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Grand Trunk Railway Locomotive

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Ian D. Cameron Collection
Description Level
File
GMD
graphic material
Date Range
ca. 1890
Accession Number
2011-10
Storage Location
R11 S5 Sh2 B4 F26
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Ian D. Cameron Collection
Description Level
File
Item Number
G-35
Accession Number
2011-10
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 110
Storage Location
R11 S5 Sh2 B4 F26
GMD
graphic material
Date Range
ca. 1890
Series
Ian D. Cameron Collection - Photographs Series
Scope and Content
Grand Trunk Railway Locomotive [No. 207?], ca. 1890. The Grand Trunk Railway roundhouse/engine house is in the background. Note the metal figure of an elephant at the front of the train, possibly an allusion to the circus elephant "Jumbo" who was struck and killed by a Grand Trunk Railway locomotive in St. Thomas, September 15, 1885. Note the child standing at the front of the locomotive and the dog on the running board. This image was copied from a newspaper article possibly published in the St. Thomas Times-Journal claiming that this is the train that killed Jumbo. File includes:
glass lantern slide
Name Access
St. Thomas (Ont.)
Grand Trunk Railway
Wabash Railroad
Jumbo the Elephant
Subject Access
Jumbo
Railways
Images

Jumbo - Killed September 15, 1885 - St. Thomas

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
St. Thomas Times-Journal fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
textual records
Date Range
1885-1985
Accession Number
2008-01
Storage Location
R4 S6 Sh5 B2 F13
the ties were broken and the elephant, now so grotesquely famous, was transported to the docks. So Jumbo
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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
St. Thomas Times-Journal fonds
Creator
St. Thomas Times-Journal
Description Level
Item
Accession Number
2008-01
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 105
Storage Location
R4 S6 Sh5 B2 F13
GMD
graphic material
textual records
Date Range
1885-1985
Publication
13e was posted on Facebook: March 17, 2021.
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 19.2 x 23.8 cm
1 photograph : b&w ; 16.2 x 14.1 cm
1 photograph : b&w ; 18.1 x 22.1 cm
1 photograph : b&w ; 15.5 x 9.1 cm
1 photograph : b&w ; 14.6 x 14.2 cm
1 photograph : b&w ; 16.5 x 10.9 cm
1 photograph : b&w ; 18 x 19.2 cm
1 photograph : b&w ; 13.9 x 11.1 cm
1 photograph : b&w ; 18 x 10.7 cm
1 photograph : b&w ; 19 x 24 cm
1 photograph : b&w ; 16.6 x 24.1 cm
1 photograph : b&w ; 10.6 x 14.8 cm
1 photograph : b&w ; 19 x 16 cm
18 p. textual records
Scope and Content
One black and white copy of a photograph taken on September 15, 1885 on the occasion of Jumbo's death; frequently republished. (13a)
One black and white photograph used in St. Thomas Times-Journal article published April 15, 1975. (13b)
One black and white photograph used in St. Thomas Times-Journal article published April 15, 1975, with caption:
"Big top burns - The P.T. Barnum Hall at Tufts University in Medford, Mass., burns early Monday, destroying Barnum circus memor[a]bilia in the 91-year-old building built with funds provided by the showman. Included in the loss is the preserved remains of Jumbo the elephant." (13c)
One black and white photograph used in St. Thomas Times-Journal article published April 15, 1975, and republished ca. 1980 with caption:
"Legend grew in death - Probably the legend of Jumbo grew far more in death than it did during the elephant's life time and much of this can be attributed to the razzle-dazzle circus promoter P.T. Barnum. After the elephant's death in St. Thomas in 1885, Barnum had Jumbo stuffed. He was later on display at Tufts University in Medford, Mass., until he became a fire casualty in 1975." (13d)
One black and white photograph used in St. Thomas Times-Journal article published ca.1977. John Kinnear is likely presenting the Elgin County Pioneer Museum with the copy of the "Remember Jumbo" painting that the Elgin County Museum still has in their collection. (13e). From left to right are: Mrs. Marguerite Young, Secretary-Treasurer, Elgin County Pioneer Museum; unidentified, unidentified; John Kinnear (artist), and St. Thomas City Councillor Janet Golding.
One black and white photograph used in St. Thomas Times-Journal article published June 18, 1977. (13f)
One black and white photograph used in St. Thomas Times-Journal article published June 16, 1977, with caption:
