Camera Workers, 1858-1950

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

Smythe, Sidney Alfred[1, 2, 3, 4]

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  • Name Smythe, Sidney Alfred 
    • VARIANT NAME: Smyth, S.A.; Smith, S.A.
    Gender Male 
    Business Address/Year Oct 1896-1899?  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Eleventh Ave. W.
    corner of Manitoba St.
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Home Address/Year Oct 1896?-1899?  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Eleventh Ave. W.
    corner of Manitoba St.
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1884-1885  Manitoba, MB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1889  Banff, AB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Home Address/Year 1900  Atlin, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Lake St.
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1885-early 1890s  Calgary, AB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1899-1900  Atlin, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) Jun 1897; Apr 1900 
    Jun 1897 visit 
    Person ID I817  Camera Workers | S, vol. 1, 1858-1900
    Last Modified 17 Jan 2017 

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Commercial.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: According to Dempsey he and his brother A.J. Smythe settled in Minnedosa, MB, about 1883 and by the following year had become itinerant photographers in Manitoba. They moved to Calgary in 1885 and by 1887 S.A. Smythe was taking all of the photos. He opened a studio in Banff in 1889 but returned to Calgary in the early 1890s.

      S.A. turned up in Vancouver in Oct 1896 where he was displaying photos of places around Calgary. The newspaper noted that the Illustrated London News of 29 Aug 1896 contains six views of Alberta by Smythe, all of which were sent to the paper in the fall of 1890. The following January the same paper reported receiving photos by Smythe of mining and ranching scenes in BC and the Northwest.

      According to the Vernon Museum, he visited Vernon in Jun 1897 and had established himself as a photographer in Apr 1900. In May 1899 he was in Atlin working as a sanitary officer, but was also listed as a photographer in the 1900 voters list.
    • IDENTIFYING MARKS: negatives may be captioned and marked "S. A. Smythe, Vancouver, B.C."
    • REFERENCES: HEN99; WIL99; HEN00; Voters List (Cassiar), 1900; News-Advertiser, 1896 10 20/8, 1897 01 03/8; Atlin Claim, 1899 05 13/4; Letter, Vernon Museum to Mattison, 1981 11 06; Dempsey (1978).

  • Sources 
    1. [S48] COLLECTION: ACG.

    2. [S45] COLLECTION: BVAA.

    3. [S46] COLLECTION: BVIPA.

    4. [S152] COLLECTION: OOA.