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Lorne Shields Historical Photograph Collection

  • 2008.001
  • Fondo
  • 1840-1970, predominant 1860-1900

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.

Shields, Lorne

Two girls in traditional dress

Item is a photograph of two girls in traditional dress. Text beneath photograph reads, 'Delintraz Phot. Rue Duphot, 9.' Text on back of card reads, '9, Rue Duphot, 9 Cidevant No 15, en face l'Eg de la Madeleine a l'Entree du Boulevart. Delintraz Photographe Specialite de reproductions et tous genres. PARIS'

Delintraz Photographe

Young man in jester costume

Item is a carte de visite of a young man in a jester costume sitting in a photography studio. Text below photograph reads, 'Camille Rensch, Phot' Text on verso of card reads, 'Camille Rensch Photographe 19 Rue Royale St Honore au premier PARIS' Inscription on verso reads, 'Mon ami Alfred Roe, Garcia William, 8 Mars 1866'

Camille Rensch Photographe

Young man dressed as jester

Item is a carte de visite portrait of a young man dressed as jester. Text below photograph reads, 'Camille Rensch Phot.'. Text on back of card reads, 'Camille Rensch Photographe 19 Rue Royale St. Honore Au premier PARIS'.

Camille Rensch Photographe

Seven men

Item is a portrait of seven men. Stamp on back of card reads, 'F.H. Denison, Photographer, Dealer in Picture Frames, Chromos, Oil paintings, Stereoscopic Views, Albums, Wall Pockets, Brackets, &c. Court St. Fergus Falls, Minn.'

F.H. Denison, Photographer

Woman raising right arm in costume

Item is a cabinet card photograph of a character from Wagner's opera Lohengrin. Mostly illegible script written on photograph, except, '1894'. Text below photograph reads, 'Lohengrin, Bayreuther Buhrenfest - Spiel'. Text on verso reads, 'W. Hoffert, Hof Photograph. Breslau, Hamburg, Leipzig, Berlin, Magdeburg, Dresden, Hannover. Photographische Kartenfabrik v. Paul Suss, Dresden.

W. Hoffert Hof Photograph

Portrait of man

Item is a cabinet card portrait of man in bowler hat. Type below photograph reads, '141 St. Peter Street-, between st. james-' Inscription below photograph reads, 'Martin'.

Portrait of woman

Item is a cabinet card portrait of woman. Gold imprint below photograph reads, 'Elmer Chickering 21 West St. Boston'. Black text on back of card reads, 'The royal studio, Massachusetts charitable mechanic association founded 1795 inc. 1806. Awarded at the seventeenth exhibition 1890, highest award, Elmer Chickering Proprietor 21 West St. Boston, Duplicates can be had at any time', inscription in pencil on back reads, '86503'

Royal Studio

Willi A Kiss

Item is a cabinet card portrait of baby. Brown text below photograph reads, 'Copyright Barraud 263 Oxford St London A few doors West of The Circus'. Brown text on back of card reads, 'Mr. Barraud 263, Oxford St. W (regent circus) London. Mr. Barraud bestows particular attention on enlargements, miniatures and reproductions which can be made from any photograph. All negatives registered and carefully preserved. Mr. Barraud's studios are approached by a lift constructed on the most approved patents which will be found a great advantage to sitters as no stairs have to be ascended, childrens portraits the same prices as other sitters.' Inscription in ink on back of card reads, Willi a Kiss, from Phyllis Margaret Dickson'.

Barraud Studio

Edith A. Murphy

Item is a portrait of woman. Gold text beneath photograph reads, 'Boissonnas, Geneve' Gold ink on back of card reads, 'Photographie Instantanee Medailles D'argent Zurich 1883, Stuttgart 1887. Boissonnas 4 Quai de la Poste Geneve La Maison N'est Pas a L'Angle. Tous les cliches sont conserves'. Inscription in black ink reads, 'Property of Edith A. Murphy, Geneva Suitz. '89'

Boissonnas Photographie Instantanee

Portrait of woman

Item is a portrait of woman in Victorian dress. Black text below photograph reads, 'Wilkinson Bros. Cookshire, Que.' Inscription in black ink on back of card reads, 'Alfred and Florence with love from the original'

Wilkinson Bros.

Portrait of woman

Item is a full length portrait of woman in Victorian dress. Black text below photograph reads, 'Phot E. Bondonneau 173 Palais Royal'. Black text on back of card reads, 'Cliché No. Il suffit d'indiquer ceNo poar obtenir des epreuves semblables. Emile Bondonneau Photographe Editeur. Galerie de Valois, 173 (Palais Royal.) Entree des Voitures, 1, Rue de Valois Paris.'

Emile Bondonneau

Baby portrait.