"Plaque to memory of Jumbo unveiled - George Lang, authority on Jumbo memorabilia, and his granddaughter, Sheila Smith, standing in front of the Ontario Heritage Foundation plaque dedicated to the memory of Jumbo, unveiled the plaque[.] The 13,000-pound African elephant was killed in St. Thomas on September 15, 1885 when struck by a locomotive. The plaque was unveiled Friday during a ceremony at the Elgin County Pioneer Museum sponsored by the University Women's Club of St. Thomas. Attending the ceremony were Mrs. Jill Green, president of the club; Mrs. Marguerite Young, secretary-treasurer of the museum; Bill Haight, persident of the Elgin Historical Society; Cliff Barwick, mayor of St, Thomas; Dave Cook, Warden of Elgin County; Ron McNeil, Elgin MPP; John Wise, Elgin MP, and R. Alan Douglas, Ontario Heritage Foundation representative. Richard Glover, a retired history professor from Carleton University, spoke on the historical background of Jumbo at the ceremony. The plaque was dedicated by Rev. R.K. Farrell." (13g)
One black and white photograph taken of the cover of the book "Jumbo 1883-1983" by Andrew Phillips. (13h)
One black and white photograph taken of an illustration in the book "Jumbo 1883-1983". (13i)
One black and white photograph of conceptual art for the statue of Jumbo, 1985. (13j)
One black and white photograph of conceputal art for the statue of Jumbo, 1985. (13k)
One black and white photograph of miniature version of Jumbo statue used in St. Thomas Times-Journal article published ca. 1985. (13l)
One photocopy of a black and white photograph used in St. Thomas Times-Journal article published 1985, with caption:
"Jumbo recreated - Jumbo, killed in a freak train accident at St. Thomas, Ont., 100 years ago, has been immortalized by animal sculptor Winston Bronnum of Sussex, N.B. The lifelike 40-ton statue is separated at the knees by crane and hydraulic life to begin its journey back to St. Thomas where it will become a landmark overlooking the town.The $70,000 work was commissioned by the town's Kiwanis Club." (13m)
Photocopy of article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, 1935, "Barnum Ballyhoo Made Jumbo Famous on Two Continents". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F13a)
Photocopy of article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, August 1, 1952, "Jumbo, Killed Here in 1885, Was Not World's Biggest Elephant, Records Show". 3 copies. (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F13b)
Photocopy of article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, September 15, 1955, "Tragic Death of Jumbo In St. Thomas Occurred Seventy Years Ago Tonight". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F13c)
Article, Weekend Magazine, December 22, 1973, "The Towering Monarch Of His Mighty Race, Whose Like The World Will Never See Again". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F13d)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal (?), April 14, 1975, "Remains of Jumbo destroyed in fire". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F13e)
Article, Medford Daily Mercury, April 14, 1975, "$2 Million Tufts Fire Damage; P.T. Barnum's 'Jumbo' Destroyed". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F13f)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, April 15, 1975, "Jumbo was most prized exhibit at Medford, Mass. university". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F13g)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, June 17,1977, "Death of P.T. Barnum's Jumbo is recalled". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F13h)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, ca. 1977, "Commemorating the legendary Jumbo". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F13i)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, September 9, 1978, "Elephant's death brought city fame". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F13j)
Article, Reader's Digest, 1982, "Jumbo, the World's Most Beloved Animal". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F13k)
Press Release, Super Circus International 1984 Program Highlights. (R4_S6__Sh5_B2_F13l)
Typewritten article, intended for St. Thomas Times-Journal, September 1985, "By George!" (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F13m)
Typewritten article, intended for St. Thomas Times-Journal, ca. 1985, "Stardom as much as fate brought about the death of the world's largest captive elephant in 1885". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F13n)
Typewritten article, intended for St. Thomas Times-Journal, ca.1985, "A 1921 account of the death of Jumbo sugests the giant elephant was killed because of the negligence of a young boy". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F13o)
Typewritten poem, "Jumbo", by W.R. Lundy of Peterborough, on the occasion of the statue of Jumbo being erected in St. Thomas, received by the St. Thomas Times-Journal, June 10, 1985. (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F13p)
Handwritten poem, "Jumbo's Home Again", signed WBBB, written on the occasion of the statue of Jumbo being erected in St. Thomas. (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F13q)
Photocopy of handwritten "Elephant Soup" parody recipe, date and writer unknown. (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F13r)
Name Access
St. Thomas (Ont.)
St. Thomas Times-Journal
Jumbo the Elephant
Subject Access
Newspapers
Jumbo
Circus
Historic Plaques
Images
Documents

