The collection consists of a large number of studio portrait photographs from the late 19th and early 20th centuries in carte-de-visite or cabinet card formats. There is a large collection of landscape and industrial imagery dating from the Victorian era to the 1960s. The collection also comprises many vernacular photographic albums, good examples of glass and metal photographic processes including cased daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and tintypes. The fonds is comprised of the following 8 series: Portraits (sub-series for Groups and Celebrities), Vernacular Photography (amateur snapshots), Landscapes and Industry (sub-series for Slides), Albums, the A.T. Orr collection and a Miscellaneous group of images which were generally created in mixed media.
Item is a cabinet card photograph of a young woman with blue collar overpainted, affixed to yellow cardstock. On verso, in black letterpress, centred: "L. ROBIRA,/ Late with Theo. LILIENTHAL./ Photographer,/ 245 ROYAL STREET,/ NEW ORLEANS./ Duplicates may be had at any time." In purple pen, handwritten above: "L. Carey/ April 25, 1886". And at top left corner, handwritten in pencil, "400".
Item is a cream cabinet card with gold letterpress at bottom centre, "H.C. TAIT./ PHOTOGRAPHS, FANCY GOODS." Photograph shows an old man with long beard in fur coat, seated in an interior, slightly blurred setting. He holds a paper that reads, upside-down, "THE/ -OGRAPH/-/[illegible]".
Item is a cream cabinet card with red letterpress at bottom, "G.A. OLDHAM, COLCHESTER." On verso, graphic design with text, "G.A. OLDHAM/ PHOTOGRAPHER/ AND/ MINIATURE PAINTER/ 11 QUEEN ST./ COLCHESTER/ NEGATIVES KEPT./ COPIES MAY BE HAD BY/ SENDING TO ABOVE ADDRESS./ Marion Imp. Paris, London - Déposé - Copyright." Photograph shows a boy seated on a plush chair with one leg crossed under, holding a tennis racket. Boy is same as pictured in 2005.001.107.
Item is a cream cabinet card with red letterpress at bottom, "G.A. OLDHAM, COLCHESTER." On verso, graphic design with text, "G.A. OLDHAM/ PHOTOGRAPHER/ AND/ MINIATURE PAINTER/ 11 QUEEN ST./ COLCHESTER/ NEGATIVES KEPT./ COPIES MAY BE HAD BY/ SENDING TO ABOVE ADDRESS./ Marion Imp. Paris, London - Déposé - Copyright." Photograph shows a boy holding a paddle, standing in front of a painted lake or seaside backdrop with a small boat on the shore. Boy is same as pictured in 2005.001.107.
Item is a dark green cabinet card with gold letterpress, "Strong/ INSTANTANEOUS PHOTOGRAPHS/ Vance Block, Eureka, Cal." Photograph shows a man leaning against a low stone balustrated, with one leg up. Blurred backdrop with trees behind him.
Item is a vignetted photograph, portrait of an old woman in black dress, in oval matt with black letterpress at bottom right, "M.M. Morton/ LINDSAY, ONT." Mat is enclosed in a bi-fold grey card with embossed drawing of sun with face on the right side.
Item is a dark brown card with gold letterpress at bottom centre, "J. FRASER BRYCE/ 107 KING STREET WEST, TORONTO". Picture is 3/4 view of a woman in cap and gown, holding a book in her left hand, with a white fur hood draped across her shoulders, possibly indicating an undergraduate degree obtained. A sticker on the verso reads "$1.00/ D".
Item consists of a brownish green card with small oval photograph pasted on. Image is of two young men in pinstriped suits, also shown in 2008.001.112. Embossed at lower right of card, in black, "Studebaker/ 142 N. MAIN ST./ WICHITA." On verso, handwritten in pencil, sideways, "MARY A Ydene".
Item is a brown card with photograph pasted in centre oval, with light brown border around the oval. At lower left, embossed in white, "Noble & Pottenger/ WICHITA, KAS." Photographs hows two young men in suits, same as in 2008.001.111.
