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Manitoba Photographers: William Angus Martel (1851-?)

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Born in New York City on 1 December 1851, Martel and his wife Theresa had three children, all of whom worked with him in the photography business: Isabel Martel (b 1872), William Angus Martel (1875-1958), and Frank A. Martel (b 1881). Around 1898, they came to Manitoba and established a photography business at Brandon, with a satellite studio at Morden, relocating later to Winnipeg. The Martels eventually moved to Los Angeles, California where W. A. Martel opened a studio.

Postcard view of the Martel studio on Rosser Avenue in Brandon (circa 1905)
Source: Rob McInnes, BR0042

Work location(s)




Brandon (Rosser Avenue)


Winnipeg (28 Rupert Avenue)


Winnipeg (Main Street and Euclid Avenue


Winnipeg (200 Pacific Avenue)


Winnipeg (255½ Portage Avenue)


Emerson Steamboat

Postcard view of Winnipeg Beach by W. A. Martel (circa 1905)
Rob McInnes, WB0062

Emerson Steamboat

Postcard view of bison at Silver Heights by W. A. Martel (no date)
Rob McInnes, WP1023

Emerson Steamboat

Postcard view of Winnipeg City Hall by W. A. Martel (circa 1906)
Rob McInnes, WP1626

See also:

Manitoba Historical Photographs: An Illustrated Souvenir of Winnipeg (1903)

Manitoba Historical Photographs: Illustrated Souvenir of Brandon (1909)


We thank Rebecca Martel, Anne Martel-Goldthorp, and Rob McInnes for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 June 2015

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