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- Vosper, George
[ca. 1880]-[ca. 1910] (Creation)
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254 photographs : glass plate negative
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Name of creator
There is no information known about the creator.
The Vosper family discovered these photographic negatives in a building the family owned at 30 William Street in Kingston. The building had served a number of purposes, including as a bank, with the manager living on site, and as the Frontenac Club, a private men's club. How or when the photographs got there is unknown. Mr. George Vosper offered the photographs to the Kingston Historical Society and they in turn sent the pictures and funds for their preservation to Queen's University Archives.
Scope and content
The collection consists of pictures taken by an unknown photographer, or photographers, in Kingston and the surrounding area, around the turn of the twentieth century. The photos show local landmarks such as Kingston City Hall, Kingston homes, Kingston Mills, Martello Towers and Jones Falls. Also included are photographs of the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, men, horses and guns. Steam vessels such as the Rideau Queen, the Toronto and even pleasure sail boats, ice boats and quite a number of pictures of canoes and canoeists are included along with pictures taken at or near the Kingston Yacht Club. There are many pictures of as yet unidentified individuals in various poses including family scenes, picnics and fishermen. Another sizable lot of pictures were taken away from Kingston at various sites that have yet to be identified. One series were shot in what looks like a summer resort area and several others are of cities or a city yet to be identified.
Some glass plates are cracked or broken.
Immediate source of acquisition
Donated by Mr. George Vosper - 1997
The Archives has retained them in their original order.
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All negatives have been digitized.
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No further accruals are expected
The following negative numbers (originally identified series) were not included in the donation, and may no longer exist: 27, 93, 185, 187-190, 200-235.