Item is a cream cabinet card with gold letterpress at bottom, "Baldwin & Son/ 118 Douglass Ave., WICHITA, KAS." Photograph shows a man with close-cropped hair and a long beard, wearing a checkered bowtie and a plain suit. Back of card is pink.
Item is a white cabinet card with elaborately embossed border and text, at bottom "Goff" followed by symbol with the letters F, G, and L intertwined, and "WAUSAU, WIS." On verso, in black letterpress, "These cards are manufactured expressly for/ F. Lee Goff, Wausau, Wis. U.S.A./ by Carl Ernst & Co. Berlin, Germany." Image is of a young man in a tweed suit with an elaborate paisley tie.
Item is a white cabinet card with gold letterpress and gold border. Text at bottom reads "Lee" followed by a symbol with M, W and L intertwined, and "OCONTO,/ WIS." Image is of a young man in a suit with a striped bowtie and a moustache.
Item is a pink cabinet card with red backing. In gold letterpress at bottom, "Peppiatt FERGUS." Image is of three children with toys. The youngest is seated in the centre holding a doll in her lap. On the left, a child in striped dress sits on a rocking horse, and to the right, a boy stands holding the reins to a wooden horse head lying on the floor. On verso, in pencil, "1.00".
Item is a photograph of a woman (dwarf) seated on the edge of a bed, holding something in her left hand. Mounted on a card backing with a square grey card frame and cream coloured oval mat. On verso in pencil, "$25.00/ Set 4"
Item is a small brown card with rectangular photograph pasted on. Woman (dwarf) stands in front of a flower bush, outdoors. On verso, in pencil "This picture was taken when Ida was/ 18 years old." and "$25.00/ Set 4".
Item is a brown cabinet card with scalloped/beveled edges and gold letterpress at bottom, reading "Hobberling/ 334 QUEEN STREET EAST,/ TORONTO, ONT." Image shows a young man in suit and tie. Photograph has a border drawn like a scroll. On verso, in pencil "2.50" and in green ink "J(?) Preston".
Item is a white cabinet card with purple letterpress at bottom, "NEGRETTI/&/ZAMBRA/ CRYSTAL PALACE/ SYDENHAM." Photograph shows a bearded man in plain wool coat wearing a flat hat. On verso, in purple letterpress, "Negretti & Zambra/ CRYSTAL PALACE,/ SYDENHAM/ Copies may be had by/ quoting the above number." At top left, "No." is printed with "83297" handwritten in black ink immediately following. Along bottom right, written sideways in black ink, "W. J. Richards".
Item is a beige carte de visite with an image of a soldier, with plumed helmet and sword, in front of a studio backdrop. The man is posed, pointing off camera. On verso, in black letterpress, "No.../ GEORGE CROUGHTON/ FIRST CLASS PRIZE MEDALLIST,/ MINIATURE PAINTER & PHOTOGRAPHER,/ 19 ALBERT PLACE,/ LONDON ROAD SOUTH,/ LOWESTOFT./ THIS PORTRAIT CAN BE ENLARGED/ TO ANY SIZE AND FINISHED IN/ BLACK AND WHITE, OIL OR WATER COLOR."
Item is a white carte de visite with photograph of a man in uniform, wearing an unbuttoned jacket and leaning casually against a wall. He stands on a tiger rug. In pencil, at bottom of card, "Captain Cherry." On verso, in pencil, "George Henbene(?) Cherry" and in pen, "Captain Cherry/ 1860".
Item is a cream card with photograph of a well dressed black man. On verso, a long text in black letterpress followed by a purple stamp at the bottom reading "C.A. Stacey, Artist./ Over 56 Main Street,/ Medina, New York." The text is a brief biography of Richard Gordineer, a slave born to a Mohawk Dutchman and a black woman, who was freed in 1825 along with all the slaves in New York state. He was an excellent baker, and was regularly employed as a whitewasher until he lost all his savings in 1862. Gordineer died on December 11, 1884.
