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- Variations in title: Formerly known as A.R. Cogswell collection.
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[ca. 1890]-[ca. 1920] (Creation)
- Cogswell, A.R.
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ca. 395 photographs
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Alfred Robie Cogswell was born 1 February 1860 at Halifax, N.S., the eldest son of Alfred C. Cogswell, D.D.S. and Sarah (Parker). He was a mechanical engineer and resided in Lidell, Napa County, Calif. in the mid-1880s before returning to Halifax where he was listed as an electrician and superintendent at Halifax Illuminating and Motor Company, ca. 1890-1895. In 1895 he opened a professional photography studio and supply store at 253 Pleasant Street, Halifax, under the name A.R. Cogswell. In 1902 he was listed with Maritime Photo Supply. By the following year, Cogwell's business was called A.R. Cogswell and Co., "The Electric Studio", and was located at 103 Granville Street. In 1919 Cogswell sold his studio to E.L. Lydiard and C.F. Ring. He and his wife, Huldah Sarah Oland (1853-ca. 1936), daughter of John James Dunn Oland and Susannah Oland of England, were married 20 September 1886 at Dartmouth, N.S. After the sale of Cogswells studio, the couple moved to Daytona Beach and died there ca. 1936.
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Fonds consists of photographs, almost exclusively glass negatives, taken by Cogswell primarily as a professional photographer and proprietor of A.R. Cogswell and Co., Halifax. Includes advertising products; portraiture; group photographs; military personnel and ceremonies; Halifax buildings, churches, streets, and scenes; various Nova Scotia communities; panoramic views of Halifax Harbour, Purcells Cove and Waverly; traditional Mi'kmaq dwellings and dress; wreck of the S.S. Knight Bachelor; a few portraits of Cogswell and his wife; and an early x-ray photograph.
Several glass negatives broken.
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Formerly known as A.R. Cogswell collection.
Some nitrate negatives were destroyed due to deterioration.