Camera Workers, 1858-1950

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

Trueman, Richard Henry[1, 2, 3]

Male 1856 - 1911  (55 years)


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  • Name Trueman, Richard Henry 
    • VARIANT NAME: Trueman, T.H.
    Born 1856  Brampton, ON Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Born near Brampton, ON.
    Gender Male 
    Business Address/Year 1890-1893  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    302 Cordova St.
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Home Address/Year 1892-1893  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    925 Hornby St.
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Home Address/Year 1894  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    302 Cordova St.
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Business Address/Year 1898-1899  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    624 Hastings St. W.
    Delbruck Block
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Business Address/Year 1900-1901  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    730 Pender St.
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Business Address/Year 1901-1902  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    719 or 705 Georgia St.
    corner of Granville St.
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1890-1910  Vancouver; Revelstoke; Sandon; Kaslo; Grand Forks Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Business Address/Year 1903-1911  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    709 Georgia St.
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Home Address/Year 1903-1911?  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    439 Homer St.
    rooms
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Died 22 Feb 1911  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Association Trueman and Caple (Relationship: Partner) 
    Association R.H. Trueman and Company (Relationship: Owner) 
    Association Hill, Henry Fyfe (Relationship: Employee) 
    Person ID I393  Camera Workers | T, vol. 1, 1858-1900
    Last Modified 29 Apr 2017 

  • Documents
    R.H. Trueman's signature, 1908
    R.H. Trueman's signature, 1908
    Signature from photocopy of letter, Trueman to N.K. Luxton, Banff, Alta., 10 Feb 1908 (Archives of the Canadian Rockies)
    'Trueman's Studio,' <i>British Columbia Review</i>, 1906
    "Trueman's Studio," British Columbia Review, 1906
    'Notice. Richard H. Trueman, Deceased.', <i>British Columbia Gazette</i>, 16 Mar 1911, p. 3555
    "Notice. Richard H. Trueman, Deceased.", British Columbia Gazette, 16 Mar 1911, p. 3555

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Commercial.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: He began as a tinsmith in Brampton, but had purchased a photo studio by 1886 and called it the Popular Photograph Parlor. He sold the studio in 1888 and moved to Brandon, Manitoba, to homestead with his wife Minnie (d. 1893). Trueman returned to Ontario and there met and formed a partnership with young Norman Caple from England. The two are supposed to have met in Toronto.

      Trueman & Caple travelled the Canadian Pacific Railway line for about a year and then set up headquarters in Vancouver. After the partnership had dissolved, Trueman remained in Vancouver but is not listed in the directories of 1895-1897. He was, however, travelling through the Prairies and appears to have spent most of the time in Medicine Hat between 1894-1899. The newspaper references stated he was from Vancouver. He continued to travel extensively and up until two months before his death was managing his Revelstoke branch studio.

      He was widowed on 9 Jan 1893 when his wife died of heart disease at age 31.

      Trueman was a superb landscape photographer and was one of few West Coast photographers to print his negatives on platinum paper. The first modern public exhibit of his work was produced by the Peter and Catharine Whyte Foundation, Banff, in 1981.

      Trueman and his wife are buried in Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver.
    • IDENTIFYING MARKS: negatives usually numbered, captioned and marked "R. H. Trueman & Co., Photo., Vancouver, B.C." or "Trueman, Photo, Vancouver, B.C." or "R. H. Trueman & Co., Vancouver, Kaslo, Sandon & Revelstoke."
    • REFERENCES: BVIPA Death registration no. 1893-09-112393, Minnie Trueman (reel B13092); BVIPA Death registration no. 1911-09-132508, Richard H. Trueman (reel B13099); BVIPA GR-1415, file 1915 (probate); WIL92; WIL93; WIL94; HEN98; HEN99 (Trueman, T.[sic] H.); WIL99; HEN00 (Trueman, T.[sic] H.); HEN01 (Trueman, T.[sic] H.); HEN02 (Trueman, T.[sic] H.); HEN03; HEN04; HEV05; HEV07; HEV08; HEV09; HEV10 (not listed); HEN11 (not listed); (Vancouver) Daily News-Advertiser, 1893 01 10/8 and 1893 01 11 1/8 (wife's obit.); various Vancouver and BC newspaper references; Letter, Hugh A. Dempsey to Mattison, 1980 04 09; McDougall (1981); McDougall (1981-82); Hadley (1984).

  • Sources 
    1. [S46] COLLECTION: BVIPA (Reliability: 3).
      Prints.

    2. [S45] COLLECTION: BVAA (Reliability: 3).
      Prints.

    3. [S134] COLLECTION: BVA (Reliability: 3).
      Glass negatives.

    4. [S832] Find a Grave (Web site).
      URL (accessed 30 Dec 2016): http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=77082923