Fonds C 6 - Edwin Poole fonds

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Edwin Poole fonds

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CA ON00009 C 6

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  • [1891?]-[1892?] (Creation)

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62 photographs: black and white, prints and negatives + 2 printed tickets

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(fl. 1866-1900)

Biographical history

Edwin Poole was a professional St. Catharines photographer during the late nineteenth century.

Poole was born in Abington, Berkshire, England and educated in London, England. In 1866, he emigrated to Canada and, in 1876, moved to St. Catharines. There, in 1900, he opened a studio specialising in portraiture and landscape photography. In addition, he sold supplies for amateur photographers. Poole's work was published in the Toronto Globe and he won numerous photographic awards during his career.

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Fonds consists of glass plate negatives and original prints taken by Edwin Poole in 1891 , documenting the plays of a St. Catharines amateur theatre group. Photographic subjects are scenes from the plays, "Only a Farmer's Daughter" and "Distrust". Fonds is arranged in two series, one for each play.

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The fonds was acquired by the Archives of Ontario in 1967 from Mrs. P.C. Band.


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Digital images are available for the items in this fonds in the Archives of Ontario Visual Database. Search using reference code, C 6.

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Glass plate negatives are closed for conservation reasons. There are no restrictions on the remainder of the fonds.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Records are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on reproduction; however permission of the Archives of Ontario is required for publication. Submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast form.

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The St. Catharines Historical Museum has a collection of mounted prints and newspaper clippings concerning the presentation of these plays. In addition, the St. Catharines Public Library has a presentation album of play photographs.

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Title based on the contents of the fonds. Fonds was formerly known as the St. Catharines Amateur Theatre Collection.

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