Camera Workers, 1858-1950

The British Columbia, Alaska and Yukon Photographic Directory, 1858-1950



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151 BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY: During his time in Halifax, NS, he operated a photo studio with another sailor. After World War One he trained further in photography through a veterans' industrial training plan. Around Sep 1919, following his service with the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve (RCNVR), he took over E.F. Tucker's Chilliwack studio. While his specialty was portraits, he also produced postcards. He advertised extensively in the Chilliwack Progress, only a small sampling of which are included here.
In Apr 1920 he was joined by Alexander Wilson, a former commercial and military photographer who had also served in World War One. Wilson became Dowsett's business partner.
In Nov 1920 during a banquet for visiting Canadian Prime Minister Arthur Meighan, the Dowsett Studio was praised for photograph of the reception party by the prime minister.
Dowsett and Wilson dissolved their partnership at the end of Jan 1921.
In Dec 1922 the Chilliwack Progress reported that a RCNVR colleague, T.W. Platt, was now a financial backer of the Dowsett Studio. There are no newspaper ads in the Chilliwack Progress under the name Dowsett after the end of 1923. In his U.S. naturalization declaration he states he crossed the border with his family at Sumas, WA, on 28 Oct 1923. According to his border entry card his destination was Tacoma, WA.
By 1930 he was living in Tacoma, WA, but no longer a photographer according to the U.S. census that year. He declared his intention to become a U.S. citizen in 1935 and registered, though nearly a senior citizen, for the U.S. military draft in 1942. 
Dowsett, Charles Frederick (I1438)
152 BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: According to Trail researcher Courtney Palsson, Barclay moved to Fruitvale from Exshaw, AB, in 1921. According to Duncan Barclay, a son, "my father used to hike from Alberta all the way through this country with cameras and equipment taking pictures in logging camps all through Sparwood and places." Barclay's photographs were destroyed in 1939 when his house burned down during a massive forest fire. Marshall (1998) states that he lived in Manitoba.
He was living and working as photographer in Orford, Kent County, ON, in 1891.
Marshall (1998: 28) includes a self-portrait. 
Barclay, William Green (I2209)
153 BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: He was honorary president of the Vancouver Camera Club around 1897. Abbott, Harry (I311)
154 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY:  Norman Studio (I1186)
155 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Joncas, Paul Wilfred (I1282)
156 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY:  D'Amour, H. (I1317)
157 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY:  David, Edward Charles (I1329)
158 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY:  Popular Studio (I1483)
159 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY:  Martin, Gordon (I1832)
160 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: According to a letter he wrote to Premier Sir Richard McBride dated 19 Aug 1912, he worked in British Columbia on contract with "Messrs Sells of London, England," who had hired him to photograph for their book British Columbia, Its History, People, Commerce, Industries and Resources. He appears to have arrived in the spring of 1912 and at the time he wrote to McBride, he said his work was finished and that he was hoping to find employment with the government as a photographer. Enclosed with his letter were four sample photographs (Joe Place's ranch, Dog Creek Interior of a Kelowna fruit cannery Bedroom in the King Edward Hotel, Victoria and a Walhachin four-year-old orchard). The Premier's secretary wrote back that there were no openings for a photographer. Moore appears to have settled in Vancouver as he was later registered as a provincial voter. Moore, William Fawcett (I2105)
161 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Like many Europeans immigrants, he was lured to North American by tales of easy money. Frank left his hometown in 1892 for San Francisco and moved to Victoria two years later. He finally settled in Alberni with his younger brother Bernard who joined him in 1898. Both men took out their Canadian naturalization papers, Leonard in 1897 and Bernard in 1899. They worked some mineral claims together on Vancouver Island and it probably around 1898 that Leonard also started his photographic career. His father had operated a studio in Berne, Germany.
Likely as a result of anti-German sentiment during World War One, the Frank brothers relocated to Vancouver between 1916 and 1917. Leonard established a brief partnership with Orville J. Rognon between 1918 and 1919 as the Commercial Photo Company. Frank continued to operate under that name until about 1926-1927 when he started using his own name for the business.
Leonard Frank Photos established an enviable reputation as industrial and commercial photographers and Leonard Frank continued photographing almost until he died. Otto Landauer acquired Leonard Frank Photos in 1946 which he operated under that name until 1980. Leonard and Bernard Frank, who never married, are buried in the Jewish Schara Tzedeck Cemetery near Vancouver.
For a complete review of Leonard Frank's career, see Cyril E. Leonoff's book An Enterprising Life (1990). A documentary film about Frank's life, Copyright, Leonard Frank (1999), provides additional information. 
Frank, Leonard Juda (I1303)
162 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: "Matzene", as he styled himself, was born somewhere in Europe and came to be known in North America as a high society photographer beginning in 1900 in Chicago, IL, and through at least the 1920s and into the early 1930s.
From Oct 1926 to Feb 1927 he parked himself at the new Steffens-Colmer Studio, a branch operation, in Victoria, advertising photographs by Matzene. 
Matzene, Richard Gordon (I1854)
163 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A "G. Diken", possibly a typo for G.P. Dicker, is listed under this firm.  Universal Arts (I658)
164 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A 1911 Canada census listing intriguingly describes a George W. Knowling who was born in Manitoba in Nov 1889 and resided as a lodger (illegible address). His occupation was also illegible but does not appear to be one connected with photography. The 1911 provincial voters list gave his occupation as a photographer. Knowling, George William John (I1156)
165 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A 1923 U.S. immigration document indicates he was living and working in Toronto, ON, as a photographer. On a 1941 U.S. border crossing record it's noted he had lived between 1911 and 1930 in New York, California and Arizona. He also operated in Vancouver in the mid to late 1930s under the name Aber Studio Ltd. He immigrated permanently to the U.S. in 1946 and settled in Los Angeles, CA, where he continued to work as a photographer. He applied for U.S. citizenship in Mar 1949. Aber, Samuel John (I561)
166 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A biographical sketch in the description of a collection of his photos at the UBC Okanagan Library states:

