Fonds PHO-A27 - Hoss Collection

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Hoss Collection

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  • [ca.1885]-1905 (Creation)

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34 b&w photographs

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John Hoss (b. July 4, 1863) and Emilie Sommer (b. June 4, 1870) were married on June 29, 1889 in Warsaw, Poland. They came to Canada in 1891, living in Winnipeg for ten years before moving to the Dugald district in 1901. John and Emilie had 11 children with 8 surviving to adulthood. Their names were Clara, Matilda, Annie, Mary, Charlie, Gustov, Albert and Michael. John Hoss died in 1911 and Emilie died in 1946. The longest lived of their children was Albert who was born April 29, 1910 and died February 8, 1992.

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The photographs were donated to the Dugald Costume Museum in 1992 by Irene (Reid) Burek who received them from her mother Clara (Hoss) Reid, John and Emilie's daughter.

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The subjects of the photographs are individuals and groups of the type usually found in family albums. None of the subjects are identified. Many of the photographs have photographer's imprints from Milwaukee indicating a possible family connection with that city. As expected, many photographs display imprints indicating they were taken in Warsaw, Poland.

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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 A27 and the photograph collection photocopies.

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The photographs are contained in an album (designated A27) which measures 22.5 x 29 cm. The cover appears to have been a gold and red paisley patterned plush. A gold coloured metal decoration (sunflower) is attached to the upper left corner of the cover. A quarter moon shaped mirror decoration with a gold coloured metal frame is attached to the lower right corner of the cover. The gold coloured metal clasp incorporates a carrying handle. The front and back fly leaf papers and the album leaves are decorated with a tortoise shell (or wood grain) pattern. The front and back covers are edged with metal and the front edge is stamped 'Patented November 26, 1895'. There are 18 leaves with window openings for 64 Cabinet Card and 12 Cartes de Visites photographs. The openings are edged with a gold border. The album contains 26 Cabinet Card format photographs and eight Cartes de Visites.

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