Biographies: Gustave Gagnon Family (Canada, 1901)


Figure 1.--Here we have a photograph of a 16-year-old boy with (probably) his older sister taken in the city of Quebec in 1901. We know almost nothing about the family except that the father was Gustave Gagnon and seems to have been a prosperous figure in the capital city of Quebec at the turn of the 20th century.

Here we have a photograph of a 16-year-old boy with (probably) his older sister taken in the city of Quebec in 1901. The portrait is notable for the distance between the two, quite unsusual. It is almost as if they did not like each other or were oblivious to each other's presence. We know almost nothing about the family except that the father was Gustave Gagnon and seems to have been a prosperous figure in the capital city of Quebec at the turn of the 20th century. We are told that the boy is 16 years old but not told his Christian name, only that he is a son of Gustave Gagnon. The older girl standing next to him appears to be his older sister. He wears a single breasted knee-pants grey suit (it seems to be grey flannel). The jacket is cut plainly with the lapels placed rather high up. Notice the boy's Eton collar which covers the collar of his suit jacket. I think he has a tie, although it is rather difficult to make out. The trousers lack the usual ornamental buttons near the hem. He wears the standard long black stockings and hightop boots with metal hooks for the upper laces. The somewhat casual haircut looks rather modern for 1901. The family was French Candian. We are unsure if the clothes here were standard Canadian fashions are were more prevalent with the French-speaking community wgich tended to be more culturally conservative than English-speaking Canadians.

The family

We know almost nothing about the family except that the father was Gustave Gagnon and seems to have been a prosperous figure in the capital city of Quebec at the turn of the 20th century.

Location

The portrait was taken in Quebec City. Quebec Priovince has a majority of French speakers. The largest city is of course Montreal.

Chronology

The portrait was taken in 1901.

The Boy

Here we have a photograph of a 16-year-old boy with (probably) his older sister. The portrait is notable for the distance between the two, quite unsusual. It is almost as if they did not like each other or were oblivious to each other's presence. We are told that the boy is 16 years old but not told his Christian name.

Clothing

He wears a single breasted knee-pants grey suit (it seems to be grey flannel). The jacket is cut plainly with the lapels placed rather high up. Notice the boy's Eton collar which covers the collar of his suit jacket. I think he has a tie, although it is rather difficult to make out. The boy's trousers lack the usual ornamental buttons near the knee hem. He wears the standard long black stockings and hightop boots with metal hooks for the upper laces. The somewhat casual haircut looks rather modern for 1901. The family was French Candian. We are unsure if the clothes here were standard Canadian fashions are were more prevalent with the French-speaking community wgich tended to be more culturally conservative than English-speaking Canadians.








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