Fonds PHO-C35 - Bernuy Collection

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Bernuy Collection

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  • [ca.1880]-1955 (Creation)

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19 b&w photographs

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Biographical history

These photographs belonged to Mr. E.J. Bernuy and his family. Little is known about Mr.Bernuy except that he had two children, a boy and a girl, who did not survive to adulthood and that he worked as a Station Master in a Saskatchewan town. It appears that a family member was a professional photographer (possibly in Quebec or France) as suggested by the photographer's imprint of [S.G.] Bernuy, Nuits St. Georges on the folders of three studio portraits. Several photographs, ca.1885 - 1920, appear to have been taken in France which suggests a family connection with that country. In addition to the name Bernuy, the name Sylvestre appears in notes or addresses on the backs of several photographs. This is possibly the family name of E.J. Bernuy's wife or mother.

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These photographs came to the Dugald Costume Museum in 1990 through Sara Riel House to whom Mr. Bernuy had deeded the contents of his home.

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Many of the photographs in this collection are studio portraits. Six are wedding portraits. Four of these date from ca.1920. One bears the imprint of Campbell's, a Winnipeg photographer. Another bears the imprint of Cie Americaine, Lyon and features a family group. One of the subjects wears a [French?] military uniform. Two other wedding portraits date from ca.1950 - 1955 and are mounted in folders stamped with the Bernuy imprint. Also in a folder with a Bernuy imprint is a portrait of a little boy, ca.1920 - 1930. There are seven postcard prints. Two, ca.1910, have been addressed to a Marie [et Germaine] Sylvestre, Wanchope, Saskatchewan. One is a studio portrait of an infant and the other features a man and two women outdoors with a baby carriage. Two other postcard prints, ca.1930, feature studio portraits of a boy and a girl, probably brother and sister. Three of the postcard prints appear to have originated in France. Two of these, ca.1905 - 1910, feature a couple and a large group in the courtyard of a home. Several of the women in the large group display crochet work in the photograph. Another, ca.1920, features a large group in a touring car and a detailed message in French describing the planned tour verso. There are three studio portraits, ca.1885 - 1910, mounted on card and featuring family groups. Notes in French verso identify some of the subjects. Two smaller studio portraits, ca.1925 - 1930, feature an unidentified woman with an infant and an unidentified couple.

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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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There are no restrictions on access.

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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-C35 and the photograph collection photocopies.

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This collection contains photographs of various sizes and formats ranging from a small unmounted studio portrait of 8.9 x 11.8 cm through postcard prints averaging 8.3 x 13.3 cm to larger studio portraits mounted on card. Three of the wedding portraits, ca.1920, are mounted in matching wooden frames. Several of the postcard prints have messages verso and one, addressed to Saskatchewan, carries canceled postage.

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