Item is a grey cabinet card with silver letterpress at bottom, "Warner Gothard/ 166 YORKSHIRE ST,/ ROCHDALE". Photograph shows a boy seated on a tree stump in front of a studio backdrop, wearing a sailor's uniform and holding a cap which reads "H.M.S. VIVID".
Item is a yellow card with photograph of an officer with Napoleon-style hat and sword, in front of a rough wooden fence (in studio). On verso, an elaborate brown etching with flowers, camera and artist's paints reading "Davis & Douglas./ Photographers,/ 58 MAIN STREET/ FALL RIVER, MASS,/ INSTANTANEOUS PROCESS USED EXCLUSIVELY./ NEGATIVES PRESERVED./ DUPLICATES CAN BE HAD AT ANY TIME." In pencil, at top "15-".
Item is a pink carte de visite with note handwritten in black ink at bottom, "Mrs Day, Singh, India 1443". Photograph shows an Indian woman in sari seated in a wicker chair holding a sleeping baby in ruffled, Western-style dress. On verso, in pencil, "Bible woman/ Balbia(?)." In a different hand, "1.00". and again, different and at bottom of card "1443".
Item is a brown carte de visite with raised oval print in darker border. Woman in photograph wears a large beaded necklace with a corss. On verso, in black letterpress, "D. FERGUSON,/ Photographer,/ STRATHROY, ONT./ No..."
Item is a cream carte de visite with gold border and portrait of a man in suit and bowtie, with a thick beard. On verso, in black letterpress, "EREKSON & LEE,/ PHOTOGRAPHERS,/ 285 MAIN STREET,/ BRIDGEPORT, CT./ Duplicates may be had at any time." A 2 cent US stamp is stuck on the back.
Item is a grey bi-fold card with silver embossed art nouveau pattern at upper left (floral). Inside potrait of a woman in sheer dress holding a violin. At bottom right, in black letterpress, "Barrett Studio/ 327 YONGE ST./ TORONTO."
Item is a photograph of a man in wool frock coat resting an arm on a medieval style chair, in front of a studio backdrop. On verso, barely legible, "John Scott Nov 22nd/ [illegible] 1842." A piece of paper found with the card is also dated 1842.
Item is a grey carte de visite with portrait of a boy in checked suit and bowtie, leaning on an upholstered chair back. Drapery falls over chair on left side. On verso, in black letterpress "H. LUTHER,/ SOUTH PART/ Photograph Gallery/ 444 1/2 Third Street,/ Between Silver and Bryant Streets,/ San Francisco, Cal./ Particular attention paid to Children's Pictures./ Negatives Preserved."
Item is a white cabinet card with gold letterpress at bottom, "C.A. FANGOY/ COLLINGWOOD, ONT." Image of a woman in flower-patterened dress standing next to seated man in dark, striped trousers and a fitted jacket with elastics at the elbows. Man wears a flowered hat.
Item is a portrait of two women wearing hats and coats, mounted on a green, textured card with white border, inset and emboxxed name at left, "Morton/ LINDSAY, ONT." Image has been stuck onto card where a probable previous image was removed.
Item is a cream carte de visite with gold border, and text handwritten in ink at bottom "Thomas [illeg.] Cooley." Photograph shows man with a thick beard. On verso, in black letterpress, "R.D. PALMER,/ ARTIST,/ ANN ARBOR. MICH./ NEGATIVES PRESERVED."
Item is a cream carte de visite with gold border and photograph of man, bearded. On verso, handwritten in ink at top, "Jhosef(?) Mather/ St Marys/ Ohio." At centre, in black letterpress, "D.P. GROVES,/ PHOTOGRAPHER/ Opposite Cook's Hotel,/ Ann Arbor, - Mich."
