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1905 two photo postcards of Galt Horse Fair, Ontario

$30.00 CAD

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Two printed photos on postcards of scenes from the Galt Horse Show in Ontario. Galt is now present-day Cambridge.

#1 ‘Grand Stand Galt Horse Show

Image of Grand Stand in background, People milling about, people in horse-drawn carriages.

Galt Ont.’  ‘Copyright 1905 by James Esson

Handwritten text in pencil on front right side and back. Addressed to Preston Ontario. Not mailed.

Couple of small paper chips UR.

#2 ‘Galt Horse Fair

Image of people sitting on grass, and multitudes of people in horse drawn carriages. In background Grand Stand and main ring.

Galt Ont.’ ‘Copyright 1905 by James Esson

Handwritten text in pencil on back. Addressed to Preston Ontario. Not mailed.


For a dozen or so years beginning in 1901, lovers of all things equestrian gathered in late spring for the Galt Horse Show at Dickson Park, situated in the heart of today's Cambridge. Those annual gatherings ended shortly before the First World War, but the show was revived in 1946, soon after the Second World War concluded.


James Esson, photographer (b at Preston [Cambridge, Ont] 10 Aug 1853; d at Toronto 1933). He learned PHOTOGRAPHY from his father and in 1875 established his own business. At age 30, he built a large, 3-storey brick "atelier" - purportedly the most elegant, complete and costly establishment in the country. A familiar name in art circles throughout Ontario, Esson attracted patrons of social and political prominence, including the marquess of LORNE and Princess Louise.


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