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    Posted 5 years ago

    walksoftly
    (167 items)

    Cabinet Card from my Grandfathers collection.
    It appears to be a diner, as there appears to be a kitchen in the back.
    Lots of tobacco products at the cash register.
    Electric lights suspended from & mounted to the ceiling, along with some metal pans.
    On the back is a label
    Wilson & Larkin
    the only exclusive flashlight photographers in Canada
    Toronto, Canada
    We have always wondered why this photo was in his collection, it was just recently while digging through his family tree that I found a cousin of his that lived in Pickering, ON.
    Circa 1910

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    1. Virginia.vintage Virginia.vintage, 5 years ago
      Is a great photo! Thanks for share!
    2. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
      Thanks for loving this so quick Virginia & for your kind words.
    3. Virginia.vintage Virginia.vintage, 5 years ago
      Is a pleasure walksoftly!
    4. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      Ohhh ... the back stamp is referring to flash photography. Before electronic flash … before flash bulbs … magnesium was used to create artificial light. It's an important and interesting photographic innovation. I have an early 'igniter' posted here on CW at http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/7996-origins-of-flash-photography-prosch-ign
    5. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
      Ohhh... Rob, I was hoping that you would see this.
      I thought that's what they were referring to, but was hoping that you could fill in some details.
      The "flashlight" fits my timeline.
      Toronto & neighboring cities got electricity around 1908-1910
      I have found a few other photos with that info on them, I wonder who the exclusive rights pertained to.
      Thanks for the love & the input Rob.
    6. SEAN68 SEAN68, 5 years ago
      AWESOME PHOTO!!! :) AND HISTORY :)
    7. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the love Sean & I couldn't agree more!! :-)
    8. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      David ... stay tuned ... I have a 1914 "Prosch Flashlight Products" handbook and will post in a bit.
    9. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      I posted the 1914 flashlight product handbook at: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/139175-prosch-flashlight-products-handbook-and-le#comment-631647
    10. inky inky, 5 years ago
      Fascinating picture...love looking at all those bits and pieces..and looks like a very busy place with all those stools.. wouldn't mind a set of thoose!!!...:-)
    11. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the love mike Radegunder, Jewels, agh, Kevin, nuts, ttom & Belltown.
    12. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the love inky!
      It is a fascinating picture, I've looked at it many times to see what I could identify.
      I would also like the stools, hanging light fixtures, cash register, even the sign that says
      IF YOU DON'T C
      WHAT U WANT
      ASK FOR IT
    13. SEAN68 SEAN68, 5 years ago
      Your very welcome walksoftly!! :)
    14. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the love Phil, I also appreciate your comments & taking the time to do some research on on this photo.
      I remember seeing that image when researching my photo, & considered a possible link to it. My Grandfather's first wife lived at Davidson SK, (just down the road from you) from 1906 till her death in 1912. The problem is the electric lights in the diner, Saskatchewan didn't get electricity until 1929. So I think that rules out this photo being taken in SK.
    15. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
      Thanks for giving this old photo some love f64imager, mike Hunter & Harborguy.
    16. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
      The lights are there Phil.
      Starting at the back of the diner you will see a pendant light in line with the upper left corner of the doorway. Following the wires forward you will see a small Edison bulb (on). Then if you look to the right of the man working behind the counter & up, in line with the canned goods on the upper shelf you will see another pendant light.
      I have no ides what the line of pans are for.
    17. Roycroftbooksfromme1 Roycroftbooksfromme1, 5 years ago
      nice collection Walks..............
    18. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the love & comment on this one Roycroft.
    19. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Love your new profile pic, so funny :-D
    20. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
      Thanks Kyra:-D
    21. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 5 years ago
      The suspended pans maybe to catch flying insects?

      I was wondering if it was a converted rail car cantina to provide services to worker/pioneers as they established (rail, mining, lumber, etc.) Northward.

      T A
    22. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
      Could be insect traps.

      As for it being a railcar, it seems to have too high of a ceiling for one of that era.
      But without an outside view all we can do is speculate.
    23. Manikin Manikin, 5 years ago
      I think they had water in them and when you passed out at bar the bartender pulled a string and dumped a pan of water on you :-)
    24. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
      Could be Sis..lol
    25. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the love on this photo Sis, TA & filmnet.
    26. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 5 years ago
      Yes of course it is speculation, but it may help if you trace your relatives occupations. Here in the U.S. Census records and war registration records often list occupations. Is it the same there?

      Here is an example of a boxcar library used in Montana for mining camps circa 1919. It was done to improve morale.

      http://exilebibliophile.blogspot.com/2011/10/lumberjacks-boxcar-library.html

      (It no long sits on it's rolling stock). In the one photo, where the empty bookshelf is, you can see where verticle boards were removed, which reminded me of the boards in your photo behind the shelves.

      T A
    27. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
      Yes TA Canadian census records do contain info on occupation.
      The husband of my Grandfathers cousin, who I think (speculation on my part) this photo may have belonged to did work for the railway. As he was at home at the time of the 1911 & 1921 census he most likely worked in & around Pickering, ON.
      It still doesn't confirm or verify this a as converted railcar.
      There are many instances of narrow building in many downtown areas, if it was sandwiched between two other building it would explain the lack of windows on the sides.

      I like the link BTW.
    28. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 5 years ago
      It just has a primitive quality to it, one that I wouldn't expect for a brick and mortar dinner; and to photograph it -- there's more to it. Unfortunately, with most old photos, all we can do is speculate... but that's the fun of them ;)

      Thanks for sharing,

      T A





    29. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
      Yes I'm sure there is much more to it.
      Why this diner?
      Who are the two men, patrons, owners?
      What about the young man behind the counter, is he a recent immigrant?
      What is happening in the kitchen, clean up after the noon rush?
      We always feel compelled to fill in the blanks!

      Glad to share.
    30. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
      Thanks for stopping by & giving this some love
      filmnet
      Kerry
      Ted
      marcobabe
      pops
      SJR
      artdecogirl
      antiquerose
      AzTom
      CindB
      Hedge
      Petey
      Tony
      battlegear
      ttom
      & pack
    31. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 5 years ago
      Looks like they're waiting for the high stakes poker game across the way to start! Great photo!
    32. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the love & comment shareurpassion!
    33. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
      Thanks for stopping by & giving this some love
      filmnet &
      vintagelamp
    34. eye4beauty eye4beauty, 4 years ago
      Lol ... I do not think these guys were eating BLT's ... If U don't C what U want ask for it ...
    35. eye4beauty eye4beauty, 4 years ago
      Is that the same guy here

      http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMDC-PICTURES-R-5362&R=DC-PICTURES-R-5362&searchPageType=vrl
    36. walksoftly walksoftly, 4 years ago
      Wilson & Larkin, appears to be the same.
    37. walksoftly walksoftly, 4 years ago
      Thanks for the love
      filmnet
      Sir
      kivatinitz &
      bladerunner
    38. eye4beauty eye4beauty, 4 years ago
      The guy in the background seems to be the same guy on this post with the same bowler hat ...
    39. walksoftly walksoftly, 4 years ago
      He's certainly dressed similar, if we could only make out his face.

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