Subseries 10 - George Meeres collection

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George Meeres collection

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CA OSC ARC 01-3-10

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  • 1936-1951 (Creation)

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475 photographs : b&w

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Biographical sketch:
George Albert Meeres (1878-1972), photographer and artist, was born in Grimsby, England in 1878. He emigrated to Canada in 1906. In 1910, he and partner Arthur John Lawrence purchased a photo studio from James Fenton in Russell, Manitoba. The partnership of Lawrence & Meeres continued until 1917 when it was dissolved. Meeres carried on under the name of George A. Meeres, Photographer, until 1925 when he sold the business and moved to Nelson, B.C. He purchased the Campbell Art Gallery, changing its name to George A. Meeres, Photographer. After a short time in Grindrod, he moved to Vernon, B.C., opening Meeres' Photographic and Art Studio in 1940. He specialized in portraits, wedding photos, and hand colouring. His studio operated in Vernon until 1968 and George Meeres died in Vernon in 1972 at the age of 94.

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Subseries consists of professional photographs captured by George Albert Meeres. Geographies documented centre on the Okanagan, Shuswap, and Thompson regions ranging from Osoyoos, BC (southern boundary of coverage) to Revelstoke, BC (north-eastern boundary of coverage) and Chase, BC (northwestern boundary of coverage). Includes Penticton, Oyama, Winfield, Okanagan Centre, Vernon, Lumby, Armstrong, Falkland, Enderby, Salmon Arm, Grindrod, Sicamous, Malakwa, Tappen – with predominant coverage of Vernon, BC. A suite of photographs within the subseries provides coverage of the Armstrong Fall Fair, later termed the Interior Provincial Exhibition (IPE) during the 1940s and early 1950s.

Scenes captured depict landscapes, street scenes, industry, and labour, with special attention paid to the orchard and forestry industries.

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These photographs have been digitized and are available on UBC Open Collections. https://open.library.ubc.ca/collections/djcox/items/1.0343662

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Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art and History. Repository has materials by George A. Meeres, but no online descriptions. http://www.memorybc.ca/touchstones-nelson-museum-of-art-and-history

Touchstones Nelson. Geo. A. Meeres Photographs: A series of cellulose nitrate photographs that depict Nelson and area in the 1920s and 1930s [Flickr Album]. https://www.flickr.com/photos/touchstonesnelson/sets/72157626582776045/

George A. Meeres Collection. Greater Vernon Museum and Archives. Reference code: CA VERN PH 2. BCAUL control no. VERN-76. Citation retrieved: http://www.memorybc.ca/george-meeres-Collection 29 June 2015

George Albert Meeres fonds. Greater Vernon Museum and Archives. Reference code: CA VERN MS 194;1999.025;1999.057. BCAUL control no.: VERN-174. Citation retrieved http://www.memorybc.ca/george-albert-meeres-fonds 29 June 2015

George Meeres Photographic and Art Studio fonds. Enderby & District Museum and Archives. Reference code: CA EDM. BCAUL Control no.: EDM-414. Citation retrieved: http://www.memorybc.ca/george-meeres-photographic-and-art-studio-fonds 29 June 2015

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George Albert Meeres [authority record]. http://www.memorybc.ca/meeres-george-albert

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