Camera Workers, 1858-1950

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

Brooks, Edward Coley[1, 2]

Male - 1908


Personal Information    |    Media    |    Notes    |    Sources    |    All    |    PDF

  • Name Brooks, Edward Coley 
    Gender Male 
    Business Address/Year 1889-1891?  Victoria, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    164 Johnson St.
    Victoria, BC
    Canada 
    Business Address/Year 1887  Victoria, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Johnson St.
    and Cook St.
    Victoria, BC
    Canada 
    Home Address/Year 1892  Nanaimo, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Clark's Lodging House
    Nanaimo, BC
    Canada 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 30 Jun-Jul 1893  Kaslo, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Visit 
    Home Address/Year 1895  Nanaimo, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    50 Victoria Cres.
    Nanaimo, BC
    Canada 
    Business Address/Year 1898  Nanaimo, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Commercial St.
    Nanaimo, BC
    Canada 
    Business Address/Year 1892-1900  Nanaimo, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    50 Victoria Cres.
    Nanaimo, BC
    Canada 
    Home Address/Year 1889-1891?  Victoria, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    164 Johnson St.
    Victoria, BC
    Canada 
    Died 8 Feb 1908  New York, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Death date extrapolated from article "Speculator Ends Life", New York Daily Tribune, 9 Feb 1908, p. 7.
    Association Brooks and Berry (Relationship: Partner) 
    Association Chambers, Arthur Hyde (Relationship: Sold business to) 
    Association Boas, Franz (Relationship: Employee) 
    Person ID I384  Camera Workers | B, vol. 1, 1858-1900
    Last Modified 1 Mar 2017 

  • Documents
    E.C. Brooks' ad, <i>Kaslo Claim</i>, 1898 06 30
    E.C. Brooks' ad, Kaslo Claim, 1898 06 30
    E.C. Brooks back of a Christmas and New Year's landscape photograph, late 1880s
    E.C. Brooks back of a Christmas and New Year's landscape photograph, late 1880s
    Like many other photographers of his day and since, Brooks photographed Victoria's Inner Harbour from Church Hill as part of an advertising vehicle for his work, with a Christmas and New Year's greeting on the front mount and this decorative ad on the verso.

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Commercial.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: He established himself in Victoria circa 1887. In Sep 1888 he travelled up the Fraser River to photograph the salmon canneries and other views. Brooks remained in Victoria until moving to Nanaimo around 1891-1892. He visited Kaslo for about a month in 1893 and returned to Nanaimo. Primarily a portrait photographer, he also engaged in landscape work. He had a partnership in Victoria as Brooks and Berry. He attended the Guerin College of Photography in St. Louis, Missouri, early in 1902.

      According to the Nanaimo Free Press, he committed suicide in New York State. An article about his death also appeared in the New York Daily Tribune (9 Feb 1908, p. 7). According to the Tribune article, he may have been survived by a brother, Clifford Brooks, who lived in London, Eng.
    • IDENTIFYING MARKS: "E. C. Brooks, Photographer, Victoria, B.C." stamped on verso of print; "E. C. Brooks, Photographer, Victoria, B.C. 164 Johnston Street, Victoria, B.C." stamped on verso of print mount; "[E. C.] Brooks, 50 Victoria Crescent, Nanaimo, B.C." on front of print mount.
    • REFERENCES: MAL87; WIL89; HEN90; WIL92; WIL93; WIL94; WIL95; HEN97; WIL97; HEN98; WIL99; HEN00; Voters List 1890; Voters List 1900 (Kaslo); (Victoria) Evening Standard, 1888 09 19/4; Kaslo Claim, 1893 06 30/5; Professional and Amateur Photographer, v. 7, no. 4 (April 1902), College Notes: "... Mr. Brooks of B.C., Canada have recently returned to their studios"; Nanaimo Free Press, 1908 02 16; BVIPA Visual Records Photographer File (gives middle name as Coley; date and place of death unconfirmed by New York Times Obituary Index).

  • Sources 
    1. [S46] COLLECTION: BVIPA.

    2. [S65] COLLECTION: BNCA.