George Albert Meeres (1878-1972), photographer and artist, was born in Grimsby, England in 1878. He emigrated to Canada in 1906. In 1910, he and partner Arthur John Lawrence purchased a photo studio from James Fenton in Russell, Manitoba. The partnership of Lawrence & Meeres continued until 1917 when it was dissolved. Meeres carried on under the name of George A. Meeres, Photographer, until 1925 when he sold the business and moved to Nelson, B.C. He purchased the Campbell Art Gallery, changing its name to George A. Meeres, Photographer. After a short time in Grindrod, he moved to Vernon, B.C., opening Meeres' Photographic and Art Studio in 1940. He specialized in portraits, wedding photos, and hand colouring. His studio operated in Vernon until 1968 and George Meeres died in Vernon in 1972 at the age of 94.

The Manitoba Photographers site entry for him states "He moved to Mara in 1936 and Vernon in 1939."
According to his death registration record he was a retired photographer, single and had lived in Vernon for 34 years or since at least 1938. 
Meeres, George Albert (I1824)
167 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A brief partnership between Anders Beer Wilse, a Norwegian immigrant and former engineer who worked on the construction of the Great Northern Railroad, he took up photography in 1897, initially with Daniel W. Kirk, and then purchased the business from him that year. Wilse and Kirk (I709)
168 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A British correspondent from the Pall Mall Gazette, he was described as

A capital photographer, [who] secured several fine views of the city from the top of the C.P.R. hotel, and some of the hotel itself and the big trees on the Brighouse estate [now Vancouver's West End].
Norman, Henry (I101)
169 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A brother of J.D. Hall and manager of the Hudson's Bay Company store, Port Simpson, he was listed (probably mistakenly and with an incorrect first name) as a photographer with the Vancouver Photo Company. R.H. Hall was elected a member of the BC legislature in 1890 for the Cassiar district. Shortly after he had retired from the HBC about 1913 he moved from Winnipeg where he had been Fur Commissioner for Canada to Prince Albert, SK. Hall, Robert Hanley (I174)
170 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A brother of O.A. McDonald, he likely operated one of the Photorium branch studios. McDonald, Aubrey Stratton (I1765)
171 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A brother of W.W. Wrathall, patriarch of the Wrathall photographic family, he was employed as a telegrapher. Wrathall, John W. (I1938)
172 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A brother of William James Topley (1845-1930) who took over the Ottawa studio of William Notman in 1872, H.N. Topley often photographed for the Geological Survey of Canada. He photographed the Alaska/Canada boundary in the early summer 1894, as well as scenes in BC. Historian David R. Richeson found a Public Works letter register entry for the Topley Studio sale of $33 of views of the Yukon District in 1900 (OOA, RG 11, vol. 1998, entry March 26/1). H.N. Topley was later employed by the Department of the Interior. Topley, Horatio Nelson (I716)
173 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A brother of William McFarlane and Charles F., he accompanied and assisted the former on his first and second trips to BC. Notman, George R.W. (I102)
174 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A brother of William McFarlane and George R.W., he passed through BC and stopped in Vancouver; he assisted W.M. Notman. C.F. Notman acquired the Notman studio upon W.M. Notman's death and in April 1935 sold the business, along with 400,000 negatives, to Associated Screen News. Notman, Charles F. (I746)
175 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A Burrows and McConnell operated in Nanaimo in 1905, but it is not known if this is the same McConnell. W.F. McConnell managed the Canadian Photo Company along with William J. Moore between 1916 and 1920, then became the sole proprietor until 1933 after which neither he nor the company were no longer listed in the business directory. He may have left Vancouver for educational purposes as he turns up again by 1940 with a new occupation as a physiotherapist which he practiced until 1950 according to his death registration record, which also claimed he had been doing such work all his life. McConnell, Wilfred Franklin (I2065)
176 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A California native, he worked for I.W. Taber & Company and was reported to have visited Glacier Bay in Jul 1889 where he might have taken a photograph of the mirage known as The Silent City. This image was published in Chapter 10 of Badlam's aptly titled The Wonders of Alaska (1891).

