Fonds PHO A-17; PHO 256 - Pugh Collection

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Pugh Collection

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CMC PHO A-17; PHO 256

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  • [ca.1860]-1895, predominant 1860-1875 (Creation)

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26 b&w photographs

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Margaret Pugh was born in Winnipeg in 1917. As a young girl, Margaret attended Rupert's Land Ladies College, the forerunner of Balmoral Hall. After secondary school, Margaret embarked on a university career. She attended the Manitoba Agricultural College through the late-1930s and received a degree in Home Economics in 1938.

With these credentials, Margaret worked as a dietetic intern at hospitals in Toronto and Montreal. Her last tenure as an intern took place in Winnipeg at the Deer Lodge Veterans' Hospital. It was at Deer Lodge that Margaret found permanent employment. She began her career there as a member of the dietary staff. Eventually she worked her way up the scales of management and enjoyed the position of Assistant Dietary Supervisor. She reached the pinnacle of her career when she achieved the office of Director of Dietary Services. She remained at her post until her retirement in 1978.

While working at the Veteran's hospital, Margaret devoted her free time to both professional and personal development. Consequently, Margaret was an active executive member of the Canadian and Manitoban branches of dietetic associations. She was also involved in a number of different artistic and cultural organizations.

Margaret Pugh researched the history of the various branches of her family. Pugh's maternal grandmother, Margaret Pawling, numbered among her ancestors United Empire Loyalists who settled in the Port Dalhousie region of Ontario, and Matilda Secord, a cousin of the famous Laura. Margaret Pugh's maternal grandfather, Frederick Wilson, was the son of Katherine Isabella Stewart and Dr. Robert Wilson, who served with the British Army in India before coming to Canada in 1848/49. Isabella Stewart's parents had preceded her to Canada and had settled near Stamford, Ontario. Margaret Pugh's father, Frederick, married Charlotte Wilson (daughter of Margaret Pawling and Katherine Isabella and Robert's son Frederick Wilson) in 1910. For many years Frederick Pugh worked as a buyer for Eatons.

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Items were donated to the Dugald Costume Museum by Miss Margaret Pugh.

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The collection includes: 25 Cartes de Visites photographs dating from ca.1860-1875 and originally mounted in a small Cartes de Visites album (designated A-17). The subjects are various adults and children as are usually found in a family album. The collection also includes a large framed studio photograph (designated PHO-256) of a young girl (head and shoulders) identified as 'little Edith'. Edith was the daughter of Miss Pugh's grand uncle John Wilson, and fell victim to typhoid fever in 1896 at the age of 9.

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

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The finding aids are the catalogue cards for PHO-A17 and PHO-256 and the photograph collection photocopies.

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The Cartes de Visites album has a cover of light brown tooled leather and a brass coloured metal clasp. The fly leafs are decorated with a blue and gold floral pattern. The album also has a decorated title page with the words "Photographic Album" & "Philadelphia: John Edwin Potter, 617 Sansom Street". Following this is an index page with space to describe 50 photographs. It has not been used. The album now contains 21 leaves with 2 window openings on each leaf, however, it is likely to have originally contained 25 leaves. The window openings are decorated with gold borders. Twenty-five Cartes de Visites photographs dating from ca.1860-1875 were found in the album. The photograph of "little Edith" measures 15.5 x 19.3 cm and is contained along with a dark brown mat in a plain wooden frame measuring 40.3 x 39 cm.

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