L&A History in Photos Lisa Lawlis
red Brown (1877-1968) was an amateur photographer who lived on the 7th concession of Ernestown, not far from Wilton. As a young man, he took up photography and rode his bicycle around the back roads of Ernestown, to Yarker, Odessa, Millhaven, and other villages. On many of his travels, he carried a large, bulky glass plate camera and took pictures of the villages, schools, churches, people and landscape. Some of his images were made into postcards for sale, and many were later used in “The Smiling Wilderness” published by the County of Lennox and Addington to celebrate Ontario’s Bicentennial in 1984. Over 600 of his plates are held by the Lennox and Addington County Museum and Archives in Napanee. Brown’s carefully preserved glass plates, which have now been scanned by the Archives, provide a unique insight into rural life in the early decades of the 20th century. Lisa is the Lennox & Addington County Archivist.
Inside a snow fort. Fred Brown fonds. Lennox & Addington County Museum and Archives.
Horse and cutter in front of the Finkle House, Newburgh. Fred Brown fonds. Lennox & Addington County Museum and Archives.
Falls at Thompson Mills near Newburgh. Fred Brown Fonds. Lennox & Addington County Museum and Archives. Horse and cutter on winter roads. Fred Brown fonds. Lennox & Addington County Museum and Archives.
Original photo used to make the cover of this issue of The SCOOP. The ol’ farm building in the Verona area sports a fresh snow coat. Photo taken this November by Bill Kendall. For more of Bill’s local nature photos, visit @ lakelifenaturals on Facebook.
The SCOOP • December 2018 / January 2019
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