Fonds 052 Field’s Studio fonds

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[1920-1935]. — 176 photographs. — 12 postcards.


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Biographical Sketch

Clarence Wesley Field was born in the state of Ohio, circa 1880. Orphaned at the age of 8, he was on his own at an early age. He trained in an artist’s studio in New York. During the first decade of the 20th century, he married Edith Wilbur, also from Ohio, who had trained as a nurse. Together, they moved to Alberta in 1910.

By that time, the stresses of life were beginning to take their toll on Clarence, and he spent some time in the Ponoka Hospital. While there, he continued to develop his artistic skills through photography. Later he set up a studio in the town. He was a master in the use of props, as can be seen in some of the portraits taken in his studio in Ponoka.

In 1918, Clarence Field came to the Peace Country and filed on the N.W. 34-72-3, north of Bezanson. By 1920, he and Edith were living on the farm, and in 1922 he opened a photograph studio in Grande Prairie. He had an old model T van in which he traveled back and forth. The couple had no children of their own but adopted a child named Dora Cordray, who later married Leo Nelson.

After the Depression hit in 1929, he closed the studio—no-one could afford expensive portraits—and returned to farming. His debt load from farm and studio were so high, however, that he lost the farm. Clarence Field passed away at his home east of Grande Prairie in 1931, at about 50 years of age; his wife later moved away from the community.

Custodial History

This collection came was preserved by several members of the Grande Prairie Community and deposited in the archives over a period of 5 years. The 1997 portion was salvaged by Frank Kohalyk who worked at Field’s Studio. He passed them on to his son Anton. The glass plates were found in an abandoned cabin near Bezanson in 1934, traced to Field’s Studio through prints in other portions of the collection, and also passed on to Anton Kohalyk. Anton donated his entire collection to Grande Prairie Museum in 1997, and they were turned over to the care of Grande Prairie Regional Archives in 2000. The 2002 portion of the collection was preserved by Edith Field, who gave them to her neighbours, Steve and Mary Sarmaga, when she left the community. They, in turn, passed them on to their son John Sarmaga. Other portraits were given to Paul Pivert, a local photographer. Both of these collection were donated to the archives in 2002.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of four series: personal photographs of Clarence and Edith Field; glass plate negatives and portraits from the Ponoka Studio; studio portraits and town/farm snapshots from the Grande Prairie Studio; and a small series of postcards.

Notes

Title based on the contents of the fonds.

 

Table of Contents

Series 052.01Personal Photographs
Series 052.02Ponoka Studio
Series 052.03Field’s Studio, Grande Prairie
Series 052.04Postcard Collection

 

Series 052.01Personal Photographs. — [1900-1930]. — 15 photographs.The series consists of formal portraits and snapshots of Edith Wilber and Clarence Field from early adulthood until mid-life. Some of them include props as if they were Field’s portraits, others are experimental. There is also one portrait of Dora Cordray, the child they adopted while in the Peace Country.
 
