Fonds PHO-C15 - Payne Family Collection

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Payne Family Collection

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  • [ca.1890]-1967 (Creation)

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77 b&w photographs
2 colour photographs

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Walter F. Payne was born in Chatham, Ontario in 1863. He moved to Toronto when he was just 17 and secured employment with J.W. Bengough's 'Grip'. However, like many other young Ontarians, Walter Payne was attracted by the opportunities afforded by the opening of the west and he soon left for Winnipeg, arriving in the summer of 1881. He began his newspaper career in the composing room of the Manitoba Free Press where he rose to the position of foreman. He later became assistant managing editor, a position he held until his death 1931. Walter Payne married Daisy A. Blackburn, also of Chatham, and together they had five children - Norman (b.1907, m.1935), Ralph, Ella (b.1908), Clara (b.1910) and Ronald (b.1918). For many years, they lived at 90 Langside Street. Daisy passed away in 1969 at the age of 90. Of their children, it is known that Ronald died in 1944 and Clara passed away ca.1989.

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The photographs in this collection were in the possession of Clara Payne until just before her death when they were forwarded to the Dugald Costume Museum by Mr. and Mrs. George Moir of Winnipeg on the instructions of Miss Payne's niece, Magda (Payne) Robinson of Mississauga, Ontario.

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Included in this collection of family pictures are photographs of Payne and Blackburn relatives dating from the 1890s and early 1900s. There are also photographs of Clara Payne and her mother dating from the 1930s through to the 1960s. The majority of photographs date from ca.1910 - 1930 and feature the Payne family and their relatives during the years when Walter and Daisy were raising their five children. Other subjects include: two views of Walter Payne in his office at the Winnipeg Free Press; a group photograph of the Canadian Press Club in Winnipeg in 1913; and a group photograph of British newspaper editors on a trip to Winnipeg, ca.1925.

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Original order has been lost and there is no reason to believe that the order in which the photos were 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 aids for these photographs are the catalogue cards for PHO-C15 and the photograph collection photocopies.

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Many of the photographs are small format snapshots measuring 11 x 6.6 cm (or 6.6 x 11 depending on the orientation) and slightly larger. There are also several large format studio photographs mounted in decorative folders or on heavy card. The group photographs of the Canadian Press Club and the British newspaper editors are large panoramic prints measuring 58 x 20.2 cm and 42.6 x 17.9 cm respectively.

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