Every picture tells a story: help us tell more sto­ries

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A pho­to­graph is worth a thou­sand words.” This id­iom cer­tainly rings true when it comes to some pho­to­graphs. And while other pho­to­graphs might not hold the weight of a thou­sand words, many are still able to make us catch our breath, arouse cu­rios­ity, or en­gage with us in a unique way. Work­ing with his­tor­i­cal records means that I have the priv­i­lege of get­ting to see eye-catch­ing and in­trigu­ing pho­to­graphs reg­u­lar ba­sis. The pho­to­graphs may be eye­catch­ing but they hold a par­tic­u­lar chal­lenge when they ar­rive with lit­tle-to-no iden­ti­fy­ing in­for­ma­tion.

One re­cently ac­quired ex­am­ple of this is a col­lec­tion of pho­to­graphs we re­ceived from the Wilkinson Broth­ers Stu­dio, run by John Wilkinson and his brother, Al­fred, that op­er­ated in Cook­shire from 1892 to about the 1940s. Out of the 117 pho­to­graphs in the col­lec­tion, only 18 bear any sort of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. So while the crisp, rich im­ages with the pe­riod cloth­ing are cap­ti­vat­ing, their use is limited if we don’t know the names of the peo­ple pic­tured.

This is where we are ask­ing for the pub­lic’s help! Have you lived in the Cook­shire area for many decades and have great mem­ory for names and faces? If so, you might be able to lend us a hand. We have made copies of all of the uniden­ti­fied pho­to­graphs and added them to our on­line web­site to browse through in the com­fort of your home (visit

https://www.town­ship­sarchives.ca/uni den­ti­fied-adults to take a look). If the on­line ver­sion is not con­ve­nient for you, please get in touch with us for other op­tions.

An­other mys­tery comes from the Danville area and a por­trait of a young man with the in­scrip­tion E.G. War­ren in the lower right cor­ner. Aside from the sig­na­ture, there is no other in­for­ma­tion on the pho­to­graph, which leads to the ques­tions: was E.G. War­ren (a min­is­ter at the Danville Con­gre­ga­tional Church) also a pho­tog­ra­pher, or is he the in­di­vid­ual pic­tured in the pho­to­graph? Per­haps your fam­ily has a pho­to­graph of Rev. War­ren that would help us iden­tify this pho­to­graph.

Every picture tells a story… Help us tell more sto­ries through the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of these un­known pho­to­graphs. Jody Robin­son, ETRC Archivist 819-822-9600, ext. 2261 Etrc2@ubish­ops.ca

Un­known young woman, pho­to­graph from the Wilkinson Bros Stu­dio in Cook­shire, ca. 1930s (P228 Wilkinson Bros Stu­dio fonds)

Un­known young man, pos­si­bly Rev. E.G. War­ren of Danville, ca. 1920.

Un­known young woman, pho­to­graph from the Wilkinson Bros Stu­dio in Cook­shire, ca. 1930s (P228 Wilkinson Bros Stu­dio fonds)

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