Edith Wilber, 1900 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 1.5 x 4
Full-length portrait of Edith Wilber as a young adult.
Location: 2002.54.01
Clarence W. Field, 1900 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Snapshot of Clarence Field as a young adult.
Location: 2002.54.02
Edith Wilber, 1904 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Nursing Graduation portrait of Edith Wilber in nurses uniform.
Location: 2002.54.03
Clarence W. Field, 1915 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Clarence Field on a motorized bicycle in the early 1900s.
Location: 2002.54.04
J.O.C. Reunion, West Unity Ohio, 1914
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 7
Edith Wilber Field in a reunion portrait of the J.O.C. in Ohio.
Location: 2002.54.05
Edith Field, 1920 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Head & shoulders portrait of Edith Wilber Field about the time she lived in Grande Prairie, Alberta.
Location: 2002.54.06
Mrs. Wilber, Grande Prairie, 1920 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Edith Field’s mother, Mrs. Wilber, lived with the Fields on their homestead north of Bezanson.
Location: 2002.54.07
Clarence Field in Sealskin Suit, 1915 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
A “prop” photograph showing Clarence Field dressed in sealskin as a hunter, with gun ready across his knees, and seated in a moose-horn chair.
Location: 2002.54.08
Edith Field by Lamplight, 1913
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
A “prop” photograph showing Edith Field in costume, examining a box in the light of a lamp. “Our first flash light experience” reads the description on the back.
Location: 2002.54.09
Chimney Sweep, 1915 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
A “prop” photograph of Clarence Field in a Chimney Sweep costume.
Location: 2002.54.10
Edith Wilber Field, 1910 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Sepia toned head and shoulders portrait of Edith Wilber Field.
Location: 2002.54.11
Edith Wilber Field, 1920 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
A “prop” photograph of Edith Field in sealskin suit and boots, with gun at hand, sitting in a moose antler chair.
Location: 2002.54.12
Clarence Field at Home, 1925 c.
2 photographs; b & w; 5 x 7
Living room of the Field farm home with Clarence and his dog sitting on the day bed.
Location: 2002.54.13
Christmas at the Field Home, 1930 c.
2 photographs; b & w; 5 x 7
Living room of the Field farm home at Christmas with Clarence at the table.
Location: 2002.54.14
Dora Cordray, Adopted Daughter of C.W. Field, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 4
Head & shoulders portrait of Dora Cordray, the preschool child Edith & Clarence Field adopted. She later married Leo Nelson.
Location: 2002.54.15
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Series 052.02Ponoka Studio. — [1910-1920]. — 3 photographs.The series consists of a set of glass negative plates: formal portraits featuring first nations people in elaborate native dress, posing in classic studio settings. This may have been for a series of postcards featuring Canadian Native Inhabitants, as the accompanying prints are postcards. Six of the glass negatives are casual snapshots showing a trapper’s camp, his horse and sightings of bear and moose.
 
