Text in this Collection was primarily provided by Jim Hamilton, 2013.
Photographs, postcards and documents in this collection belonged to Theodore Thorne Hamilton.
Digital scans were provided to Kawartha Lakes Public Library by Jim Hamilton, 2013. Original photographs, postcards and documents were donated to Trent University Archives
by Jim Hamilton.
Theodore Thorne Hamilton, Endako, British Columbia Details
History of the Collection
The items in the collection belonged to Theodore Thorne Hamilton [1890-1959]. After he died, his belongings were kept by the woman with whom he had lived for several decades. She died in 1966, and the trunk containing her and Thorne's memorabilia was stored in her sister's attic, where it remained until it was unearthed by one of her grandsons, while researching his family history. We connected through Ancestry.com; he was anxious that Thorne's memorabilia go to a family member, so I [Jim Hamilton] agreed to take it.
I [Jim Hamilton] received Thorne's memoriabilia in 2013--all stored in the proverbial chocolate boxes! It turned out to be a treasure trove.
- There are a large number of family photographs and formal portraits, dating from the early 1900s to the 1950s. Some are notated; the majority aren't. I've spent several months sorting those which I [Jim Hamilton] can identify, but have hit the wall on some, and am looking to connect with people who can help me complete the task.
- There are photographs taken around Bobcaygeon in the early 1900s, including: several of young people swimming (possibly at the foot of Mansfield Street, where the Hamiltons lived); the steamer Lintonia; one of Christ Church and another of Thorne's confirmation class seated in front of it [17 May 1904].
In monetary terms, the most valuable items are undoubtedly the postcards. As noted, William Henry Hamilton's shop sold newspapers, books, stationary and gifts. He appears to have done a booming trade in postcards during the summer tourist seasons. The collection includes cards which Thorne kept as reminders of home, and others he received from his father and family. Most date to the early 1900s: views of the lake; Christ Church; the fire hall; the locks; Rockland House; lake steamers; early aerial views; etc. There are several cards obviously produced from family photographs (including Thorne's confirmation class), which appear to have been made for distribution to the extended family. There's also an exceptional packet, imprinted Souvenir of Bobcaygeon, Ont., of ten tinted postcards of Bobcaygeon which was printed in France.
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