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Studio Arthur Gendreau: Historic Photographs of Ste-Anne-de-la-Pocatiere (3) | Kamouraska, Qc

This is the third in a series of posts about the Quebec photographer Arthur Gendreau of Ste-Anne-de-la-Pocatiere (Quebec). These historic images have been graciously provided by Gendreau descendant Brian O’Hara, after he came across one of my postcards which featured  a photograph by Gendreau.

With this follow-up photograph (and others to come) we find out that Arthur was not the only photographer in the Gendreau family.

Can anyone tell me something more about these cameras?

Notes from Brian O’Hara

The last photo is on the back porch of the house with Cleophas on the right with the old style wooden camera. Two of his sons are with him with their cameras. Alphonse on the left and Edmond in the middle. The woman looking out the door is my great grandmother  Marie- Louise . I suppose this photo was taken by Arthur Gendreau.




April 6, 2010 - Posted by | .


  1. I am constantly in awe of the variety and breadth of old photographs that show up on these blogs. Lessons in history, photography, and stories of old. Thank you for sharing with us.


    Comment by Joan | April 6, 2010 | Reply

  2. Magnifique photo! Merci!


    Comment by Ruth | April 7, 2010 | Reply

  3. So wonderful to have photos of the photographers, with such great cameras. Such a treasure trove of days long gone. Thanks for the amazing post!


    Comment by Sun Dance Hill | April 9, 2010 | Reply

  4. Wonderful to see the photographers!


    Comment by Vicki Lane | April 9, 2010 | Reply

  5. A wonderful photograph of them looking at us, looking at them.


    Comment by Martin H | April 10, 2010 | Reply

  6. It is wonderful to see the cameras that were in use then.

    The men behind the cameras were at least as interesting as those in front of them.

    And, of course, its nice to see the woman behind the men getting some recognition.


    Comment by Barry Fraser | April 10, 2010 | Reply

  7. Very good photo and so interesting to see these old cameras!


    Comment by Pat | April 10, 2010 | Reply

  8. I also have a photo of my great-grandfather with his camera posted today. All I know, is that his was a portable bellows style camera. It looks very similar to your guy’s in the center. Come over and take a look!


    Comment by willow | April 10, 2010 | Reply

  9. Sorry, I’m no help on the cameras. But what a wonderful photo it is!


    Comment by betsy | April 10, 2010 | Reply

  10. This is a fabulous photo! I love seeing the three cameras and the photographers behind them, but the appearance of your great-grandmother in the doorway gives it a slice-of-live appearance.


    Comment by Poetikat | April 10, 2010 | Reply

  11. Sorry,know nothing about the cameras. Do like the photos and the narrative. This SS is one of my favorite projects.


    Comment by QMM | April 10, 2010 | Reply

  12. Like others I cannot tell you anything about the cameras, but it is a wonderful photograph and a fitting tribute to those people who recorded these photographs we feature each Saturday.


    Comment by Alan Burnett | April 12, 2010 | Reply

  13. This is an old post, but I thought that you might like to know that I recently acquired Arthur Gendreau’s 8X10 inches camera and it’s still functional. It was owned by a man in La Pocatière who bought it from Gendreau himself around 1970, before he left La Pocatière. The camera is roughly 100 years old. As for the cameras on the photo, the one in the middle looks like a Kodak from the 1910’s.


    Comment by Sylvain Grand'Maison | September 17, 2018 | Reply

    • Thank you for the information, Sylvain. I’ll add your comment to the original index post and feature it in a few days. I’ve always loved these old photos. He was a fine photographer and I’m glad one of his cameras is in the hands of someone who can appreciate it 🙂
      Have a nice day,


      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | September 17, 2018 | Reply

      • Thanks Yvonne, I’ve always been passionate about history, photography and old things that links us to the past. If you’d like a picture of the camera, let me know. I also have a small box of glass plate negatives that Gendreau took in 1926 if you’d like to see. Most of Gendreau’s work is now at the Société historique de La Côte-du-Sud where they have over 25,000 negatives and prints.


        Comment by Sylvain Grand'Maison | September 17, 2018 | Reply

        • I would love to see the prints you have. Some may be family members that I can identify.


          Comment by Brian O’Hara | January 5, 2021 | Reply

  14. Brian ô haro qu’elle lien ave vous


    Comment by Doggett Marc | December 28, 2018 | Reply

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