Mike Dion Buffalo (Cree name “Chopiw”),, 1915 c.
1 glass negative; b & w; 5 X 7
Formal aboriginal dress portrait of Mike Dion Buffalo, a member of the Hobbema First Nations in Central Alberta, sitting in a moose antler chair with rifle across his knees.
Location: 1997.45.01
Hobbema First Nations Portrait, 1915 c.
1 glass negative; b & w; 5 X 7
Formal aboriginal dress portrait of a man from the Hobbema First Nations in Central Alberta. He sits in a moose antler chair wearing a feather headdress and holding a rifle in his left hand and a pistol in his right hand.
Location: 1997.45.02
Horse and Man, 1915 c.
1 glass negative; b & w; 5 X 7
Snapshot of a casually dressed man holding the halter of a horse, with fences, trees and open pasture in background.
Location: 1997.45.03
Bear Cubs, 1915 c.
1 glass negative; b & w; 5 X 7
Snapshot of two bear cubs climbing a tree.
Location: 1997.45.04
Louis Strawhat and Josephine, 1915 c.
2 glass negative; postcard; b & w; 5 X 7
Formal portrait of a man and a woman in formal aboriginal dress, identified as Louis Strawhat & his wife of the Hobbema First Nations in Central Alberta.
Location: 1997.45.05
Trapper’s Camp, 1915 c.
1 glass negative; b & w; 5 X 7
Snapshot of a man holding a frying pan in a trapper’s camp, with his tent and dog in the foreground and fur pelts hanging on the trees in the background.
Location: 1997.45.06
Hobbema First Nations Portrait, 1915 c.
1 glass negative; b & w; 5 X 7
Formal aboriginal dress portrait of a man from the Hobbema First Nations in Central Alberta. He wears long braids, jewelry, hat, scarf and possibly a military jacket.
Location: 1997.45.07
Horse & Cart, 1915 c.
1 glass negative; b & w; 5 X 7
Snapshot of a horse pulling a man in a cart on a road with fence and trees in the background.
Location: 1997.45.08
Hobbema First Nations Family, 1915 c.
1 glass negative; b & w; 5 X 7
Formal portrait of an aboriginal family group from the Hobbema First Nations in Central Alberta. The setting is classical, with details such as the fireplace, clock and rug.
Location: 1997.45.09
Mike Dion Buffalo (Cree name “Chopiw”), 1915 c.
1 glass negative; b & w; 5 X 7
Formal aboriginal dress portrait of Mike Dion Buffalo, from the Hobbema First Nations, holding a rifle.
Location: 1997.45.10
“Baby Moose at Smoky River”, 1915 c.
1 glass negative; b & w; 5 X 7
Snapshot of two moose calves on the bank of the Smoky River.
Location: 1997.45.11
Moose Hunting, 1915 c.
1 glass negative; b & w; 5 X 7
Snapshot of a small boy with a hunting knife strapped around his waist, holding a rifle over a dead moose. Log cabin in background.
Location: 1997.45.12
Hobbema First Nations Mother & Child, 1915 c.
2 photographs; b & w; 4 x 6
Aboriginal dress portrait of a woman and a small child from the Hobbema First Nations in Central Alberta.
Location: 1997.45.13
Hobbema First Nations Mother & Child, 1915 c.
2 photographs; b & w; 4 x 6
Aboriginal dress portrait of a woman and a small child from the Hobbema First Nations in Central Alberta.
Location: 2002.54.16
Louis Strawhat and Josephine, 1915 c.
2 glass negative; postcard; b & w; 5 X 7
Formal portrait of a man and a woman in formal aboriginal dress, identified as Louis Strawhat & his wife of the Hobbema First Nations in Central Alberta.
Location: 2002.54.17
Bear Cubs, 1915 c.
1 glass negative; b & w; 5 X 7
Snapshot of two bear cubs climbing a tree.
Location: 2002.54.18
Hobbema First Nations Family Group, 1915 c.
1 glass negative; b & w; 5 x 7
Aboriginal family portrait of 2 adults and 2 children, from the Hobbema First Nations in Central Alberta, in traditional dress and classical studio setting.
Location: 2002.57.01
Hobbema First Nations Man, 1915 c.
1 glass negative; b & w; 5 x 7
Head & shoulders portrait of a man from the Hobbema First Nations in Central Alberta. He wears long braids, and is dressed in what is possibly a military jacket.
Location: 2002.57.02
Portrait of Child and Toys, 1915 c.
1 glass negative; b & w; 5 x 7
Full-length portrait of a preschool girl beside a table of toys. The background shows a classical studio setting.
Location: 2002.57.03
“I knew I would end up in Jail…”, 1915 c.
1 glass negative; b & w; 5 x 7
“Cartoon-type” photograph of a man behind the bars on a brass bed. Caption reads: “I knew I would end up in jail if I didn’t quit drinking.”
Location: 2002.57.04
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Series 052.03Field’s Studio, Grande Prairie. — [1920-1930 ca.]. — 158 photographs.The series consists of 100 studio portraits of individuals, couples and families from Field’s Studio; 30 snapshots of historic Grande Prairie scenes and buildings, and 28 photographs depicting homesteading in the 1920s. Some of the studio portraits include props such as uniforms and pets.
SubSeries 052.03.01Studio Portraits. — [1920-1929]. — 100 photographs.The sub-series consists of various kinds of studio portraits of individuals, couples, families and groups. Some of them include the use of props and uniforms (e.g. sports/work). Most of them are unidentified.
 
