I reunite identified family photos that I find in antique shops and second hand stores with genealogists and family historians. If you see one of your ancestors here and would like to obtain the original, feel free to contact me. Donations of pre-1920 photographs are also most welcome. I hope you enjoy your visit!
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Odourless and Preserved: John L. Kerr, Toronto Ontario, Circa 1885-1895
Sharing this image with you has been pure sacrifice. I purchased this photograph in a lot of images, none seemingly connected to another. It was enclosed by itself, double-bagged in heavy-duty ziploc. I knew it had been stored somewhere it shouldn't have been because it had a musty damp odour emanating from it, but I really had no idea how bad it was. When I got it home and opened the bag I was immediately assailed by the worst smell of mold and mildew. I quickly scanned the cabinet card, both sides, zipped it back up and banished the vile thing to the garage. Normally, I wouldn't store photographs in the garage. And, I even considered destroying it, now that a scan has been made. I can't see anyone wanting to keep this in a collection, even if it is Great Grand-Dad.
However, I am happy to introduce you to Mr. John L. Kerr: odourless, and much more pleasant to be with. I'm not 100 percent on the last name, but I'm fairly confident that is what it is.
The photographer, J.F. Bryce worked out of Toronto from 1884 to 1895.
Unfortunately, the name John Kerr is very common in Ontario at this time. While we do know that the photo was taken in Toronto, we don't know if John L. Kerr lived in Toronto. While we could narrow it down to a group of likely candidates, I don't think we can come close to any certainty on this one.
If you have a John L. Kerr in your tree, and have a photo we can compare this one with, I'd love to hear from you.