II-50140.1 | Robert Summerhayes and Mr. Everton, Montreal, QC, 1878

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Robert Summerhayes and Mr. Everton, Montreal, QC, 1878
Notman & Sandham
1878, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on paper - Albumen process
17.8 x 12.7 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
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Pictured in this photograph are Robert Summerhayes and Mr. Everton, two employees of the Notman photography studio in Montreal.

Born in England, Robert Summerhayes emigrated to Canada with his family when still a child. He began working for the Notman Studio in Montreal as an apprentice, and stayed there for 11 years, until 1880. In 1881 his name appeared in the Boston directory, but the following year he was back in Montreal, managing his own studio with partner Alfred Walford. In 1891 the name Walford was no longer listed in Montreal's directory; and that of Summerhayes was listed alone until 1894.

Summerhayes was an avid snowshoer. A member of the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association, he won dozens of medals and trophies for snowshoe races.

R. Everton worked at the Notman photography studio in Montreal for four months in 1878. His pay during that time was $20 every two weeks. We have no information about what exactly he did for the company.