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FRANK, Leonard (1870-1944)
[Collection of Six Original Photographs of Vancouver, B.C.].
Ca. 1930. Six silver gelatin prints ca. 17x22 cm (6 ½ x 9 in) and two silver gelatin ca. 6x22,5 cm (2 ½ x 9 in) and smaller. All but one with the Leonard Frank Photos studio stamp on verso and two with the additional blind stamp. Some images with damage: one with minor creasing and with a small chip of lower blank margin; one with a small chip of lower blank margin and a small hole slightly affecting image; one with a crease and a break, but overall a good collection. The attractive images show; Granville Street; English Bay Beach; Waterfront Vancouver; Vancouver Steamship Docks; Vancouver Panorama; Kitsilano Swimming Pool - Largest Salt Water Pool in Canada. Leonard Frank (1870-1944) was a BC photographer who started in Alberni (ca. 1898-1916), but became famous during his almost 40-years career in Vancouver (1917-1944). Forced to leave Vancouver Island because of anti-German sentiments during WW1, Frank "established a brief partnership in Vancouver with Orville J. Rognon between 1918 and 1919 as the Commercial Photo Company. Frank continued to operate under that name until about 1926-1927 when he started using his own name for the business. Leonard Frank Photos established an enviable reputation as industrial and commercial photographers and Leonard Frank continued photographing almost until he died" ("Camera Workers..." online, vol. 1, 2). Two major collections of Leonard Frank's photos are housed in the Vancouver Public Library and the Jewish Museum & Archives of B.C.