Husher's adventurous spirit was revealed in April 1887 when he made a balloon ascent over San Francisco on behalf of his employer. The Photographic News reported on his trip in its 8 Jul 1887 issue.

In 1888, a year before he visited Alaska, Husher was employed as a photographer on an archaeological expedition to the American Southwest.

Husher went on to found the Detroit Photograpic (Publishing) Company in 1895 which introduced the Photochrom colour photomechanical printing process into the U.S. Husher left the company in 1902 and it went bankrupt in 1924 and closed in 1932. 
Husher, Edwin H. (I710)
177 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A Canadian customs official posted to the Klondike during the gold rush, he photographed the last spike ceremony for the White Pass and Yukon Railroad on 6 Jul 1899. E.A. Hegg, who also photographed the event, captured Scott and two other photographers at work. In this photograph, Busby appears on the wharf with a handheld camera. Busby retired to Vancouver in 1930 and moved to eastern Canada in 1945. Busby identified himself in a souvenir album published by Hegg (1900) which Busby presented to the Rev. B.A. Appleyard (BVIPA copy). Busby, Edward Scott (I476)
178 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A Canadian passenger list has him returning in May 1911 from a trip abroad on the Zealandia. The passenger list states he had been in Vancouver, BC, before for a year and a half or from 1909-1911.
He worked as a photographer for Charleston and Company (1910-1911), then for the Elite Studio (II) (1913-1914), then last worked at the Mission Studio (1916-1921) which he co-managed with W.J. Campbell. The two photographers also operated under the name Campbell and Lincoln (1918-1920). 
Lincoln, Charles James T. (I1650)
179 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A Chilkat Tlingit living in Haines, AK, he worked for the University of Pennsylvania Museum as a collector. For a discussion of his trip to the Nass and Skeena Rivers, see Jonathan Dean's 1998 article. The Louis Shotridge Digital Archive at the Penn Museum contains the most complete set of resources, including digitized photographs, pertaining to him. Shotridge, Louis (Situwaka) (I2012)
180 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A Chilliwack businessman managed and then purchased in May 1902 the Nelson Drug Stores with Dr. J.C. Henderson, he also published postcards of Chilliwack scenes. An important figure in Chilliwack's history, he served as mayor and as a Member of Parliament. Barber, Harry James (I1903)
181 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A Chilliwack photo studio operated by Roger Davies in the 1940s. In 1952 the studio was purchased by Roland Jack Palmer (1913-1971). Greenwood Photo Studios (I1516)
182 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A civil engineer and surveyor by trade, he spent four years travelling and working at his profession in the Yukon Territory during the Klondike Gold Rush. He returned to Tacoma in 1900, and was later mayor of Steilacoom. Sarvant, Henry Mason (I46)
183 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A civil engineer employed by the Canadian Pacific Railway, he photographed along the railway line and took a portrait of the BC senators and "commoners" on a stopover in Victoria in Jun 1885. Beginning in Apr 1898 he was employed as an official company photographer. Heckman, Joseph William (I192)
184 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A commercial photographer in Bristol, Eng., in 1911, he immigrated to Canada shortly thereafter and worked in Vancouver as a photographer for the Dominion Engraving Company and Stuart Thomson. Brightman, Harold Edward (I1962)
185 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A commercial photographer in Halifax, he relocated to Victoria after the 1917 explosion. By 1927 he operated under the name Commercial Photo Service and Portrait Studio. Goodenough, Frederick G. (I1113)
186 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A commercial photographer who worked in Hosmer, BC, a coal mining town a few kilometres east of Fernie, BC. Robson, William (I1694)
187 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A credit on a photo is the only evidence of his existence. Spinks W.H. (I59)
188 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A daughter of Hannah and Richard Maynard, she was married to James F. Macdonald (1852-1912) at the time of the 1881 census. Her age is given as 21, occupation, photographer, no doubt an assistant to her mother or father. She and her husband, from whom she filed for divorce in Jun 1892, had three children: Harry Hatherly Macdonald and Maynard Macdonald, and a third child, Albert James Macdonald, living with Richard and Hannah Maynard at the time Emma died. Her portrait appears in a few of her mother's multiple exposure tableaux. Macdonald, Emma (I829)
189 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A daughter of John and Catharina Johanna Vanderpant, she and her sister Catharina continued to operate Vancerpant Galleries following their father's death in 1939. In 1946 Anna won a Focus Fotossalon (Free Netherlands) medal for one of her photographs. Vanderpant, Anna (I885)
190 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A daughter of John Vanderpant, she and her sister Anna continued to operate Vancerpant Galleries following their father's death in 1939. Vanderpant, Catharina (I886)
191 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A daughter of M.E. Charleston, she was first listed as a clerk as his Elite Studio in the 1916 Vancouver business directory. She later worked as a finisher for Charleston and Company, also owned by her father. Charleston, Grace Linna (I2219)
192 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A daughter of M.E. Charleston, she worked at her father's photographic business, Charleston and Company, with her siblings. Charleston, Beulah Mabel (I2220)
193 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A Dominion Land Surveyor and civil engineer, Garden photographed, as reported by the Vancouver News-Advertiser, the Lake Coquitlam area in 1887. The previous year he photographed in the Kamloops area where he was surveying part of the Railway Belt land grant. He was mayor of Vancouver from 1898 to 1900, and a Vancouver MLA from 1900 to 1909. Garden, James Ford (I216)
194 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A Dominion Land Surveyor, he was equipped with a camera as early as 1885. In 1887 he was provided with an "Ideal Camera & lens" at a cost of $72. Ogilvie served as Commissioner of Yukon Territory from 1898 to 1901. Ogilvie, William (I93)
195 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A Dominion Land Surveyor, he was responsible for several photo-topographical surveys within the Rocky Mountains in both Alberta and BC. Bridgland, Morrison Parsons (I2162)
196 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A F.D. Fujiwara, relationship unknown, worked in the Yukon during the Klondike Gold Rush period. Acccording to the 1911 Canada census, Frank Fujiwara immigrated in 1907. F.S. Fujiwara operated as Fujiwara Photo Studio between 1911-1913. He may have left Canada in or after 1924 and not returned until around 1930. Fujiwara, Frank S. (I947)
197 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A family tree on indicates he arrived at Halifax, NS, on 13 Jul 1911 aboard the Carthaginian. According to his obituary, he immigrated from Tunbridge Wells, England, and began his Canadian photography career with the Shaw Brothers. The 1918 Saanich voters list shows his wife Kate also working at the Shaw Brothers. After he left the Shaw Brothers operation, he managed the Gibson Studio.

