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Manitoba Photographers: Frank D. Blakely (1865-1918)

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Born at Owen Sound, Ontario on 14 September 1865, he came to Winnipeg as a boy. He worked as a photographer at San Francisco, California before returning to Canada as the Canadian Pacific Railway photographer, traveling all over western Canada taking pictures for immigration purposes. In 1897 he became connected with the Stovel company and was latterly advertising manager of the Nor’West Farmer until 1904. In that year he entered upon the publication of Canadian Farm Implements and Canadian Blacksmith and Woodworker. He died at his Winnipeg home, 252 Maplewood Avenue, on 30 March 1918 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.

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“Death of F. D. Blakely,” Manitoba Free Press, 20 March 1918.

Obituary, Manitoba Free Press, 1 April 1918, page 8.

“Pioneer citizen buried yesterday,” Manitoba Free Press, 3 April 1918, page 10.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 April 2020

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