Fonds 558 The White Studio

The White Studio fonds. — 1937-1938. — 12 photographs.

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Agency History

The White Studio was operated by portrait photographer (John) Cameron White. Mr. White, from Toronto, was attracted to the Grande Prairie area by the local Board of Trade. He arrived in Grande Prairie with his wife Evelyn in May 1935 and rented studio space in the Casson Block as well as a home north of Mayor Tooley’s office. According to newspaper reports, The White Studio was “prepared to do everything in the photographic line, including finishing of amateurs’ films.” An advertisement in the August 5, 1935 Northern Tribune reads, “Old Timers, come in and see the pictures taken at the Picnic, July 31, and place your order. They will be a remembrance of the good time you had. Stampede Pictures are now available. Be sure to see the set we have. The White Studio, Grande Prairie, Alberta. Portraiture, Developing and Printing for the amateur.”

In December 1936, The White Studio purchased new equipment, including “deep tanks to handle roll films in larger quantity and in shorter time” and moved to a larger studio occupying the entire top floor of the Fletcher Block. He also brought in a “large business-like movie camera” which the reporter speculated would serve as “the eyes of the north” or “to record some major screen spectables with characters, extras and scenery from this Peace River country.”

In spite of all of his efforts, The White Studio was not an outstanding success, and Cameron White left Grande Prairie in 1937. He found that “when times were tough, the photographer got paid last”. After he left Grande Prairie, Mr. White changed his name to Ross Haynes according to the tenets of Numerology ‘to improve his luck’. In the early 1970s, Ross Haynes offered a collection of 102 glass negatives to the Old Timers Association through Gerald Carveth. They were also offered to local historian Isabel Campbell and to the City of Grande Prairie. At the time, photofinishing from the slides was expensive and not many were reproduced. The glass negatives remained with Isabel Campbell and were archived, after her death, with the Campbell family fonds because the connecting information to Ross Haynes, aka Cameron White, had been lost.

Custodial History

The photographs were donated by Jame White, cousin of photographer Cameron White, in 2013.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of 12 b & w postcards of scenes from the Grande Prairie area in 1937-1938 taken by Cameron White, photographer for The White Studio. There is also a McDermid Photo Service envelope from Calgary, in which the postcards were housed, dated April 12, 1938.

Notes

Related Records: 102 glass negatives in the Campbell family fonds, discovered to be created by The White Studio.

Coronation Day Parade, 1937
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
A party of walkers entering the parade route through a bower of evergreens on Coronation Day in Grande Prairie on May 12, 1937.
Location: 2013.090.01
Coronation Day Parade, 1937
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
The King and Queen float entering the parade route through a bower of evergreens on Coronation Day in Grande Prairie on May 12, 1937.
Location: 2013.090.02
Coronation Day Parade, 1937
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
A grain truck, decorated with bunting and girls in shorts and blouses, entering the parade route through a bower of evergreens on Coronation Day in Grande Prairie on May 12, 1937.
Location: 2013.090.03
Coronation Day Parade, 1937
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police leading the Coronation Day Parade on Richmond Avenue in Grande Prairie on May 12, 1937.
Location: 2013.090.04
Coronation Day Parade, 1937
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
A car decorated with streamers in the Coronation Day Parade in Grande Prairie on May 12, 1937.
Location: 2013.090.05
Coronation Day Parade, 1937
2 photographs; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Two photographs of the Grande Prairie Aero Club float in the Coronation Day Parade on May 12, 1937.
Location: 2013.090.06-07
Richmond Hill Golf & Country Club, 1937
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Richmond Hill Golf & Country Club parking lot and clubhouse west of Grande Prairie in 1937.
Location: 2013.090.08
Richmond Hill Golf & Country Club, 1937
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
First tee beside the clubhouse at the Richmond Hill Golf & Country Club west of Grande Prairie in 1937.
Location: 2013.090.09
Richmond Hill Golf & Country Club, 1937
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Rail fencing and spectators at the Richmond Hill Golf & Country Club west of Grande Prairie in 1937. The clubhouse can be seen in the distance.
Location: 2013.090.10
Grande Prairie Municipal Hospital, 1937
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Grande Prairie Municipal Hospital, built in 1929.
Location: 2013.090.11
Grande Prairie Nurses’ Residence, 1937
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Grande Prairie Nurses’ Residence, soon after it was completed in 1937.
Location: 2013.090.12