M978.191.1 | United States International Exhibition admittance card, delivered to William Notman
United States International Exhibition admittance card, delivered to William Notman
1876, 19th century
11 x 15 cm
Gift of Mrs. James Geoffrey Notman
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Ticket (7)
This admission pass to the International Exhibition of Philadelphia belonged to Montreal photographer William Notman. According to the pass, the exhibition ran from May 10 to November 10, 1876.
The Philadelphia exhibition, known officially as the International Exhibition of Arts, Manufactures and Products of the Soil and Mine, was the first major international exhibition held in the United States. It proved to be a great popular success, attracting close to 9 million visitors and including exhibitors from 37 different countries.
The Centennial Photographic Co. of Philadelphia, a branch of the William Notman studio, held the exclusive photographic rights at the International Exhibition where William Notman was awarded a bronze medal (see item M967.162.3).
William Notman (1826-91), official photographer to the queen, was the first Canadian photographer to achieve international renown. He was one of the most influential photographers of the 19th century in North America, with his seven studios in Canada and thirteen in the United States.
Born in Paisley, Scotland, William Notman left his homeland with his family in 1856 for Montreal, where he opened a studio. He continued to work as a photographer until his death in 1891.