Item is a baby portrait. Black text below photograph reads, 'Weston & Son, Dover & Folkestone'. Black text on back of card reads, 'Photographed From Life by Lambert Weston & Son. Waterloo Crescent, Dover. Sandgate Road, Folkestone.'

Lambert Weston & Son

Mrs. Orr

Item is a portrait of woman in white dress standing in front of rocky beach. Inscription on back in pencil reads, 'Mrs. Orr 80%'. Inscription in black ink reads, 'Kitimat - Aug. 1956 (Note Snow). Green stamp reads, 'August 1 (illegible)

Constance Orr

Item is a portrait of young woman in a white dress. Inscription in pencil on back of mount reads, 'Connie Orr'. Inscription in blue ink on back of mount reads, 'Constance Orr'.

Portrait of woman

Item is a cabinet card portrait of woman in lace shawl. Black text below photograph reads, 'Kirkland Cheyenne, Wyo.' Brown text on back of card reads, 'Kirkland's Studio Cheyenne Wyo. Finest Appointed in the west Portraits in crayon, ink and colors. Fine large work a specialty. Duplicates from this picture can be had at any time.'

Kirkland's Studio

Constance Orr infant portrait

Item is a portrait of baby standing on a chair. The mother's arm is subtley draped in the background. Embossed beneath the photograph reads, 'Phillips Square, Montreal, Wm. Notman & Son'. Inscription in black ink on back of mount reads, 'Constance Orr'.

William Notman & Son

Florence Roe Orr

Item is a professional portrait of young woman. Inscription on verso reads, 'Florence Roe Orr'. Edges of the item have been unevenly cut circularly around the subject's face.

California album

Brown suede cover slip with some sort of faded decorative drawing; slipped over maroon hard-cover. Grey pages. Some photograph peeling away from pages; protective paper inserted between pages. A few lose photographs. Many pages left blank.

Themes include portraits, horse-drawn carriages, landscapes, waterscapes.

Includes a photograph of B. Heyman Furniture Co. in Phoenix, Arizona while located at the Anderson building on the northwest corner of Washington and 1st Street. The Anderson Building was built in 1888 and lasted until the 1980's. Also includes a photograph of Davidson's Cash Store, believed to be in Phoenix, Arizona c. 1902.

Spain album

Brown/maroon bound cover labeled "6". Notations in pencil. Photographs are mounted behind window-cutouts on the pages. Some photographs quite faded.

Locations include: Granada, Alhambra, Algeciras, Spain; Scheveningen, Netherlands; Southamphton, England.
Sites include: Rio Genil, Puerta de Elvira, Rio Frio, S.S. Olympic.

Themes include: portraits, scenic views, bullfighting, ships, sailing.

Canada album

Black cover album with black pages bound by black braided string. The word "Photographs" is embosed on front cover in gold lettering. Photographs held in with black photo corners.

Photographs are mostly family snapshots, on the beach, at home, having a picnic and by the lake; some include domestic animals. Some photographs taken Ottawa, and Niagara Falls, and at Balboa Island, California, among other destinations.

Photo stores include Thompson's Camera and Art Store.
Date on the back of a loose photograph says "Apr. / 30".

Ornate carte de visite album

Brown leather cover with inset star surrounded by gold embossed patterns and blue beads. Spine also has embossed design and letters- "Photographs." Two gold clasps decorated with gold ribbons and rings. Inside cover has pink and gold pattern. Title page and index page included. White pages with window openings and gold borders. Page edges gilded and embossed. Some hand tinting on tintypes.

Banff album

Brown soft cover album with word "Photographs" on front. Bound by green braided string. Black pages with photos glued in. Handwritten notations in pencil. Back cover folded in upper left corner.
Photographs are family snapshots taken around Toronto, Orillia, Banff, Regina, Ancaster, Moose Jaw and Saskatoon. Some activities include rowing, tennis, canoeing, and attending various events.

Sweden album

Item consists of brown textured hardcover leather bound album with decorative flower detailing on cover. A metal coat of arms is attached to the centre of the cover and a metal latch is attached to keep the album closed. Leather has worn off the spine. The spine is in delicate condition and pages are coming loose. Pages are an off-white colour with decorative gold embossing. Photographs are slid in between two pieces of card with cutouts to view the images and hold them in place. Some photographs have a year and/or a name written on them in black ink.
Photographs are portraits taken primarily in Swedish photography studios, mostly in Gothenburg, although there is one that was taken in New York City. They are primarily single-subject portraits, but occassionally feature a small group. All have been posed for and taken in a studio.

