Fonds PHO-C34 - Alex and Alice Lyon fonds

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Alex and Alice Lyon fonds

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  • [ca.1901]-1961, predominant 1901-1920 (Creation)

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7 b&w photographs
1 colour photograph
2 commemorative lithographs

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Alice (Denton) Lyon's parents came west to Winnipeg in 1879. James Denton (b.1849, Lancashire, England) and Catherine Baumstark (b.1858, St. Catherines, Ontario) had married in 1879 in Ontario. By 1885, they had moved to Rapid City and purchased a farm. They had eight children, one of whom was Alice Mary Ann Denton (b.1890). As a young woman, Alice had worked at 'Kelly House' which was the local hotel in Rapid City. Around 1910, Alice transferred to the Queens Hotel in Transcona (which had the same owners as Kelly House - Mr. & Mrs. Tom Evoy). Alexander Robertson Lyon was born in Baynlie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland on July 1, 1884. He emigrated first to the United States in 1907 before coming to Canada in 1908. He worked for the Grand Trunk Pacific at Rivers and Edmonton before arriving in Transcona where he became the first machinist employed in the new roundhouse in 1909. From 1911 until 1916, Alex operated Transcona's first picture show. Alex and Alice met in Transcona and were married in Brandon in 1913. Alex returned to railway service in 1918 and remained until his retirement in 1948. Alex and Alice Lived for many years at 313 Ravelstone Avenue West in Transcona where they raised two children, James A. and Vera Alice (later Chemago). Alex and Alice were active in community affairs. They were longtime members of the Horticultural Society. Alex served on the Transcona council in 1919 and 1920 and in 1921 he became mayor. He was also active in the Odd Fellows. Alex died in 1967 and Alice died in 1980.

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These photographs were donated to the Dugald Costume Museum by Vera Chemago in 1979.

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This collection consists of three black and white copy prints, made in 1979, of older originals which featured interiors of the Queens Hotel in Transcona, ca.1911 - 1913. The kitchen, dining room and bar are shown. Alice Denton can be seen in kitchen and dining room views. An original black and white print of the kitchen view mounted on heavy black card is also part of this collection. There are two black and white postcard prints. One features Alice and her friend, Isa Sutherland, ca.1910-11. The other features James A. Lyon, ca.1916. There are also two snapshots. One features James A. Lyon with a friend, ca.1919. The other is a colour view of Alice and Alex Lyon riding in an open car for Transcona's 50th anniversary in 1961. Also included with this collection are two small commemorative lithographs of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, probably marking their coronation in 1901 and mounted in a gilt frame on a blue velvet covered card with easel.

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Original order has been lost and there is no reason to believe that the order in which the photographs have been accessioned has any significance.

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No reproduction or publication without the permission of the Costume Museum of Canada.

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The finding aid for this collection is the catalogue cards for PHO-C34 and the photograph collection photocopies.

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The three copy prints and the original view of the Queens Hotel kitchen measure 17.7 x 12.6 cm. The original view is mounted on heavy black card which measures 22.7 x 17.7 cm. The postcard prints measure 8.8 x 13.7 cm. The older black and white snapshot of James and a friend measures 6.7 x 11.2 cm and the colour snapshot measures 8.8 x 9.2 cm. The commemorative lithographs measure 3.1 x 4.2 cm oval and are mounted on velvet covered cards which measure 6.2 x 8.6 cm.

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