Fonds red-2798 - British Canadian Realty Limited fonds

Merchants' Bank building Baseball game at the Red Deer Fair Grounds Red Deer professional baseball team Smith & Gaetz block Methodist Church, Red Deer, Alberta Great West Lumber Company sawmill Great West Lumber Company canal Red Deer Brickyard Red Deer Flour Mill and Alberta-Pacific Elevator Canadian Pacific Railway depot water tower and round house
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British Canadian Realty Limited fonds

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RED red-2798

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60 photographs : b&w

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In 1910 William Perkins Bull (1870-1948) and several other investors in the Red Deer Investments Company (also known as Red Deer Holdings), including his brother Duncan O. Bull, bought up lots in and around Red Deer, Alberta. They were speculating on the rise in land prices in central Alberta as the Canadian Northern Railway was developing a line through the area. Targeting naive British investors, they then formed a new British firm, British Canadian Realty Limited, to handle the marketing and sales of the land throughout Britain. In 1912, as part of ongoing promotions for the sale of the accumulated lots, British Canadian Realty Limited commissioned a local Red Deer photographer, George E. Fleming, to put together a selection of about 100 photographs of Red Deer and district in an album. Several of the photographs emphasized jersey cattle, because the Bull family were heavily involved in cattle breeding in the region. The album was then used by the firm at its offices in London and Birmingham, England to promote the highly speculative land sales. The land boom fizzled out in Alberta by early 1914, and the company itself collapsed with the outbreak of the First World War that same year. William Perkins Bull managed to retrieve the album from the wreckage of the company

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Photograph album inherited by William Bull Parsons from his uncle, William Perkins Bull. Later used by the Red Deer Advocate, the local newspaper, as a photographic image bank, with the result that some photographs were removed from the album and later lost

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Fonds consists of an album of professional photographs (taken by W. B. Faulkner and George E. Fleming) dealing with aspects of Red Deer, Alberta (ca. 1912): Merchants Bank, Smith and Gaetz Block, Great West Lumber Company, Red Deer Brickyard, Canadian Pacific Railway depot water tower and round house, Red Deer Creamery, Edward Michener house, street views, Red Deer Fair grounds, Kaangiesser house, Ellis house, Canadian Pacific Railway depot and park, Automobile Club parade, Gaetz Park, Canadian Bank of Commerce, Humber Block, Red Deer Gun Club, Alexandra Hotel, Alberta Hotel, railway construction, Red Deer Public School building, Sylvan Lake, cattle, and baseball

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Many of the photographs mounted on original linen strips for binding in the album, with others cut down in size,loose, heavily damaged. Several photographs would appear to be missing from the album

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Gift of Dr. W. B. Parsons


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Some of the same photographs were later used by Fleming to create a series of 12 postcards for sale locally<br><br>Record No. P 362<br><br>

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