Girdwood Glass Negatives
Gilbert Prout Girdwood (1832-1917) was a medical doctor, chemist, and a professor of Chemistry at McGill University in Montreal. Girdwood was born in England and after coming to Canada with the military, decided to settle in Montreal in 1864. He was an expert in the detection of forgeries in criminal cases, and developed the magnesium flare as a lighting source for photography. He was also one of the first to use stereoscopic x-ray photography in the identification of foreign objects, and an expert at the stereoscopic microscopy of crystals. He was also a leader in the introduction of practical chemistry to university instruction. The images in this set come from two boxes of stereoscopic and panorama glass negatives taken by Girdwood and by commercial photographers, one of whom was possibly American photographer James Thomson. The slides depict scenes in and around Niagara Falls, Montreal and Ottawa taken some time between the late 1800s and early 1900s. Some of the negatives have been split into two pictures as each side contained a different image, and some of the negatives have only one image as they were taken as panoramas instead of stereo images. The items are part of MS. Coll. 407 Girdwood (Gilbert Prout) Collection of Glass Lantern Slides, held at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario Canada, M5S 1A5, library.utoronto.ca/fisher
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