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McDermid Studios Limited, Edmonton, Alberta, 1928.

McDermid Studio Photographs

The McDermid Studio's photographs, which date primarily from 1912 to 1937, are rich in views of Edmonton, Alberta, including buildings, street scenes and businesses; the unemployed, demonstrations and political figures during the Depression; social and cultural activities; Second World War parades, events, and military groups; post-Second World War building construction; and the oil boom in the Edmonton area. A brief history of the studio is in the Archives Main Catalogue.

How to view the photographs

About 12,000 of the 17,000 photographs in this fonds have been digitized. You may search the McDermid photographs by subjects, places, people, or dates by using the Archives Photographs search screen. Always enter McDermid Studio in the 'Photographe/Illustrator'' box to limit your findings to this studio, then refine your search by entering search terms in the other boxes on the screen. Several examples are given below:

  • Enter McDermid Studio in the 'Photographer/Illustrator' box AND Jasper Avenue in the 'Keywords/Phrase' box to find photographs of Edmonton's major downtown street.
  • Enter McDermid Studio in the 'Photographer/Illustrator'' box AND Tegler in the 'Keywords/Phrase' box to find photographs of the Tegler Building.
  • Enter McDermid Studio in the 'Photographer/Illustrator'' box AND Brett in the 'People' box to find photographs of R.G. Brett, Alberta's Lieutenant-Governor.
  • Enter McDermid Studio in the 'Photographer' box AND 1931 in the 'Year' box to find photographs taken in this year.
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