Studio Portraits, 1920-1935
60 photographs; b & w; 4 x 6
Studio portraits of unidentified individuals, couples and families. There are several in hockey uniform.
Location: 1997.13.18-77
Winter Carnival Queen, 1920-1935
1 photograph; b & w;
The queen of one of Grande Prairie’s Winter Carnivals, Gertrude (Graban?) Alloway.
Location: 1997.13.21
Gertrude Havelena, 1920-1935
1 photograph; b & w;
A potrait of Gertrude (Havelena).
Location: 1997.13.31
Studio Portraits, 1920-1935
; ;
A woman poses for a formal portrait with her dog.
Location: 1997.13.36
Frank Donald, 1920-1935
; ;
Frank Donald owned a chain of hotels in Grande Prairie. He gained prominence in Grande Prairie’s history as a race car driver and as the volunteer undertaker during the 1918 influenza epidemic.
Location: 1997.13.54
J. Mackey and ?, 1920-1935
3 photographs; b & w;
Portraits of J. Mackey and ?.
Location: 1997.13.59-.61
Studio Portraits, 1920-1935
; ;
A husband and wife team of Salvation Army Captains serving in Alberta in early 1900’s.
Location: 1997.13.62
Mr. and Mrs. Halwa, Sr., 1920-1935
1 photograph; b & w;
Portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Halwa, Sr.
Location: 1997.13.63
Ike Nelson Family, 1920-1935
; ;
Ike Nelson and family (four sons). Ike was the co-owner of the Nelson and Archibald General Store in Grande Prairie.
Location: 1997.13.72
Child with Doll, 1900 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 4
Tintype photo of a young girl sitting in a chair with her doll
Location: 2002.54.19
Mary Roberta Carney, 1900 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Portrait of Mary Roberta Carney, 16 years of age, in a flowered hat.
Location: 2002.54.20
Woman in Fur Stole, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 4
Head & shoulders portrait of young woman in a cloche hat and fur stole.
Location: 2002.54.21
Minnie Nelson, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 4
Head & shoulders portrait of Minnie Nelson, from Bezanson.
Location: 2002.54.22
Carnival Queen, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Full length portrait of the carnival queen from one of Grande Prairie’s Winter Carnivals.
Location: 2002.54.23
Man in Hockey Uniform, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Full length studio portrait of man in hockey uniform and skates. Possibly Francis (Fran) Donald, son of Frank Donald.
Location: 2002.54.24
Mr. & Mrs. Henry Wiebe, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Wedding portrait of Mr. & Mrs. Henry Wiebe. Henry taught school at Bezanson for many years.
Location: 2002.54.25
RCMP Officer, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Full length portrait of RCMP Officer in dress uniform, with his Spaniel Dog.
Location: 2002.54.26
Man in Uniform with Gun, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
“Prop” portrait of a man in german uniform holding a german rifle.
Location: 2002.54.27
Winter Carnival Midget, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Studio portrait of a midget from one of Grande Prairie’s Winter Carnivals.
Location: 2002.54.28
Wedding Portrait, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Studio portrait of a young couple in wedding attire.
Location: 2002.54.29
Miss Havilena, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Studio portrait of young woman in flapper dress.
Location: 2002.54.30
Drapery Effect No. 2, 1900 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 7
Illustration print from the Eastman Professional School, possibly from the portfolio of Clarence Field.
Location: 2002.57.05
Portrait of a Woman, 1900 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Head & shoulders portrait of a woman in soft sepia tones.
Location: 2002.57.06
Baby in Diaper, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 4
Studio portrait of a year-old baby in a diaper.
Location: 2002.57.07
Boy in a Knitted Suit, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Studio portrait of a two-year boy in a knitted suit.
Location: 2002.57.08
Family Portrait, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Studio portrait of a family with two girls & two boys between the ages of two and ten.
Location: 2002.57.09
