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Georgia H. Cunningham
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Georgia Harriet Cunningham, the youngest of three daughters of saddler and justice of the peace James P. and his wife Lucinda (Whitman) Cunningham, was born at Kentville, N.S. in 1888. Georgia moved to Bridgetown shortly after her father's death in 1907 and was joined there by her mother and sisters, Grace (1883-1967) and Alice (1884-1955). In 1909 she purchased the former photographic studio of Joseph Rice on Queen Street in Bridgetown and commenced work as a photographer. She was a member of the Maritime Professional Photographers Association and was awarded an honourary lifetime membership. She died at Bridgetown on 1 November 1969 following a short illness and was buried at Whitman Cemetery, Lawrencetown, Annapolis Co.
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Consists of negatives taken by Georgia H. Cunningham for clients who patronized her commercial studio. The geographic area represented is almost exclusively Bridgetown and surrounding area. Cunningham's work is primarily portraiture although from 1942 onwards there are a number of photographs of school classes and societies as well as the Bridgetown Salvation Army Citadel. Approximately five percent of the photographs include views of shopfronts, buildings, churches, streets, scenery and special events such as the visit of the Bishop of Nova Scotia to St. James Anglican Church in 1946. Also includes a few glass plate negatives which may have been taken by previous commercial studio owners Joseph Rice or Edith Crosskill, as well as negatives and prints left with her by clients for processing or given to her by others. Also contains a photograph and three letters concerning Dr. Otto Srasser (1898-1974) a Nazi exile who lived in Paradise, Nova Scotia for fifteen years.
Small portion of nitrate negatives deteriorating.
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Donated by Cunningham's niece, Mary Trecartin, in 1989 and 1991.
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Four boxes of deteriorated nitrate negatives (approximately 400 negatives) could not be salvaged and were disposed.
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Women of Nova Scotia