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Latest acquisition and a query re J. Cooper ,Photographer , London C.W.

This was in a bundle of 7 cdv's bought online, most from Ontario in Canada, all with the subject(s) with stereo viewers. This one however is from London C.W has a couple with a Brewster viewer.

 The reverse of the cdv has J. Cooper ,Photographer , London C.W.

I had thought this was from the UK London, but now believe it is again what we call Ontario, but at the time was known as Canada West.... a trap for young and old players. Ontario was so named in 1967 so I take it that my image is near the mid 1860's. Any fashion photo historians that can help?

I would appreciate any information available about the photographer , thank you

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Hello Stephen, 

The following are relevant entries re: J. Cooper in "A Biographical Index of Daguerreotypists in Canada, 1839-1871" by Graham Garrett. I hope this helps. Regards, Steven Evans, Toronto

COOPER, John.____________________________________________________________________active in London, C.W., (1853-1861) 

Daguerreotypist and brother of Joseph and William Cooper (q.v.) who operated as John Cooper & Bro. from 1853. Stated in 1863 that they had 'experience of over eight years...' Probably related to John Cooper, a later photographer in London. William Crispin (q.v.) was an operator with this firm in 1861. 

Address: 

Reference: 

1853-54. 77 Dundas. 1857-58 Richmond St. 1861. Dundas St 

LD 1863. .................................................. LD: See Books(Reference) Appendix: London Directory, London, Middlesex, C.W. for the appropriate years 

CD 1857-58. ............................................. CD: See Books(Reference) Appendix: Canada Directory, Canada
OD 1857. .................................................. OD: See Books(Reference) Appendix: Ontario Directory, Ontario
Dun, Wiman 1870..................................... See Dun in Books(General) Appendix: The Mercantile Agency reference book, 

(and Key), for the Dominion of Canada: containing names and rating of the principal merchants, traders and manufacturers in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland. Montreal and Toronto. Dun, Wiman & Co., [v.d.]. 

Mitchell 1861-65. ..................................... See Mitchell in Books(General) Appendix: See entries in appendix for list of titles. 

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COOPER, Joseph. __________________________________________________________________active in London, C.W., (1855-1861) 

Born in U.C. 1840. Also an amateur artist who won an award for oil painting at UCPE, London, U.C., 1861. Brother of John and William Cooper (q.v.). (See John Cooper.) There was a J. Cooper who was active as a photographer in Charlottetown, P.E.I. during May 1863. 

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Address: Reference: 

1853-54. 77 Dundas St. 1857-58. Richmond St 

CD 1853, 1857-58. ................................... CD: See Books(Reference) Appendix: Canada Directory, Canada
UCPE 1861............................................... UCPE: See Inst. or Soc. Appendix: Upper Canada Provincial Exhibition, 

Ontario
Harper....................................................... See Harper in Art & Photo. OR Individual Articles Appendices: See entries in 

appendix for list of titles.
PhillipsG................................................... See PhillipsG in Art & Photo. Appendix: The Ontario Photographers List, (1851- 

1900). Sarnia, Iron Gate, 1990. CEN 1861. ................................................ Canadian Government Census records 

RWC 14May63.........................................RWC: See Newspaper Appendix: Ross’s Weekly, Charlottetown, P.E.I. 

COOPER, William A. _______________________________________________________________active in London, C.W., (1855-1861) 

Born in 1843. Partner with his brothers John and Joseph Cooper (q.v.) in London, later active as a photographer in St. Thomas, Ont. Still listed as a 'Dag'n Artist' in 1861 as well as being known for stereographs. Served as a committee member with the Toronto Photographic Society in 1869. Several early photographs by Cooper exist both in the Notman Collection and the Ontario Archives. 

Reference: CEN 1861. ............................................... Canadian Government Census records
PP (6;64,Apr 1869). .................................. PP: See Serials Appendix: Philadelphia Photographer, Philadelphia, USA OA - Robertson-McKenzie Coll., ............. OA: See Inst. or Soc. Appendix: Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario 

MU 7422-23.
(See also John Cooper.) 

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© Copyright G. Garrett, 2007. All rights reserved. Biographical Index: Page 71 

Hi again Stephen,

BTW...for those interested, Graham's index can be acquired at the following address.

https://archivecdbooks.ca/products/ca0246

Best again, Steven

Hello Stephen:

You are correct, Canada West (C.W.) became the Province of Ontario on the 1st of July 1867, when the British North America Act came into effect.  I collect Canadian photos, mainly from Sarnia, ON, where I reside, but I'm known to pick up photos from just about anywhere if the price is right :)  Sarnia is about 60 miles from London.

I haven't much information of John Cooper, only this:  John Cooper was in business as a photographer from 1857 - 1890. His business was located at 198 Dundas Street until 1875. He then moved to 440-442 Clarence Street.

Hope this proves helpful,

Regards,

John Rochon.

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