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One of the larger framed black and white photos, one taken no doubt on a warm spring day, of two men fishing in a row boat on Turtle Creek.
Shelburne Historical Society collection
A sale of Elden Whynot photographs will take place at the Shelburne County Museum on Thursday, March 27 at 4 p.m. as part of the ongoing Cox Warehouse fund raising campaign. Elden Whynot’s photography is well known in various parts of North America and very well known in Shelburne County. Here, the prolific photographer, who grew up in Gunning Cove and died in 1997, captured countless images of working people on wharves, in fish plants, in hay fields and shipyards. He photographed landscapes, seascapes, boats and people.
One of his photographs – Home Port – of the Bluenose in Gloucester, just before she ran her last race before the Second World War, was on display at the New York World Fair in 1939. Whynot took photographs, developed them, printed and framed them for six decades.
The photographs on sale are a gift from John Ryer, stepson of Elden Whynot, to the Shelburne Historical Society.
There are larger framed black and white photos, one taken no doubt on a warm spring day, of two men fishing in a row boat on Turtle Creek. And there are colour photos, one, a close up of brilliant yellow scotch broom.
But perhaps the most interesting are the hand coloured photos, one of “Haying Time in Shelburne County”, another of a crowd of seagulls soaring in blue sky over a wharf. All of the larger photographs – most of them approximately eight by 11 inches – are matted and signed by the photographer. Even the smaller pictures are signed or stamped by E. A. Whynot.
Many small postcards and postcard-sized photographs depict various scenes in Shelburne County, including Christ Church, Shipbuilding at Shelburne, Prize Winning Oxen, Black Bear and A Fishing Cove. Whynot lived in New York and Florida for a time: pictures of oranges, Cyprus trees, buildings and bridges are part of the sale.
“There’s something for everybody in this collection,” says Susan Hoover, chair of the fund raising committee for the Shelburne Historical Society.
There is an Elden Whynot collection at the Shelburne County Museum that was shown at the Museum in June, 1997. Those photographs are a separate collection, a permanent part of the Shelburne County Museum artifacts. They are not for sale.