Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | June 18, 2017

Historic Cornwall and area photographs from a new donation!

This tintype of this Victorian woman was taken by J.S. Wells of Morrisburgh in the 1870s.

Photographer’s rubber stamp on the back of the above tintype.

This is one of some 100 historic photographs just donated to the Museum’s archives by Sue Rabick of West Michigan.

The story about how we received this donation demonstrates how museums and archives work together.

Sue was planning to attend a genealogists conference in Ottawa this month.  As part of her trip to this area she was determined to find a permanent home for the family photographs of people from the Finch area.  Not sure who to contact, Sue called an archivist at the Public Archives of Canada.  The archivist immediately appreciated the importance of the collection to SD & G and contacted the United Counties Museum in the Wood House (aka Cornwall Community Museum) in Cornwall.  The curator expressed an immediate interest,  and the archivist forwarded the museum’s interest and email to Sue.  The next day, on her way to Ottawa Sue appeared at our door with this collection.

The following is a small sample of what she donated.

A very rare photograph of men building a dam bridge, ca 1870.

A coloured tintype of a Confederation era gentleman.

A carte-de-visite of a Victorian man, Cornwall, ca. 1864.

The back of the above photograph.  A. Jaeckle operated in Cornwall before Confederation.

A coloured tintype of a Confederation era Cornwall woman.

The paper “frame” for the above tintype.

A Confederation era tintype.  The child on the left may be a boy even though he is apparently wearing a dress.

A pre Confederation Cornwall man.

The back of the above photograph.  Note the “CW” for Canada West, Ontario’s name before Confederation.  Weber, a wounded Civil War veteran had studios in both Massena and Cornwall.

A tintype of two pre Confederation lads.

A carte-de-visite of a militiaman taken by Fenner & Co. of Toronto, in what I believe to be the uniform of the Queen’s York Rangers, ca. 1870.  Please correct me if I am wrong!






  1. Thank you Sue…

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