Combined Choir and Instrumental Ensemble at Dundas Street Centre (Methodist) United Church, London, Ontario

Edgar J. Sanders, Photographer
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A black and white print of an original card mounted group portrait of a large mixed choir and instrumental group in the sanctuary at Dundas Street Centre Methodist Church by Edgar J. Sanders photography studio. The British Union Jack flags decorating the area suggest that this was a Victoria Day celebration.
The only identified person in the musical group is Wilfred Short, a young violinist, who is marked with the x and arrow. Wilfred Short and his twin brother, Wilbert were born in London, Ontario in 1897, descendents of an early pioneer family which settled in London East. Their father, Reuben Short had a slate roofing business in London which he decided to expand into the United States. The Reuben Short family appears on the 1910 U.S. census living in Buffalo, New York. This information helped to date this picture as 1909, when Wilfred would have been 12 years old. Another supporting piece of evidence that verifies the 1909 dating of the photograph is that the business entry for the photographer, Edgar J. Sanders is listed as sole proprietor at 403 Richmond Street for the first time in the 1909-10 London City Directory. The previous year the photography business at the same address is listed as Cooper & Sanders. Various other photographs of members of the Short family with their history appear in this image gallery.
The location for Dundas Street United Church at 482 Dundas Street appears on the map.
On the front of the original photograph printed in black ink: Wilfred Short. Violinist. (One of the twins) Vic's brother. [and the photographer's imprint]: Sanders, London. Printed on the reverse of the original: Taken in London, Ontario.
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Width: 25.3 cm
Height: 20.3 cm
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Image Width: 22.8cm
Image Height: 17.8cm
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Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.9876438454259 Longitude: -81.2367092619324
Copyright Statement:
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
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Recommended Citation:
Ivey Family London room, London Public Library, London, Ontario, Canada
Reproduction Notes:
London Room Photograph Archives - PG F 287
London Public Library
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Agency street/mail address:
251 Dundas Street London, ON N6A 6H9
Combined Choir and Instrumental Ensemble at Dundas Street Centre (Methodist) United Church, London, Ontario
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