Canafornian

Canafornian

Posted on 12/31/2014


Photo taken on December 30, 2014


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WP1867 WPG - CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

WP1867 WPG - CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
Unposted, this card likely dates back to 1905 or 1906. It has the "classic" Velox back and is identified as a Cleven Photo.

The image is of Winnipeg's Congregational Church, constructed in 1882 at he corner of Hargrave Street and Qu’Appelle Avenue. (Demolished in 1936.) From notes written by Ida Pearl Hamilton to Mrs. L.S. Munn in New York, we learn; "This the church we attend. The congregation numbers 2100. Strangers say they never saw a city with the devoted church goers that we have in Winnipeg. Sunday evenings we have to go nearly one hour early to get a seat and the church seats 2100."

The minister at the time was James Logan Gordon. As Mrs. Hamilton explains; "Rev. Gordon, not the Gordon of Ralph Connor fame."

Of interest is the symbol above "Cleven Photo" - a capital "E" inside a vertical diamond shape. This is identical to the early logo used by the T. Eaton Company - suggesting that Cleven produced this card in some association with Eaton's - possibly to be sold exclusively through their store.

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wintorbos
wintorbos
Nice. My great grandparents were married at Central Congregational in September 1906. I have their marriage certificate, signed by Rev. Gordon.
3 years ago.
Canafornian
Canafornian
Cool that you have those documents!
3 years ago.