Fonds PHO-A3; PHO-A14 - Gray Collection

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Gray Collection

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  • [ca.1860]-1910 (Creation)

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60 b&w photographs

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The original owner of this collection is said to have been Mrs. Joey Braiden of Oshawa. Notes in the donor file suggest that Mrs. Braiden may have had a connection with the Petrie family, who are described as managing the St. James Hotel; and the Mathesons, who were one of the earliest families to settle in the Red River district. Certainly the photographer's imprints, which include several Winnipeg studios as well as several Scottish photographers, suggest that the photographs were owned by a family of Scottish background living in Winnipeg during the last two decades of the nineteenth century.

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The provenance of this collection is unclear. It was donated to the Dugald Costume Museum by Mr. Bill Gray of Winnipeg in 1982. However, he names Mrs. Joey Braiden of Oshawa, Ontario as the original owner.

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The holding consists of two albums. One contains 15 leaves with spaces for 26 Cabinet Cards and 16 Cartes de Visite. The forty photographs found in this album date from ca.1870 - 1910 (catalogued as PHO-A3). The second album contains 16 leaves with room for 32 Cabinet Card photographs, however, only 20 photographs remained in the album. These date from ca.1870 - 1905 (catalogued as PHO-A14). The subjects of the photographs are of the type that would be expected in a family collection, mostly individual portraits.

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

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The finding aid is the catalogue cards for PHO-A3; and PHO-A14 as well as the photograph collection photocopies.

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Album PHO-A3 has a silver coloured metal cover with brass edges and a hand painted daisy motif decoration. The spine and bottom cover are blue velvet plush and the album has a brass clasp. The album contains fifteen thick leaves with elaborately decorated framed windows on each side into which photographs can be inserted. Thirteen leaves are designed to hold 26 Cabinet Card photographs and two leaves would hold 16 of the smaller Cartes de Visites. Album PHO-A14 is covered on all sides with plush cinnamon coloured velvet and would have been secured with a brass clasp. This album contains sixteen decorated leaves with room for 32 Cabinet Card photographs.

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