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Benoit & Richardson Photo– a Mystery



Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Benoit & Richardson Ottawa no date– I thought I saw it at an auction but no– checked my files and it did come from the museum. So what was the relation?

Historian Jaann Kolk who has helped me with a few other Lanark County mysteries commented on my photo on Lost Ottawa

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Linda, is this photo connected to Carleton Place in any way? I can’t find much on this in city directories or Journal archives except this note from Oct. 20, 1897 which mentions Carleton Place photographer O. Benoit had been visiting his family on Clarence St. In Ottawa. Perhaps Benoit had a business in Ottawa briefly at some point?

Jaan is probably very correct in his assumption. Working together we slowly unravel the past. Thanks Jaan!


Jaan Kolk–The sign on the back wall advertises “The Boston Cigar” made by the L.O. Grothe company of Montreal. They were in business from about 1880 to at least 1940, so that does not help much with the date. But the logo is identical to a cigar box dated to 1897 http://www.historymuseum.ca/cmc/exhibitions/tresors/cigares/cigar272e.shtml


More thanks to: Rick Roberts, Carleton Place resident 1953-1971 & 2015-?

O.L. Benoit also operated as a photographer in Arnprior between 1902-1904. (source: Glen C. Phillips,The Ontario Photographers List 1901-1925, Volume 2, Global Heritage Press, 2002).

Benoit and Chevrier are recorded as photographers in Ottawa in 1893 … no mention of Benoit and Richardson, nor of Richardson alone. (source: Glen C. Phillips,The Ontario Photographers List 1851-1900, Volume 1, Global Heritage Press, 2002)

Looks like Phillips missed listing the other places where Benoit worked as professional photographer… odd insofar as Philips’ published lists of professional photographers in Ontario and Western Canada are considered to be the most comprehensive published source available. Checking microfilmed newspapers (advertisements) for the period may nail down the years that Benoit worked in CP and Ottawa with Richardson.