||, England 
||Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario 
|Eby ID Number
||Yes, date unknown
||15 Mar 2017 |
- One, Morgan Williams was a Photographer here in 1863; William Sauder in 1864; Henry Askew in the earlier eighties. Bonaparte Lake in the later years of that decade. These men used "Wet" Plates which they prepared themselves by coating a sheet of glass, cut to size, with sensitized gelatin. The Plate went wet into the camera and after the picture was taken the negative had to be developed promptly.
Mr. Williams carried on his business in rooms above William McBean's Grocery store on the site of Clifford Kreig's building. William Sauder, a man 30 years of age, remained here only a short time. It is unlikely that there are many examples of the work of Williams or Sauder now to be found.
Mr. Askew rented rooms from Mrs. Henry Sachs and there took individual photos. In addition to this gallery work he specialized in wedding, picnic and other group pictures. These pictures he sold afterwards chiefly to persons shown in them. This work often took him out of the Village and as he worked with wet plates which had to be prepared and then promptly used, he rigged up a covered waggon to contain a dark room, a work shop and storage for his equipment. This waggon was drawn by a span of light horses to "Location". When it was not in use he kept it in Mrs. Glick's Hotel shed.
He had too, another source of revenue.
Two or three times a year he would rent a series of slides on some interesting subject and by lime-light, project them on a screen in Glick's Hall, telling briefly something of each scene as it appeared. Along with the Feature programme he showed a comic series and also some of the pictures of citizens, etc. which he had taken himself. This provided an interesting evening's entertainment for the people and "Brock" Kribs is authority for the statement that they were well patronized. The Admission fee for adults was ten cents.
When leaving town, Mr. Askew traded William Renwick his little team, their harness and his covered waggon for a bigger horse, a set of single harness and a buggy, throwing in his negatives and a lot of finished pictures left on his hands. William placed a lot of these photos, in which he was specially interested, in one large frame which, some years before he died he brought in and gave to me. And inasmuch as it contains perhaps the only pictures extant of some old timers, it is not without local historic value.1a
1aLe Rue De Commerce, Other Times Other Customs Other Days Other Ways, Winfield Brewster 1954
- [S299] Census - ON, Waterloo, Hespeler - 1881, Page 11.