26 December 1855 — from an advertisement placed in the Brockville Recorder.
Next door to Mr. Lothrop’s, Main Street.
Ambrotypes or Positive Pictures on Glass.
“They are not reversed”
This ad could be the earliest indication that Mr. Alexander C. McIntyre had come to Brockville to begin a very successful career in the pioneering field of photography. “Ambrotypes” were the next improvement in the field after “Daguerreotypes”..
Five Gents from Brockville
31 January 1866 — from the Brockville newspaper, the British Central Canadian.
Previous to the adjournment of the County Council, and by invitation of Mr. McIntyre, the members in a body visited his gallery, and having formed in a group, had their photograph taken in first rate style. We have seen the plates and the likenesses are extremely correct.
14 February 1866 — from the Brockville newspaper, the British Central Canadian.
Group photographs are now all the fashion, and our friend McIntyre is fully prepared to please the public. His room is admirably fitted up for the purpose and he has lately imported from New York a beautiful architectural design for a background. His group of the County and City Councils, and that of one of the classes of Victoria Common School are very generally admired. Competent judges pronounce McIntyre’s photographs to be the best in the province.
Brockville Town Council — 1866
Sitting, ( high up in background) – William Fitzsimmons, Mayor
Standing, middle row – (left to right) James Carron, Councillor, West Ward; Charles Stevenson, Chief Police Constable; Thomas Price, Councillor, West Ward.
Sitting, front row – (left to right) R. Walker Grant, Councillor, West Ward; James J. Henderson, Councillor, Centre Ward; David Row, Councilor, Centre Ward; George S. McClean, Clerk and Treasurer; Christopher Fletcher, Councillor, East Ward; Edmund J. Senkler, Jr., Councillor, East Ward; John Stagg, Jr., Councilor, East Ward.
Missing – Robert Fitzsimmons, Councillor, Centre Ward.
Students, teachers and Principal of Victoria Common School — 1866
Boys and girls were taught in separate classes at this time. This is most likely just two of the classes in Victoria Common School on Wall St. They all dressed up for this group shot and walked down to McIntyre’s studio at the corner of Victoria Ave. and King St. In the centre is Mr. William Bigg (P), the principal. He shows up in two pictures here. My guess is that at least two of these young women are the teachers (T).
(standing, back row) Herbert S. McDonald; William R. Bigg, principal, Victoria School; Christopher Fletcher.
(sitting, front row) James J. Henderson; Robert Kinney, teacher, Victoria School; William McCullough, Chairman of the Board; Thomas Price.
Brockville Rifle Co. – Militia Officers & Non-Comms – 1866
During the lead-up to the anticipated invasion of Canada by the American Fenian Brotherhood, troops and officers of the area Militia Companies were assembled and stationed in Brockville during 1866. These were the officers, corporals and sergeants of the Brockville Rifle Company. The Rifles wore dark green uniforms.