Fonds PHO-C32 - Della Lemon fonds

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Della Lemon fonds

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  • [ca.1885]-1915 (Creation)

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8 b&w photographs

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Miss Della Lemon was the daughter of noted sportsman and business man Joseph Lemon. Mr. Lemon was born in Lemonville, Ontario in 1861 and came west in 1882 to establish Manitoba Cartage and Warehousing of which he was general manager. He was a well known horse and dog breeder and showed with great success in Winnipeg and elsewhere. He was a proficient curler who served as president of the Granite Curling Club, won many curling competitions and donated a trophy which was awarded annually. Joseph Lemon died in 1925 at the age of 65. Della was educated in Detroit and was herself an accomplished horsewoman. Della Lemon lived in the family home at 420 Edmonton Street until shortly before the house was demolished in 1976.

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These photographs were recovered from the family home by the Manitoba Historical Society prior to demolition. They were donated to the Dugald Costume Museum by the Society c.1990.

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These photographs are all good quality studio portraits, ca.1885-1915, and feature individuals, couples or groups. One is a wedding portrait, ca.1900-1905. Another is an unusual portrait if a young boy with what appears to be a studio prop pony. None of the subjects are identified. At least two appear in more than one photograph. Six of the photographs feature photographer's imprints. Five of these indicate that those photographs were taken in Mankato, Minnesota which suggests a family connection with that place. The sixth imprint is Gauvin, Gentzel & Co, of Winnipeg.

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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-C32 and the photograph collection photocopies.

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Seven of these photographs are mounted on heavy card or paper backing. The smallest and oldest is a Cabinet Card portrait of a boy, ca.1885, measuring 11.7 x 17.7 cm. The largest is a series of four views of a adolescent girl, ca.1900, mounted on a card measuring 45.5 x 20.2 cm. The eighth portrait is a postcard print of two women and an infant, ca.1915, measuring 8.9 x 14 cm.

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