|A small collection of twenty-one snapshots showing a contortionist and juggler named Louis de Manche and his son, Alfred, according to inscriptions on the reverse of all the prints. The country of origin is probably Canada, since the photographs were acquired from someone in Toronto. One of the prints has an address written on the reverse 252, Sackville Street. According to Steven Evans, another dealer in Toronto, there is indeed a Sackville Street there. He adds "I believe the address is in a section that was demolished to make room for a planned community now known as Regent Park. Ironically, that development is now also being razed as it became an urban nightmare. The architecture in the photos is certainly similar to other residential forms in that area, so it very well could be that these were taken in Toronto."
Photographer unidentified. The photographs date from the 1920's or 1930's.
The majority of the prints, nineteen of them, measure 3.5” by 2.5” (90 mm by 64 mm) or the reverse, including white border. Two of the prints, not shown here, are larger but have torn corners.
condition: Some of the prints show a small tear in an edge, and a few are missing a corner.
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