Camera Workers, 1858-1950

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

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

Male 1868 - 1925  (56 years)


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  • Name Savannah, John 
    • VARIANT NAME: Savannah, Jacob. [24, 25]
    Nickname Jack 
    Born 25 Jun 1868  San Francisco, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Home Address/Year 1889  Victoria, BC Find all individuals with events at this location  [26
    Address:
    105 Quadra St.
    Victoria, BC
    Canada 
    Home Address/Year 1891  Victoria, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    56 Fort St.
    Victoria, BC
    Canada 
    Business Address/Year 1889-Feb? 1892  Victoria, BC Find all individuals with events at this location  [27
    Address:
    56 Fort St.
    Victoria, BC
    Canada 
    Home Address/Year 1892  Victoria, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Poodle Dog (rooming house?)
    Victoria, BC
    Canada 
    Marriage 6 Nov 1894  Seattle, WA Find all individuals with events at this location  [28
    Bride: Maude Middleton 
    Home Address/Year 1897-1901  Victoria, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    139 Fort St.
    Victoria, BC
    Canada 
    Business Address/Year Feb? 1892-1905  Victoria, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    28 Fort St.
    Five Sisters Block
    Victoria, BC
    Canada 
    Business Address/Year 1908-1909  Victoria, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    606 and 616 Fort St., no. 25 and 27
    Five Sisters Block
    Victoria, BC
    Canada 
    Business Address/Year 1910-1912  Victoria, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    606 Yates St.
    Victoria, BC
    Canada 
    Business Address/Year 1913-1914  Victoria, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    1122 Government St.
    Victoria, BC
    Canada 
    Business Address/Year 1915-1925  Victoria, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    1120 Government St. (Hibben-Bone Block)
    5th Floor
    Victoria, BC
    Canada 
    Died 28 Apr 1925  Victoria, BC Find all individuals with events at this location  [29
    Association Savannah, Benjamin (Relationship: Employee) 
    Association Hastings, Oregon Columbus (Relationship: Successor) 
    Association Savannah and Company (Relationship: Owner) 
    Association Stewart (Relationship: Printer) 
    Association Merrill, Joseph (Relationship: Employee) 
    Association Davis, S. (Relationship: Artist (retoucher?)) 
    Association Hastings Studio (Victoria, BC) (Relationship: Manager) 
    Association Howell, Kathleen Gertrude (Lena) (Relationship: Employee) 
    Association Hipwell, Arthur (Relationship: Photographer) 
    Association McDonald, Annie (Relationship: Assistant; Photographer; Finisher) 
    Association Savannah, Maude (Relationship: Spouse) 
    Association Savannah, Edward Jack (Relationship: Son) 
    Association Gibson, Wilfred (Relationship: Photographer) 
    Association Gibson, Wilfred (Relationship: Printer; Photographer) 
    Person ID I47  Camera Workers | S, vol. 1, 1858-1900
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2020 

  • Photos
    Card mount bottom identifying the Savannah, Hastings Art Studio, Fort St., Victoria, BC.
    Card mount bottom identifying the Savannah, Hastings Art Studio, Fort St., Victoria, BC.

    Documents
    John Savannah and Maude Middleton's marriage in Seattle, WA, made the Victoria news, </i>Colonist</i>, 8 Nov 1894, p. 5.
    John Savannah and Maude Middleton's marriage in Seattle, WA, made the Victoria news, Colonist, 8 Nov 1894, p. 5.

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Commercial.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: His studio, Savannah's, was among the most fashionable in Victoria. In his first year of business he called himself "successor to O.C. Hastings" and also used the name "Hastings Art Studio" as part of his business identification. Primarily a portrait photographer, his work increased in importance after 1900. He suffered a complete loss of studio in the disastrous Five Sisters Block fire of 1910.
      A signature from an 1894 invoice is found in BC Archives GR-0066, box 1, file 5.
      His widow Maude Savannah took over the business briefly following his death, calling it the Savannah Studio, and then his son, E.J. Savannah, operated the business.
    • IDENTIFYING MARKS: "Savannah, Victoria, B.C." usually on front of print mount.
    • REFERENCES: WIL89; HEN90; HEN91; WIL92; WIL93; WIL94; WIL95; HEN97; WIL97; HEN98; HEN99; WIL99; HEN00; HEN03; News-Advertiser, 1892 12 09/1 (reported having taken a photograph of Victoria's outer dock with ships loading and discharging cargo); Margaret Belford, "The Savannah Story", Colonist, 16 Jul 1978, p. 14-15 (magazine section); Castle (1984); BVICA VF.

