Fonds F 4374
447 photographs : black and white glass plate negatives
1 photograph : albumen print
Fonds consists of photographs taken by William H. Spinks and his brother, Alfred Spinks in Woodstock, Ontario. The brothers ran a photographic studio at several different addresses in Woodstock before splitting the partnership in the early 1900s. The studio was located at MacFarlane's Store at 463 & 465 Dundas, another building at 469 Dundas, another at 472 Dundas, the South West corner of 414 Dundas & Perry, another at 425 Dundas and a last at 303 Simcoe.
The subject matter of the fonds varies greatly. Several of the photographs are portraits of people and families at their homes. There are several portraits of groups of people posed in front of businesses, public buildings, cars and with farm animals. Other photographs include views of the town and residential areas around Woodstock, local businesses and storefronts, industries and various public buildings. The fonds also includes several photographs of railways, train derailments and building construction.
The fonds includes photographs of original stereographs depicting town events like parades, views of the town and residential areas and of people posed with animals or business signs. The fonds also inlcudes several photographs of copy negatives of stereographs not created by the Spinks. The copied stereographs were created by a variety of companies, including Underwood and Underwood, and depict a range of scenes such as the military in South Africa, Paris, France and a comedy series entitled "Tommy visits a Dutch Farm."
Unless otherwise noted, all photographs in the fonds can be attributed to either William or Alfred Spinks.
Brothers William Henry Spinks (1848-1924) and Alfred Spinks (1846-1916) were photographers in Woodstock, Ontario. They worked together between 1870 and 1900.
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Additional studio photography by William Spinks and Alfred Spinks is located at the Woodstock Museum, and includes several studio portraits of citizens and their families.
Several of the glass plates have flaking and cracked emulsion, resulting in image loss and distortion. Some of the plates have broken and missing glass, resulting in image loss. Please handle with care.
Photographs in this fonds have been retained in the order in which the Archives of Ontario received them.
Photographs in this fonds can be attributed to either William Spinks or Alfred Spinks, unless otherwise noted in the item level listing.
Dates are based on research into the Spinks' lives and the photographs' image content.
No further accruals are expected.
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