Anniversary Portrait, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Studio portrait of a couple in their fourties or fifties.
Location: 2002.57.10
Wedding Portrait, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Studio portrait of a couple in dark suit and dress, with flowers as if for a wedding.
Location: 2002.57.11
Couple in Fur Coats, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Studio portrait of a couple in fur coats–a buffalo robe for him and a mink coat for her.
Location: 2002.57.12
Wedding Photograph, 1925 c.
1 photograph; colour; 8 x 10
Casual wedding photograph of a young couple in the garden.
Location: 2002.57.13
Portrait of a Young Woman, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Head & shoulders studio portrait of a young woman with shawl and corsage.
Location: 2002.57.14
Ethel Dolly Langtot, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Studio portrait of woman in fur collar and cloche hat, with inscription reading “Vote for Ethel Dolly Langtot”
Location: 2002.57.15
Portrait of a Young Woman, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Head & shoulders portrait of a young woman in pearls and suit jacket.
Location: 2002.57.16
Portrait of a Young Woman, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Head & shoulders studio portrait of a young woman in pearls and black dress.
Location: 2002.57.17
Portrait of a Young Woman, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Head & shoulders studio portrait of a young woman in pearls and light-coloured dress.
Location: 2002.57.18
Portrait of a Young Woman, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Head & shoulders studio portrait of a young woman in a fur collar.
Location: 2002.57.19
Portrait of a Young Woman, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Head & shoulders studio portrait of a young woman in a fur collar.
Location: 2002.57.20
Portrait of a Young Woman, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 7
Head & shoulders studio portrait of a young woman in pearls and black dress.
Location: 2002.57.21
Portrait of a Young Woman, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Head & shoulders studio portrait of a young woman in a fur collar.
Location: 2002.57.22
Portrait of a Young Woman, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Head & shoulders studio portrait of a young woman in pearls and black dress.
Location: 2002.57.23
Portrait of a Young Woman, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Full length studio portrait of a young woman in a black dress.
Location: 2002.57.24
Portrait of a Young Woman, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Full length studio portrait of a young woman at her desk.
Location: 2002.57.25
Portrait of a Lady, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Sepia toned studio portrait of a lady in a silk dress with flowers.
Location: 2002.57.26
Man in Boxing Outfit, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Studio portrait of a man dressed as and posing as a boxer.
Location: 2002.57.27
Old Man with a Beard, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Head & shoulders studio portrait of an old man with a white beard.
Location: 2002.57.28
Portrait of a Young Man, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Head & shoulders studio portrait of a young man with bow tie.
Location: 2002.57.29
A Man and His Dog, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 7
Studio portrait of a man in suit and spats with his German Shepherd Dog.
Location: 2002.57.30
Champion Men’s Curling Team, 1929.
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 8
Studio portrait of the champion men’s curling team, posing with their equipment and trophies (The Delmar Pratt Trophy). Victor Tanner is seated on the right.
Location: 2002.57.31
Champion Ladies Curling Team, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 8
Portrait of Ladies Curling Team with trophies: Mrs. Pratt, Mrs. Journey, Mrs. Mantle, Mrs. Archibald.
Location: 2002.57.32
SubSeries 052.03.02Town of Grande Prairie. — [1920-1930]. — 30 photographs.The sub-series consists of scenes taken around Grande Prairie ca. 1925. Some are professionally taken and matted, stamped as Field’s Studio Photographs, while other are simple snapshots.
 