Shields, Lorne

Canada album

Item consists of a brown album with gold embossing and darker brown detailing. Item has part of a metal clasp on right of cover. Pages are white with gold embossing and sleeves with cutouts to insert the photographs into. Spine is torn and in very poor condition.
Photographs are all carte de visite size, and there are 5 tintypes in paper mats spread throughout the album. Some are hand-coloured. They are all portraits, some are labeled in pencil or black ink on the back of or below the photograph with the subject's name and sometimes a date. The photographs were taken accross Canada in Charlottetown, Montreal, Halifax, Pictou, Ottawa, and others as well as Boston, Washington D.C., New York and Auckland New Zealand. Some of the studios that made the photographs in this album are the Notman Studio, Brady's National Portrait Galleries, James Inglis, and J.W. Black. Photographers include C.S. Lewis and Tanton.

Loose materials include: photographs, tintypes in individual envelopes.

Shields, Lorne

Cabinet card and tintype album

Item consists of a dark blue album with the words "Scenes By the Way" written in white ink on the cover. Pages are grey with cutouts to slide in and hold photographs. Photographs consist of cartes de visite, cabinet cards and tintypes and are either loose or glued onto the pages. Some have captions written in fading white ink.
Photographs were taken at studios in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; New Westminster, British Columbia; Summerside, Prince Edward Island; Ottawa, Ontario; and Chicago, Illinois, and all consist of single-figure portraits.

Photographers and studios include: C. Lewis, E. R. Turner

Coronation Day at the Home of Mr and Mrs Smith, June 22nd 1911 Toronto Canada

Glossy print with white border mounted on thick card of the same size, and black paper of a larger size. Depicts a group of people outside a house surrounded by flags. A picture of the royal family hangs behind them. Recto caption, bottom right of image area: "Coronation Day at the Home of Mr and Mrs Smith June 22nd 1911 Toronto Canada."

Canterbury cathedral and girl

Two pairs of photographs originally grouped together. Two photographs are of a girl seated on a miniature chaise longue in front of garden wall, and two photographs are of the interior of Canterbury Cathedral. The cathedral photographs have both been written on verso in pencil "Canterbury Cathedral," and individually in ink, "Presbytery and Archbishop Bourchier's Tomb" and "Effigy of the Black Prince from his Tomb."

Shields, Lorne

Portrait of a man in fur coat

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]".

H.C. Tait Photographs

Portrait of boy with tennis racket

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.

G.A. Oldham Photographer and Miniature Painter

Portrait of boy holding paddle, beach setting

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.

G.A. Oldham Photographer and Miniature Painter

Portrait of man seated on stone wall

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.

Vance Block, Strong Studio

Portrait of woman, vignetted

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.

M.M. Morton

Portrait of a female graduate

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".

J. Fraser Bryce

Portrait of two young men in suits

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".

Studebaker

Portrait of two young men in suits

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.

Noble & Pottenger

Portrait of a young man with large tie

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.

Goff

Portrait of three children with toys

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".

Peppiatt

Portrait of Ida, seated on bed

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"

Portrait of Ida, outdoors

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".

Portrait of McCallums children

Item is a photograph mounted on card backing, showing 4 children in outdoor setting with studio backdrop. Boy at centre sits on a swing with his sisters on either side, and the youngest seated on a log. On verso, in pencil, "McCallums - Ailsa Craig/ Lived next-door to us -".

Portrait of a woman

Item is a bi-fold card with grey card and silver embossed key design at top. Inside photograph of a young woman with a short, bobbed hairstyle. In black letterpress at bottom of inside card, "Portrait by Fulton C. Stewart, Lindsay, Ont."

Fulton C. Stewart

Portrait of a woman with violin

Item is a bi-fold card with mottled green pattern and embossed floral decoration at upper left. Inside portrait of a woman holding a violin. In black letterpress, at bottom inside "Herbert E. Paige/ 259 1/2 YONGE ST./ TORONTO"

Herbert E. Paige

Portrait of W.J. Richards

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".

Negretti & Zambra

Portrait of a soldier, pointing

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."

Croughton, George Hanmer, 1843-1920

Portrait of Mother and Ernie

Item is a white card with black letterpress at bottom edge, "AYERS/ YARMOUTH". Photograph is a portrait of a woman and child in front of a painted landscape backdrop. The woman holds an umbrella and stands behind a wooden fence while her son leans against the fence from the front side. He wears a velvet suit with knee-high striped stockings. On verso, at centre in black letterpress, "THOMAS AYERS/ PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDIO/ 3, Clarence Place Regent Rd/ YARMOUTH." Handwritten in black ink across the verso, "Mother & Ernie 1872/ viewed it in America/ on the 3rd of Oct./ 1872/ While I stray from/ home in life's rough/ way Oh teach me from/ my heart to say".

