I stared at it for a moment, then stepped over it. I hung up my jacket, set down my purse and lunch bag, and reached for the envelope.
On the front was an address label from a Mr. Claydon with a phone number written in pen underneath. A few names had been crossed out where the addressee's name would normally go...and the new label inscribed: "Foote Foto."
My favourite part was that the name had been written vertically and horizontally, with the "F" doing double duty as the beginning of "Foote" and "Foto."
Inside, there was a photo of a construction scene, mounted on cardboard, with an index card taped to the back:
CONSTRUCTION OF WINNIPEG GENERAL HOSPITAL -- 1910.More mysterious still was the fact that someone had penciled in a question mark next to "1910."
Showing First Steam Shovel To
Work on General Building
Construction in Winnipeg
CLAYDON COMPANY LIMITED
Now to call Mr. Claydon! And find out the story of the picture...
(A note to my numbering system above: this is the second 'lost' Foote photo we've received. The first was dropped off at our office on Friday by someone who works at St. John's College...but more on that later.)
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