Camera Workers, 1858-1950

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

Bruno, Ernest John[1, 2]

Male 1896 - 1985  (88 years)

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  • Name Bruno, Ernest John 
    Born 9 Jun 1896  Cosenza, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Some sources give his birth year as 1897.
    Gender Male 
    Business Address/Year 1922  Grand Forks, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    No established address 
    Business Address/Year 1923  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    736 Granville St., no. 1201 (Vancouver Block)
    G.T. Wadds
    Vancouver, BC
    Business Address/Year 1942  Butte, MT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address undetermined 
    Died 9 May 1985  Riverside, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Buried Olivewood Cemetery, Riverside, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Association Wadds, George Thomas (Relationship: Artist) 
    Person ID I893  Camera Workers | B, vol. 2, 1901-1950
    Last Modified 18 Apr 2021 

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Commercial; Artist.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: According to the Grand Forks Gazette (8 Sep 1922, p. 3 and 29 Sep 1922, p. 3), he spent the summer of 1922 with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. V[incenzo]. Bruno, then left on Monday, 25 Sep, for Vancouver where he intended relocating his "portrait art studio" from New York City. While in Grand Forks he took photographs, most likely portraits. Bruno was also supposed to "make a tour of the principal cities before permanently settling." According to the Grand Forks newspaper, his initial residence in Vancouver was at the Vancouver Hotel. He was listed as an "artist" with the G.T. Wadds studio in the 1923 Vancouver business directory.
      A 22 Jun 1922 Canadian immigration document indicates he had first entered Canada in 1902 at Montreal, QC, then departed Grand Forks, BC, in Apr 1917 for New York City to study art. As his parents became Canadian citizens before he was an adult, he claimed Canadian citizenship as a birthright.
      In his 1942 United States petition for naturalization he states he had arrived in the country from Grand Forks, BC, on 6 Nov 1923 and that he was a photographer in Butte, MT. He married his 18-year old bride in Butte, MT, on 21 Dec 1936. While living in the United States during World War One, he registered for its military draft; he also registered for the draft during World War Two.

  • Sources 
    1. [S924] (Web site).
      Library and Archives Canada; 1908-1935 Border Entries; Roll: T-15262; 22 Jun 1922 arrival in New Brunswick, Canada

    2. [S756] HENVAN23, (Vancouver: Henderson Directory Co., 1923), 507.
      Vancouver: Bruno Ernest J artist 1401 [i.e. 1201], 736 Granville r same

    3. [S667] (Web site), Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
      Montana Naturalization Records, 1868-1999; 1943 Jul-1953 Dec, vol 27, no 1567-1675, no. 1627; URL (accessed 18 Apr 2021):

    4. [S924] (Web site).
      California, U.S., Death Index, 1940-1997; social security no. 547465425

    5. [S832] Find a Grave (Web site).
      Ernest J. Bruno
      URL (accessed 18 Apr 2021):; gravestone dates are 1897 [sic] - 1985