Fonds glen-333 - British and Colonial Photographic Company fonds

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British and Colonial Photographic Company fonds

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GLEN glen-333

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  • 1907-1913 (Creation)
    British and Colonial Photographic Company

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685 glass plate negatives

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Arthur Rafton-Canning, 1865-1952, was born in Paris, France. In 1885 he married Annie Elizabeth Parsons in England. He came to Canada, likely in the 1880s. From 1907 to 1913 he operated the British and Colonial Photographic Company on 6th Street South in Lethbridge, Alberta. He then moved away from southern Alberta. In 1932 he retired to White Rock, British Columbia. For further information see "A Lens on the West : The Photography of Arthur Rafton-Canning" in "Colonial Copyright and the Photographic Image : Canada in the Frame" / Philip John Hatfield. -- unpublished PhD thesis, Royal Holloway, University of London, 2011, p. 176-186.

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The fonds consists of photographs of Lethbridge buildings, businesses, institutions, personalities, events including the Lethbridge Fair, and industries including the Galt Coal Mine. Also consists of photographs of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) viaduct at Lethbridge, agriculture and irrigatrion in the Lethbridge area, and nearby communities including Diamond City, Monarch, New Dayton, Warner and the Crowsnest Pass.

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Purchased from George Bruchet, 1957.


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  • English

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