Camera Workers, 1858-1950

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

Meeres, George Albert[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24]

Male 1878 - 1972  (94 years)


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  • Name Meeres, George Albert 
    • VARIANT NAMES: Meares, George; Meeris, George.
    Born 19 Jan 1878  Grimsby, Lincolnshire, Eng., UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [25, 26
    Gender Male 
    Business Address/Year 1940-1948?  Vernon, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Barnard Avenue
    Meeres Photographic and Art Studio
    Vernon, BC
    Canada 
    Business Address/Year 1951-?  Vernon, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    3001 31st Street
    Meeres Photographic and Art Studio
    Vernon, BC
    Canada 
    Business Address/Year 1948-1950? 
    Continued past 1950 
    Address:
    2914 Barnard Avenue
    Vernon, BC
    Canada 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1910-1925  Manitoba Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Business Address/Year 1925-1936  Nelson, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    715 Baker Street
    Nelson, BC
    Canada 
    Died 1 Feb 1972  Vernon, BC Find all individuals with events at this location  [26
    Buried 4 Feb 1972  Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Vernon, BC Find all individuals with events at this location  [26
    Association Meeres Photographic and Art Studio (Relationship: Proprietor) 
    Person ID I1824  Camera Workers | M, vol. 2, 1901-1950
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2021 

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Commercial.
    • 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.
    • IDENTIFYING MARKS: Print surface may be titled, dated and signed "Geo. A. Meeres Nelson B.C." or "Photo by Geo. A. Meeres Nelson, BC" or "Photograph by Geo. A. Meeres Nelson, BC" or "Photo by Geo. A. Meeres Chapman Art Gallery Nelson BC".
      Examples of these different identifying marks may be found on the Touchstones Nelson Flickr page and on the BC Archives site.

  • Sources 
    1. [S46] COLLECTION: BVIPA.
      Prints

    2. [S1110] COLLECTION: BENDMA.
      George Meeres Photographic and Art Studio fonds

    3. [S1109] COLLECTION: BNELTO.
      Prints; some digital facsimiles through Flickr; URL (accessed 21 Jan 2021): https://www.flickr.com/photos/touchstonesnelson/sets/72157626582776045/

    4. [S1108] COLLECTION: BKLUBC.
      Prints (George Meeres collection)

    5. [S142] COLLECTION: BVMA.
      George A. Meeres collection and George A. Meeres fonds

    6. [S339] Voters List, (Victoria, B.C.: Province of British Columbia, 1874-), Ref. NW 324.1 B862., 1933.
      Nelson

    7. [S757] WRI24, (Vancouver: Wrigley Directories, 1924).
      Nelson: not listed

    8. [S758] WRI25, (Vancouver: Wrigley Directories, 1925).
      Nelson: not listed

    9. [S759] WRI26, (Vancouver: Wrigley Directories, 1926), 243.
      Nelson: Meeres Geo A photog 715 Baker

    10. [S763] WRI30, (Vancouver: Wrigley Directories, 1930), 467.
      Nelson: Meeres Geo A 715 Baker r 411 Cedar

    11. [S769] SUN35, (Vancouver: Sun Directories, 1935), 635.
      Nelson: Meeres Geo A photog 715 Baker r 909 Vernon

    12. [S770] SUN36, (Vancouver: Sun Directories, 1936), 307.
      Nelson: Meeres Geo A artist 715 Baker r 909 Vernon
      Mara: not listed

    13. [S771] SUN37, (Vancouver: Sun Directories, 1937).
      Mara: not listed, but a George Meeris operated the general store
      Nelson: not lisetd

    14. [S772] SUN38, (Vancouver: Sun Directories, 1938), 210.
      Mara: Meeres Geo genl store

    15. [S773] SUN39, (Vancouver: Sun Directories, 1939), 166.
      Mara: Meeres Geo genl store
      Vernon: not listed

    16. [S774] SUN40, (Vancouver: Sun Directories, 1940), 399.
      Vernon: Meeres Geo A mgr Meeres Photographic Arts

    17. [S775] SUN41, (Vancouver: Sun Directories, 1941), 388.
      Vernon: Meeres Geo A mgr Meeres Photographic Arts

    18. [S776] SUN42, (Vancouver: Sun Directories, 1942), 393.
      Vernon: Meeres Geo A mgr Meeres Photographic & Arts Studio

    19. [S779] SUN45, (Vancouver: Sun Directories, 1945), 400.
      Vernon: Meeres Geo A mgr Meeres Photographic Studio

    20. [S780] SUN48, (Vancouver: Sun Directories, 1948), 310.
      Vernon: Meeres Photographic & Art Studio. G. A. Meeres, Manager. Portraiture, Kodak Finishing, Enlarging, Color Work, Picture Framing. P.O. Box 373. Phone 531.

    21. [S996] SUNVERNON4849, (Vancouver, BC: Sun Directories, 1948), 90.
      Vernon: Meeres Geo A mgr Meeres Photographic & Art Studio r 2914 Barnard

    22. [S1087] Vernon City Directory 1951, (Vancouver: B.C. Directories, 1951), 101.
      Vernon: Meeres Geo A mgr Meeres Photographic & Art Studio r PO Box 373

    23. [S288] Francis (1996), Daniel Francis, (Saskatoon, SK: Fifth House, 1996), 123.
      Photo credited to George Meares [sic]

    24. [S483] Manitoba Photographers, 1858 to Present (Web site), Manitoba Historical Society, (Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Historical Society).
      George Albert Meeres (1878-1972)
      URL (accessed 22 Jan 2021): http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/photographers/meeres_ga.shtml

    25. [S832] Find a Grave (Web site).
      George Albert Meeres
      URL (accessed 21 Jan 2021): https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/215036151/george-albert-meeres

    26. [S652] BVIPA death registration index.
      Registration no. 1972-09-002380 (microfilm B13315); digital facsimile URL (accessed 21 Jan 2021): http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/e719530a-9a2f-4671-832d-7a2a9e316370