Item is a cream carte de visite with gold border and handwritten in ink at bottom "C Y(?) Walker." On verso, in black letterpress, "R.D. PALMER/ PHOTOGRAPHER,/ AND Portrait Painter,/ Huron Street, East of Cook's Hotel,/ ANN ARBOR, MICH./ Negatives preserved, Copies enlarged/ in India Ink or Oil." Photograph shows a man with bowtie and white-flecked beard.
Item is a cream carte de visite with gold border and handwritten in ink at bottom "James Humphrey." On verso, in black letterpress, "R.D. PALMER/ PHOTOGRAPHER,/ AND Portrait Painter,/ Huron Street, East of Cook's Hotel,/ ANN ARBOR, MICH./ Negatives preserved, Copies enlarged/ in India Ink or Oil." Photograph shows a man with high collar and bowtie. Sitter is oriented sideways.
Item is a cream carte de visite with gold border and photograph of a man with a thick beard. On verso, in black letterpress, "R.D. PALMER,/ PHOTOGRAPHER,/ AND PORTRAIT PAINTER,/ Huron Street, East of Cook's Hotel,/ Ann Arbor, Mich./ Call and see Porcelain Pictures./ Negatives preserved. Copies enlarged/ in India Ink or Oil."
Item is a cream coloured card with gold border and portrait of a man (side view) with sideburns and checkered tie. On verso, handwritten in blue ink at top, "Yours fraternally/ A. M. Harriso-". In purple letterpress at centre, "REVENAUGH & CO.,/ (Successor to Geo. C. Gillet,)/ Photographer & Art Studio,/ Kelley's Block, East Huron St.,/ ANN ARBOR,/ Mich." At bottom, "Negatives preserved./ Old Pictures enlarged to any size desired,/ and finished in Ink, Oil or Watercolors/ in a superior manner." Decorative border in yellow.
Item is a cream carte de visite with gold border and portrait of a man with beard. At bottom, written in black ink "Charles(?) A. Kent." On verso, in black letterpress, "R.D. PALMER,/ PHOTOGRAPHER,/ And Portrait Painter,/ Huron Street, East of Cook's Hotel,/ ANN ARBOR, MICH." At bottom, "Negatives preserved, Copies enlarged/ in India Ink or Oil."
Item is an unmounted studio portrait of a woman standing, and a man sitting. The woman is turned to the man, who is facing the camera. She is holding a book and he is sitting with his legs crossed, one hand on his lap, and the other on the armrest. The studio backdrop is of a tree. Her dress with the bustle and slim sleeves and her soft curly bangs are in keeping with fashion of the 1880s. All four corners of the tintype are angled off.
Item is an unmounted studio portrait of a woman sitting with her elbows on the armrest, and her hands up to her face. Her hair is in keeping with the fashion after 1876, of close crop curls on forehead. She wears a bracelet with a charm on each wrist, and a ring on her finger. The studio backdrop is of an interior, and there is a fur carpet underneath the chair.
Item is an unmounted studio portrait of a man sitting and a woman standing with her hand on his shoulder. The man sitting rests an arm on the table and one in his lap. The woman is wearing a dress with layers in fashion during the 1870s. Her hair is tight curls fringing her head in fashion after 1876. The studio backdrop is of an interior. The man's feet are crossed. A book rests on the table. All four corners are angled off.
Title taken from card-frame. The bull in the picture with the name Ferdinand on the card-frame could be referencing the children story of Ferdinand The Bull from 1935, made into a cartoon in 1938 by Walt Disney - this would potentially date the image from after 1938. The tintype is an image of a bull with a man sitting on its back, arms in the air and holding two guns. Another man stands beside the bull, in sunglasses and a hat. They seem to be standing on a beach.
Item is a wood frame covered in red paper with gold details, with ambrotype held in place with brass matt and brass preserver. Ambrotype is a portrait of three women, sitting on a bench outside, in front of what looks to be a boat on shore. All three wear elaborate hats, with long dresses and white collars, and their hands in their laps. All three look directly at the camera. Ambrotype is a single sheet of glass, the ashphaltum was painted directly overtop the collodion surface and so it is only one piece of glass with no need for a cover glass.