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Schwall, Mary
TitleSchwall, Mary
Scope and Content of FondsThis collection consists of 135 photographs taken by Mary Schwall or her companions - while on excursions to Newfoundland during 1913 and 1915. They are a pictorial record of a - journey by ship from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland, a train trip from Channel to St. John's, and - a trip from St. John's north around the coast to St. Anthony, across the Strait of Belle Isle to - Labrador and down the west coast of the Great Northern Peninsula. There is evidence that - the photographs were taken during two trips to Newfoundland, as two photographs have the - date 1913 on the back with the caption, while another has the date 1915. The photographs - provide visual documentation of Mary Schwall's vacations, but they also provide valuable - information on Newfoundland communities during the early years of the twentieth century. - Vernacular architecture historians have attested to the fact that several of the photographs - show buildings only previously known through oral accounts. As well there is visual - documentation of people, especially children, which can provide information on lifestyle, dress, - nutrition, disease, and a host of other subjects. - In addition, there are 56 postcards with images covering much the same geographical area as - the photographs, leading one to believe that they were purchased in larger communities during - stopovers, or possibly in St. John's. Most of the postcards were produced for the St. - John's-based companies Ayre & Sons, Ltd. and Dicks & Co.; 31 are coloured. Many - of the - postcards are scenics, but some are of people, especially 10 which depict Labrador natives in - traditional dress or demonstrate aspects of their unique lifestyle.
Author of Finding AidRiggs, Bert, 1954-
Date of Finding Aid1996
Resource TypeFinding Aid
CollectionArchives and Special Collections Finding Aids (EAD)
SponsorMemorial University of Newfoundland. Libraries. Archives and Special Collections Division
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