Williams was a member of the Arion Club and the Rotary Club (1915-1924), as well as being a Freemason (Quadra Lodge No. 2). He was survived by his widow one daughter, Mrs. O.V. Dawkins, and two granddaughters, all in Victoria. Williams is buried in Colwood Burial Park. 
Williams, Ernest Allen (I1077)
198 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A former musician and an amateur photographer, in 1901 he registered copyright on four stereo photographs, three of which were of the Koksilah River Falls. He marketed these under his own name as part of a series titled "Sea and Land Views of Vancouver Island, B.C." In 1906 he began a transition to a commercial photographer by taking a photography course at the California College of Photography, Palo Alto, CA. He arrived in San Francisco, CA, with his wife on 21 Feb 1906 aboard the Umatilla out of Victoria, BC, and they returned to Victoria via Seattle, WA, on 24 Apr 1906. According to his Victoria Times obituary they were in San Francisco when the 18 Apr 1906 earthquake struck. The Colonist's society page noted that he was travelling to California to further his musical education (11 Feb 1906, p. 11).
In 1910 he purchased the photographic business of Jones and Company and operated under the name George H. Larrigan Studio. His obutary states he had a partnership, prior to owning the former Jones studio, of about six months with Wilfred Gibson. A small notice in the Colonist (3 Feb 1910, p. 6) confirms that connection. Following Larrigan's untimely death in 1914 of appendicitis, in the 1915 business directory the photographer S.B. Taylor occupied 1230 Government St.
The 1901 Canada census states he immigrated in 1895 while the 1911 Canada census gives an immigration date of 1897 or 1899. The latter census also gives his occupation as "artist." 
Larrigan, George Henry (I1644)
199 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A former pastor, Gleason gave up his spiritual career because of poor health and turned to photography and lecturing in 1899. Well known for his photographs of Henry David Thoreau country, Gleason travelled extensively for images that are considered classics of composition and lighting. He could well be considered the Ansel Adams of his day. A friend of Earl Grey, Governor General of Canada, Gleason visited BC on at least three occasions. It is possible he accompanied Earl Grey on the 1906 tour which took place in Sep. The previous year Gleason had visited the Selkirk and Rocky Mountains in Jul. The 1912 trip was also made in July.
Gleason, Herbert Wendell (I1084)
200 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A Frederick J. Lake was listed in the 1913 Vancouver business directory and Frederick John Lake first advertised as a photographer in Grand Forks in 1914. They were likely the same individual. Lake, Frederick John (I1200)

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