Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Elgin photo exhibit to provide glimpse into life in South Crosby in early 1900s

The gentleman on the right has the distinction of being one of Pennock’s most frequently photographed subjects. He appears in well over 50 Pennock photos, often surrounded by his family and friends. – Photo via the Elgin and Area Heritage Society Facebook page

The Elgin and Area Heritage Society is set to present a summer exhibition titled “A New Lens on South Crosby” at the Red Brick School in Elgin.

The exhibition features over 100 photographs from the archives of early 20th-century photographer Clifford Pennock, and provides a glimpse into the life and times of early South Crosby Township.

“Marvel at how Clifford Pennock viewed the people, places and surroundings of the early 1900s, through his camera lens,” reads a media release promoting the event. “With the click of his shutter, he created more than a picture, but a testament in time. His selection and composition of subjects, his nod to subtle humour, and his mastery of comic deception makes this a living display not to be missed. providing a glimpse into the life and times of early South Crosby Township.”

The photographs in this collection have been remastered in colour using AI tools, with Glen Russell providing the necessary human support to achieve the muted palettes appropriate for heritage photographs. Original black and white photographs will also be available for viewing in a specially printed book at the exhibit.

The exhibition will run for a limited 20-day period, open on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., starting June 29 at the Red Brick School, located at 3 Halladay St., Elgin, Ontario.

For updates and more information about this exhibit and other activities, visit the Elgin and Area Heritage Society’s website at and their Facebook page.

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