Fonds PHO-C24 - Phyllis (Elkin) Deacon fonds

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Phyllis (Elkin) Deacon fonds

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  • [ca.1860]-1930 (Creation)

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10 b&w photographs
3 watercolour paintings

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Phyllis (Elkin) Deacon was born in Emerson, Manitoba on September 1, 1902. Her father, Dr. Samuel Elkin, was the town physician there until the family moved to Winnipeg. After high school, ca.1920, Phyllis studied under Lemoine Fitzgerald at the School of Art located in the Winnipeg Industrial Bureau. Phyllis later received her Bachelor of Home Economics from the University of Manitoba in 1928, taught domestic science in Flin Flon and held the position of head dietitian at Eaton's before her marriage in 1940 to Ivan J.R. Deacon. Ivan, later to become Queen's Counsel, was active in Winnipeg's legal community and Phyllis assisted him with the editing of the Manitoba Law Reports and Journals. Phyllis Deacon passed away in1993.

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Mrs. Deacon was very interested in the activities of the Dugald Costume Museum from its earliest days and supported the museum with several donations over the years including this small collection , which she donated between 1982 and 1984.

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ncluded in this collection are a portrait of Phyllis and her brother Lewis, ca.1908, and a portrait of Phyllis, ca.1930, wearing a wine velvet dressing gown which she later donated to the Museum. There is also an interesting snap shot of Phyllis, ca.1930, modeling a wedding dress which was reported to have belonged to Premier Norquay's daughter. There is a carte de visite of a young girl, ca.1884, identified as E.S. Gannis Angus and another of a woman ca.1898 identified as Eleanor (Angus) Elkin. (Phyllis's mother's maiden name was Angus.) There are four other cartes de visites and one tintype, ca.1860 - 1870, however, the relationship between the donor and the subjects of these photographs is not known. This collection also includes three watercolour fashion plate paintings, titled 'Faith, Hope and Charity', which the donor completed while a student at art school, ca.1920 - 1921.

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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-C24 and the photograph collection photocopies.

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The collection contains 10 photographs including: one tintype in its original paper mat; six cartes de visites; a snapshot measuring 7.4 x 12.2 cm; two studio portraits mounted on card; three framed water colour fashion plate paintings measuring 16 x 23.5 cm (32.8 x 41 cm framed).

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