Thomas Ayers

Portrait of a couple

Item is a cream coloured carte-de-visite featuring a full-length portrait of a man and woman, seated in front of a studio backdrop with window frame and painted scene including trees and an acquaduct. Woman wears a dress belted at the waist with a ribbon in her hair. Man wears a suit and tie and thick beard. On verso, stamped in blue ink, "Wills & Bryant,/ PHOTOGRAPHERS,/ WOODSTOCK,/ ONTARIO."

Willis & Bryant

Portrait of a man with beard

Item is a cream coloured card featuring a vignetted portrait of a man with a thick beard and balding, wearing a sack coat and shirtwaist with high collar and thin, dark tie. On verso, photographer's stamp in black ink, diagonally, "New Dominion Fine Art Gallery./ F. G. LEWIS,/ West Side of Thames Street, Ingersoll, Ontario./ NEGATIVES PRESERVED."

F. G. Lewis

Portrait of a woman with curls

Item is a cream coloured card with vignetted portrait of a woman with her curled hair tied back in a bow on top of her head. She wears a light dress with darker stripes around the shoulders and lace collar with cameo. On verso, elaborate purple stamp with cherub and flowers and the text "S. PARK,/ ARTIST,/ BRANTFORD, Ont./ All Negatives for Photographs/ preserved - ready at any time/ for additional copies, by/ mail or otherwise."

Park, Seth

Portrait of Captain George Henbene(?) Cherry

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".

Portrait of William J(?)

Item is a cream coloured card with photograph mounted on the diagonal to create a diamond-shaped presentation. Photograph is a vignetted portrait of a young man with starched collar pressed back into "wings" and wearing a double-breasted wool coat with a floral boutonniere. On verso, handwritten in black ink, "April 19" 1895/ WmJ."

Portrait of a black woman in bonnet

Item is a beige card with full length portrait of a black woman in dress with hoop skirt, dark embroidery down the bust areat with button details, and a belted waist. She wears a small bonnet on the back of her head. Photograph taken in studio setting with drapery and small side table. She rests her hand on a book on the table. On verso, photographer's stamp with the letters "R" and two "h"s intertwined followed by the text "HUGH H. RITCHIE/ PHOTOGRAPHER/ 146 PRINCES STREET/ OPPOSITE THE LOTHIAN ROAD/ EDINBURGH".

Hugh H. Ritchie

Portrait of a man in highland dress

Item is a beige card with full length portrait of a man in highland dress in a studio setting with column at the left. On verso, geometric interlace border with text at the centre, "Wm REEVIE,/ PHOTOGRAPHER,/ BALLATER./ More of this can be had at any/ time on sending name." Above text, a royal crest with phrase from the Order of the Garter, "Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense".

Portrait of a man next to writing desk

Item is a white card with black letterpress at bottom edge, "BEVAN,/ LOWESTOFT." Photograph is of a man dressed in long, double breasted coat holding a quill in his hand and leaning on a writing desk. Studio backdrop features a column with view to conservatory at right. On verso, photographer's stamp in the design of an artist's palette with brushes contains the text "H.W. BEVAN,/ PORTRAIT PAINTER/ AND PHOTOGRAPHER,/ LOWESTOFT."

Henry William Bevan

Portrait of a woman in striped dress

Item is a pink card with photograph of a woman in striped blouse and white scarf. The image has an oval shape, visible at the corners of the photograph, but the photograph has been cropped in. It was probably meant for a larger, possibly cabinet card mount, but the woman's style of dress is still close in date to the mount style, about mid-1880s.

Portrait of three children

Item is a cream coloured cabinet card with gold letterpress at bottom edge, "Dixon/ Cor. King & Yonge Sts./ TORONTO." Photograph is a full length portrait of three children, with the youngest wearing a velvet coat, tartan skirt and matching socks and seated on a bannister on the left. A girl is seated in a rustic tree branch chair on the right. The boy in the centre wears a sack coat with only the top button fastened. On verso, a lithographed design in gold with the text "ELECTRIC LIGHT PHOTO GALLERY." followed by the image of the front and back of a medal for the Industrial Exhibition Association of Toronto Opened Setp 5th 1879. Beneath that, "Highest Award at Toronto, Kingston and Hamilton./ S. J. Dixon,/ MEMBER OF THE/ Photographers'. Association. of. America./ All Photos made with the New Process./ NO CHANGE OF EXPRESSION./ The Exposure is but One Second./ GALLERY,/ Cor. King and Yonge Sts./ TORONTO./ Not Connected with any other Gallery of the/ Same Name."

Dixon, Samuel J.

Portrait of a man outdoors

Item is a light grey card with photograph of a man holding a piece of paper(?) and standing outdoors. Image is vignetted and trees are blurred in background. Man has a suit jacket and starched white collar, and white mutton chops.

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