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Scott Studio- Photographic negatives series

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Scott Studio fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
graphic material
Date Range
ca. 1890 - 1981 (predominant 1910 - 1955)
Storage Location
R1-R3
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Scott Studio fonds
Creator
Scott Studio
Description Level
Series
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 107
Storage Location
R1-R3
GMD
graphic material
Date Range
ca. 1890 - 1981 (predominant 1910 - 1955)
Publication
The Scott - Sefton Collection: Elgin's History Through a Photographer's Lens - Volume I (St. Thomas: Elgin County Library, 2001)
Series
Scott Studio fonds- Photographic negatives series
Physical Description
ca. 100,000 photograph negatives
Physical Condition
Glass plate negatives in excellent condition. Cellulose acetate negatives from 1940's to 1960's have broken down considerably with "vinegar syndrome" clearly apparent.
History / Biographical
Thomas Hunter Scott commenced business as a photographer in St. Thomas on March 1st, 1879. He initially opened a studio at 265 Talbot Street under the name "Scott and Company" in partnership with William Lindop, a partnership that lasted until November 1881. In July 1882, he entered into another partnership with his brother-in-law James. H. Hopkins at the same location, this time under the name "Scott and Hopkins". This partnership lasted until April 1890. By 1894, Scott was at new location at 585 Talbot Street under the name "Scott Studio". The Scott Studio subsequently remained at this location until its closure in 1989, although it also operated a tourist studio in Port Stanley during the early 1900's. Scott's son, W. Murray, apprenticed with his father beginning in 1900. In 1911, and after a two-year break when he left to go prospecting in Northern Ontario (with camera nevertheless in-hand), Murray took over the Scott Studio from his father. Murray exceeded his father's reputation for exceptional craftsmanship, winning five awards from the International Association of Photographers for his work and artistry. He was a fixture on the streetscapes of St. Thomas and Elgin County. He is credited with several innovations in local photography, including a "Children's Studio" replete with many fixtures to produce a smile. Murray Scott operated the studio until 1955 when the business was sold to Frank Sefton and his son Clifford, previously of Montreal. The Seftons maintained the studio's reputation for innovation, becoming the first studio to offer colour reproductions in St. Thomas. Clifford and his wife Margeruite successfully operated the business until its closure in 1989. Thomas Hunter Scott died at his home, Burnside, in Union in 1918. William Murray Scott died at Elgin Manor, Fingal, in 1967.
Custodial History
Fonds was transferred to the custody of the Elgin County Library between 1983 and 1986. It was initially processed by volunteers from the North Yarmouth District Historical Association. In 1992, the Elgin Photographic Heritage Society was formed to continue this work. This society under the direction of its Chairman Mr. Ken Verrell remains active with the fonds and has completed the transfer of negatives to acid-free sleeves and was responsible for compiling an item-level database.
Scope and Content
Series consists of approximately 100,000 photographic negatives in glass-plate, nitrate and cellulose-acetate form. Most negatives correspond to Murray Scott's tenure with the studio between 1911 and 1955. Included within the few early negatives that do exist is perhaps the most famous photograph to come from St. Thomas and Elgin County, the death of Jumbo the Elephant shortly after being hit by a Canada Southern Locomotive in 1885. The Scott Studio was the official or unofficial photographer for a number of organizations within the community, including Elgin County Council, Alma College, the YMCA, , the Elgin Regiment, local schools (such as St. Thomas Collegiate Institute) and the Technical Training School of the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. Railway photographs are particularly abundant within the fonds. The studio was commissioned to take photographs on behalf of the Pere Marquette Railway, Michigan Central Railway and New York Central Railway, including stations and crossings throughout the lines (and therefore extending throughout southern Ontario). The most abundant shots in this regards date to the 1930's and 1940's. The majority of the series (perhaps ninety per cent) consists of portrait photography of local weddings, special events and individuals.
Name Access
Scott, Thomas Hunter
Scott, William Murray
Scott, Murray
Sefton, Clifford
St. Thomas (Ont.)
Elgin (Ont.: County)
Alma College
Royal Canadian Air Force
Subject Access
Railways
Photography
Finding Aid
Item-level database available in Archives' reference room.
Arrangement
Original order was largely maintained. Negative numbers correspond to an indexing system established by the studio and are not based on a chronological arrangement.