Fonds F2493 - Mathieson Photo Service Limited fonds

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Mathieson Photo Service Limited fonds


  • 1952-1994 (Creation)

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ca. 84,000 photographs

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Biographical history

Magnus James Mathieson, 1924-2020, was born in Calgary, Alberta and his first summer job was as a delivery boy for Myers Photo Studio, where he also did some photofinishing. In 1948 he opened his own photofinishing business and eventually took on more photography assignments. Mathieson did both portrait work as well as commercial / industrial photography. He won many awards over the years including Canadian Photographer of the Year in 1982. He was a member of several photographic associations and was given an honorary life membership by the Alberta Professional Photographers Assocation in 1994. Mathieson was also a member of the Better Business Bureau, Calgary Chamber of Commerce and Calgary Convention and Visitors Bureau. He sold his business to Robert Hewitt in 1996. Mathieson married Elsie Ritz in 1953.


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Gift of Robert Hewitt, 2000-2018.

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The fonds consists of two series of commercial and industrial photographs and some portraiture. A third series consisting exclusively of portraiture was not acquired. Significant clients of the studio included A. E. Lepage Melton Real Estate, Alberta Construction Association, Alberta Government Telephones, Alberta Hospitals Association, Alberta Wheat Pool, Art Smith and Associates, Aubrey M. Edwards Real Estate, Autocraft Distributors, Baker Lovick, Banff Oil, Bank of Montreal, Bank of Nova Scotia, Burns Foods, Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Calgary Construction Association, Calgary Golf and Country Club, Calgary Jewish Community Council, Calgary Tourist and Convention Association, Calgary Transit, Canadian Freightways, Canadian Kenworth, Canadian Oil Scouts, Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Canadian Western Natural Gas, CHQR radio, Clair J. Cote, Commonwealth Construction, Consolidated Concrete, Credit Foncier Franco-Canadien, Delta Bow Valley Inn, Francis Williams and Johnson, General Motors, Guardian Steel, Harry Cohen, Home Oil, Knowlton Realty, McConnell Eastman, McInnis and Holloway, Pacific Western Airlines, Paragon Properties, Petro Canada, Poole Construction, Ranchmen's Club, Royal Bank, Schlumberger, Scott National, Skyline Hotel, Society of Management Accountants, Standard General Construction, Titan Prestressing, Transalta Utilities and Westin Hotel.

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The material is in English.

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  • Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.
  • A few of the photos have been digitized.

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Link added to Archives Photographs on July 31, 2015.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018




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