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James Joseph Claxton Photograph Collection
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A man in uniform and a woman pose for a photo beside totem poles

Photograph depicts a man in uniform and a woman posing for a photo on a road situated between a fenced area featuring totem poles. Along the water’s edge in the background there is a float plane, wharf and the Camosun vessel. Handwritten annotation on verso reads: “Alert Bay B.C. Union Steamships Ltd.”; “Alert Bay BC”; photographer’s stamp on verso states: “W.E. Nicholson, 268 E. 10th, Vancouver 10, B.C.”

An open air wedding at Surge Narrows

Photograph depicts a bride signing the register while a priest and her husband look on at an open air wedding at Surge Narrows. Handwritten annotation on verso states: "An open air wedding - at Surge Narrows" Stamped annotation on verso reads: “National Film Board Photograph (please credit)”

Bird's eye view of Quesnel Quartz Mine Camp

Photograph depicts a snow-covered forest clearing with six structures and a truck. Buildings have been numbered 1-8 with pen. Original handwritten annotations on verso of photograph are signed by Tom Marsh. Photograph is taped to paper. Typed annotation on recto of paper reads: “1. Bridge over creek. 2. Blacksmith shop. 3. Powerhouse. 4. Headframe over 200’ shaft. 5. Office 6. Water tanks from powerhouse. 7. Bunkhouse. 8. Truck. 9. Cookhouse behind #6 cannot be seen. We were always able to find the cookhouse even though hidden in this picture. Taken about 1935 by Russell Ross, supt. Quesnel Quarts Mine. Tom Marsh, Box 156, Squamish B. C.”

Brigadier-General H.W. Higginson talking to a sergeant R.I.C. at Ballinhassig R.I.C. barrack

Photograph depicts Brigadier-General H.W. Higginson in conversation with a Royal Irish Constabulary sergeant. Typed annotation on recto of photograph reads: “Brigadier-General H.W. Higginson, commanding 17th Infantry Brigade, talking to a sergeant R.I.C. at Ballinhassig R.I.C. barrack. Note the heavy barbed-wire on either side of the path to the front-door.”

Canadian Army reading a lesson at a victory service near Enschede, Holland

Photograph states the Canadian Army in uniform standing in rows in a field reading a lesson. Typed annotation on recto of photograph states: “Canadian army in Holland and Germany: First Canadian Army reading the lesson at an impressive Victory service near Enshede, Holland” It is believed this image along with text noted above was published on p. 197 of "Canada’s Weekly."

Close-up of an Royal Irish Constabulary badge

Photograph depicts a Royal Irish Constabulary brooch featuring metal work of a harp surrounded by text stating "Constabulary of Ireland" and clovers. Handwritten annotation on verso reads: “Shako Date previous to 1869”. Item believed to be a part of J.J. Claxton's collection of police memorabilia.

Close-up of an Royal Irish Constabulary helmet badge

Photograph depicts a Royal Irish Constabulary helmet badge depicting metal work of a harp surrounded by a clover wreath, a crown, and writing stating "Royal Irish Constabulary". Handwritten annotation on verso reads: “Rank and File Helmet badge worn after 1887 officer same pattern but of white metal R & F bronze”. Stamp on verso reads: “CHAS. B. HILL-TOUT 1650 Hampshire Road, oak Bay Victoria, B. C.” . Item believed to be a part of J.J. Claxton's collection of police memorabilia.

Close-up of an Royal Irish Constabulary pouch badge

Photograph depicts a Royal Irish Constabulary pouch badge with metal work depicting a harp and crown in the centre surrounded by a cross and writing that states "Royal Irish Constabulary". Handwritten annotation on verso reads: “Pouch badge of officers shoulder belt from about 1884 to time of disbandment ie. 1922” Stamp on verso reads: “CHAS. B. HILL-TOUT 1650 Hampshire Road, oak Bay Victoria, B. C.” Item believed to be a part of J.J. Claxton's collection of police memorabilia.

Close-up of an Royal Irish Constabulary silver Celtic ornament

Photograph depicts a Royal Irish Constabulary ornament with metal work that depicts a harp with a crown on top surrounded by a circle of writing that states "Royal Irish Constabulary". Handwritten annotation on verso reads: Handwritten annotation on verso reads: “Silver Celtic ornament worn by all officers after 1884 on the shoulder belt up to disbandment - 1922” Stamp on verso reads: “CHAS. B. HILL-TOUT 1650 Hampshire Road, oak Bay Victoria, B. C.” Item believed to be a part of J.J. Claxton's collection of police memorabilia.

Close-up of an Royal Irish Rangers pipe banner

Photograph depicts a close-up of a Royal Irish Rangers bagpipe banner featuring embroidery of a harp with a crown on top. Embroidered banner on pipe banner states "Royal Irish Rangers". Handwritten annotation on verso reads: “Pipe Banners presented to 2nd BN Royal Irish Rangers by Van. Irish Fug Assn. St Patricks Day 1982”. Item believed to be a part of J.J. Claxton's collection of police memorabilia.

Close-up of an Royal Irish Rangers pipe banner

Photograph depicts a Royal Irish Rangers bagpipe banner featuring embroidery of a maple leaf with a harp and crown in the centre. Embroidered banner on pipe banner states "Presented by the Irish Fusiliers of Canada the Vancouver Regiment Association 1982". Handwritten annotation on verso reads: “Pipe Banner 2nd B R. 1. Rang Presented by I. F. (VR) Assn 1982”. Item believed to be a part of J.J. Claxton's collection of police memorabilia.

Columbia Coast Mission Ship

This file consists of 32 photographs pertaining to the Yukon steamship Tutshi, ca. 1936 and J.J. Claxton’s time aboard the Columbia Cost Mission Ship M.S. Columbia III, ca. 1960. General subject areas identified in these photographs include: individuals and communities visited by the Columbia III; families involved in receipt of pastoral services such as marriages and baptisms; as well as medical care.

English Prime Minister, David Lloyd George and the Royal Irish Constabulary

Photograph depicts five men in top hats and overcoats greeting several men in military uniform. Typed annotation on recto of photograph states: "Ministers and their agents: Lloyd George receives men of the Royal Irish Constabulary and reviews a parade of Auxiliaries in Downing Street. With him are Sir Hamar Greenwood and Mr. Bonar Law."

First wash for gold by the Hixon Creek Cariboo Gold Company

Photograph depicts a wooden flume funneling water in a forested area. Photo is adhered to paper backing. Original annotations on verso of photo are covered by paper mounting. Typed annotation on recto of paper reads: “First wash for gold by Hixon Creek Cariboo Gold Co. Across Hixon from Quesnel Quartz up the hill. North side of creek 1930’s”

Fishing off the M.S. Columbia

Photograph depicts two men in a row boat, one rowing and one holding a peugh (J.J. Claxton) and watching the catch being reeled in on the fishing pole of another man wearing a hospital gown. A small boy on the deck watches. Handwritten annotation in pencil on verso reads: “JJC x”

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