Fonds - Lorena Beck fonds

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Lorena Beck fonds

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  • Mar. 1960 - Sep. 1985 (Creation)
    Beck, Lorena

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588 photographs : col. slides ; 35 mm
120 photographs : col. slides ; 16 mm
2 photographs : col. slides ; 14 mm

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(20th century-21st century)

Biographical history

Lorena Beck (nee Myers) was trained as a commercial artist in Calgary and Toronto. She and husband Peter Beck were both photography enthusiasts, and both used Pentax Spotmatics with telezooms and wide angle lenses. Lorena had an additional interest of architecture, well represented in her photography. According to her husband, she was said to have a "photographic memory" for architecture, seeing buildings in the real world and knowing which books they were shown in.

Peter was also trained as an artist, and apprenticed as a commercial artist before the Second World War. As of 1958, Peter J. C. Beck was an Office and Records Supervisor at Orenda Engines.

The couple were joint-tenants near Inglewood as of June 1955, and Lorena has her married last name. As of 1951, he lived in Brampton with another AVRO employee.

Custodial history

In the late 20th century, Peter and Lorena Beck moved to Victoria. These slides joined them at some point, and were sent by Mr. Beck to David Somers, the then-curator of the Peel Heritage Complex in 2003. Somers transferred them to the Regional archives programme.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of slides focusing on the architecture of Peel County, but including images from elsewhere in the province. While Beck was a resident of northern Chinguacousy Township, now part of the Town of Caledon, her images skew to downtown Brampton. Building types include houses, cabins, churches, schools, train stations, theatres, and mail boxes.

Photographs were taken in all of Peel's townships.

Beck's photos of residences in Brampton include structures on Alexander Street, Centre Street, Church Street, David Street, Elizabeth Street, Ellen Street, John Street, Joseph Street, Isabella Street, Lynch Street, Malvern Court, Main Street North, Maple Street, Market Street, Mill Street, Nelson Street, Rosedale Street, Thomas Street, Queen Street, Vodden Street, Wellington Street.

  • File 1: Barns
  • File 2: Bolton
  • File 3: Brampton Main St. N.
  • File 4: Brampton - Nelson St.
  • File 5: Brampton - Northeast
  • File 6-7: Brampton - Northwest
  • File 8: Brampton - Oakville
  • File 9-10: Brampton - Queen Street
  • File 11: Brampton - Southeast
  • File 12: Brampton - Southwest
  • File 13-15: Cemeteries
  • File 16: Chinguacousy Township
  • File 17-22: Churches
  • File 23: "E" - Township [Bruce County, Halton County, Simcoe County, Wellington County]
  • File 24: Farms - Summer
  • File 25: Gravestones
  • File 26: Inglewood
  • File 27: Log Cabins
  • File 28: Mailboxes
  • File 29: Main Street South, Brampton
  • File 30: Metal Tombstones Family
  • File 31: Mississauga
  • File 32: Mississauga (Toronto Township)
  • File 33: Mono Township
  • File 34: Schools - Chinguacousy Township
  • File 35: Schools - Other
  • File 36: Stations
  • File 37: Unsorted
  • File 38: Schools - possibly Chinguacousy Township

Ontario locations outside of Peel appear in a variety of files. Known villages and townships include Acton, Arthur, Balsam Lake, Beeton, Belwood, Blue Mountain, Chesley, Clarksburg, Collingwood, Collingwood Township, Egremont Township, Elmwood, Eramosa Township, Erin Township, Essa Township, Glen Williams, Goderich, Grand Valley, Grey County, Guelph, Hamilton, Harriston, Hillsburg, Hope Township, Hornings Mills, King City, Lavender, Lloydtown, Maple, Markdale, Meaford, Melancthon, Milton, Mono Township, Mount Forest, Mulmur Township, Nassagaweya Township, Nelson Township, Neustad, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Norval, Oakville, Orangeville, Orillia, Ospringe, Paisley, Palmyra, Perrytown, Port Perry, Relessey, Stratford, Swinton Park, Toronto, Trafalgar Township, Uptergrove, Uxbridge Township, Weston, West Montrose, Whitfield, and Woodbridge.

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Very good condition.

Immediate source of acquisition

Sent by post from Victoria by the donor, Peter Beck.


Slides were arranged into categories by either Lorena Beck or her husband. Items were maintained in original groupings, which were then sorted in alphabetical order by the Region of Peel Archives.

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      General note

      Pictured above are old doors around Queen's Hotel demolition in Brampton's downtown commercial district; the door of a house with a window in the middle at 27 Queen St East, Brampton; reorganized gravestones; an older house in downtown Brampton; a new house in Mississauga.

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      Published 18 April 2017.

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