  • Sources 
    1. [S46] COLLECTION: BVIPA.
      Glass negatives

    2. [S139] COLLECTION: BVICA.
      John Savannah fonds (PR-0104); prints; URL (accessed 28 Mar 2020): https://archives.victoria.ca/john-savannah-fonds

    3. [S784] HENVIC05, (Victoria: Henderson Publishing, 1905), 248.
      Victoria: Savannah J. photographer 28 Fort res 105 Cook

    4. [S789] HENVIC08, (Victoria: Henderson Publishing, 1908), 405.
      Victoria: Savannah John photographer 27, 606 Fort res 921 Cook

    5. [S792] PROVI09, (Victoria: Provincial Publishing, 1909), 536.
      Victoria: Savannah John photographer rm 25 Five Sisters Blk h 921 Cook

    6. [S796] HENVIC12, (Victoria: Henderson Publishing, 1912), 576.
      Victoria: Savannah John photogr 606 Yates h 921 Cook

    7. [S798] HENVIC13, (Victoria: Henderson Publishing, 1913), 783.
      Victoria: Savannah John photogr 1122 Government h 921 Cook

    8. [S745] HENVIC14, (Victoria: Henderson Publishing, 1914), 648.
      Victoria: Savannah John photogr 5th fl Hibben-Bone Blk h 921 Cook

    9. [S801] TREVIC14, (Victoria: Tregillus-Thompson Ltd., 1914), 831.
      Victoria: Savannah John photogr fifth floor Hibben-Bone Bldg h 921 Cook

    10. [S802] HENVIC15, (Victoria: Henderson Publishing, 1915), 518.
      Victoria: Savannah John photogr 5th fl Hibben-Bone Blk h 921 Cook

    11. [S803] HENVIC17, (Victoria: Henderson Publishing, 1917), 516.
      Victoria: Savannah John photogr 5th fl 1122 Government h 921 Cook

    12. [S804] HENVIC18, (Victoria: Henderson Publishing, 1918), 376.
      Victoria: Savannah John photogr 5th floor 1122 Government h 921 Cook

    13. [S740] WRI18, (Vancouver, BC: Wrigley Directories, c1918).
      Victoria: not listed

    14. [S738] WRI19, (Vancouver, BC: Wrigley Directories, c1919), 1151.
      Victoria: Savannah J photographer 500 Hibben-Bone bldg

    15. [S805] HENVIC20, (Victoria: Henderson Publishing, 1920), 466.
      Victoria: Savannah John photogr 5th flr 1122 Government h 921 Cook

    16. [S739] WRI20, (Vancouver, BC: Wrigley Directories, c1920), 1033.
      Victoria: Savannah J photographer 500 1122 Govt

    17. [S806] HENVIC21, (Victoria: Henderson Publishing, 1921), 517.
      Victoria: Savannah John photogr 1122 Government h 921 Cook

    18. [S741] WRI21, (Vancouver, BC: Wrigley Directories, c1921), 1097.
      Victoria: Savannah J photographer 500 1122 Govt

    19. [S742] WRI22, (Vancouver, BC: Wrigley Directories, c1922), 1117.
      Victoria: Savannah J photographer 500 1122 Govt

    20. [S809] WRI23, (Vancouver: Wrigley Directories, 1923), 1790.
      Victoria: Savannah John photog 500 1122 Govt h 921 Cook

    21. [S757] WRI24, (Vancouver: Wrigley Directories, 1924), 1327.
      Victoria: Savannah John photo 500 1122 Govt h 921 Cook

    22. [S758] WRI25, (Vancouver: Wrigley Directories, 1925).
      Victoria: Savannah John photog 500, 1122 Govt h 921 Cook

    23. [S759] WRI26, (Vancouver: Wrigley Directories, 1926).
      Vancouver: not listed

    24. [S647] Census of Canada 1901.
      Savannah Jack
      birth date: 26 Jun 1870
      Province of British Columbia, District no. 4 Victoria, sub-district no. D, Polling sub-division no. 6 in Victoria City, p. 15, line 18.

    25. [S652] BVIPA death registration index.
      On the registration record for his son Edward Jack Savannah's death, his father's name is given as Jacob Savannah.
      Registration no. 1960-09-012658 (microfilm B13249); digital facsimile URL (accessed 12 Aug 2017): http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/a8b02349-f63e-4201-b821-84034a7578e6

    26. [S21] HEN89, Henderson, James, comp., (Victoria, B.C.: Leonard George Henderson, 1889), 504.
      "Savannah John, artist, 105 Quadra"

    27. [S22] WIL89, Draper, Thomas, comp., (Victoria, B.C.: R.T. Williams, 1889), 148.
      "Savannah, J, portrait artist, 56 Fort, res 105 Quadra"

    28. [S628] (Victoria) Colonist, (Victoria: Colonist), 5, 8 Nov 1894.
      "Mr John Savannah,...."

    29. [S652] BVIPA death registration index.
      Registration no. 1925-09-345558 (microfilm B13126)