Fonds PHO A-21, PHO A-22 - Allan Albums Collection

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Allan Albums Collection

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CMC PHO A-21, PHO A-22

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  • [ca.1905]-1940 (Creation)

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2 albums : 336 b&w photographs

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The little that is known about the original owners of the two albums that make up this collection has been discerned from the album contents. Both of the albums document a period of five to ten years in the life of an unmarried young woman. The older album, dating from ca.1905 - 1915, appears to have belonged to a young woman who attended high school in the vicinity of St.Boniface Cathedral. There are no captions and none of the subjects is identified although there are several shots of what appears to be groups of school friends. The other album dates from ca.1934 -1940 and captions indicate that the young woman creator of the album was a 'Corrigan''who is pictured on several occasions with a couple identified as 'father' and 'mother'.

Custodial history

The albums were donated to the Dugald Costume Museum by Doris Allan in 1991. No information about how the albums came into her possession or about a possible relationship with the album subjects was included.

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The oldest album contains 67 black and white snapshot photographs dating from ca.1905 - 1915. Most of the photographs are exterior shots that appear to have been taken in the St. Boniface area and many feature groups of young women (who are possibly a group of school friends) and what appears to be family groups. The young woman who appears as a subject most often is possibly the album's original owner. The newer album contains 269 snapshot photographs dating from ca.1934 - 1940. Many of the photographs feature as the main subject a young woman who is possibly the creator of the album. The photographs show the creator and her family on vacation in locations as diverse as Vancouver, Banff, Kenora, Winnipeg Beach, Whytewold and Clear Lake as well as many scenic shots of those areas. The creator is also shown on several occasions at the Winnipeg Canoe Club. The album also features several high quality photographs of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth during their visit to Manitoba in 1939. There is a physical resemblance between the main subject of the older album and the 'mother' in the newer album and it is possible that they are the same person.

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

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The finding aids are the catalog cards for PHO A-21 and PHO A-22; and the photograph collection photocopies.

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The older album (A-21) has a plain black initiation leather cover and measures 28.2 x 18.3 cm. The word 'Photographs', in gold gothic letters, appears in the upper left corner of the cover. It contains 50 heavy weight black pages of which 16 have photographs pasted on one side only. The front and back covers and the pages are were originally tied together with a black cord. Most of the photographs are small format (4.5 x 6.7 or 5.6 x 7.8 cm) informal snapshots. The larger album (A-22) measures 31 x 23.7 cm and has a brown suede cover with the bust of a native man in traditional dress painted on the front. The words 'Calgary, Canada' and 'Snapshot Album' have been tooled onto the front cover. The album contains 30 heavy weight black pages of which 27 have photographs pasted on both sides. The pages are secured into the cover with a thin cord. Most of the photographs are small format (6 x 8.6 cm) informal snapshots.

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