Richmond Avenue, Grande Prairie, 1930 c.
1 postcard; b & w; 3 x 5
Richmond Avenue looking west from Clairmont Road, lined with cars, flags flying. The Imperial Bank of Canada, W. Pratt Real Estate and Insurance, Campbell Dentist Office and other businesses are visible.
Location: 1997.13.03
Grande Prairie Municipal Hospital, 1929 c.
1 postcard; b & w; 3 x 5
Newly built municipal hospital, completed in 1929, with building materials still visible in front of the hospital.
Location: 1997.13.04
Spicer’s Bakery, Grande Prairie, n.d.
1 postcard; b & w; 3 x 5
“Spicer’s Bakery, makers of Sweet Krust and 100% Whole Bread” was a false fronted frame building located on 99 Avenue in Grande Prairie. Wood for its ovens is stacked beside the bakery.
Location: 1997.13.05
Grande Prairie Courthouse and Montrose School, 1930 c.
1 postcard; b & w; 3 x 5
The first Grande Prairie Courthouse on the corner of 99 Street and 99 Avenue, with Montrose School prominent in the background.
Location: 1997.13.06
Grande Prairie Train Station, 1930 c.
1 postcard; b & w; 3 x 5
Bird’s eye view of the Grande Prairie Train Station in winter, crowded with people and cars. The horse-drawn dray unloading the Royal Mail from the mail car in the foreground belonged to Mr. Alex Wishart.
Location: 1997.13.07
Canadian Jubilee Parade, 1927
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Parade Float in the Jubilee Parade with sign reading “Canada’s Jubilee–1927. Grande Prairie’s next great celebration when we get our Coast Outlet.”
Location: 1997.13.08
Dominion Lands Office, Grande Prairie, 1930 c.
1 postcard; b & w; 3 x 5
Dominion Lands and Government Telegraph Office at Grande Prairie, with men camped in front of it waiting to stake land claims.
Location: 1997.13.09
Community Celebration, 1930 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Two unidentified men and one woman posing for snapshot behind a crowd of on-lookers at a community event, possibly horse races. Some men are seated on a raised platform.
Location: 1997.13.10
Party On Top of a Log Cabin, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Five men and two women on top of a flat-roofed log cabin, with other companions and pets on the ground.
Location: 1997.13.12
Spaulding Hotel, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
A large group of people stand on the balcony of the The Spaulding Hotel in High Prairie, which was a fully modern hotel when it was built.
Location: 1997.13.13
Canadian Utilities Crew, 1930 c.
2 photographs; b & w; 3 x 5
A group of workers surrounds a Canadian Utilities truck with “Canadian Utilities Ltd. No. 4” on the door. Douglass & Co. Ltd. is in the background.
Location: 1997.13.14,15
Massey-Harris Dealership, 1930 c.
1 postcard; b & w; 3 x 5
Corner view of a false-fronted business warehouse, with a Massey-Harris sign and two cars in front. Some equipment is visible along the side of the business.
Location: 1997.13.17
Canadian Utilities Ltd., 1930 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 7
The Canadian Utilities building in Grande Prairie, with Spicer’s Bakery and the grain elevators in the background.
Location: 1997.13.85
Grande Prairie Fire Hall, 1920 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 8
New fire hall and water tower with well-equipped firefighters ready for service.
Location: 1997.13.88
Grande Prairie Town Council, 1924-1925
1 photograph; b & w; 10 x 12
Composite of individual photographs of Mayor Sharpe and Councilors: Spicer, Stredulinsky, Crerar, Shaver and Nelson. H.D. Thomson photograph is missing.
Location: 1997.13.90
Field’s Studio, Grande Prairie, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3
Snapshot of Field’s Studio, beside Lanctot Hardware on the north side of Richmond Avenue, between 101 and 102 Street.
Location: 2002.54.31
Grande Prairie, Alberta, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Bird’s eye view of Grande Prairie water tower and elevators from a roof-top on Richmond Avenue between 101 and 102 Street.
Location: 2002.54.32
Street Scene, Grande Prairie, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Two men with bear cubs on chains are watched by a young office clerk and two children playing with a go-cart.
Location: 2002.54.33
Immigration Hall, Grande Prairie, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Man, child and car outside of Grande Prairie’s Immigration Hall.
Location: 2002.54.34
Immigration Hall, Grande Prairie, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Two men, a child and a car outside of Grande Prairie’s Immigration Hall.
Location: 2002.54.35
New Farm Truck, 1928
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
A farm family of man, wife and two small children beside their new truck. In the background is the United Church and Mills’ Feed & Livery Barn.
Location: 2002.54.36
Moose Trophies, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
The two dead moose on the sleigh were shot by D. Patterson and B. Mickaels.
Location: 2002.54.37
Water Slide at Bear Lake, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Crowd at Benson’s Point watching children play on the water slide.
Location: 2002.54.38
Court House, Grande Prairie, 1930 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
First court house at Grande Prairie, on the corner of 99 St. and 99 Ave.
Location: 2002.54.39
Waiting to File on Land, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Men camped outside the Dominion Lands Office at Grande Prairie, waiting to file on homestead land.
Location: 2002.54.40
Richmond Avenue on Circus Day, 1930
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 7
A crowded Richmond Avenue on Circus Day, 1930.
Location: 2002.54.41
Grande Prairie Court House and Montrose School, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 7
An old car on the street in front of the Grande Prairie Court House. Montrose School is in the background.
Location: 2002.54.42
SubSeries 052.03.03Homesteading in the 1920s. — [1920-1930]. — 28 photographs.The sub-series consists of scenes of homesteading activities in the Grande Prairie area in the 1920s. The majority of them are casual snapshots of harvest time.
 
