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Manitoba Photographers: Arthur Lionel Forde (1879-1952)

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Born at Brantford, Ontario on 11 April 1879, at the time of the 1900 US census, Forde was living at Contra Costa, California, working as a waiter and living in a boarding house. He was in Winnipeg by 1910 where he was operating the photographic business of Princess Studios. On 6 December 1913, he married Emily Jane Thomas (1890-1979).

By 1916, he is shown in census records as living in East Kildonan. By 1921, he was at Naramata, British Columbia and working as a farmer but, in November 1923, he moved to Seattle, Washington. In May 1938, he became a naturalized US citizen. By the time of the 1940 US census, he was living at Los Angeles, California.

He died at Los Angeles on 6 January 1952.

Work location(s)




528½ Main Street, Winnipeg (Princess Studio)


528½ Main Street, Winnipeg (Forde Photo Studio)


Ontario birth registration [Emily Jane Thomas], Ancestry.

1900 US census, Ancestry.

Marriage registration [Arthur Lionel Ford, Emily Jane Thomas], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1916 and 1921 Canada censuses, Ancestry.

US Naturalization Record, Ancestry.

California Death Index.

Death registration [Emily Jane Forde], British Columbia Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Rob McInnes and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 August 2022

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