Photography without Negatives

Boxers, 1880 tintype, courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery of London Negativeless is a recent show at the Michael Hoppen Gallery in London, recently presented early pre-negative photography alongside the work of contemporary artists working sans negatives. Stay tuned to this site for an image of the only daguerreotype of an unidentified woman from the Antigonish […]

Secrets of the Creative Brain The Secrets of the Creative Brain in the July/August 2014 issue of The Atlantic by Nancy C. Andreason, could have the effect of reinforcing the widely circulating idea that you have to be slightly mad to be a creative genius. Even this 1971  image of writer Kurt Vonnegut –his family has a history of mental illness […]

Hallowe’en Costume Party 1899 Halifax

This 1899 photo of a Hallowee’en costume party comes from the Nova Scotia Public Archives.  Any old photos of Hallowe’en parties or “trick and treat” activities from Antigonish.  This photo looks like the train station in Halifax’s South End, but it did not exist until 1928, replacing the North Street Station, built in 1877.  Could […]

George Levick’s 1910 photographer’s notebook from Captain Scott’s Antarctic Hut   A photographer’s notebook lost for more than a century has washed out of the melting snow at Captain Scott’s hut in the Antarctic, the base for his fatal 1911 Terra Nova expedition. It was left behind when George Murray Levick, a photographer, surgeon and zoologist, returned safely with the surviving members of the party […]

Tennis for Everyone in 1900 & the Wearing of the Middy Blouse

        This photo from the Waldren Studio Collection, Dalhousie University is a glass negative inscribed in handwriting: Mrs. C. C. Gregory 1900.   Can anyone make the connection to Mrs. C. C. Gregory?  Or anyone else in this photo? Or, is there a written or remembered history of playing tennis in Antigonish, […]

House of Providence: Maternity Hospital in Antigonish 1914-1924

    This family home at 66 Hawthorne Street was operated as a Maternity Hospital by the Sisters of St Martha for 10 years: 1914 to 1924 and known as the House of Providence.  It was built around 1880 and was part of the Trotter lands and farms on Hawthorne Street. Henry McCurdy purchased this […]

Photogrammar: An interactive tool to search American photos of the Great Depression and WWII   A new tool called Photogrammar created by a Yale University team allows users to search pictures of Great Depression and World War II-era photos using an interactive map.  Is there anything comparable in Canada to view what our town looked like 80 years ago? The photos are from a collection created during the 1930s and 40s when […]

Archie MacLellan on the Circuit Camera At first glance, local photographer Archie MacLellan, thought that our signature photo of the 1924 Highland Games was taken with a circuit camera.  This speaks well of the restoration process, which involved piecing together two very damaged photos, to create that illusion.  Click on the link above to hear Archie tell the […]

The Regimental Piper in the Great War

  Over a 1000 pipers died during WWI. These extraordinary men were sitting ducks as they went over the top to pipe their men into battle. Piper Harry Lunan was the last surviving piper and he said, “I just played whatever came in to my head, but I was worried about tripping on the uneven […]

Nova Scotia Paving Project: Photographic Archive of Reconstruction in the 1930s

CBC Radio Halifax, Mainstreet, September 17, 2014. An interview with the Nova Scotia Public Archives on their newly acquire photographic record of highway reconstruction in Nova Scotia from 1934 to 1938.  The James River Paving Plant and the James River to Heatherton Route, Highway # 4, 1936 are included in the album.  As yet, this […]