Connon, John R., 1862-1931

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Connon, John R., 1862-1931

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        John R. Connon (1862-1931) was a professional photographer and inventor of photographic equipment active in Elora, Ontario in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

        John R. Connon was born in 1862, the son of Thomas Connon and his wife Jean Keith (d. 1909). Connon spent most of his life in Elora (with the exception of a year in New York City 1890-1891) and followed his father's footsteps as a pioneer photographer and inventor of photographic equipment. In 1887 he invented the panoramic camera, in which the lens rotated at a speed equal to that of the film (which went in the opposite direction). With the invention of this camera came the principle of placing film rolls in the front corners of the camera. Connon also took pictures using the very first transparent film, sold in New York in 1890.

        John R. Connon had an intense interest in local history. In 1906 he began work on a history of Elora, originally titled Early History of Elora and Vicinity (later Elora) that was completed in 1930 (and later reprinted by Sir Wilfrid Laurier University in 1974). The book contained various photographs taken by both Connon and his father, and is available at the Archives of Ontario Library. John R. Connon died in 1931.


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