The Latimer Photos comprise a very unique collection of photographs taken in the late 1920s and early 1930s at or near Orland, Ontario (No. 30 Highway north of Brighton). The photographs are portraits of individual people who stopped at William Latimer's General Store in Orland and were asked to pose in front of their cars by the gas pumps. Some were taken on the road or in front of homes or barns around the community. Hugh Latimer, a son of the proprietor, developed the hobby of photography and persistently took these pictures over several years, diligently collecting not only the photos but the information about the person in each photo. In the 1980s Hugh Latimer donated three photo albums to the Codrington Public Library which is a branch of the Brighton Public Library, located a few miles north of Orland. The original photos have been digitized and they have been displayed in the community several times, in particular at the History Open House in February 2013 and at an event at Hilton Hall Heritage Centre in August 2013.
Dan Buchanan, The History Guy, has merged the Latimer Photos with family tree information in www.treesbydan.com in order to produce sheets that include the photo along with pertinent family details regarding that person. Almost all of the 400+ people in the Latimer Photos are represented in www.treesbydan.com to some degree.
More recently, the Latimer Photos have been added to the Brighton Digital Archive web site along with associated data and even links directly into the associated records in www.treesbydan.com. Thanks to the folks at BDA for this work!
Below is a file containing a list of the names of people included in the Latimer Photos.