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J.H. Allen (Canadian 1878 - 1969), Bonnington Falls, Nelson, BC, ca. 1940

hand tinted photograph
image size: 6.75 x 10.75
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James "Jimmy" Hamilton Allen, a local photographer arrived in Nelson in 1899 and worked as a deckhand on the SS Moyie. He also worked on construction at the Hall Mines Smelter and as a machinist in Burns wood-mill plant.

From 1919 until his death in 1969, Allen operated Allen’s Art Shoppe at 505 Baker Street in Nelson, a photo-finishing business which also served as a venue for marketing his own work. Between the 1920s and 50s, he created hundreds of black and white photos, and garnered acclaim for his hand-tinted prints, which can still be found in homes throughout the area.

A lens into the past, Jimmy Allen’s photographs provide a portrait of Nelson over more than three decades, documenting changes in the urban landscape, as well as celebrating the lakes, rivers, mountains and country roads which he explored year round.

In 2014, A hand-coloured photo of Vimy Park in Kaslo taken by Allen sold online for $323.

Lot Name
J.H. Allen (Canadian 1878 - 1969), Bonnington Falls, Nelson, BC
Media
hand tinted photograph,
Size
image size: 6.75 x 10.75
Date
ca. 1940
Estimate
$150-200

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