Thursday, March 01, 2012

Mum in the 1930s - A Silhouette Photo?

Here's something I've been wondering about for a while.

This is a silhouette of my Mum on photo paper. I believe this would be from the early 1930s. There is a studio name on the back as shown below- Lee Studio, Winnipeg. (That might be an initial with the studio name.) Nothing else; this was in an ill-fitting leatherette folder that I'm sure wasn't original.

It looks to me as if a photo was taken, her shoulder image masked and then her silhouette coloured in and rephotographed. Is this likely? Are these images common? I would be very interested to know.

I found some mentions of the Lee Photo Studio in Winnipeg newspapers, including this ad with a photo of A.L. Lee. Previously the Lee Photo Studio had been on Main St.

Glen C. Phillips lists Archie L. Lee as working in Winnipeg from 1916-1925 and also as prop. of the Western Art Gallery from 1905-1915 with Robert T. McFadden in The Western Canada Photographers List (1860-1925) (Milton, Ontario: Global, 2002). The Manitoba Photographers Index 1874-1912 database also lists an A.L. Lee. (On-line at Manitoba Historical Society website: ). I have found few specifics for A. L. Lee and the Lee Photo Studio in Winnipeg so far.

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