Camera Workers, 1858-1950

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

Whitefoot, Thomas Wedgewood[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14]

Male 1891 - 1986  (95 years)


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  • Name Whitefoot, Thomas Wedgewood 
    • VARIANT NAME: Whitefoot, Thomas Wedgwood.
    Nickname Tom 
    Born 2 Aug 1891  Bridgnorth, Shropshire, Eng., UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Gender Male 
    Business Address/Year 1920-Nov 1922  Macleod, AB Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Address:
    Whitefoot Photo Service
    Macleod, AB
    Canada 
    Business Address/Year 1925  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    553 Granville St., Suite 82
    Hacking Photo Studio
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Business Address/Year 1926-1929  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    413 Granville St., no. 30
    A.T. Bridgman
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Business Address/Year 1930-1951  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    2904 Granville St.
    Whitefoot Studio
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Died 3 Nov 1986  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Buried 7 Nov 1986  Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Burnaby, BC Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Association Hacking Photo Studio (Relationship: Owner?) 
    Association Whitefoot Studio (Relationship: Owner) 
    Person ID I848  Camera Workers | W, vol. 2, 1901-1950
    Last Modified 31 Mar 2021 

  • Documents
    T.W. Whitefoot ad, <i>Macleod Times</i>, 17 Mar 1920, p. 3.
    T.W. Whitefoot ad, Macleod Times, 17 Mar 1920, p. 3.

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Commercial; Cinematographer.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: According to a 20 May 1911 passenger list for the Teutonic, he had worked as a farmer in England and was bound for Toronto, ON. Following his immigration and later residence in Alberta, he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in Sep 1914 in Quebec and gave his occupation as a photographer. He served in a field ambulance corps; his personnel file notes that he was mentioned in a 1917 message by General Sir Douglas Haig. He was discharged in 1919 to Calgary, AB.

      By May 1920 he was operating in Macleod, AB, as the Whitefoot Photo Service, having purchased the business of John Vanderpant (Macleod Times, 25 Jan 1923, p. 7) who moved to New Westminster, BC.

      According to a 1923 Canadian immigration form, he first arrived from England at Montreal, QC, in May 1911. He had previously lived in Macleod, AB, and was destined for Calgary, AB. He had left Macleod in November 1922 on a vacation in England. Another photographer and former employee, H.V. Clarke, acquired his Whitefoot Photo Service business and renamed it the Macleod Photo Service (ad, Macleond Times, 9 Nov 1922, p. 5)

      The Peel's Prairie Provinces Web site contains many examples of Macleod Times ads for his studio beginning in 1920. The Macleod Times reported that he held a "big position with a photography firm in Vancouver" (22 Jan 1925, p. 4); this was likely the Hacking Photo Studio. He was listed in the business directory as a photographer with A.T. Bridgman from 1926 to 1929. He was listed as the proprietor of the Whitefoot Studio from 1930 to 1951 and then operated as a solo photographer.

      From the Biographical History for the Thomas Whitefoot fonds at BVIPA:

      Thomas W. Whitefoot (1891-1986) was an English-born portrait photographer (and sometime cinematographer) who first came to Canada in 1911, residing in Vancouver from 1923-1924 until his death. He studied photography in Calgary (1913-1914) and at the London Polytechnic School of Photography (1918). In Vancouver, he worked as a photographer's assistant at the Bridgman Studio (1924-1929) before establishing his own business, The Whitefoot Studio, which he operated until 1950. Whitefoot retired in 1969. Beyond his work as a professional photographer, he was an avid amateur cinematographer who filmed travelogues, sporting events, and important public occasions in Vancouver. He also produced promotional films for the Vancouver Parks Board, Home Oil Distributors Ltd., and British Pacific Properties.

  • Sources 
    1. [S46] COLLECTION: BVIPA (Reliability: 3).
      Thomas Whitefoot fonds (PR-1837); 16 film reels (motion pictures)

    2. [S730] Personnel Records of the First World War (Web site), (Library and Archives Canada).
      Whitefoot, Thomas Wedgewood
      Regimental Number: 33487
      URL (accessed 30 Mar 2021): https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/personnel-records/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=307196

    3. [S924] Ancestry.ca (Web site).
      Library and Archives Canada; Form 30A Ocean Arrivals (Individual Manifests), 1919-1924; Rolls: T-14939 - T-15248; 1923 arrival from England following a vacation

    4. [S339] Voters List, (Victoria, B.C.: Province of British Columbia, 1874-), Ref. NW 324.1 B862., 1933.
      Vancouver

    5. [S272] Duffy (1986), Dennis J. Duffy, (Victoria: Sound and Moving Image Division, Provincial Archives of British Columbia, 1986).

    6. [S757] WRI24, (Vancouver: Wrigley Directories, 1924).
      Vancouver: not listed

    7. [S758] WRI25, (Vancouver: Wrigley Directories, 1925), 874 and 1215.
      p. 874: "Hacking Studio (T W Whitefoot) 82 553 Granville"
      p. 1215: "Whitefoot Thos W prop Hacking Studio r 1847 Nelson"

    8. [S759] WRI26, (Vancouver: Wrigley Directories, 1926), 1319.
      Vancouver: Whitefoot Thos W photog A T Bridgeman [sic] r 1830 Short

    9. [S760] WRI27, (Vancouver: Wrigley Directories, 1927), 1378.
      Vancouver: Whitefoot Thos W photog A T Bridgeman [sic] r 1967 Barclay

    10. [S761] WRI28, (Vancouver: Wrigley Directories, 1928), 1531.
      Vancouver

    11. [S762] WRI29, (Vancouver: Wrigley Directories, 1929), 1402.
      Vancouver

    12. [S763] WRI30, (Vancouver: Wrigley Directories, 1930), 1428.
      Vancouver: Whitefoot Thos W prop Whitefoot Studio r 1967 Barclay

    13. [S1025] BCVAN51, (Vancouver, BC: B.C. Directories, 1951), 600.
      Vancouver

    14. [S1081] BCVAN52, (Vancouver: B.C. Directories, 1952).
      Vancouver: Whitefoot Thos W photog 2904 Gran ....

    15. [S652] BVIPA death registration index.
      Name of deceased: Thomas Wedgwood Whitefoot
      Registration no. 1986-09-018131; digital facsimile URL (accessed 3 Feb 2017): http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/31f4182a-6147-4ab2-bc91-f3a521098adb

    16. [S1116] Peel's Prairie Provinces (Web site), (Edmonton: University of Alberta Libraries).
      Digitized examples of newspaper ads beginning in 1920 from the Macleod Times.