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ORIGINAL CANADIAN CABINET PHOTOGRAPH, TORONTO ISLANDS, c1900-08 - $150 (Jarvis Street & Front Street E., Toronto, Ontario)

ORIGINAL CANADIAN CABINET PHOTOGRAPH, TORONTO ISLANDS, c1900-08 1 thumbnailORIGINAL CANADIAN CABINET PHOTOGRAPH, TORONTO ISLANDS, c1900-08 2 thumbnailORIGINAL CANADIAN CABINET PHOTOGRAPH, TORONTO ISLANDS, c1900-08 3 thumbnail
Rare, Original Canadian Cabinet Photograph, depicting a candid image of Women, Men, children Under the marked, 'Wiman Shelter', a wooden outdoor building with a criss cross beam structure, Ward's Island, the east end of Centre Island, Toronto Islands, c1900-1908, Original Black Mounting Board: 13.8” x 10.9”; Photograph: 10” x 8”, in excellent condition, with mounting board corner bumps.
The Wiman Baths, designed by architect Mark Hall who planned most of the C.N.E. Buildings, was established by Erastus Wiman (1834-1904) in Toronto, at Ward's Island, in 1882. Mr. Wiman's motivation behind the gift of $10,000 was to provide, “free facilities for Toronto's less affluent citizens.” Four years later, in 1885, two more buildings were added, the Wiman Terrace and the Wiman Shelter. The Shelter was a building which stood at the edge of the present ball park at Ward's. It served as an open-air church, dance pavilion and game hall.
Around the turn of the century, the Wiman Baths were converted into summer apartments..Campers, like the Reverend Wilkinson who conducted Sunday services at the Wiman Shelter for many years, and regarded himself as one of the 'aborigines of this reclaimed desert', were also allowed to pitch tents on the Wiman lots. The Wiman Buildings were torn down in the mid 1950's, after the Baths were no longer an attraction in the late 1890's.
Born in Churchville, Toronto Township, Upper Canada, Erastus Wiman, having moved to Toronto, rose to become the commercial editor of The Globe, later, general manager of R.G. Dun and Company in Canada in 1862. He was also was councillor for St. Andrew's Ward in 1859.
Moving to New York City in 1866, he became partner at its head office, Dun, Barlow and Company, becoming general manager in 1880. He maintained interest in Canada, principally as president of the Great North Western Telegraph Company of Canada which he founded with American capitalist, Jay Gould in 1882.
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