Manitoba Photographers: George Alfred Barrowclough (1872-1950)
By the age of 25 years, he was working as a photographer at Stonewall, later moving to Dominion City. By 1903, he was back in Winnipeg, working as a bank clerk. He established his own firm, Winnipeg Pictoral Post Cards, in 1904 and sold postcards of “choice views of Winnipeg and Suburbs, Canadian Buffaloes, Indians, Farm Scenes, Breaking, Plowing match, harvesting, and threshing, etc.; also scenes of Canadian Prairie Fire.” That same year, he is believed to have contributed photographs for the 195-page book Illustrated Souvenir of Winnipeg published by William A. Martel. In total, it is estimated that he produced some 600-700 postcards during his residence at Winnipeg.
In early 1906, Barrowclough spent time in Deadwood (and Lead), South Dakota where his camera was reportedly destroyed in an altercation with a grizzly bear. While working in Colorado, he heard about the San Francisco earthquake and quickly went there, capturing a series of images of the devastation. Later in 1906, he moved to Burnaby, British Columbia where he continued to produce postcards for 4 or 5 more years. He remained there for most of the rest of his life, working at various jobs. During the First World War, he served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force and attained the rank of Sergeant.
He died at Vancouver, British Columbia on 3 November 1950.
“Snapshotting a grizzly,” Manitoba Free Press, 18 January 1906, page 2.
Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.
Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.
Breaking News: The Postcard Images of George Alfred Barrowclough by Fred Thirkell and Bob Scullion, BC: Heritage House Publishing, 2004.
Page revised: 23 June 2014
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