Picture St. Marys
Board and Batten House with Family, Steam Engine, c. 1902-1906


Description
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Creator:
Carter & Isaac, Photographer
Media Type:
Image
Item Type:
Photographs
Description:
This photograph was taken by local photographers Carter & Isaac in the early 20th century. This photo shows a family of four, a man and a woman with two small children. The man is seated to the left with his hat in his hand, the woman is seated to the right with a little girl in her lap. A small boy wearing a fancy shirt is sitting on a rocking horse. A dog is standing in the tall grass to the right of the family. The house is a small board and batten cottage. Lace curtains are visible through the windows. A steam engine stands to the far left behind the house. The engine would have likely been used to run a threshing machine for hay.

The Carter & Isaac company specialized in outdoor photography, focusing on houses and farmsteads in rural Ontario. William Webster Carter was the photographer and traveled by horse and buggy through the countryside with his camera and other equipment. His wife, Bertha Isaac, processed the glass negatives and made prints for sale. Carter & Isaac took photographs in the St. Marys area between 1902 and 1906 and briefly again in 1908.

This image is a contact print made from the original glass plate negative. The contact identifier number can be seen in the bottom corner of the photograph where Carter & Isaac have scratched it into the emulsion. The number is 1085. This photo is part of a collection of photos which appear to have been taken in the northern part of Oxford County.
Notes:
Condition: Fair - Image is clear. No visible damage to glass plate. Oxidation around outside edges of negative, most severe along right edge (1.3cm at widest point). Emulsion loss and damage in left half of plate - one small circular spot (<1cm) and larger area where emulsion is flaking (length: 11.5cm, width: 5cm). Light scratched on negative surface. Approx. nine spots of emulsion flaw, circular in shape in right half of image (appear light blue in colour). Dust and debris has adhered to the plate surface along upper and right edges (2.5cm at widest point).

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Dimensions:
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 16.5 cm
Image Dimensions:
Image Width: 21.5cm
Image Height: 16.5cm
Subject(s):
Local identifier:
CI 1085
Collection:
St. Marys Museum Photo Collection
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
Robert and Margret Mountain, 1996
Copyright Statement:
Copyright status unknown. Responsibility for determining the copyright status and any use rests exclusively with the user.
Recommended Citation:
"Board and Batten House with Family, Steam Engine, c. 1902-1906", St. Marys Museum, CI 1085.
Location of Original:
R. Lorne Eedy Archives
Terms of Use:
Reproduction of digital objects is restricted to fair use for personal research or study; any other use must be done with permission of copyright holder.
Reproduction Notes:
This image is a watermarked low resolution reproduction. High resolution images are available at the St. Marys Museum for a fee.
Contact
St. Marys Museum
Email
WWW address
Agency street/mail address

177 Church Street South,

P.O. Box 998,

St. Marys, Ontario.

N4X 1B6

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Board and Batten House with Family, Steam Engine, c. 1902-1906


This photograph was taken by local photographers Carter & Isaac in the early 20th century. This photo shows a family of four, a man and a woman with two small children. The man is seated to the left with his hat in his hand, the woman is seated to the right with a little girl in her lap. A small boy wearing a fancy shirt is sitting on a rocking horse. A dog is standing in the tall grass to the right of the family. The house is a small board and batten cottage. Lace curtains are visible through the windows. A steam engine stands to the far left behind the house. The engine would have likely been used to run a threshing machine for hay.

The Carter & Isaac company specialized in outdoor photography, focusing on houses and farmsteads in rural Ontario. William Webster Carter was the photographer and traveled by horse and buggy through the countryside with his camera and other equipment. His wife, Bertha Isaac, processed the glass negatives and made prints for sale. Carter & Isaac took photographs in the St. Marys area between 1902 and 1906 and briefly again in 1908.

This image is a contact print made from the original glass plate negative. The contact identifier number can be seen in the bottom corner of the photograph where Carter & Isaac have scratched it into the emulsion. The number is 1085. This photo is part of a collection of photos which appear to have been taken in the northern part of Oxford County.