 229 mm. A group photograph of Princess Marie Louise's party and Bell taken on the steps of Government House. The print is stamped on the reverse: 'Photograph and Copyright by José Anjo, St. John's, Antigua, B.W.I.'.
76 x 103 mm. Full length portrait of an aged Antiguan woman seated in front of wooden huts. Photograph by Jose Anjo.
Contains loose photographs by José Anjo with pencilled captions and photographer's stamp on the reverse of the prints. The pictures show buildings and a public garden in St. Kitts and Nevis (the two islands were formed into a union in 1882, although the idea had been mooted as early as 1723). The fourth image is a duplicate of No. 3.
[Street decorations in St. John's Antigua, in honour of the visit of Princess Marie Louise], 1913-03
245 x 197 mm. A view looking along High Street, St. John's, with crowds lining the roadway and a large decorated arch of welcome in the foreground. Bell's description of the Princess' visit, and his assessment of her character, can be found in a letter in which he mentions the success of the decorations: 'The decorations etc were really extraordinarily good and the local photographer [Jose Anjo] has taken a lot of excellent pictures of them.' (Bell 1913, April 6).
A collection of loose photographs (one being a panorama composed of two prints), measuring approximately 240 x 175 mm. All prints except plate fourteen have either typed or handwritten captions on the reverse. The photographs show buildings in Roseau and landscape views of the outlying country.