The back cover of my carte de visite book had some news paper clippings stuck on the back.
I’m going to try and figure out who they are.
The guy on the top left is Charles Tupper and he was Prime Minister of Canada for a very short while in 1896. He is connected to Hugh John MacDonald, the owner of Dalnavert house. Hugh’s partner in his law firm was one of Tupper’s sons and Charles Tupper himself, made Hugh the Minister of the Interior in April 1896.
Here is a photo of the two together. (A copy of this hangs in Dalnavert).
The next drawing is of Benjamin Disraeli who was a Prime Minister in the United Kingdom. There was a street in Winnipeg that eventually became a Freeway called Disraeli and it was named after him. Here is the photo the drawing was likely rendered from.
The guy on the bottom left is Fredrick Temple also known as Lord Dufferin.
He was a Governor General of Canada and he is also connected to Hugh John MacDonald. As the Governor General of Canada, Lord Dufferin had contact with the Prime Minister and Hugh’s father, John A MacDonald. Lord Dufferin made John A the god father of one of his children. There are a few things in Winnipeg named after this guy and his family…including our old train named the Countess of Dufferin now being stored in the Union Station Rail Museum.
The next guy was John Campbell the Marquis of Lorne, husband to one of Queen Victoria’s daughters. In 1878 Lorne was appointed governor general of Canada by British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, to succeed Lord Dufferin.
The last guy is Matthew Vassar, founder of Vassar Collage. He doesn’t seem to fit the pattern and I can’t even guess why he is there. Most of these guys are major political characters in Canada’s history. All these political types hung out with each other and with royalty. And for some reason, the owner of this album found it significant to include these pictures in a family album.