Livelton Farmstead, Buffalo Lakes, 1928
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Livelton farmstead on the shore of Henderson Lake. This farm was part of a tour to demonstrate the potential of the Peace Country in 1928.
Location: 1997.13.11
Farming Scene, Beaverlodge, n.d.
1 postcard; b & w; 3 x 5
A field of standing grain and stooks near Beaverlodge, Alberta is evidence of the fertility of the land.
Location: 1997.13.16
Threshing Outfit on the Move, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 7
Metz family threshing crew. John Metz, sons Leonard, Tim and Reuben Metz. One unknown (on right). The Metz family farmed at Kleskun Lake.
Location: 1997.13.86
Threshing Outfit in Action, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 7
Four men feeding a threshing machine being run by a steam tractor.
Location: 1997.13.87
Bear Lake Hunting Trip, 1923
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 8
The results of two hours of bird hunting, on Oct. 30, 1923, at Bear Lake, Alberta: 32 geese and 16 other birds displayed by three hunters and their spaniel hunting dog.
Location: 1997.13.89
Forking Bundles, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3
Two men forking bundles from a wagon.
Location: 2002.54.43
Threshing Machine, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3
Threshing machine beside a wooden grainery.
Location: 2002.54.44
Steam Tractor, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3
Proud owner stands beside a steam tractor which is being used for threshing.
Location: 2002.54.45
Steel Wheeled Tractor, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3
Steel wheeled tractor being driven through the farmyard .
Location: 2002.54.46
Going Visiting, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3
Woman in a two-wheeled cart with one horse in the traces.
Location: 2002.54.47
Stuck in the Mud, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3
Car stuck on a muddy road, with three men attempting to move it.
Location: 2002.54.48
Stuck in the Water, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3
Car up to its hubs in a pool of water.
Location: 2002.54.49
Ready to Travel, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3
Four men with a car beside a large frame building.
Location: 2002.54.50
The Mail Wagon, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3
Seven men surround a wagon loaded with lumber and bags of mail.
Location: 2002.54.51
Discing the Land, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3
Farmer on a disc behind a team of horses. Farmer is wearing an old army uniform–recycled clothing?
Location: 2002.54.52
Plowing the Land, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3
Farmer plowing the land with a team of four horses. Farmer is wearing an old army uniform–recycled clothing?
Location: 2002.54.53
Seeding the Grain, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3
Farmer seeding the land with a four-horse team. Farmer is wearing an old army uniform–recycled clothing?
Location: 2002.54.54
Party of Four, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3
Three adults and one child beside two automobiles in a field.
Location: 2002.54.55
Stook Threshing, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Threshing machine processing stooks being loaded from a wagon.
Location: 2002.54.56
Stack Threshing, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Normally, a field was “stook threshed” but sometimes bundles were hauled and stacked so they could be threshed anytime the machine was available.
Location: 2002.54.57
Threshing Party, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
It was an exciting time when the threshing crew came. Here the whole family is gathered around to watch.
Location: 2002.54.58
Mixed Team with Caboose, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
A mixed team of one horse and one ox pulling a covered caboose and wagon.
Location: 2002.54.59
Three Bottomed Plow, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Plow with three shares on display.
Location: 2002.54.60
Busy Farmyard, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Large log farm home. In the yard a woman is milking a cow. Nearby is a calf, a wagon pulled by oxen, and a wagon pulled by horses.
Location: 2002.54.61
Riding Oxen, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Man riding one of a team of oxen pulling a wagon.
Location: 2002.54.62
Fenced Farmyard, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 7
Log farm home and barn surrounded by a log fence, poles up-right as with a picket fence.
Location: 2002.54.63
Threshing Crew, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 7
Four men with a threshing machine beside a wooden grainery.
Location: 2002.54.64
Mac Prentiss and His Combine, 1930 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Mac Prentiss, at Hermit Lake, had one of the first combines in the area. It was a Holt Combine and he pulled it with his Caterpillar Tractor.
Location: 2002.54.65
Cattle on the Grande Prairie, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 8
A herd of beef cattle on the prairie, with small trees and brush in background.
Location: 2002.54.66
Herman Trelle Plowing, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 8
Herman Trelle plowing the prairie with his Case Tractor.
Location: 2002.54.67
Threshing Crew, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 7
Four men with threshing with a steel-wheeled tractor beside a wooden grainery.
Location: 2002.54.68
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Series 052.04Postcard Collection. — [1900-1930]. — 12 postcards.The series consists of 5 tourist postcards from the United States and 7 colour postcards of farming scenes in Western Canada c. 1920, published by The Valentine & Sons United Publishing Co. Ltd. in Winnipeg, Manitoba and printed in Great Britain. Only one of the cards has a personal message on the reverse.
 
Scenes of Western Canada, n.d.
7 postcards; colour; 4 x 6
Series of Valentine & Sons colour postcards of typical rural scenes in Western Canada. Also included is one “Vacation Don’ts” card by Bamforth Comic.
Location: 1997.13.78-84
Postcards, 1900-1930
5 postcards; colour; 3 x 5
Souvenir post cards from Canada and the United States, only one with a personal message on the back.
Location: 2002.54.69-73
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