Fonds edson-9 - Edgar Spurgeon fonds

Brule Mountain. Hospital, Brule. Brule townsite. Brule from grandstand. Gravity Rly., Brule Mines, Alberta. Gravity Rly., Brule Mines, Alberta. North Brule, Alberta. North Brule, Alberta. Brule - from grandstand, Alberta. Brule - South, Alberta.
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Edgar Spurgeon fonds

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EDSON edson-9

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  • 1921 - 1925 (Creation)
    Spurgeon, Edgar

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102 photographs

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Edgar Spurgeon came to Edson in 1907 while working on the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. When it was discovered he could work a movie projector, he was invited to become a partner in the Idyl Hour Theatre with Mr. Jack Anderson. Mr. Spurgeon also operated a local photo studio and one of his innovations was to take pictures of local residents during the week and project them on the screen every Friday night. There was always a full house. He left Edson with numerous, well labelled, local photographs. He enlisted in World War I and returned to Edson but felt surveying had a brighter future in Western Canada than motion pictures. [Edson 75 Years]

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Items in 76.30 were donated by his neice, Mrs. Kathleen Collin

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Fonds consists of photographs of the Edson and Coal Branch regions taken by Edgar Spurgeon in the early 1920's, depicting local scenery, town views, railways, surveyors, portraits, and farms.

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Collin, Mr. & Mrs. Merton;Collin, Kathleen


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  • English

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Archives Accession Register;Accession Register Database 76.19, 76.30;Donors Database;Photograph Database;Accession Inventories

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More photographs by Mr. Spurgeon can be found in the Provincial Archives and the Glenbow Museum

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