Camera Workers, 1858-1950

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

Thomson, Stuart

Thomson, Stuart[1, 2, 3]

Male 1881 - 1960  (78 years)

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  • Name Thomson, Stuart 
    Born 13 Dec 1881  Hampstead, Eng., UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Business Address/Year 1911-1934  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Business Address/Year 1935  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Address:
    1002 Robson St.
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Business Address/Year 1936-1960  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 10 Mar 1960  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Cremated 12 Mar 1960  Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I683  Camera Workers | T, vol. 2, 1901-1950
    Last Modified 13 Apr 2017 

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBusiness Address/Year - 1911-1934 - Vancouver, BC Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBusiness Address/Year - Address:
    1002 Robson St.
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada - 1935 - Vancouver, BC
    Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBusiness Address/Year - 1936-1960 - Vancouver, BC Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 10 Mar 1960 - Vancouver, BC Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Corner of Burrard [Street] and Robson [Street] showing Bank of Toronto on the left and Stuart Thomson's storefront on the right
    Corner of Burrard [Street] and Robson [Street] showing Bank of Toronto on the left and Stuart Thomson's storefront on the right
    Portrait of Stuart Thomson
    Portrait of Stuart Thomson
    Stuart Thomson holding a Goertz-Anschutz Press camera
    Stuart Thomson holding a Goertz-Anschutz Press camera
    Photographed during a Shell Oil Co. Super Shell campaign
    Stuart Thomson holding a Goertz-Anschutz Press camera
    Stuart Thomson holding a Goertz-Anschutz Press camera
    Taken during a Shell Oil Co. Super Shell campaign

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Commercial.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Stuart Thomson was born in Hampstead, Eng., in 1881 and grew up in Australia where he apprenticed with the Victoria State Railway. Introduced to photography during this period, he bought a camera to take along on his various trips around the country. He immigrated to Canada in 1910 and began working for the CPR. He took up amateur photography. Another worker recommended he purchase an Empire State View Camera which used 8 x 10 inch negatives. At this point Thomson turned professional, using his boarding house, "The Australia," as his business address initially, then out of his own studio. He was actively engaged in the trade until a month before his death. During the 1920s, he contributed to three daily Vancouver newspapers, but relied more on commercial work by the 1930s. He died in 1960, age 78.

      Thomson photographed virtually every aspect of Vancouver, producing about 50,000 images for a variety of clients. Among his photographic achievements were the first civilian aerial photographs in Canada in 1919.

      One of Thomson's cameras, a Goertz Anschutz folding camera, was acquired by George Allen (Allen Aerial Photos) who was a friend of his in the 1950s.
    • IDENTIFYING MARKS: Print surface may be captioned, numbered, dated and/or signed "S. Thomson" or "Stuart Thomson, Vancouver, B.C."

  • Sources 
    1. [S45] COLLECTION: BVAA (Reliability: 3).
      Negatives (ca. 10,000 pre-1940 negatives; a portion of these are accessible as CVA 99/1-2670

    2. [S339] Voters List, (Victoria, B.C.: Province of British Columbia, 1874-), Ref. NW 324.1 B862., 1911.
      Vancouver

    3. [S986] "Anything, Anywhere, Anytime", (Vancouver, BC: City of Vancouver Archives, 1979).

    4. [S652] BVIPA death registration index.
      Registration no. 1960-09-003813 (microfilm B13246); digital facsimile URL (accessed 13 Apr 2017): http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/3a27a1b5-c5b6-44c4-aac7-6a5f2f0cceea

    5. [S709] BVAA archival records.
      Thomson, Stuart; URL (accessed 13 Apr 2017): http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/thomson-stuart

    6. [S769] SUN35, (Vancouver: Sun Directories, 1935), 1444 (Reliability: 3), 21 Jun 2015.
      Thomson Stuart photog 1002 Robson