Newfoundland life in the olden days

Photo by A. Leonberg St. Bernard-Newfoundland Dog
Courtesy Memorial University

Toronto. My good friend, George Dunbar, enjoys browsing the internet these days for interesting facts about photography and its rich history. Today, George brings us his finds about people on the great island of Newfoundland – the most easterly part of Canada – a province since 1949.

George reports that, “Some interesting notes on early Newfoundland photography will be found here; and an excellent video here”.

The video covers the times of Elsie Holloway – a female photographer born in Newfoundland. Elsie, “received much of her training from her father but also studied photography in England prior to World War I”. Text, photos, and the video are on the Heritage Newfoundland and Labrador website. The text on the site was extracted from the “Women’s History Walking Tour Booklet”. The video is also attributed to the “Women’s Walking Tour”

The earlier reference to Newfoundland is also found on the Heritage website under the title, “Photo Album Provides Valuable Historical Record” which was copied “from the files of The Gazette February 22, 1996″.

The photo for this post is a young boy with a St. Bernard-Newfoundland dog, taken before 1886 and labelled “A. Leonberg:  St. Bernard-Newfoundland Dog”. It is courtesy of the Archives and Special Collections department (Coll-199, 1.136), Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s,NL.

I remember as a little boy seeing a friendly giant of a dog – a coal black Newfoundland dog – romping around on the railroad right of way a block or two from my home.

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