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This article is from the LCGS newsletter, May, 1996.
During my Feb 19/96 visit to the Archives of Ontario in Toronto, I chanced to discover a collection of 270 old "gelatin print" photos listed in their index. I subsequently went to the second floor (where old maps and photos are stored) and requested the 4 albums listed under file numbers C224-0-0-16 to -19. It seems that the unknown photographer ranged over a good part of southern Ontario during the late 1800s and early 1900s, and following are some of my notes on the photo numbers and a brief description, should any of our members be interested in obtaining a copy for themselves. (These are produced by making another photo, and are $8.85 each plus tax.)
There is also a collection of fiche cards, with small positive film pieces which can be viewed. I was lucky enough to find one of special interest to me (Acc. 4915, S7447) dated 1909, Carleton Place. Although it was unidentified in their records, I recognized it to be the former high school on High Street, which was known as the Prince of Wales School when I attended Grades 3- 8 there between 1950 and 1955. It was torn down to make way for a seniors' home.
Also, I was visiting my aunt Marjorie (Gilmour) Coulter recently, and looking through some of my grandmother's (Rose Gilmour) photo albums, when I saw some which my aunt said I could have. These are of some of her class-mates and teachers of the OLC (Ottawa Ladies College) which my grandmother attended in 1904 at age 23.
If any of our members recognize the following names as relatives, and would like a copy of the photo, they can contact me at email@example.com. All photos were originally taken by "Topley, Ottawa".Teachers: Anna Ross - Principal; Mrs. MacFarlane - teacher; Miss Kier, Ottawa - stenography teacher; Students: Blanche Lindsay, Kars; Susie Sutherland, Lillie Lunam and her sister; Ethel V. Kerr, Montreal; Edna Guthrie; Sybil Hackett; Fern Kerr; Geraldine Craig/Gertrude Ferguson, Renfrew; Elsie Tye (later to be Mrs. Thomas); Elva Jardine.